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AussieAssCancer
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Some good, non-cancer related news

Postby AussieAssCancer » Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:33 pm

Gday butt-buddies, hope you’re all well.

It’s been a while since I’ve been on here (is that a bad thing?) but just wanted to share some good, non-cancer related news.

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned what I do, but I am a prosecutor for the state of New South Wales (Sydney is the state capital).

My job involves determining appropriate charges, running hearings in our local court (no juries) and instructing Crown Prosecutors in jury trials.

I had had a fairly rapid progression through the ranks which stalled when I was diagnosed. I couldn’t apply for promotions because I couldn’t guarantee that I wouldn’t be doubled over from chemo etc etc

Last year I finally had the chance to apply for the promotion and to be blunt, I bombed the interview. I walked into it thinking that for some reason, because of my illness and how I’d dealt with it all that I was somehow ‘owed’ the promotion. Talk about a healthy dose of hubris.

Earlier this year I reapplied, and I walked out of the interview feeling good. I didn’t ace it, but I owned it and made the panel sit up and listen.

Yesterday I was formally appointed to my new position. It is a huge leap both in terms of pay, but also responsibility.

Anyways, at the risk of bragging (and I accept it is a brag haha), I just wanted to share some good news.

Cheers,

AAC
Dx Oct '15 w/ Stage 3c RC/ CEA 8
Nov '15 - Jan '16: 3x FOLFOX and 5wks Chemoradiation w/ Xeloda
March '16: ULAR w/ temp ileostomy
Complete pathological response incl 0/12 nodes
May - Aug '16: 9x FOLFOX (dropped Oxaliplatin for final Rd due to neuropathy)
Clear CT scans in April ‘16 (NED), Dec ‘16, Aug ‘17, Feb ‘18, March ‘19
Feb '17: Ileostomy reversed
CEA Post Surgery: ALWAYS 2

Blog: kickingrectalcancerintheassblog
https://kickingrectalcancerintheassblog.wordpress.com/

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henry123
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Re: Some good, non-cancer related news

Postby henry123 » Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:47 pm

I totally agree.
We should not expect special treatment from world because of being a cancer patient or survivor.
If anything, we are likely to be considered a handicap by most hard nosed ppl.
So we have to reset our own expectation level accordingly. We have or are undergoing the learning experience of this disease. Rest of the world remains the same.
God has tapped us on shoulder not everyone.
Watched an episode of series Life Sentence on a cancer survivor on similar lines. Do watch if it airs in your area.
46yo M msi-high Lynch +ve
5/16 lap AR 14/21 L nodes +ve
T4N2M1
7/16 Capox 9 cyc
9/16 cea 2
1/17 550
PET CT mets in lung & peri
iri+ avast fail
3/17 10577
4/17 regro fail
5/17 cea 28800
5/17 CT inc in size of mes nodes ,onset of multi nodules in liver.
6/17 Opdivo start
7/17 26754
8/17 5623
9/17 497
10/17 52
11/17 12
CT all clear exc a nodule in Lung. liver norm
1/18 3.6
4/18 2.0
Aspirin start
6/18 1.5 CT clear
12/18 1.1 CT Clear NED
4/19 1.1
6/19 .9 CT clear
Vegan yoga juicing
Still on opdivo

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CRguy
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Re: Some good, non-cancer related news

Postby CRguy » Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:57 pm

AussieAssCancer wrote:Yesterday I was formally appointed to my new position. It is a huge leap both in terms of pay, but also responsibility. Cheers,
AAC

Keep kickin' ass and takin' names homie !!!!
Congratulations
and keep livin' NED

Harmony
CRguy
Caregiver x 4
Stage IV A rectal cancer/lung met
12 Year survivor
my life is an ongoing totally randomized UNcontrolled experiment with N=1 !
Review of my Journey so far

missionpeak
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Re: Some good, non-cancer related news

Postby missionpeak » Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:00 pm

Congrats Mate! Keep that NED going :D

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mobrouser
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Re: Some good, non-cancer related news

Postby mobrouser » Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:48 pm

Congratulations on the promotion! You are giving me hope that one day the same will happen to me.
I have seen a few job postings that would bring my work closer to home, however I couldn't in all honesty even submit a CV knowing that right now 6-8 days out of 20 I am out of commission.

