I've commented on a couple of posts, but I'm new here.

Jewells
Jewells Member Posts: 17
Hi everybody! I was diagnosed stage 2B in 2008. I had a colon resection and 6 chemo treatments. In March 2010 I had a hysterectomy and was restaged....stage 4. I was told that I would never be cured and that we were just going to be trying to keep things under control. I did 11 more chemo treatments and this time I was extremely sick. Now, I am doing a treatment of only Avastin every other week for a year as maintence.I am 34 and raising my 14 year old son on my own. I considered my initial diagnoses as a flook. You know, wow that's crazy, but everything will be good. Now, I spend my days pretending like everything is okay so I do not freak my son out, while at the same time I'm fighting back tears.....Well, in a nut shell, that's my story. Glad to be here :}
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  • CherylHutch
    CherylHutch Member Posts: 1,375
    Hey Jewells!
    Welcome to the club!! Cancer definitely sucks... but hey, you've got the right attitude! You have a son who will keep you hopping and from your picture, it looks like you live in wonderful country with horses!! SO.ENVIOUS!!

    You have just joined the club of a wide variety of folk here... those who live in the country and those who live in the city and everyone inbetween. Oh ya, and there are some of us Canucks from up north of the border and even those from across the pond in Europe and Britain. We even have a few from Hong Kong and China... and let's not forget Australia and NZ!! So there is a wealth of information from around the world here at your fingertips... and more friends who really and truly know what you are going through at any given time.

    So don't be shy... feel free to ask questions any time you have them, or just join in on the conversations at hand. We are glad to have you join us... although, sorry for the reason why you found us.

    Cheryl
    (one of the token Canucks) :)
  • PGLGreg
    PGLGreg Member Posts: 731
    We're happy to have you
    We're happy to have you here. If your oncologist says you will never be cured, that is likely true, but it's not certainly true. Even if you can't count on everything being good, nonetheless it still could be. We're crossing our fingers, and we hope you will stay in touch. Tell us how your tests come out, and tell us how you feel. We're always here.

    --Greg
  • TMac52
    TMac52 Member Posts: 352
    Hey Jewells!
    Welcome. I dont know enough to give any advise but there are quite a few people here who have beat the odds with stage 4. Keep posting and opening up and some of the people here will speak up. I am glad you here, I have learned so much here.
    Your new friend,
    Tom
  • AnneCan
    AnneCan Member Posts: 3,673 Member
    Welcome Jewells!
    I am sorry you need to be here but you are in the right place! I hope you will find this site as I do.
  • Sundanceh
    Sundanceh Member Posts: 4,392 Member
    Welcome
    Jewells

    Looks like the "Welcome Wagon" has already rolled up to your doorstep:)

    Good folks and good information abound in this forum, so we're all here for you!

    -Craig
  • Love2Cats
    Love2Cats Member Posts: 127
    Hi there
    I am new here too. I have stage 4 also, but I plan on sticking around for a long time, and becoming a senior member eventually.

    You are such a wonderful mother to be concerned about the psychological effects on your son. I do my best to act tough too, so I don't upset my wife.

    It is nice to meet you, and I hope to see more of your posts.

    Sandy
  • christinecarl
    christinecarl Member Posts: 543 Member
    Welcome
    Hi Jewells,

    I am not happy you have cancer, but happy you found us. Feel free to vent and cry on our shoulder :)
  • Lori-S
    Lori-S Member Posts: 1,277 Member
    Jewells
    Welcome! I can totally relate to keeping it together so that you don't freak your son out. This is a tough journey and can be even tougher when you're a single parent. I'm happy you found us here so we can help you when you need us. Just holler and one of us will come and listen to what's going on and ask any questions cause there is almost always someone with a great answer ... and there are no dumb or silly questions. Again, welcome to the family.
  • tootsie1
    tootsie1 Member Posts: 5,044 Member
    Welcome!
    Hey, Jewells. So sorry about your diagnosis, and particularly about the change in status. I can see where that would be a shock at such a young age. I know you're concerned about your son, but as has been noted, we have some long time Stage 4's here. Praying you'll be in that category.

    *hugs*
    Gail
  • tanker sgv
    tanker sgv Member Posts: 124
    My hats off to all moms and
    My hats off to all moms and pops raising kids as single parents with cancer. My dad past when I was your sons age and my mom recently past last November. So I know your sons struggle with your diagnosis and I can only imagine yours. But the best advice I can give u is to educate your son on your decisions and be honest with him. Best of luck and again my hats off to you. Just remember there's no right or wrong on this site so ask or say anything you wish
  • johnnybegood
    johnnybegood Member Posts: 1,117 Member
    tootsie1 said:

    Welcome!
    Hey, Jewells. So sorry about your diagnosis, and particularly about the change in status. I can see where that would be a shock at such a young age. I know you're concerned about your son, but as has been noted, we have some long time Stage 4's here. Praying you'll be in that category.

    *hugs*
    Gail

    welcome
    jewells nice to meet you.i was originally dx in sept,2008 stage 3 colorectal cancer.i have scans once a year and in jan.2011 i have just found out i am stage 4 with mets to my liver and lung.i am going to start chemo again in a few days.r u a horse lover too? right now we have 5 but since this has hit me again we are going to have to sell some.good luck to you...Godbless...johnnybegood
  • just4Brooks
    just4Brooks Member Posts: 980 Member
    We're sure happy to have you
    We're sure happy to have you here as a member of the club. There is sure a lot of great people here who sure do know alot about cancer and the treatments.

    Brooks
  • here4lfe
    here4lfe Member Posts: 306 Member
    You have come to the right place
    Welcome. This group has helped me a lot in taking care of my wife (Stage 4 CC).

    Best
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  • Kathleen808
    Kathleen808 Member Posts: 2,342 Member
    Hi Jewells
    Hi Jewells,
    I'm glad you found this wonderful group. I am sorry you are dealing with a reoccurance. You are obviously a very strong lady who loves your son a lot. We're here to support you.

    Aloha,
    Kathleen
  • pete43lost_at_sea
    pete43lost_at_sea Member Posts: 3,900 Member

    Hi Jewells
    Hi Jewells,
    I'm glad you found this wonderful group. I am sorry you are dealing with a reoccurance. You are obviously a very strong lady who loves your son a lot. We're here to support you.

    Aloha,
    Kathleen

    Sorry jewells
    wished we did not have our curse in common, i hope you gain alot and give alot to and from the people here.

    pete
  • LindaJS
    LindaJS Member Posts: 20 Member
    Welcome! I tip my hat to
    Welcome! I tip my hat to you as a fellow Mum & Im sure you will find the information & support you need here.
  • sfmarie
    sfmarie Member Posts: 602
    Yes
    Welcome to the board. I am amazed at all single mothers raising kids and even more in admiration of you battling cancer and being a single mom. You are amazing.
  • sfmarie said:

    Yes
    Welcome to the board. I am amazed at all single mothers raising kids and even more in admiration of you battling cancer and being a single mom. You are amazing.

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  • AncientTiger
    AncientTiger Member Posts: 130
    Me too
    I'm new here too Jewells, so welcome to THIS club as well! LOL

    It was hard enough trying to "keep a stiff upper lip" for our kids through all this (Stage III colon cancer), my wife and I...I can't even FATHOM how you're doing it. You have my deepest respects for what you're doing.

    This seems like a really great place to hang out with others that can TRULY understand us :D