O/T but I completed my half marathon!

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AmyG
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O/T but I completed my half marathon!

Postby AmyG » Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:55 pm

Hey yall!!!

Today was the day. My time sucked, right at 4 hours for 13.1 miles. However, I'm 33 weeks pregnant, stage 4 and it rained the entire time. :shock: I was seriously questioning my life choices the last 3 miles. I was SOAKED. The temperature was mid 30sF and it was the most miserable race I've ever participated in.

I loved every minute.

With each new ache or pain, it was another reminder that I'm alive and in good enough shape to be on the course.

Cancer is going to have to fight a LOT harder than this if it's going to beat me. :twisted:

Courage to start. Strength to endure. Resolve to finish.
42 dx @ 9wks pregnant w/baby #8 8/18
Sigmoid colon resection 9/18
Adenocarcinoma, G2, T3N0M0..or so we thought
KRAS/BRAF wild
Liver biopsy is malignant, stage iv now boys!
Delivered healthy baby 3/19
FOLFOX + Avastin 5/19
CEA 167 to 24 after 4 rounds
Liver resection 8/28/19

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LPL
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Re: O/T but I completed my half marathon!

Postby LPL » Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:06 pm

I can hardly believe what I’m reading :shock:
You are a very special lady!!! :)
DH @ 65 DX 4/11/16 CC recto-sigmoid junction
Adenocarcenoma pt 35x15x9mm G3(biopsi) G1(surgical)
Mets 3 Liver resectable
T4aN1bM1a Stage IVa 2/9 LN
MSS, KRAS-mut G13D
CEA & CA19-9: 5/18 2.5 78 8/17 1.4 48 2/14/17 1.8 29
4 Folfox 6/15-7/30 (b4 liver surgery) 8 after
CT: 8/8 no change 3/27/17 NED->Jan-19 mets to lung
:!: Steroid induced hyperglycemia dx after 3chemo
Surgeries 2016: 3/18 Emergency colostomy
5/23 Primary+gallbl+stoma reversal+port 9/1 Liver mets
RFA 2019: Feb lung met

Lee
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Re: O/T but I completed my half marathon!

Postby Lee » Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:15 pm

My hat goes off to you, that is TOTALLY AWESOME!!!

Cancer picked the wrong person :twisted: May it be kicked into the next universe!!

Lee
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 10 years and counting!

stu
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Re: O/T but I completed my half marathon!

Postby stu » Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:45 pm

You make me laugh . Well done you . Absolutely fantastic .
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 .

AmyG
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Re: O/T but I completed my half marathon!

Postby AmyG » Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:04 pm

Holy crap am I feeling it now. :lol:

I've wrecked myself and it honestly feels wonderful. I'll be totally fine in a day or two, but right now....omfg. Ankles. Knees. Hips. They hate me right now. Stairs are my mortal enemy.

The finisher's medal was pretty cool though as it's also a belt buckle. Only in Arkansas. :lol:
42 dx @ 9wks pregnant w/baby #8 8/18
Sigmoid colon resection 9/18
Adenocarcinoma, G2, T3N0M0..or so we thought
KRAS/BRAF wild
Liver biopsy is malignant, stage iv now boys!
Delivered healthy baby 3/19
FOLFOX + Avastin 5/19
CEA 167 to 24 after 4 rounds
Liver resection 8/28/19

SteveNZ
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Re: O/T but I completed my half marathon!

Postby SteveNZ » Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:11 pm

wow..!! :D :D :D
You are amazing.
So glad to here you are out there really getting stuck into life!
Aged 56 - I feel really young...
Colo-Rectal Cancer T2 N1 M0
March 2018 - Diagnosis
April-May 2018 Radiation+Chemo then a TIA (Minor Stroke). - Stopped Chemo.
August 27th-November 2018 - Surgery and long, long recovery
*Decided to live to 100 as I will get a telegram from Her Majesty the Queen when 100yrs old. I so, so want one.
Am a Salvation Army chap so I complete 'knee drill' (prayer) to the Commander in Chief often. For myself personally this helps me through.

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ginabeewell
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Re: O/T but I completed my half marathon!

Postby ginabeewell » Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:29 pm

One of the oncologists with whom I first met told me that the people who seem to do best with treatment are those that start out in good shape. I guess that would be you!!

Congrats on a great race. Totally inspiring!
45 year old mom of twins (7) and lucky stepmom of 13 and 16 year olds
9/17/18 DX stage 4 CRC w inoperable liver mets (largest 11 cm)
9/20/18 CEA 931
10/1/18 FOLFOX + Vectibix planned 12 rounds
12/12/18 Routine scan showed typhlitis (7 days in hospital) but largest met down to 5 cm. Chemo holiday.
12/26/18 CEA 4.6
1/14/18 Resume chemo (#6-8)
3/27/19 Surgery: HAI pump placement / colon resection
4/8/19 Resume chemo (#9-12) FOLFOX (no OX) + Vectibix
5/20/19 CEA 1.3
7/19/18: 1st of 2 liver resections

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Maggie Nell
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Re: O/T but I completed my half marathon!

