Encouragement and Hope

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ibcaree
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Encouragement and Hope

Postby ibcaree » Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:35 pm

I wanted to pop on here and encourage those of you fighting this current battle with colon and rectal cancer that there is hope. I know that not everyone receives their healing from this horrible disease, but I am living proof that it can and does happen. 10 years ago I was given a 50/50 chance of survival. I was 33 with a 2 year old and a 4 year old and trying to conceive a third child. Everything in that moment after diagnosis stopped and beating cancer was the only goal. I had no idea what my future would hold. In December 2018 I celebrated 10 years cancer free with no recurrence. I was very fortunate that chemotherapy did not cause menopause and I was even able to conceive and give birth to a (surprise!) beautiful baby girl 6 years after my chemotherapy.

I know what you are experiencing and dealing with right now is horribly difficult and sometimes hope is hard to hold on to, but healing and restoration is possible. God gets all the glory in my outcome, but He definitely placed me in the hands of an amazing surgeon and a fantastic Oncologist. I want to encourage you that healing is possible and remind you that it can and does happen. This is a fight worth fighting. Keep fighting. Praying for you all and praying for a cure.
Last edited by ibcaree on Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:34 am, edited 1 time in total.
Diagnosed with Rectal Sigmoid Colon Cancer at age 33 11/11/08
Colon Resection Surgery 12/15/08
Stage IIIB; 4/18 lymph nodes affected
5FU 1/28/09 (12 treatments over 6 mos)
Mom to two boys age 15 and 12, and a beautiful post cancer baby girl aged 3 years!
Age: 44
NED as of July 09!!
"God can restore what is broken and change it into something amazing. All you need is faith." Joel 2:25

zephyr
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Joined: Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:31 am

Re: Encouragement and Hope

Postby zephyr » Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:39 pm

ibcaree wrote:I know what you are experiencing and dealing with right now is horribly difficult and sometimes hope is hard to hold on to, but healing and restoration is possible.


Thank you for encouraging words that give so many of us hope.
Nov-2009 Early stage CRC found during routine colonoscopy
2010, 2011, 2014 Follow up colonoscopies, all clear
Jun-2016 CRC found during routine follow up colonoscopy, surgery, Stage 4, KRAS, MSS, inoperable lung mets
Aug-2016-May-2018 Folfox, 5FU & Avastin, 5FU, Folfiri & Cyramza
Aug/Sep-2018 YAG laser surgeries (Germany) on both lungs, 11 nodules (9 mets) removed
Nov-2018 clean CT scan
Mar-2019 New lung nodules
April-2019 Xeloda + Avastin

Lee
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Joined: Sun Apr 16, 2006 4:09 pm

Re: Encouragement and Hope

Postby Lee » Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:10 pm

ibcaree wrote:I wanted to pop on here and encourage those of you fighting this current battle with colon and rectal cancer that there is hope. I know that not everyone receives their healing from this horrible disease, but I am living proof that it can and does happen. 10 years ago I was given a 50/50 chance of survival. I was 33 with a 2 year old and a 4 year old and trying to conceive a third child. Everything in that moment after diagnosis stopped and beating cancer was the only goal. I had no idea what my future would hold. In December 2018 I celebrated 10 years cancer free with no recurrence. I was very fortunate that chemotherapy did not cause menopause and I was even able to conceive and give birth to a (surprise!) beautiful baby girl 6 years after my chemotherapy.

I know what you are experiencing and dealing with right now is horribly difficult and sometimes hope is hard to hold on to, but healing and restoration is possible. God gets all the glory in my outcome, but He definitely placed me in the hands of an amazing surgeon and a fantastic Oncologist. I want to encourage you that healing is possible and remind you that it can and does happen. This is a fight worth fighting. Keep fighting. Praying for you all and praying for a cure.


Congratulations, that is so awesome. May you always reside in NEDville.

Would you please update your info in this special thread- For Stage III's: NED for how long now.

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=10574&hilit=stage+iii+ned+how+long

Your thread could be on page 2 within a week, the above thread has been around for 12+ years. It is a thread many newbies go to for inspiration

Again congratulations,

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!

ibcaree
Posts: 37
Joined: Wed Nov 19, 2008 6:12 pm
Location: Oklahoma

Re: Encouragement and Hope

Postby ibcaree » Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:37 am

Thank you Lee for the info! It has been awhile since I’ve been on the forum. I posted on the link you provided. :D
Diagnosed with Rectal Sigmoid Colon Cancer at age 33 11/11/08
Colon Resection Surgery 12/15/08
Stage IIIB; 4/18 lymph nodes affected
5FU 1/28/09 (12 treatments over 6 mos)
Mom to two boys age 15 and 12, and a beautiful post cancer baby girl aged 3 years!
Age: 44
NED as of July 09!!
"God can restore what is broken and change it into something amazing. All you need is faith." Joel 2:25


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