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joemetz
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I'd like to start a regular post of Good News!

It seems like some of us might be afraid to share the good news (no matter how big or small)... but we all need to hear the good news.

Share it. Whatever you have that's going good... Share it!

Cheers!

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dmj101
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I am finally being treated mornally at work after a 1 year of cancer..
I am finally getting more responsibility. It seemed so hard to get them to understand I still had a brain and that wasn't removed..
I am very happy..

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dmj

that's really good news.
it sure makes you feel good when you can turn that corner.

keep that smile and positive energy flowing!

Joe

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steveandnat
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Im very excited with the strong possibility of getting out of the hospital tomorrow. Jeff

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k44454445
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i hope you get out tomorrow!
hugs
judy

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joemetz
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awesome Jeff.

Keep fighting and fighting.

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Doc_Hawk
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Thanks for the suggestion, Joe! And Jeff, congrats! I hope that you do get home tomorrow and get back up to fighting trim very fast.

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k44454445
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i am still basking in happiness because of my scan results after #6 chemo! all areas,(2 abd, peritoneal, liver, rt ovary) except rt ovary, decreased by at least 1/2 in size. and the peritoneal decreased in number plus what was the largest tumor there went from 5.1cm to 12 mm. also the liver cancer is gone! now the onc thinks i have a cyst on the ovary because it did not respond to chemo. i go monday for #8 chemo tx. hopefully it is decreasing the tumors.
hugs
judy

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joemetz
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Judy

keep on basking in happiness.

thanks for sharing!

prayers going your way

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SharonVegas
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I was saved by the bell! 4 weeks ago I had my first Zaltrap treatment. Have had 2 since. My abdomen looked like pregnant lady when I started (acites & peritoneal mets). After 1 treatment, it shrank back to its normal size. We were panicking because other chemos didn't seem to work. Now our hope is renewed! For the first time, I'm looking forward to scans.
Ron

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PhillieG
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I'm VERY happy to hear that Zaltrap is giving you positive results.
My niece helped develop the drug so I'm obviously very interested
in how people do with it.
Continued success.
-phil

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joemetz
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Great News Ron!!!

I hope those scans show that this chemo is kicking cancers butt.

thanks for sharing.

Love reading this great news.

prayers coming your way.

relaxoutdoors08
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Ron
We all are so happy for you. So glad It is working.
NB

cinreag
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My good news is my best friend and I got a chance to go to the Great Smoky Mountains for three days. I had some bowel issues but I had my "emergency bag" handy and we really had an awsome time.

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joemetz
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best therapy for cancer is good times with good friends and creating wonderful memories.

glad you got this chance and thanks for sharing.

have you begun to prepare the next trip???

it's always good to have something to look forward to and to enjoy the time planning a trip with someone you care for and cares for you.

prayers coming your way.

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I'm still rockin' over the 70+ point drop in my CEA after almost two months and that my magnesium level is only 0.4 points below minimum baseline now! The onc denies it, but I'm betting those levels had to do with the appendix and gall bladder.

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joemetz
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that's good stuff Doc!

keep fighting my man!!!!

thanks so much for sharing and prayers are coming your way

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barbebarb
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Haven't posted in awhile - so happy to be back to work after 10 months of treatment. Have a cubicle with a window and I feel so blessed. My daughter's 21st birthday is Sunday. Will get to celebrate!
Enjoying having tastebuds back, walking my dog, and riding my bike.
Savoring each day.
Scan in Dec.,,,,,
Great post -thank you! Love hearing others joy and good news!

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joemetz
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so glad to read your post and your "up beat" attitude shines through in your words.

thanks so much for sharing the Good News!

aggie0053
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haven't been on in a while everythings all right, 2 years last july. hope everyone has a happy tnanksgiving

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I haven't been posting for a while as I was busy getting my life back in order.
The stage 2 CRC got confirmed, the colon got removed, J-pouch formed and I got rid of "The Bag" for good.
Last CEA came back at 1.8 and the outlook is that I am done with CRC for -hopefully- a long long time.

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toddi1973

thanks for sharing your GREAT news!!!!!

so happy for you and so nice to read your good news.

cheers

joe

Minnesotagirl
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Good news here for Minnesotagirl ~ Stage 3B rectal cancer survivor...had 3 month blood work last week and CEA marker came in under 1. Next scan and colonoscopy will be January, 2013. I continue to thank God everyday for the blessing of NED. I pray everyday for all of you who are awaiting that same diagnosis of NED. Blessings to all here!

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joemetz
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Minnesotagirl!

congrats on this great news. we never want to rush life, but January couldn't come soon enough right?

my next CT scan is Dec 6th. I think about it every day.
I so hope to hear that doctor call me NED!

I want to sign it like that Paul Simon song... You Can Call Me Al. (but instead sing you can call me NED.)

happy thanksgiving!

Hugs

joe

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Seems like my resume took off with a life of its own. I have a few good interviews this week. Yes - I have bad neuropathy in hands and feet, but I can and will need to mask that. I am happy that chemo ended 8/24/12, I finished 8 weeks of Wellness, I will start the "grown ups gym" this week, my Sept CT was clean, CEA in Sept was great, I see Onc in Dec. I focus on the good. Great idea for a post.

cinreag
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I have a job interview at noon today. I am so excited. I keep thinking maybe my life is finally going to get back to normal.

