I am a 38 year old male that was diagnosed with stage II Bile duct cancer in April 14, 2011. While having my gallbladder removed the surgeon found a tumor on my liver. He took a biopsy and it came back as cancer. I was sent to Denver and on April 29th I had a liver resection completely taking the left lobe of my liver. The surgery was successful with great margins. My lymph nodes came back clear. I donated the 8cm tumor and liver to the University of Denver for research under Dr. Steven Le Long. I spent 8 days on the transplant ward post surgery & 6 more in a hotel before I came home to north eastern Wyoming.
After 5 weeks of recovery the cancer team decided due to the aggressive nature of the cancer & my family history( father 36, his brother 20 & his sister 36 all passed from colon cancer) that I would start 6 cycles off chemotherapy. I had a power port placed on my right chest & started a cocktail of Cisplatinin & Gemzar in June. Chemotherapy has been rough with nausea & swinging 20lbs every cycle. Tomorrow is my las treatment.
I have had a recent MRI & still I am clear & my tumor markers are zero. I am now starting 28 treatments of radiation as another way to insure I get the best chance of beating this stuff down. I have been fairly positive during this battle. I have never said why me or felt bad for myself. I started seeing a counselor after surgery as another way to fight. It is my cancer & my fight alone when it came down to it was my belief. My wife and four kids have been supportive & strong. Very proud of them all for stepping up & not letting this illness stop their lives.
I feel I am a survivor and I am in remission at this point. I do admit after 7 months of this I am beat down tho. Mentally it gets harder everyday to stay strong for myself & my family. I know I have been blessed & lucky so far to this point. I would love to know if anyone actually has beat this stuff. To find someone who has been in remission for a couple of years even.