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Doreen65
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Joined: Aug 2005

Hi everyone just wanted to visit and let everyone know I'm still around five years later.... Stage four with four liver mets. Went through a year of chemo/radiation/liver resection. I had adenomcarinoma ??? Diagnosed Feb. 04 did chemo April 04 til April 05.
Have been NED every since no more chemo and no surgeries.... They found a 2cm tumor base of rectum with four liver mets.. For those of you just diagnosed with this I wanted to give you hope and I will continue to check in from time to time to let everyone know I'm still here. (I had my liver resection in January 2005)
I have to tell you though I don't think the monkey on your back ever leaves though. It becomes a real eye-opener to other types of cancers and I guess you could call me paranoid now on and off... Pretty much every ache I have in my mind is somehow related to this even if its a pulled muscle. Praying for you all. Doreen

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eric38
Posts: 588
Joined: May 2009

Thank you so much for sharing your story. I was just diagnosed a little over 2 months ago with stage 4 colon cancer - 4 mets to the liver. Your story gives me hope and inspiration.

Eric

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nudgie
Posts: 1480
Joined: Sep 2006

CONGRATS on making the 5-YEAR mark. Make sure you do the Happy Naked Dance with NED :)

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lmliess
Posts: 331
Joined: Dec 2008

That just gives all of us Stage IV's hope and determination to kick this crap!!!

Linda

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Shayenne
Posts: 2370
Joined: Jan 2009

Thanks for that post, I have the same thing as you, Stage 4, adenocarcinoma, scared of course, but not living like it's going to beat me! Your story gives me alot of hope, and I thank you for posting that, you're a total inspiration!

Hugsss and good luck at staying NED!
~Donna

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luv3jay
Posts: 534
Joined: May 2009

Congratulations and thank you for your encouragement!

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Annabelle41415
Posts: 4187
Joined: Feb 2009

Great news and congratulations. That is just awesome news and I thank you for sharing that with all of us. It is encouraging to know that you have made the 5 year mark and still NED. Continued great health to you and enjoy your summer. Please post back to let us know how you are doing.

Kim

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Paula G.
Posts: 596
Joined: Apr 2009

Thank you for posting this. I am so happy for you. My husband was DX last Nov. with stage4. We are going through the Chemo now. Love hearing the postive out comes from everyone even the people still in treatment and fighting this beast. We have found so many people here to be so helpful with everything from diet to medication and support. Thanks again and thanks to all of you semi-colons. Good Luck Paula G.

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kimby
Posts: 804
Joined: Oct 2007

Thank you so much for stopping in to give us HOPE. We all need to hear stories just like yours!

Kimby

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impactzone
Posts: 429
Joined: Aug 2006

Love to hear good news! Congrats and thanks!
Chip

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eric38
Posts: 588
Joined: May 2009

Chip - Wishing you the best. I hope your scan results turn out great.

Eric

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tootsie1
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Joined: Feb 2008

Doreeen,

Congratulations on 5 years. That's fabulous!!!

*hugs*
Gail

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confused1
Posts: 50
Joined: Feb 2009

This sure does give us hope. I have stage 4 colon cancer also, but mine is more than half of my liver sm. spots in my lungs, and my ovaries are as big as grate fruits with it. But I am going to make it that long or longer also. Thank u for sharing your story with all of us. It sure gives a person hope. Thank You Again Take Care Everyone!!! Love Colleen

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Nana b
Posts: 2707
Joined: May 2009

Collen, yes, you are!!

Yes, we are.

qwe
Posts: 125
Joined: Jan 2009

So glade to hear your good news and yes I am NED now but the thought of cancer
some were else does and will hunt me.

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ron50
Posts: 1261
Joined: Nov 2001

Congratulations Doreen whatever you are doing just keep on doing it. Don't worry about cancer just stay vigilant and have your tests when scheduled. It is really important to look after your health in all ways there are lots of things to be aware of. I now have a regular overhaul every year to check all aspects of my health. I am facing potentially life threatening kidney and autu-immune diseases that sort of crept up from behind and ambushed me. Take good care of yourself,I wish you a long and healthy life,Ron.

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scouty
Posts: 1973
Joined: Apr 2004

Thanks for checking in and relaying the great news!!!! We were dxed the same month way back when.

