A glimpe at a "normal" life, an amazing day!

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A glimpe at a "normal" life, an amazing day!

Postby jmarie » Sun Jul 26, 2009 9:07 pm

Today I took my baby girl to the pool for the first time with my sister-in-law and nephews. For the first time in 8 months I went all day without thinking of cancer. I talked to other mothers about our babies. No one asked how I was feeling or about my cancer. We just enjoyed the sun, splashed around with my nephews. What an amazing day! I didn't think of it until I checked my email just now. It is an amazing feeling to have been so relaxed and carefree. I pray this is the first of many more great days to come, Thank you Lord!!!
DX Stage IV 11/25/08
mets liver lung, kras mutant
Baby 2yrs old! I am 32yrs
Too many chemo txs to count
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Postby NWgirl » Sun Jul 26, 2009 10:48 pm

I treasure days like that. I wish you many, many more.
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Postby salysue » Mon Jul 27, 2009 6:51 am

This horrid disease really makes you appreciate the small things in life. Your story brightened my day, and may you continue to experience many more of these good times!
Husband diagnosed 2/7/08
Stage IIIA RC
2 nodes positive out of 29
5FU and radiation
Surgery 6/10/08
6 months Folfox ended 12/31/08
Ileo takedown 2/12/09

ONE DAY AT A TIME!

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Postby johnmeissner » Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:04 am

Thanks jmarie. My situation is different from most people here, in that my cancer was caught very early and I was cured surgically, with no subsquent chemo or any such treatment that so many here have had to endure. However, most days I still think about cancer, what it's done to my family and what it tried to do to me.

What I love to think about most though, is that nearly two years after my cure, at age 53, I became a first-time father! My Jimmy is such a sweetheart and not a day goes by that I don't cherish the gift I've been given. Your story helped me remember how blessed I am. Thank you!
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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Postby jmarie » Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:10 am

Having a baby in the middle of this can be a bit overwhelming at times. But it also has shown me how precious life is and given me reason to get up everyday with a smile. I can't imagine doing this without her.
DX Stage IV 11/25/08
mets liver lung, kras mutant
Baby 2yrs old! I am 32yrs
Too many chemo txs to count
trying to find a clinical trial
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Postby johnmeissner » Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:17 am

jmarie wrote:I can't imagine doing this without her.


I feel the same way. Too bad we live on opposite sides of the state. (We live in Palm Harbor.) Our library has Mother Goose rhymes every Tuesday. I'm not sure who has more fun, me or Jimmy! You would enjoy it.
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Postby dianetavegia » Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:26 am

I'm so glad you had such a great day. I wish you many more like it and only great health.

Diane
Stage IIIB cc surgery 1/7/09. 5/17 nodes. 12 tx FOLFOX
Stage IVa 2/15/12. PET = 1.5cm liver met. HR 4/11/12 No chemo

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Postby Terry » Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:50 pm

Your great day, gave me great hope! Thanks for posting. My husband just came home and was saying he hopes our life can get back to normal some day and he doesn't think it will. I will have him read your post. Keep having those days!!!
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Postby jmarie » Wed Jul 29, 2009 7:01 pm

I don't know if life will ever get back to our old "normal" but I pray we find a new normal that doesn't center around cancer, medications and dr appts. I am afraid of forgeting everything this crappy disease has taught me. Before this me and hubby were working 50 hrs a week, eating liker crap, not being very involved w/ family. Now I have a new perspective on life and hope to carry on with it.
DX Stage IV 11/25/08
mets liver lung, kras mutant
Baby 2yrs old! I am 32yrs
Too many chemo txs to count
trying to find a clinical trial
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Postby live2jett » Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:24 pm

A day without thinking of Cancer is a day filled with sunshine!
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Postby Lifes2short » Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:59 pm

Kids are an awesome reason to live! I'm glad you had such a great day. I wish you many many more!
Age 45; Stage IV, mets to liver, nodes and bones.
Dx 12/05; Chemoradiation, surgery, Folfox, Folfiri, Folfiri, Folfiri, Folfiri
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Postby garbovatwin » Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:29 pm

Oh it's such a perfect day,
I'm glad I spent it with you.
Oh such a perfect day,
You just keep me hanging on,
You just keep me hanging on.......lou reed
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Postby jmarie » Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:41 pm

garbovatwin wrote:Oh it's such a perfect day,
I'm glad I spent it with you.
Oh such a perfect day,
You just keep me hanging on,
You just keep me hanging on.......lou reed



Thank you for this quote, I love it and keep repeating it to my baby girl. This is exactly how I felt that day. Thanks again
DX Stage IV 11/25/08
mets liver lung, kras mutant
Baby 2yrs old! I am 32yrs
Too many chemo txs to count
trying to find a clinical trial
"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf"

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Postby bdurant » Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:27 am

I'm glad you had such a wonderful day. I pray that you will have many more. Remember how great it is and each day, tell the cancer, that today you are going to find joy. Having that darling baby, you don't have far to look.
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Postby ljmorefield » Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:33 pm

I am so glad for your "cancer free" day...may there be many more to come.
Dx Stage IV MCRC 11/20/09 2 tumors, liver/lung mets
Rt. Hemicolect 12/9/08 11/13 l/n positive
Folfox 12/31/08 - 5/26/09
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