I am interested in finding someone who has survived as long as I have after having total gastrectomy/spenectomy following stomach cancer almost 16 years ago. I was 42 at the time. My tumor was 5cm and had already eroded throught the wall of the stomach. The 41 nodes that were removed along with my spleen all proved to be negative. I had to have a second major surgery 10 days later for an anastamosis leak that caused a pelvic abscess and peritonitis. That surgery was longer then the original one and almost did me in but on the positive side if there were any cancer cells floating around they would most likely have been killed off during the huge inflammatory response from the abscess.
I feel very much like I won the lottery at that time cause the surgery was the cure. I reguired no chemo or radiation. I truly had a guardian angel or something!
I have gone through many changes over the years with my intestines. Over the past year and a half more and different things have gone on. Things that even a gastroenterologist at U.B.C. could not help me with. I am seriously hoping to find someone out there that has been around as long as I have and would be interested in swapping " gut " stories!
If I can be of any help or inspiration to anyone you can call me