Anyone given the "5 year" speech?....

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  • KathiM
    KathiM Member Posts: 8,028
    Stage 3, but given the 'get your affairs in order!' speech...

    It was the wrong cancer, in the wrong place for it...and there were only 37 cases ever reported...and most 'only' had 6 months to live...

    I lived past 6 months, on to my next cancer treatment for unrelated breast cancer...right now, 8 years later, in remission on both...BUT both were in the lymph system, and can return whenever...still will be staged the original way, but treated as reocurrance...

     

    I feel I need to share my 2 cents...because I still feel that life is precious, and I live my life differently now.  I look at cancer as a large bird, flying behind me just out of my line of vision...whenever it flies closer (as it is now...I am having symptoms that are familiar to my first fights), I make an appointment with my doctors to check it out....

    Living with a chronic disease makes the body and soul weary, but the alternative, IMHO, is not a choice for me right now...

    I send strong, loving hugs to everyone!

    Hugs, Kathi

  • cinreag
    cinreag Member Posts: 154
    No time frame

    I wasnt given a specific time frame but was told there was a 50/50 chance of my cancer (small intestine) returning to my abdomen or liver, and if that happens there will be no cure. Since joining this board I realize that it seems all colon cancer, if it returns, returns to abdomen or liver. And it may be alright to still hope for a cure. Cancer is a terrorist. It stalks you, and messes with your peace of mind, even when there is no obvious sign or symptom of its being there.

  • gizzyluv
    gizzyluv Member Posts: 143
    Just want to say thanks & give update....

    This is to everyone who replied to my post, thank you all for sharing your stories with me. Once again, I feel better now. I just sit & "stew" sometimes, thinking of all the possibilities, good & bad. Bottom line is Jason is as stubborn as a mule & is determined to give the big C the fight of a lifetime! I know it's not gonna be easy, but I'll be with him every step of the way. (well, me & the good lord above! Wink) By the way, Jason's next chemo treatment is Wednesday, & he is still doing exceptionally well. I know he may still get the bad side effects, but I pray he continues to do as well as he is now. (((HUGS)))) to you all! Kris

  • AnnLouise
    AnnLouise Member Posts: 276
    gizzyluv said:

    Just want to say thanks & give update....

    This is to everyone who replied to my post, thank you all for sharing your stories with me. Once again, I feel better now. I just sit & "stew" sometimes, thinking of all the possibilities, good & bad. Bottom line is Jason is as stubborn as a mule & is determined to give the big C the fight of a lifetime! I know it's not gonna be easy, but I'll be with him every step of the way. (well, me & the good lord above! Wink) By the way, Jason's next chemo treatment is Wednesday, & he is still doing exceptionally well. I know he may still get the bad side effects, but I pray he continues to do as well as he is now. (((HUGS)))) to you all! Kris

    Positive attitude and fighting spirit......:

    I am glad to hear that he has a fighting attitude and you are there by his side. Sounds like a winning combination to me! Hope his chemo continues to go well.....I will be thinking of you Wednesday...  ~ Ann

  • Momof2plusteentwins
    Momof2plusteentwins Member Posts: 508
    Never given the "5 year" speech
    Diagnosed 4/11/2012 - Stage IV - 1 met to liver. My onc never gave me a time frame. He said he could line up 10 of me with the same rectal cancer and same liver met and have 10 different outcomes. He was honest and told me he didn't know what would happen and how I would respond. I am currently in remission and getting CTs every 3 months.
    Sandy :)