There is no guarantee Im going to get the job, but Im still excited for the possibility. You can bet I am going to give it my best shot. Have my list of questions written down so hopefully I dont forget anything.

I hope everyone has a great day. ~Cindy

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joemetz
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how'd the job interview go this week?

sometimes the process of going through the interview might not land THAT job, but it will continue to burn that candle of desire to find the best job for you.

I hope life is going better and better for you and all on this CSN site.

cinreag
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Hello, I feel like the interview went real good. Hoping for a call back. There has been lots of prayers offered on my behalf and Im trying to keep the faith.
If this job dont work out I will keep trying. As you said the fire is burning....

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1 year after diagnose followed by surgery, chemo, tep. ileostomy and reversal surgery husband had CT scans on Monday and appointment with Onc on Thursday: all clear. HURRAY!

For details see the separate thread I opened.

Hugs from Germany
Petra

Cathleen Mary
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Joe, I just want to thank you for starting this thread...it's a great idea!
Cathleen Mary

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joemetz
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Cathleen Mary... this is TOTALLY my pleasure.

I hope this string raises to the top of the blog list each and every week.

we all need to read the good news to keep us pushing on.

Especially the newbees to the blog.

Hugs!

Joe

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Petra

great news!!!!

cheers to you and your battle.

Joe

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As some of you know, I've been struggling through post-op complications following my lumpectomy (benign) a month ago. Complications included lots of nasty invasive procedures, and a second surgery which left me in severe pain.

As a result, I've missed out on the first month of my curling season (about 6 games.) I just came back from the club where I tried to throw a few stones for the first time in weeks, and was comfortable! I'm back on the ice with my next league game, and will be flying off to Cleveland for a tournament next week!

Alice

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I took a 6 month membership, I did some cardio and weights today.
This is a great idea Joe.
Hugs,
Pete

Ps I am flying half way around the world to go see family for xmas, so I am going to get a round the world ticket and have an adventuremaybe India, Africa or south America.

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Congrats on Curling Again! Good News on the Gym! My time in Germany was wonderful, the Germans are full of life!

My wife just got a hold of Dr Lentz. We will visit our old home and friends, and I will receive world class treatment!

Best Always, mike

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Pete

you keep pushing it man!
love it

and flying around the world... who you takin' with you?

I think i'd love to do that.

I plan to go take some scuba diving lessons in the new year.
I'm working on my list of Things To Do in 2013, and scuba is something i'd like to get involved in.

cheers!

Joe

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Doc_Hawk
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I'M HOME!!!!!!

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Nice not to have only cancer stuff to talk about.
I have been interviewing, apparently I am a hot ticket and people love my resume. I am going to be very picky with the job I select.
I have been going to the gym 3 times per week and loving it.
I look pretty good (considering I was disconnected 8/24/12 and port out 10/19/12).
Yes cancer sucks, but when you get through some of the sucky stuff, life is beautiful.
I try to help anyone going through chemo - as I was helped.
I will be 1 yr NED on 1/31/13.
So far all scans and test show all clear.
I look forward to the holidays this year, since I thought I may not be around.
My children (young adults now) are really great people. I am so proud.
I am stronger than I ever thought.
I feel a new me emerging and I like her alot. She is also 60 pounds lighter (thanks chemo diet).
I wish the best for everyone. When I read people going through tough times I feel their pain. Do not lose faith.

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joemetz
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everyone who comes here for the first time needs to read this post!!!

thank you thank you thank you.

you made my day

Joe

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DX 3C early 2010, resection and finished chemo, OXY-5FU, Nov 2010.
Had my second annual scan on the 13th and it came back NED.
Onc has cut back my blood tests to every six months.

So far so good.

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Helen321
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I wish they had a like button. Congratulations!! And once you're done with NED, please send him my way.

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Helen321
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I wish they had a like button. Congratulations!! And once you're done with NED, please send him my way.

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joemetz
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Great News on being NED.

thanks so much for sharing.

Don't ever forget to go for those six month blood tests... and if they ever tell you to go a year, just say NO. You like to be called NED on a regular basis.

(I had cancer 24 years ago... go checked regularly for 7 years... then, after 10 years, i went to not worrying about cancer. If I would have stuck with annual tests, i would never have gotten all the way to stage IV. Just my two cents. And, yes... i know this blog post is s'posed to be about Good News.)

Hugs

joe

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Helen321
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My butts on fire but aquaphor is working just great. lol I like this idea and really nice picture Joe=)

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joemetz
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Helen

sorry to hear about your butt! Hopefully you can laugh about it, and youre feeling better very soon.

Thanks for the compliment about this post and my picture.
I took that just after my hair came back in and I had a suite and tie on for a business meeting. I hadn't worked in 5 months, and with the the new maintenance chemo treatments.... I'm feeling like a new man. I hope this continues.

Looks like your pic you have a precious bundle of Joy in your arms. Congrats to you.

my best

Joe

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