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EnglishGal
EnglishGal Member Posts: 101
Hi Everyone! I have been a lurker on this site for a number of months now but have now decided to join. My cancer journey began in May of 2010 at age 65 when I had a complete debulking and hysterectomy for a fairly large mass which had grown from my left ovary and my bladder and liver. My gyn-oncologist was able to remove about 99% of the tumour leaving residual cancer on the surface of my liver and bladder. Six sessions of carboplatin/taxol followed which finished last September. A year onward, I am happy to report that I am cancer-free, feeling like a million dollars and I fervently hope this state of affairs will last as long as possible. I was not told my staging and I would rather not know. I have visited other forum sites and feel this is the best one and I look forward to interacting with all of you as we all share our fears and hopes for the future.



EnglishGal

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  • Tethys41
    Tethys41 Member Posts: 1,376 Member
    Congratulations
    on continuing to remain cancer-free. So nice to have you here, despite the entry fee we all paid to get here. Hope you find information here that is helpful to you.
  • EnglishGal
    EnglishGal Member Posts: 101
    Tethys41 said:

    Congratulations
    on continuing to remain cancer-free. So nice to have you here, despite the entry fee we all paid to get here. Hope you find information here that is helpful to you.

    Thank you!
    Thanks for your welcome, Tethys41 - I liked your remark about the entry fee we all had to pay! Yes, we're all members of a club we would rather have not joined. I believe that humour will help all of us to fight this monster!
  • kayandok
    kayandok Member Posts: 1,202 Member
    Welcome,
    EnglishGal! I hope your "state of affairs" lasts a long long long time!
    kathleen
  • Mwee
    Mwee Member Posts: 1,338
    Welcome
    So nice to meet you, despite the "dues"... :). The wonderful survivors that post here have uplifted me more times than I can say. Stories like yours can be a big comfort to the newbies who come here for reassurance and support. May you feel like a million dollars for all your years in the fture.
    (((HUGS))) Maria
  • ocalalaurie
    ocalalaurie Member Posts: 34 Member
    Welcome
    Welcome, English Gal :)
    I myself have come here often, mostly as a lurker since Im kind of quiet/shy. I love this site and wonderful group of people. It really is comforting here. I've come here many times to research, find comfort and inspiration, and sometimes to laugh at what we can't control...but wish we could.
    Glad to hear you are feeling good! I wish you continued success! :)
  • cfont11
    cfont11 Member Posts: 115
    I have not posted alot on
    I have not posted alot on this site and have been gone from it for awhile. It is a wonderful place to find friendship, information and support and encouragement. It is wonderful that you are cancer free. I was diagnosed last June at age 56 and had a CT scan in May 2011. It came back "clean" so I am very excited about that. I go next week for a CA125 test so we are praying for good news. You sound like a strong, positive woman. Whatever you are doing, keep it up, it's working!
  • poopergirl14052
    poopergirl14052 Member Posts: 1,183 Member
    cfont11 said:

    I have not posted alot on
    I have not posted alot on this site and have been gone from it for awhile. It is a wonderful place to find friendship, information and support and encouragement. It is wonderful that you are cancer free. I was diagnosed last June at age 56 and had a CT scan in May 2011. It came back "clean" so I am very excited about that. I go next week for a CA125 test so we are praying for good news. You sound like a strong, positive woman. Whatever you are doing, keep it up, it's working!

    you look like a million dollars too
    welcome to the board. I am glad you are cancer free!! Stay that way...val
  • carolenk
    carolenk Member Posts: 907 Member
    cfont11 said:

    I have not posted alot on
    I have not posted alot on this site and have been gone from it for awhile. It is a wonderful place to find friendship, information and support and encouragement. It is wonderful that you are cancer free. I was diagnosed last June at age 56 and had a CT scan in May 2011. It came back "clean" so I am very excited about that. I go next week for a CA125 test so we are praying for good news. You sound like a strong, positive woman. Whatever you are doing, keep it up, it's working!

    Clean CT scan
    Dear cfont11

    Let me know what words the doctor uses when he declares your new status. I seems like some use the word "remission" and some say "no evidence of disease" or "stable disease." Just wondering...

    thanks,

    Carolen
  • EnglishGal
    EnglishGal Member Posts: 101
    In answer to your question, carolen
    When my doctor gave me the results of my last CT scan, he said I was in remission. Of course, no one will know how long that will last. He did say that I was a very strong lady with a good positive attitude and he felt I looked very well. He also said I should take life a day at a time which is all anyone of us can do, whether one has had cancer or not. Life is uncertain for everyone.

    I asked him if remission was the same as NED and he said, "yes".
  • LaundryQueen
    LaundryQueen Member Posts: 676

    In answer to your question, carolen
    When my doctor gave me the results of my last CT scan, he said I was in remission. Of course, no one will know how long that will last. He did say that I was a very strong lady with a good positive attitude and he felt I looked very well. He also said I should take life a day at a time which is all anyone of us can do, whether one has had cancer or not. Life is uncertain for everyone.

    I asked him if remission was the same as NED and he said, "yes".

    Yay!
    Another survivor "dancing with NED"--I am very happy for you, EnglishGal.

    LQ
  • Mum2bellaandwilliam
    Mum2bellaandwilliam Member Posts: 412

    Yay!
    Another survivor "dancing with NED"--I am very happy for you, EnglishGal.

    LQ

    hi Englishgal!
    I am also an English gal! Congatulations , hope you get to dance with NED forever!
    Congratulations, my mum was diagnosed at the same time as you.

    XXX Liz XXX
  • EnglishGal
    EnglishGal Member Posts: 101
    Thank you, everyone!
    I am very touched at the warm welcome you have all accorded me. I feel very much at home on this forum and expect to take an active part in posting.

    It is comforting to know that I am not alone - I am so very happy I found all of you.
  • jbeans888
    jbeans888 Member Posts: 313

    Thank you, everyone!
    I am very touched at the warm welcome you have all accorded me. I feel very much at home on this forum and expect to take an active part in posting.

    It is comforting to know that I am not alone - I am so very happy I found all of you.

    I just wanted to give you a
    I just wanted to give you a warm welcome to the board. I love this place and all the ladies on it. Regardless if we have personal support at home it's only the women here on this board who can truly understand what we are going thru. So feel free to vent, share, ask questions or just say hi. Your cancer sounds vary similar to mine. I just finished my 6th treatment and get my ct scan results on August 1st. I want to hear that I am NED sooooo bad. Your story was very inspiring to me. Thank you
  • cfont11
    cfont11 Member Posts: 115
    carolenk said:

    Clean CT scan
    Dear cfont11

    Let me know what words the doctor uses when he declares your new status. I seems like some use the word "remission" and some say "no evidence of disease" or "stable disease." Just wondering...

    thanks,

    Carolen

    Clean CT scan
    My doctor said "clean, nothing there that should not be there". I go see her next week so I will ask about remission and NED. We were just so relieved when we got the results that I did not ask too many questions. I am so happy for all the NEDS out there!
  • EnglishGal
    EnglishGal Member Posts: 101
    Will write later
    Thank you JBeans, I would like to reply at greater length but I am going away today with three girlfriends to a cottage. Will be back Wednesday. Thanks for your post and to everyone else, yours as well!