Happy 3rd anniversary to me!

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Happy 3rd anniversary to me!

Postby johnmeissner » Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:47 am

From my blog, http://www.meissnershockeyblog.blogspot.com :

Today, August 21st, 2009, is the third anniversary of my surgical cure from stage one colon cancer.

My story: In the fall of 2005, I started feeling "oogily." Repeated doctor visits, test, hospital trips, yielded nothing more than a case of acid reflux(Which often times can mimic heart problems.). Finally, in July of 2006, my doctor sent me to a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy, since I was already past the magical age of 50(I was 51 at that time). One polyp was found, removed and sent for testing, even though the doctor said "It looked fine." A week later he called and said they had found cancer at the tip of the polyp. A month after that, I had a colon resection, where my sigmoid colon and any possible cancerous sites were removed.

Since then, I have had several "scares," with the most recent one being a week ago. But, I have passed all tests and remain N.E.D., cancer survivor talk for "No Evidence Of Disease." I am a great example of how, if caught early, colon cancer can be defeated.

If you are 50, get tested. If there is a history of colon cancer in your family, get tested. (The rule of thumb there is, you get tested at 10 years of age younger than your relative's diagnoses age.) Lots of people don't listen to their bodies, or don't push their doctors for further testing, if they don't like the answers their doctors give them. Remember, the doctor works for you, not the other way around. If you feel the need to, push your doctors to keep looking from every possible angle, until all possibilities are exhausted. Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. but is also easily defeatable.

I am several things. A husband. A father. A friend. And, without being N.E.D. I wouldn't be any of those. Get tested. The life you save may be your own. Trust me. And, call me N.E.D.
Hi, I'm John. But you can call me NED! Meet our son Jimmy at http://s306.photobucket.com/albums/nn243/jimmymize/

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Re: Happy 3rd anniversary to me!

Postby helen098 » Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:24 pm

congrats on your annivesary
I am only 2 1/2 moths a head of you (6/6/6)
do something you loved today
stage 3A surgery 6/6/6 finished chemo jan 07
11 5FU/12 Levcouorin/10oxaliplatim
port removed jun 07
anal fistula surgery oct 05 may 07 feb 08 sep 08 jun 09

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Re: Happy 3rd anniversary to me!

Postby debb » Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:28 pm

Hi John...happy anniversary!! Great news...and thanks for getting the message out there.

My docs at Sloan recommended that my kids get tested 20 years before my age of diagnosis (42), even though my genetic testing came back negative. They said it was "good news/bad news:" good that I didn't have the genetic link they currently test for, but maybe bad because I may have a genetic link that can't be tested yet.

As I fretted over the legacy I leave to my children, my doc told me that with testing my kids will never have to go through what I've gone through. He said to look at it this way: A mammogram detects cancer, but a colonoscopy prevents cancer. That made me feel better, because, while prep for a colonoscopy isn't anybody's idea of fun, it's something that can save their lives.

Congrats again on your anniversary.....I hope for many more for you!!
Stage 3C, Dx at 42, mom of 4
Colon resection 7/08
Folfox 9/08-2/09
Met to right ovary, both ovaries removed 7/10
HIPEC 8/10
VATS 7/12, 2 nodes, right lung
10/14 3 lung nodes, Stivarga clinical trial
3/15-7/15 Folfiri & avastin for lung things
Break! One+ year of freedom
8/16 Folfiri & avastin..lung things again
Break! 10 months of freedom
1/18 rib mets, radiation, folfiri & avastin
1/19 rib mets again, radiation, folfiri & avastin

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Re: Happy 3rd anniversary to me!

Postby AngelaW » Fri Aug 21, 2009 1:21 pm

Congrats! I hope to celebrate my 3 years in November.
Rectal Cancer Dx 11-2-06 Age 38
Stage IIIC 7/16 nodes +
5FU/Rads prior to LAR on 1-31-07
R/V Fistula 4/07
2nd LAR 5-4-07 plus colostomy
FOLFOX done 11-6-07
Breast Cancer/Dbl mastectomy 8-11-08

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Re: Happy 3rd anniversary to me!

Postby Hannah » Fri Aug 21, 2009 10:41 pm

Hey John - good to hear this, a big congrats!!

Hannah K. Vogler
Co-Founder, The Colon Club
cousin of Amanda Sherwood Roberts
dx 1/99 Stage III at age 24
died January 1, 2002 at age 27

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Re: Happy 3rd anniversary to me!

Postby willtowin » Sat Aug 22, 2009 12:46 am

John.....Congrats on 3 Years. I know even us stage 1 people count each day, month, year and appreciate them all. I love, love your last line...father, husband, friend....it is a great line.

May you enjoy many more years of being a father, husband and friend.
Stage 1 -4-25-08 (lymphovascular invasion)
poorly diff
Hnpcc negative
TAH/BSO 5-08
Folfox COMPLETED 12-26-08
NED as of 12-09
gallbladder removed 3-09
appendectomy 11-2012
1-2013 FNH of liver, or Adenoma
44 year old mom to 3-10, 11 & 14

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Re: Happy 3rd anniversary to me!

Postby Terry » Sat Aug 22, 2009 12:48 am

Happy Anniversary JOhn! That is great news:)
DX 7/3/07
Chemo, radiation, 20 mo. chemo, IMRT, cyberknife, 6/11 lobectomy.
1/16 resection perm. colostomy intraop. rad.
PET 2/12 nose, thyroid, liver, lngs
Folfox 3/12
Lord I know You'll keep me here until
you know I cannot suffer any longer!

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Re: Happy 3rd anniversary to me!

Postby live2jett » Sat Aug 22, 2009 1:45 am

Congrats John!! Happy Anniversary...Enjoy your life friend:)
DX 10-21-08 Advanced stage IIIC T3 N2 M0
10/20 nodes pos.
Colon resect surgery 11-03-08
chemo 12-03-08 Folfox4 3 rounds
Xeloda 5 rounds(due to leucovorin shortage/severe reaction with oxi)
Carpe Diem NED Update 2014

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Re: Happy 3rd anniversary to me!

Postby Hawaii » Sat Aug 22, 2009 2:01 am

Happy news John! Enjoy this and many more healthy anniversaries!! March will be 3 years for me, I cherish each day!
Dx March '07, transverse resection done
stage III, 27 lymph nodes removed- 1 positive
Surgery to remove the 1 positive node
finished chemo Dec. '07, Folfox, Oxal.
NED!! 2019

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Re: Happy 3rd anniversary to me!

Postby Candyys03 » Sat Aug 22, 2009 6:30 pm


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Re: Happy 3rd anniversary to me!

Postby Joanne 814 » Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:11 am

That's great news!!!! Congrats!!!


Age: 51
Dx: Nov 07 @ age 43
Stage IIIC, RCa
Colon Resection: Nov 07, 4 of 27 LN
Chemo/Radiation: 28 treatments w/constant 5FU (Jan-Feb 08)
Chemo: Folfox, 12 cycles (Mar-Aug 08) DONE 8-8-08
CT Scan 1-09 NED

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Re: Happy 3rd anniversary to me!

Postby barbara jayne » Sun Aug 23, 2009 9:12 am

Congratulaions John on you 3 yr anniversary !

I wish you many many more !

Barb :D
DX. Colon Cancer (Cecum) stage 3
Right hemicolectomy Jan '08
2/22 L.nodes positive
Oxi and Xeloda
Xeloda discontinued
due to DPD enzyme deficiency
Lynch Syndrome
11 years NED
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