Wow...I am sitting here with so many feelings. Back in 2009, my husband Stephen was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer, mets to the liver. I was very active on this board, and gained so much help and insight over the 11 months he lived. I'd stay up countless hours as he slept, trying to find some sort of avenue that might work, something his doctors hadn't thought of, something we were missing.
Twelve years later, I'm finally writing a book about Stephen. It will be my first. I printed out every single conversation I had here (the stack is about 6 inches thick), and started looking back at folks who were my constant support, and wondering if they were still posting, still helping, still sharing. You ARE! The first person I searched was cptmac because I was reading something back then that was posted...then I saw CRGuy on here and I'm just...amazed and happy and SO overwhelmed. I'm sure there's more but I literally just signed on for the first time in 10 years about 5 minutes ago.
Back then, because of Stephen's journey, I thought to myself "can anyone with Stage IV REALLY live for such a long time??" I read accounts of people I didn't know on the internet doing this, but not anyone I "knew" like I felt I did through this forum...it DOES happen. It DOES.
You all- every single one of you- make so much of a difference, I don't know if you'll ever know how much.
Wife to Stephen, dx 5/13/09; 45 yo
Stage IV w/numerous mets to liver, 2 to LNs
Colon resection 5/25/09
Folfox/Avastin, Folfiri/Avastin, Folfiri/Erbitux-progressed
Sir Spheres 2/2/2010
Admitted to hospital 4/23/2010
Passed away 5/09/2010