BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby fumaros » Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:54 am

Oh God, this is terrible news. RIP BrownBagger.
Diagnosed 4/8/16, age 29
Colectomy 4/20/16
Stage III, T4bN1 Tumor 7x6.5x2. Muscinous Adenocarcinoma with SRC features
2/16 lymph nodes
Stage IV, Peri mets 5/2019
CEA 4/14/16 - 16.8
CEA 6/2/16 - 1.9
CEA 6/17/16 - 0.87, 7/16 - 1.33, 12/16 - 1.14, 4/17 - 0.6, 7/17 - 0.5, 10/17 - 0.9, 3/19 -5.8, 4/19 -10
FOLFOX began 6/24/16 - 11/25/16, FOLFIRI - 5/10/19
10 round FOLFOX, 2 round 5-FU & Leucovorin, 1 round FOLFIRI
MRI & CT 8/16 - NED, CT 12/16 - 10/17 - NED

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby horizon » Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:11 am

This is so so horrible. He brought so much here.

This thread is how I will remember him and the spirit he brought.

I'm just a dude who still can't believe he had a resection and went through chemo (currently 9 years NED). Is this real life?

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby cmrl » Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:37 am

My condolences to his family, and to all of his friends in this Community.
Resection of splenic flexure 7/24/13
T3N2BM0, Stage 3c,12/29 nodes
Folfox x12 9/13-3/14
CT scan 4/14, enlarged spleen, otherwise clear
CT 4/15, spleen WNL.
6/17 3 cm benign polyp at ileocecal valve, awaiting removal

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby debb » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:25 am

I am heartbroken. BB was inspirational to me. His positivity fueled my own. It will be hard to bear this.
Sending my deepest condolences to his loving family, both at home and here online.
Stage 3C, Dx at 42, mom of 4
Colon resection 7/08
Folfox 9/08-2/09
Met to right ovary, both ovaries removed 7/10
HIPEC 8/10
VATS 7/12, 2 nodes, right lung
10/14 3 lung nodes, Stivarga clinical trial
3/15-7/15 Folfiri & avastin for lung things
8/16 Folfiri & avastin..lung things again
Break! 10 months of freedom
1/18 rib mets, radiation, folfiri & avastin
1/19 rib mets again, radiation, folfiri & avastin
3/20 8 treatments of folfiri & avastin
12/20 folfiri & avastin

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby jdepp » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:32 am

BB was a mainstay of the Colon Club and an inspiration to many. I hope his final days were peaceful.

His family and many friends have a lot of cherished memories to help them through.

Condolences to all of us who knew him.
Colon dx 08 @ 41 Poorly diff. 12+ liver mets, 19/28 LN
Colon rsx /14 x Folfox-Erbitux 08-09
PVE / Liver rsx 09
Lung & LN mets 10
Folfiri, Xeloda, Avastin 10-13
Xelox, Erbitux, UFUR, TS-1, Oxi, Lonsurf 14-16
Stivarga & TIL trial 16
Brain lesion, RO688 trial 18

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby Phuong » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:55 am

Damn. We weren't done with him. There was so much more to be said, done, and laughed about. He will most definitely be missed. Adding him to the list of those we carry on for.
dx'd Stage III Rectal (T3 N1 M0)
Now Stage IV mCRC

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby weisssoccermom » Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:01 am

I remember when Eric joined and his first avatar (I don't know how many here will remember it). It epitomized the name 'brownbagger' so well. Initially he was a stage IIA....just like me and I felt some sort of a 'connection' that here was someone who had the same diagnosis that I did. I remember being almost 'angry' with him ......all his bike riding during the heck did he do that????
When I was asked, years ago, who would make a good first choice was Eric. He wasn't a controversial person....he was warm, optimistic, funny, not necessarily politically correct....but was someone you just felt you could connect with. I was always amazed at how, even in the midst of difficult times, Eric always had a positive air about him. He shared with all of us his unbelievable garden, his times at mom's Wisconsin farm and I was particularly mesmerized by his wood burning furnace!

CR.....I do understand how you feel. Eric was your friend, your confidante....someone who (and I don't know if you ever actually met him) you could share life stories with....someone with whom you had a connection.....cancer brought you together and that friendship, that bond can never be broken. I also had that with Terry, so I understand. It just plain sucks when that person doesn't seem fair and it scares you a little because (at least for me) you think, 'that could be me'. Just know that Eric was loved around here. He was warm, welcoming, upbeat, funny and overall just a 'nice guy'.

To Eric's deepest condolences. I know Eric loved his family....he talked about them often. His mom, wife and children have lost a bright spot in their lives but his spirit will live on in the hearts and minds of those who loved him and in those whom he loved.

