Oct 20, 2004 - 2:59 pm
How are yall doing? I hope this message finds you in good spirits! I'm going in for my thoracotomy today. Let the opioid-festivities begin! Going in with a few tumors, hopefully I'll be coming out with none. NED! NED! NED! I can't wait to put those scoundrels in the bucket where they belong. I asked my surgeon the other day if the pieces of my right lung are hanging out with my rectum... He wouldn't answer... Well, I'm hoping my left lung tumors will go join his/her friends (I still have yet to name my cancer, although normally it is referred to as a four letter word... Perhaps I'll name it after my ex-boyfriend... Both are pretty shitty, he, he, he...). So if you could all keep your fingers crossed (except those with neuropathy, you're excused!), that would be great.
On another note, I attended a conference put on by the colorectal cancer alliance (CCA). It was super awesome - good food, good speakers, ect. It gave me a LOT of hope. For all you Stage IV, there are new drugs coming down the pipeline; anti-angiogenic drugs, tyrosine kinase inhibitors, ect. Vaccines are also being developed (including ALVAC-CEA) that look interesting. Not to mention all the surgical techniques to destroy liver mets.. Anyways, anybody on the East Coast should check it out. The next one is next August/September in New York. You should also see the site. They provide a lot of support.
Finally, you should all check out the www.colondar.com site. It's a calendar of young female CRC survivors. It was organized by Molly (colossal colon girl). I met her at the conference and she is awesome. I might represent the colostomates next year. YEA! I think it's a fabulous way to raise awareness of a cancer that no one wants to talk about.
Have a fabulous day and I'll leave you with a quote I love,
"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today."