I used to frequent this board quite a bit back in '07-'09, as most caregivers do.. a significant amount of time has passed, and so has the need for peer support I suppose ? Anyway, just stopping by to offer some encouragement, I know that amid dealing with this shit that it's nice to read about a positive story here and there.
In a nutshell, when my wife was 28 she was diagnosed stage IV with mets to her liver, T3 N2 M1, moderately differentiated, adenocarcinoma on her right side. She was diagnosed in April 2007, had an immediate hemicolectomy, 18 consecutive rounds of Folfox (with breaks when her neutrophil count was low) over the course of a year, a second hemicolectomy, a liver resection 7 weeks after that, and another 5 rounds of adjuvent Folfox. She'd had enough in February '09 and has been NED ever since.
She's doing very well, has had issues with migraines for the past 7 years or so - been through 3 neurologists, a laundry list of meds, and a handful of procedures to no avail. She still has neuropathy in her hands and feet, but doesn't seem like it bothers her too much, she also has some degree of hearing loss. All in all, she's very healthy.. Like I'd mentioned, just wanted to pop in and post an update. I used to love reading about stories like hers.
Wife dx April/07 at age 28
R/T hemi-col. April/07
Stage IV, liver mets, T3,N2,M1
Folfox, 18 treaments
lymphadenectomy surgery, rt hemi col, liver biopsy Jul/08
Liver resection Sept 9th/08
Back on adjuvent Folfox Oct '08, 23 rounds total
Done chemo Feb 09