Don't stay away so long the next time. Folks here can use your inspiration.

Lisa P.

Devasted
Posts: 186
Joined: Jun 2009

My husband just dx with stage iv rectal cancer with 5 mets to liver.
It's great to know there is hope! He just started radiation and xeloda.

We'll remember your great story. Thanks for sharing!

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punch_vj
Posts: 88
Joined: May 2009

Blessings for you continued health and thank once again for sharing.

HANRSC
Posts: 21
Joined: Apr 2007

First and foremost was my faith in God for Peace, Hope, Joy, Self Control, Wisdom, Patience, etc., knowing that ALL healing comes from him.

Nutrition is a good alternative therapy but it takes discipline

I had colon cancer in 2006, followed by 12 sessions of first -line- chemo, for tumors in the colon and liver; in 2009 had a recurrence, small tumor in one lung. In my opinion this was due to 'to over consumption of animal protein  from chicken and fish. had already cut out red meat in 2006 but tried to use too much fish and chicken as a substitute. I didn't listen nor understood my dietitian here in Germany, her advice was to only eat enough meat to hold or squeeze in one hand. Since then (2009) I only eat fish or chicken  once or twice a week; again only enough to squeeze or hold in one hand, as my dietitian recommended in 2007. Recommend seeing more than one cancer speciallzed dietitian. To get the vegetable color and other ingredients, I steam and eat daily a mixed frozen veggie package with fresh celery, etc. I also daily eat home-made mixture of frozen berries with yoghurt (about 8 oz).

 

I have a good exercise plan and consume at least 2 liters of water or fluid per day in addition to my food

Charles

 
 

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8735
Posts: 6
Joined: May 2009

Congrats on 5 years and thanks for the positive news. I'm new to the website but one year
into all this - had surgery, still doing chemo, spots on liver and a couple in that fatty tissue. Things shrunk initially but are now just status quo. This whole stage IV bit has been a bit daunting and can feel a bit like a death sentence. When you hear of a 5-year survivor it helps keep the positive outlook going. Thanks for checking in.

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menright
Posts: 248
Joined: Oct 2008

Thanks for the story. Your 5-year NED is a great result. Your cancer journey is very similar to mine and because of that your 5-year Mark is all the more special.

My next step will be liver resection. I hope that goes well.

Enjoy your NED!

Mike

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dixchi
Posts: 438
Joined: Jun 2008

You just don't know how much it helps the rest of us to
hear success stories; the journey can be mighty long and
tedious and hearing about those who made it to NED makes
that journey less difficult. I have scans coming up in
couple of weeks so I am hoping all is ok; I was ok the
last set of them. Thanks for telling your story; it gives
me an extra positive boost.

Barbara

kersha
Posts: 63
Joined: Jul 2009

First of all let me say congratulations on being a survivor and let others know. I have been reading and trying to find people who have been survivors for this long to come forward and let other people know so that at least they have hope. My husband was diagnosed in June of 08 and also had four liver mets. which he had removed he. He also underwent chemo for six months. He has to undergo some tests to see if he would be eligible for a trial vaccine which should help with recurrence of the cancer. Are you on any special diet or supplements or are you just doing everything as before? Again I am very excited for you and wish you all the best.

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dorookie
Posts: 1681
Joined: Jul 2007

Thanks for your post and your hope. I am stage 4 just got cleared a few weeks ago for the second time in 2 years. SO I am starting my journey into NEDness and pray it continues forever.....

Thanks again
God Bless
Beth

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confused1
Posts: 50
Joined: Feb 2009

I also have stage 4 colon cancer. I have alot of spots on my liver and a few in my lungs and today I got a cat scan and the doctor is telling me that my ovaries are as big as bowling balls. Therefore I look like I am 12 months prego. And I have been doing chemo every week now since last April 2008. Now that my ovaries are that big they are finally thinking about taking them out. So your story really gives me hope. Thanks for the info. Take Care everyone Love Colleen

klnesbitt
Posts: 6
Joined: Sep 2008

Yeah for you and so glad you took the time to give your success story. I search the web for success stories like yours. Life has so much more meaning after that brush with death. I am 16 months NED and counting.

Karen

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