Sending hope to the newly diagnosed

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CBLACK
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Sending hope to the newly diagnosed

Postby CBLACK » Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:23 pm

I’m haven’t been on in ages which is a good thing because it means my husband is doing well! I thought coming on may help give some hope to the newly diagnosed. My husband was diagnosed in Aug 2006 at 26yrs old with Stage 3 colon cancer. He had an emergency resection and 6 months of chemo. We had just gotten married two years prior and it rocked our world. We chose to stay positive and surround ourselves with friends and family that kept us busy doing things we love so our lives were not just made up of his cancer diagnosis.It was still a nightmare experience filled with worry but we survived. One of the biggest worries aside from survival was having a family. We were told to bank sperm and then I was told by the bank we would need to do IVF whenever we chose to start a family because of a low count. I kept that info from my husband because I felt he didn’t need to know that while dealing with a new cancer diagnosis. So in 2008 we began to try to get pregnant and did so naturally within the first month! Talk about shocker. Boy I wanted to tell off that woman I spoke to at the sperm bank for giving me the burden of thinking my chances of having a family were slim.We then were blessed with another child in 2012. My husband just went for routine yearly blood work and continues to be cancer free. 11 years and counting. :D It’s possible so don’t give up, stay positive and some day it can be a distant memory. Keep the faith and use this forum as your added support and cheering section. You can do this! And if you are like me you will google search statistics and other internet facts but at the end of the day don’t make yourself a statistic. Everyone’s situation is different so don’t let that make you crazy or lose hope. Get sleep, eat, exercise, and still find ways to have fun when you can. -Colleen.
My Husband was Dx with Stage III @ 26yrs old
Finished chemo March 2007

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Re: Sending hope to the newly diagnosed

Postby ocstacy » Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:49 am

Stage 3 colon cancer. He had an emergency resection and 6 months of chemo. We had just gotten married two years prior and it rocked our world. We chose to stay positive and surround ourselves with friends and family that kept us busy doing things we love so our lives were not just made up of his cancer diagnosis.It was still a nightmare experience filled with worry but we survived.


Thank you for sharing your up-lifting and positive experience with your husband. My mother has Stage 3 just had her LAP surgery two weeks ago but now back in the hospital for possible abscess. We are in Mexico on a family trip worried about her. Her recovery has been super rough! My father, aunt, and brother will be with her. Hoping to catch an early flight. Cancer sucks!! Awesome about your miracle babies. We are working on #2 now :)
Caregiver/daughter to dear mother age 78, dx 5/09/17 because of me!! :wink:
Rectal CA Stage 3 low-grade adenocarcinoma- 6 cm
Neoadjuvant start 7/10/17 ended 08/16/17
3D Lap. surgery @ Keck USC, Dr. Sang Lee 10/17/17 temp ileostomy
11/1 hospitalized abscess/hernia - back home 11/06/17 antibiotics
NO LYMPHS INVOLVED! NEAR PATHOLOGICAL RESPONSE! YAY! :shock:
Took her last chemo med 05/10/18! Ileostomy reversal 07/24/18
First BM after reversal 07/25/18
Me: 1st Colonoscopy age 38. 08/17 Benign polp.

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Re: Sending hope to the newly diagnosed

Postby fumaros » Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:29 am

It is sad seeing stories of new diagnoses, but with each day that goes by we get closer to closing this awful chapter of life and moving on to new and happier chapters (congratulations on the babies). For some it's fighting for the next day, others months, scans, then years. There is hope, and stories like yours makes it more believable.
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
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
FOLFOX began 6/24/16 - 11/25/16
10 round FOLFOX, 2 round 5-FU & Leucovorin
MRI & CT 8/16 - NED, CT 12/16 - 10/17 - NED

AlexMichelle
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Re: Sending hope to the newly diagnosed

Postby AlexMichelle » Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:49 am

Your post was extremely comforting. I needed that. Thank you for taking the time to reassure those of us newly diagnosed.
F 9/14/17 blood, 10/05/17 endoscopy/colonoscopy 4.5 cm tumor lower colon/upper rectum/left side -11/09/17 open Rectosigmoid Colon Resection remove invasive adenocarcinoma, moderately diff marg clear.15 lymph nodes neg malignancy. benign liver w/fibrous nodule- rectum at 15cm Tumor location: above peritoneal reflection 4.2 x 2.7 cm Tumor inv muscularis closest 1.5 cm. pT2pNO Stage 1. No Lynch

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Re: Sending hope to the newly diagnosed

Postby Zig2017 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:10 pm

Thank you for an uplifting post. My husband was diagnosed in June so I’m trying to learn as much as I can. It is scary at first, but glad to see positive stories.
Hubby stage 3C June 2017
MSS BRAF Mutation
18 LN positive
Adenosquamous CC
12 FOLFOX
Right Hemicolectomy
11/08/17 numerous nodules and lymph nodes throughout chest and abdomen. Stage IV.
11/2017 moved care to Sloan clinical trial for BRAF mutation
1/30/18 off clinical trial
2/2/18 one dose of Irinotecan
2/5/18 Hospitalization and hospice
2/16/18 came home from hospital and went home to his Lord at 1:10 pm

teacher2017
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Re: Sending hope to the newly diagnosed

Postby teacher2017 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:31 am

Thank you for this! I'm stage 3c and scared too death! I needed this story!
48 year old female- mom of 2 (12,15)
DX stage 3c - 12/17 LN. T3
8" sigmoid resection Sept 22 2017
6.1cm tumor size
chemo -folfox 11/8/17-4/18
CEA level- 1.4 11/8/17
Colonoscopy- 5/30/18 - CLEAR!
Cea level- 1.8 6/1/18
Cea level- 2.1. 8/4/18
Sh$t has hit the fan- 8/10/18 Stage 4
1cm met in seg.8 liver
Liver resection- 9/12/18

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Re: Sending hope to the newly diagnosed

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:22 am

Wonderful that you and your husband are doing so well! :)
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
0/22 lymph nodes
No chemo, no radiation
Clear Colonoscopy 04/29/15
NED 10/20/15
Ischemic Colitis 01/21/16
NED 11/10/16
CT Scan moved up due to high CEA 08/21/17
NED 09/25/17


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