Postby Maggie Nell » Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:52 pm

Meanwhile....baby is thinking, "oh nooooooooo, get me outta here!! Stop bouncing
around...I'm gonna barf"
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

del
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Re: O/T but I completed my half marathon!

Postby del » Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:08 am

That's amazing! Well done!
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

Lee
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Re: O/T but I completed my half marathon!

Postby Lee » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:30 am

Maggie Nell wrote:Meanwhile....baby is thinking, "oh nooooooooo, get me outta here!! Stop bouncing
around...I'm gonna barf"


Gotta agree on this comment. Butttttt know I think it AWESOME what you did 33 weeks pregnant. My DH is like what happen. . . And she was pregnant???

Awesome job!!!!

Lee
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 10 years and counting!

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Maggie Nell
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Re: O/T but I completed my half marathon!

Postby Maggie Nell » Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:00 am

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

stu
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Joined: Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:46 pm

Re: O/T but I completed my half marathon!

Postby stu » Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:17 am

What I love about you is your ability to stay totally engaged to your life . That is pretty unique around here . It normally takes time to draw boundaries round cancer. Not with you I think you had it done before leaving the surgeons room .
I was telling your story to a friend who has stage 4 lung cancer and a small family . She has previously had cancer and one of her children has health issues . It made her day .
Take care and get those feet up .
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 .

jenbklyn
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Re: O/T but I completed my half marathon!

Postby jenbklyn » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:27 pm

CONGRATS and huge props to you. Been lurking on the board for a while and never posted - but this just made my day so had to reply. Am a runner myself and so far have been lucky enough to keep up short runs and other workouts throughout chemo. Have been wondering about whether I'll be able to do the half marathon that I have on the calendar for May (will be in between radation and surgery) and you are giving me a ton of hope! You're inspiring as to what one can do with the right spirit and approach. Keep it up.
51 F DX oct/18
4cm, mod-poor differentiated
~10cm from av straddling rectum/sigmoid
T4a N+ M0,
11/8 started round 1 of 8 rounds of FOLFOX
To be followed by CRT and then surgery

AmyG
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Re: O/T but I completed my half marathon!

Postby AmyG » Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:39 pm

jenbklyn wrote:Have been wondering about whether I'll be able to do the half marathon that I have on the calendar for May (will be in between radation and surgery) and you are giving me a ton of hope!


Yes. Yes you can. I believe in you. :D

I signed up for a race series, I need to complete 7 more half marathons between now and the end of next year. I'm hoping to be able to complete my next one this September, but have zero idea what to expect with chemo and possibly a liver resection. No clue if it would be open or not.
42 dx @ 9wks pregnant w/baby #8 8/18
Sigmoid colon resection 9/18
Adenocarcinoma, G2, T3N0M0..or so we thought
KRAS/BRAF wild
Liver biopsy is malignant, stage iv now boys!
Delivered healthy baby 3/19
FOLFOX + Avastin 5/19
CEA 167 to 24 after 4 rounds
Liver resection 8/28/19

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GrouseMan
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Re: O/T but I completed my half marathon!

Postby GrouseMan » Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:25 pm

Congratulations. - My wife would have given you a big thumbs up. She was a long time runner - Joined her HS Boys CC team when there were no such thing as girls CC. Ran 5, 10K's and half marathons and was training for a marathon when she was diagnosed. The fatigue from Chemo ended her running. She tried to do a 10 K trail run about 7 months after her resection and between rounds of FolFox plus Avastin, but the trails were much more brutal than she thought they would be and she had to pull the plug at the 5K mark. After that she never ran again. I think this was probably the lowest part of her life prior to the end. Still; she remained active just no longer a runner. Ran and trained her dogs, rode her horse and judged field trial events to within a few of weeks of her passing.

To do it in the rain, pregnant is pretty amazing stuff!

GrouseMan
DW 53 dx Jun 2013
CT mets Liver Spleen lung. IVb CEA~110
Jul 2013 Sig Resct
8/13 FolFox,Avastin 12Tx mild sfx, Ongoing 5-FU Avastin every 3 wks.
CEA: good marker
7/7/14 CT Can't see the spleen Mets.
8/16/15 CEA Up, CT new abdominal mets. Iri, 5-FU, Avastin every 2 wks.
1/16 Iri, Erbitux and likely Avastin (Trial) CEA going >.
1/17 CEA up again dropped from Trial, Mets growth 4-6 mm in abdomen
5/2/17 Failed second trial, Hospitalized 15 days 5/11. Home Hospice 5/26, at peace 6/4/2017


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