Oct 21, 2004 - 9:28 pm
I am sorry to tell you that one of your members, KrisS, died on October 6, 2004. I am her sister. She wrote in a letter that I found after her death to: "Please write a note on the CSN support site thanking everyone for the support they provided to me and that I was disabled for a short length of time due to metastasis to the duodenum obstructing my bile duct."
As her sister, I can tell you more than that. Kris was an amazingly positive, energetic, kind person. She was also an accomplished veterinarian. During her journey with cancer she had an incredible spirit that allowed her to sail through her surgeries and chemotherapy treatments. Only when she went off oxaliplatin for a short time last spring, because of some bleeding due to radiation damage to the bladder (note: there was no tumor found there), did the tumor metastases in the liver/bile duct/duodenum seem to progress. Unfortunately neither Erbitux nor Avastin plus oxaliplatin was able to shrink the tumor. Her chemotherapy treatments stopped on September 24, 2004. She had been on TPN for about a month because of an inability to eat very much but other than that she had led a very normal life.
She often mentioned the support group and spoke of many of you as though you were all close friends. You all meant a great deal to her.