Mar 19, 2004 - 10:42 am
I spent the past hour reading your messages before signing up to join you. I'll try to condense background info. I'm a 2 1/2 year survivor of a very aggressive breast cancer treated with lumpectomy, node removal, chemo and radiation. In June,2003, my husband had a right hemicolectomy to remove tumor and had 1 positive node so went on 5FU/Leuc treatments which ended last month. However, the last blood tests showed increasing CEA, so the DR. added PET scan to the CT. Spots showed up in mesentary (?) (fatty tissue around the intestines) and possibly on liver. He's having a port inserted to do the 5FU/Leuc 36 hour infusion with oxi and Avastin. Although everyone we know has marvelled at our positive attitudes both through my experience and his, this new development has sent him into a tailspin and put us both on edge. In trying to analyze the failure of the first chemotherapy, he decided he didn't do enough to control stress in his life. His solution is to take a leave of absence from work. Everyone thinks this is a good idea except me. I know I just have to get my head around this, but I could use some encouragement. By the way, I knew this was the right site for us when I read you call yourselves the "Semi-colons." That was the first statement my husband made about himself when he knew he would have surgery!