Rest in peace Eric.
Dx 6/22/2006 IIA rectal cancer
6 wks rad/Xeloda -finished 9/06
1st attempt transanal excision 11/06
11/17/06 XELOX 1 cycle
5 months Xeloda only Dec '06 - April '07
10+ blood clots, 1 DVT 1/07
transanal excision 4/20/07 path-NO CANCER CELLS!
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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby Maia » Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:24 am

Ahhh... no words for this.
Goodspeed, very dear Eric, a friend.

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby mypinkheaven » Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:34 am

I'm glad he got his new teeth.
MSS, KRAS Wild NRAS Mutated
9/2012 CRC IIB Lft Colectomy 0 lymph nodes 0 Chemo
10/2013 CT clear
11/15 CEA 2.7 to 4.6
11/15 Spread to uterus. Hysterectomy
2/16 Pelvic radiation 25, brachytherapy 3
4/16 - 6/16 Xeloda
6/16 CT Several lung nodules 5 mm
8/16 CT Nodules still present. Most stable. Some growth
11/16 Transfer to UCSD Moores
12/16 Folfox + Avastin failed
2/17 Folfiri + Erbitux
8/17 5FU+Erbitux No 5FU bolus
7/18 Spread to vagina
6/18 Folfiri + Avastin + Trametinib
6/18 CEA dropping

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby texazgal » Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:42 am

Shocked and saddened by this news! RIP dear BB.
DX rectal cancer Aug 04
Surgery Sept 04, perm ostomy, "BarbieButt" Sept 23, 04.
Dad passed '93 CC
DD 42 yo/w/2 polyps removed
June 2019 stage 3 esophageal cancer
Aug. 2019 28 radiations, 5 chemo
Nov. PET shows original tumor and mets resolved, 2 new mets in liver and bone.
May 2020 port installed, started Folfox hope to do 12 rounds, cure not expected

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby edinaman » Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:59 am

I was just leaving the house, and something said to check this board. I don't know what to say right now. RIP my friend.
Went in for surgery for a cyst on my bladder, and they found colon cancer growing on the outside of the colon. Got to have two surgeries at the same time! Stage 3, one node involved.

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby cptmac » Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:44 am

Awwww.... :cry: my heart is filled with sadness....
As long as you're alive, there is hope.
dx 7/04 stage IV
colon resection 8/04
liver resection 9/04 with HAI pump installed
Stage II trial w irinotecan as systemic and FUDR for direct chemo to liver via HAI pump
Cured since 9/04

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby alphagam » Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:53 am

Agreed. I don't know what to say. RIP Eric. Prayers for your family and thankfulness for your kind words when I was new.

Dx Feb 2010 4 cm tumor, just inside rectum
EUS stated T3 tumor
2nd opinion, need better path
Mar 2010 transanal surgery. Surgery by board certified CRS found tumor only in lining
6 exams of surg site, 3 PET, 3 scopes laterNED.
Scope in Mar2015, clean colon
Next scope/test in 3 years

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby [Ana & Alex] » Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:28 pm

Dear CRGuy and all of close friends of BrownBagger... i am deeply sorry for your loss. I too, dont know what to say.

Cancer really robs us of so much wonderful People... too fast, too soon, too violently. I hope he still had a chance of watching his garden grow through the early month of July..

Godspeed and RIP.

Dx @ 29 yo. Mum (2 y.o.) & Wife

12/2016: Rectal AdenoCa G2. CEA 4.3. RAS Wild. MSS. IIIB.
01 - 03/2017: 28 RTx + CHT 2,5 g/d Capecit.
03 - 06/2017: Suplemments and Cimetidine.
05/2017: TME/TAMIS + permanent Colostomy CEA 0.5
05/2017: ypT2N2aM0 (4/15), good cCR, limited pCR
06 - 8/2017: 4x CapOx 3,5 g/d (2x Oxi reduced to 80%)
09 -11/2017: 3x Capecit. monotherapy 4g/d
12/2017: Aspirin, Vit. D3, Curcumin, Multivitamin.

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Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

Postby muskokamike » Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:42 pm

No words ....I am shocked. One of the posters I always read. He was the real deal on this forum.
RIP Eric

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53M Dx rc10/31/13
CT scan, BONE scan
MRI/T3N0M0 1 suspicious node
5 wks chemo/rad
LAR open TME 2/26/14
temp ileo
0/24 nodes pCR/pathological
Mop up Folfox (8) Mar/28-Jul/4
Aug/14 clear CT scan
8/27/14 reversal
Feb/15 clear scope
July/15 clear CT scan
Feb/16 clear CT scan
Feb/17 clear CT scan
Feb/18 clear scope
Feb/18 clear CT scan
Sep/19 clear CT scan DISCHARGED!
CEA levels 1.6 dx
1.6,1.4,1.7,2.4,2.9, 2.7 2.3 2.5 2.2 2.1 2.5 2.6 2.7
2.7 Sept 19
0-4 normal

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