8) mob
CC Dx Oct 2017 @ age 58
Laparoscopic right hemi-colectomy Dec 2017
Adenocarcinoma ascending colon – 6cm x 6cm x 2cm, Low Grade, penetrates to peritoneum
T4a N2a M0, Stage IIIC
lymph nodes 6 positive out of 18
FOLFOX started Jan 16 2018; finished Aug 2 2018 (felt like a year)
CEA - 01/15/18 - 2.8; 07/29/18 - 5.3
CT scan Aug 8 2018 - Clear
PET scan Sept 6 2018 (thought about bringing the cat :wink: ) - Clear
Colonoscopy Dec 7 2018 - Clear - Next in 3 years?

stu
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Re: Some good, non-cancer related news

Postby stu » Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:08 pm

Well done . You deserve it . Enjoy your new position .
Stu
supporter to my mum who lives a great life despite a difficult diagnosis
stage4 2009 significant spread to liver
2010 colon /liver resection
chemo following recurrence
73% of liver removed
enjoying life treatment free
2016 lung resection
Oct 2017 nice clear scan . Two lung nodules disappeared
Oct 2018. Another clear scan .

mpbser
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Re: Some good, non-cancer related news

Postby mpbser » Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:27 am

Wonderful news about your promotion. Congrats!
Wife 4/17 Dx age 45
5/17 LAR
Adenocarcinoma
5 x 4 x 1 cm
low grade
T3 N2b M1a
Stage IV A
8/17 Sub-total colectomy
2nd tumor 5.5 cm T1 N0
lymph nodes: 9 of 96
CEA: 2.9 to 2.2
MSS/MSI-L
Lynch no; KRAS wild
Immunohistochemsistry Normal
Tumor: MTOR, APC, TP53
Fall 2017 FOLFOX shrank the 1 met in liver
1/18 Liver left hepatectomy seg 4
5/18 CT clear
12/18 MRI shows 1 liver met
3/7/19 Resection & HAI
4/1/19 Folfiri & FUDR
5/13/19 HAI pump catheter dislodge, nearly hemorrhaged to death
6/10/19 5FU

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Maggie Nell
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Re: Some good, non-cancer related news

Postby Maggie Nell » Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:24 pm

As a former court transcript typist, may I say congratulations and don't cough into the microphone! :P
DX April 2015, @ 54
35mm poorly diff. tumour, incidental finding following emergency r. hemicolectomy
for ileo-colic intussusception.
Lymph nodes: 0/22
T3 N0 MX
July 2019 : pending liver U/S, colonoscopy
rut roh

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CRguy
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Re: Some good, non-cancer related news

Postby CRguy » Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:36 am

Maggie Nell wrote:As a former court transcript typist, may I say congratulations and don't cough into the microphone! :P

Right mate, as opposed to .....
" turn your head and cough "
:shock:
oops wrong topic :oops:

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
don't mind me .. feelin' cheeky tonite !

CR

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Maggie Nell
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Re: Some good, non-cancer related news

Postby Maggie Nell » Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:49 pm

Furball alert.
DX April 2015, @ 54
35mm poorly diff. tumour, incidental finding following emergency r. hemicolectomy
for ileo-colic intussusception.
Lymph nodes: 0/22
T3 N0 MX
July 2019 : pending liver U/S, colonoscopy
rut roh

MelaniaUttem
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Some good non cancer related news

Postby MelaniaUttem » Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:18 am

My dad was diagnosed with colon cancer which spread to his bladder, prostate, and now the pelvis, two years ago.

Theres always hope.

Good luck

DarknessEmbraced
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Re: Some good, non-cancer related news

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:14 am

Wonderful news!
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
NED 12/21/18


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