Yesterday marks ten years since I was first diagnosed with cancer on May, 8th 2008. How did I miss that?! I had surgery on May 15th 2008, followed by six months of FOLFOX chemo. I've been incredibly fortunate to still be here and to have never had a recurrence. Sometimes I ask the "why me"? question (why did I survive when we have lost so many others?), but mostly I just go on with life and try to enjoy it. I'm still at the same job. My six year old is now sixteen! I just signed up to volunteer for a cat rescue a few hours a week. Life has its ups and downs, but I feel grateful today to still be in the game.
Blessings to all of you. I only stop in here now and then these days, but I came here right away when I remembered my anniversary. I guess I feel a little guilty for posting when so many of us are struggling, but on the other hand, maybe I can offer a little hope. I was not diagnosed at stage 4, but I was 3c with "prognostic factors" in the toilet. I had a huge tumor, 14 positive lymph nodes and "signet ring cell" cancer. I even had some suspicious para-aortic nodes. They were not suspicious about them until they shrunk during chemo. Thanks goodness they never showed up again.
Take care, wishing you all the best! Sending love,
Diagnosed stage 3C signet ring colon cancer in May, 2008
14 out of 18 positive lymph nodes
Final treatment in November, 2008
NED ever since
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