First Triathlon in over 30 years!

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First Triathlon in over 30 years!

Postby Gravelyguy » Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:45 pm

Hi Everyone,

I trained this summer to do my first triathlon in a long, long time. I did it with a good friend as a way to get back into shape and to let cancer know it had not gotten the best of me.

It hit me at the half way mark of the run as we turned around to head to the finish that I was going to make it. It brought back a flood of memories of the past couple of years and how there is no way I could be doing what I was doing this time last year. Can’t lie, I got a little emotional as I was running.

Everyone in the midst of treatment, it is so often overwhelming and it seems like every step of the treatment takes you further away from feeling well. I just want you to know that it gets better. It takes awhile but it gets better.

Praying for you all,

6/17 dx mCRC t3n1m1 very low rectal tumor 2 liver Mets 1.3 cm and .9 cm

6/17 begin 4 rounds Folfox w/Vectibix
9/17 short course radiation
10/17 rectal and liver resection LAR with coloanal anastomosis (no rectum left)
11/17-3/18 8 rounds Folfox
6/18 still NED!! Takedown
8/28/18 still NED! CEA .8 new low for me
10/18/18 colonoscopy clear
12/12/18 clear scans, CEA .9 still NED!
6/11/19 clear scans CEA 1.0

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Re: First Triathlon in over 30 years!

Postby Siti » Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:51 pm

This brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing and am genuinely so happy for you! I hope you’ll have a long and amazing life ahead of you.
Wife of DH (54) DX on 5/7/19 (Amsterdam)
CEA value: 1.2
T loc: Sigmoid
T type: Adenocarcinoma
T grade: G3
Pos LNs: 30/31
Wild type | BRAF normal
Pre-surgery PET-CT Scan 19/7/19 (Singapore): Distant lymph nodes (para-aorta, neck & hip), lit, est. size 0.5-1.5cm.
Met: clear except lit distant lymph nodes (inconclusive)
Surgery: Laparascopic Colon Resection 22/7/19
Scheduled chemo: late-August CAPEOX + Avastin x 8 (Amsterdam)

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Re: First Triathlon in over 30 years!

Postby NHMike » Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:11 pm

Part of therapy is getting back things that you might have lost. Congrats on completing it.
6/17: ER rectal bleeding; Colonoscopy
7/17: 3B rectal. T3N1bM0. 5.2 4.5 4.3 cm. Lymphs: 6 x 4 mm, 8 x 6, 5 x 5
7/17-9/17: Xeloda radiation
7/5: CEA 2.7; 8/16: 1.9; 11/30: 0.6; 12/20 1.4; 1/10 1.8; 1/31 2.2; 2/28 2.6; 4/10 2.8; 5/1 2.8; 5/29 3.2; 7/13 4.5; 8/9 2.8, 2/12 1.2
10/17: 2.7 2.2 1.6 cm (-90%). Lymphs: 3 x 3 mm (-62.5%), 4 x 3 (-75%), 5 x 3 (-40%). 5.1 CM from AV
10/17: LAR, Temp Ileostomy, Path Complete Response
CapeOx (8) 12/17-6/18
7/18: Reversal, Port Removal
2/19: Clean CT

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Re: First Triathlon in over 30 years!

Postby annieliz » Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:49 pm

Congratulations! This is such great news!

For selfish reasons, this is just the thing I needed to hear today as I am starting Folfox this Friday, and I am hopeful that my life can remain as close to normal as possible. I plan on staying well-hydrated, running, walking, and swimming as much as possible, and maintaining my routine of working, cooking, etc. I hope I am not being delusional, but your post makes me hopeful!

Again, congratulations on the triathlon! It's quite an accomplishment for anyone, but for someone who has been what you have been through it's so much more.
66 Female
7/15/19 Colonoscopy
7/26/19 DX: Rectal Adenocarcinoma
CEA 8/8/19 - 1.9
8/16/19 begin FOLFOX

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Re: First Triathlon in over 30 years!

Postby Punky44 » Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:22 pm

That’s awesome! Congratulations!!
Caregiver to my amazing mom (68)
10/1/18 DX with rectal cancer; CEA 17 at diagnosis
MRI/CT/PET puts staging at T3N2M0
Total neoadjuvant therapy:
8 rounds Folfox 11/5/18 - 2/11/19
Short course radiation 3/14/19 - 3/20/19
Robotically assisted laparoscopic LAR 3/21/19
Pathology report says yT2N0M0 with 0/38 nodes
CEA 4/23: 2.1; 7/24: 1.9
6/28/19 Reversal and port out

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

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Re: First Triathlon in over 30 years!

Postby AmyG » Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:05 pm

Dude. That's freaking amazing. High five from a half marathoner! Idk that I will be able to do any halfs in the fall, but that's okay. I've got next spring and next fall and hopefully a whole lot more time after that.
42 dx @ 9wks pregnant w/baby #8 8/18
Sigmoid colon resection 9/18
Adenocarcinoma, G2, T3N0M0..or so we thought
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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