9 YEARS AGO

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michelle c
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9 YEARS AGO

Postby michelle c » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:55 am

I finished my treatment (12 rounds of chemo) nine years ago. I don't post much anymore but I do check in every week or so. I just wanted to share it with others, especially those just starting on this journey.

I was so scared when I was diagnosed. Would I survive this? Would I make five years? My kids were 12 and 9 years old and they are now 21 and 19. I wanted to be there for them, my biggest fear was leaving them.

I would spend ages on Dr Google trying to find out more information and looking for survival statistics. However, I think that it only heightened my anxiety.

This website helped me so much. There was always someone here to offer advice, encouragement, support, answer my questions and just to show understanding. I never felt alone with the wonderful people here and I am so grateful. Unfortunately, we have lost a lot of wonderful people over the years.

Best wishes to you all
25 May 09 Dx with CC (sigmoid colon) 2 days after my 44th b'day
CEA prior to surgery 4.7
3 Jun 09 LAR - Stage III 3/10 lymph nodes
6 Jul - 10 Dec 09 12 cycles FOLFIRI
Genetic testing - inconclusive for Lynch
Jul 12 port removed & hernia repair

WarriorSpouse
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Re: 9 YEARS AGO

Postby WarriorSpouse » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:48 am

Well done!
Thank you for sharing your good news with all of us. It is always welcome here.
Live, Laugh and Love Always.
WS
Spouse of wife 47 years old
10/2014, Stage IV Metastatic CC
Lymph node involvement 12/15, w/ positive PET on para-aortic lymph nodes.
5 cm sigmoid tumor resection as well as positive Virchow lymph node.
KRAS mut, Highly Differentiated, Lynch Negative
Folfox and Avastin 1 YR (Oxi for 5 months) NED 05/2015
Zeloda and Avastin since 01/2016
Chemo break 03/2017, back on Zeloda and Avastin 04/2017.

"...Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other."
-Walter Elliot

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bitchslapped
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Location: PNW/USA

Re: 9 YEARS AGO

Postby bitchslapped » Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:56 pm

Congratulations Michelle!
DSS,35YO,unresect mCRC DX 7/'14,lvr,LN,peri,rib
FOLFOX+Avstn 4 Rnds d/c 10/'14
Stent 9/'14
FOLFIRI+Avstn 10/'14
Gone From My Sight 2/20/15
Me:garden variety polyps + precancerous polyp, diverticulitis
Carergver x2 DH,DM dbl occupancy,'03-'10
DH dx 47YO mCRC,'04-'07 fried x HAI
DM dx CC 85YO,CC,CHF,stroke,dementia,aphasia

Punky44
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Re: 9 YEARS AGO

Postby Punky44 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:06 pm

Congratulations!
Caregiver to my amazing mom (68)
10/1/18 DX with rectal cancer; CEA 17
MRI/CT/PET puts staging at T3N2M0
Trying total neoadjuvant therapy—chemo first, then short course radiation, then surgery
11/5/18 started Folfox—3 down, 5 to go!

Me: 34, first colonoscopy 11/16/18—normal! Come back in 5 years.

stu
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Re: 9 YEARS AGO

Postby stu » Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:04 pm

Think we landed here about the same time . Delighted to hear you are still doing so well .
Take care,
Court
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 .

del
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Location: Sydney, Australia

Re: 9 YEARS AGO

Postby del » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:20 am

Congrats!
Male, 33 @ dx, stage 1 RC (T1N0M0 0/29 LNs)
2016-02 - Cancerous polyp removed during colonscopy, 0.5 mm margin
2016-03 - ULAR & TME surgery, temp ileostomy
2016-04 - DVT, pulmonary embolism
2016-11 - Ileostomy reversal
2018-10 - Another DVT & PE
Clean CTs 2016-08, 2017-03, 2017-09, 2018-04, 2018-09

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DBF
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Re: 9 YEARS AGO

Postby DBF » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:36 pm

Congratulations! It’s great to see your post. All the best to you.

Donna
6/13 Dx @ 29 Wks pregnant, 42 yo
Adenocarcinoma, mucinous features
7/13 C-sec/col resec/part. hysterectomy
8/13 Pulm embolism
8/13 Liv met
9/13 Liv resect
FOLFOX
CEA UP
ADAPT: Xeloda/Celebrex
2/14 oopherectomy
10/15 obstruction surg
10/17 Scar tissue removal/vsg surg
NED :D
Mom to 3 boys: 20, 9 & 5

Koreysue
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Re: 9 YEARS AGO

Postby Koreysue » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:50 pm

Congrats! And thank you so much for this post!
Korey
Diagnosed: June 2017 stage 3 colon cancer
Sigmoid colon, 2 nodes affected
CEA at diagnosis: 6
Sigmoid Colectomy and folfox (chemo complete January 31, 2018)
CEA 4/2018: 2.4
CEA 7/2018: 3.7
Colonoscopy 8/2018 clean
PET scan 8/20/18 clear (cea rise a mystery for now, doc said maybe all the smoke in my town from forest fires)
CEA 11/2018: 3.8


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