Another anniversary

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Another anniversary

Postby Ron50 » Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:26 pm

It has been a while but I always drop in on my anniversary. I n four days I reach 22 years still cancer free ex stage 3 c colon cancer. It has not been a fun time in Australia with the continuing drought then in September last year Australia caught fire. So far 22 people and over a billion native animals have perished. I have not been directly threatened by the fires but have suffered badly from the smoke pollution. Despite some rain the fires continue to burn. I entered a new phase of my life last December when I finally retired after 57 years of work. I turn 70 in April so I figured it was time . A happy and cancer free new year to all, Ron.
dx 1/98
st 3 c 6 nodes
48 sessions 5Fu/levamisole
no recurrence cea <.5
numerous l/t side effects of chemo

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Re: Another anniversary

Postby CRguy » Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:41 am

Ron50 wrote: A happy and cancer free new year to all, Ron.

And to you too Ron
Mega Cheers mate and many more years to come !!!!!

Sending POSI vibes for all the Oz folks hoping for a quick end to all that destruction.

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Stage IV A rectal cancer/lung met
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Re: Another anniversary

Postby stu » Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:42 pm

Happy retirement. Always good to hear from you .

I have been watching the sad devastation of the your homeland and hope some relief comes soon .
We are all thinking of you ,
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 .

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Re: Another anniversary

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:52 am

Happy 22 year anniversary! :) The fires in Australia are awful!
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
0/22 lymph nodes
No chemo, no radiation
Clear Colonoscopy 04/29/15
NED 10/20/15
Ischemic Colitis 01/21/16
NED 11/10/16
CT Scan moved up due to high CEA 08/21/17
NED 09/25/17
NED 12/21/18
Clear colonoscopy 09/23/19
Clear 5 year scans 11/21/19- Considered cured! :)

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Re: Another anniversary

Postby crikklekay » Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:50 pm

Congrats!! I hope one day I can also say my husband has been cancer free for 22 years. I'm so sorry about the horrible events happening in Australia, my heart goes out to everyone. I hope relief is just around the corner so the country can start to heal.
Caring for DH John
Colon Cancer, Sigmoid colon
G2, Moderately differentiated w/invasion of visceral peritoneum
Stage IIIC
Positive lymph nodes: 6/22
Chemotherapy: FOLFOX (6)
12/17 ER and emergency surgery
02/18 Hospital w/ MSSA infected port, PICC line inserted, chest CT scan showed septic emboli & blood clots
03/18 Hospital w/ CDIFF
04/18 Chest CT scan clear
06/18 Colonoscopy Clear
08/18 CT Scan Clear, NEMD
06/19 Colonoscopy Clear
08/19 CT Scan Clear
08/20 CT Scan Clear

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Re: Another anniversary

Postby Gravelyguy » Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:03 pm

Awesome Ron,

Enjoy your retirement and thanks for the update.

6/17 dx mRC 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 CEA .9 still NED!
6/11/19 CEA 1.0
12/19/19 CEA 1.0 still NED!
6/17/20 CEA 1.1 still NED!
12/15/20 CEA 1.1still NED!

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Re: Another anniversary

Postby nbrandt » Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:53 pm

Congratulations on one more year. Most of all congratulations on retirement.

Today needed to hear fellow survivors still here.
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CEA 1. Pre .6 7-4-11 .7 9-22-11 .6
1-13-12 .9 4-9-12 .7 9-24-12 .6 1-4-13 .8 10-1-13 .8 4-9-14 .7 9-17-15.8
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Re: Another anniversary

Postby B in Canada » Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:29 am

Ron, Congrats on your retirement as well as your 22 years cancer-free!!! :D
So sad to read/see what is happening in Australia.

Off Topic: I visited Australia last year for my 'once-in-a-lifetime trip' in January for a month...absolutely LOVED it! Hope to go again now! :wink: Did a bit of hiking/sleeping in swags...not getting any younger so I should do that sort of thing soon. Hope you had a nice Australian Day yesterday. (Last year I was in Alice Springs for their Aus Day & the city hall/park area- they had entertainment and a sausage sizzle. :) )

Take care & thanks for checking in.
Positive FIT test Spring 2013(intermittent blood=of course thought it was hemorrhoid) & finally got appt with colo-rectal surgeon Dec.2013 & then colonoscopy Aug. 2014
Sigmoid resection (laparoscopic) Nov. 2014 T3N0M0=colon 2A Female 53 yrs. old
Choice of to take Capecitabine(Xeloda) or not: did 2 rounds and then had to quit due to many side-effects(still have auto-immune/drug-induced arthritis problems)
Colonoscopy Fall 2015(few polyps), Jan 2017(couple polyps); all scans/CEA/monitoring good :D

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Re: Another anniversary

Postby Dori W » Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:23 pm

Congratulations on your cancer anniversary and on your retirement!

The fires sound absolutely devastating. I am so sorry.

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14 out of 18 positive lymph nodes
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Re: Another anniversary

Postby benben » Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:15 pm

22 years. Ron you are a trooper! I salute you.
3/29/17 diagnosed CRC - 44 y/o Male
4/17/17 ULAR - Straight anastomosis - no ostomy.
Path: low grade T3n1m0 - moderate diff.
KRAS - NO, MLH1/PMS2/MSH6/MSH2 - Normal.
5/3 med port install
5/22 folfox - first treatment.
3rd treat, delayed - low ANC - reduced to 90% OXI
zarxio all treats
Treat 7 - 75% OXI
Treats 8-12 - NO OXI, Luke & 5FU
10/20/17 CT- NED
3/18 Scope - Clean
11/8 PORT OUT!
7/20 CT - NED (3 years!)

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Re: Another anniversary

Postby wwroam » Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:27 pm

Hello Ron
Another year passes by.
My situation is getting precarious. Though I was reluctantly declared cancerfree in 2017 I'm afraid the NSCLC returned last year. After 4 cycles of Alimta + Carboplatin I was given a break from chemo in Nov.,Dec.,and January. My haemoglobin had dropped to 71g/L. Anyhow this Wednesday I started on Opdivo so I'm hoping for the best. It's times like these that you appreciate our healthcare system. Opdivo is expensive.
All the best Ron. Sorry for sidetracking your thread.
Stage 3a DX 25/06/07
Folfox complete 30/01/08
7 years NED
Port scheduled for removal 8/02/10 Gone.
PSA .54 No prostate problems
Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic
SO diagnosed CC Stage IV Liver Mets 23/03/15

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Re: Another anniversary

Postby Ron50 » Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:26 am

There is no side tracks mate , we are all on the same road. I'm sorry that you are you constantly getting the rug pulled from under your feet every time things are looking good for you. I hope the Opdivo does its job. You have put a lot of effort into the fights you have had with cancer and it's about time you won by knockout not on points. All the best Ron.
dx 1/98
st 3 c 6 nodes
48 sessions 5Fu/levamisole
no recurrence cea <.5
numerous l/t side effects of chemo

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