14 years since diagnosis

abrub Member Posts: 2,174 Member

14 years ago today I was diagnosed with Appendix Cancer.  I've been through multiple (8) major surgeries (3 since July, 2020, alone!), systemic chemo:  intravenous, oral, and intraperitoneal. I had a temporary colostomy.  I've been through a lot. It's been a hell of a rollercoaster ride, but I'm still kicking and enjoying life.  And this after one of the drs I consulted with "gave me" a maximum of 5 years.

I didn't listen to him, and I'm still here, living my life, and not letting cancer rule me.

Bicycling season is here.  I'll be back in my kayak when our dock is put in for the season.  Meanwhile, I've spent the winter walking an hour a day on my treadmill.  I am also looking into getting an ebike so that I can keep up with my husband on longer rides.

My advice:





  • Kazenmax
    Kazenmax Member Posts: 463 Member
    edited April 2021 #2
    Wow! You go Alice! I'm

    Wow! You go Alice! I'm looking forward to kayaking this summer. I find out the results of my PET tomorrow. Anxious doesn't come close to describing how I feel. But I'm encouraged by your strength.


  • abita
    abita Member Posts: 1,152 Member
    Are you on treatment or NED?

    Are you on treatment or NED? And glad you are enjoying life!

  • abrub
    abrub Member Posts: 2,174 Member

    We're watching some spots.

  • SnapDragon2
    SnapDragon2 Member Posts: 703 Member
    edited April 2021 #5
    You are one tough lady!!!

    You are one tough lady!!!

    I love the advice.

  • Canadian Sandy
    Canadian Sandy Member Posts: 781 Member
    edited April 2021 #6
    Your strength is amazing!

    Your strength is amazing! Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.

  • Trubrit
    Trubrit Member Posts: 5,754 Member
    I remember being 14

    Horrible age, but a great survival number. 

    You have definitely been through the mill and back again, and I really hope that its plain saling - or kyaking - from now on. 

    Continue with a Happy life! 

  • NewHere
    NewHere Member Posts: 1,417 Member
    You Rock Alice

    You are amazing how much you are kicking a-- everyday.

    I love it.


  • sgold88
    sgold88 Member Posts: 78 Member
    edited April 2021 #9
    Great news

    These stories are great to read. Thank you for sharing.

  • SandiaBuddy
    SandiaBuddy Member Posts: 1,378 Member
    edited April 2021 #10

    Congratulations.  Your experiences and perserverance are inspirational.

  • marbleotis
    marbleotis Member Posts: 720 Member

    Hi Alice,


    Excellent advice!!  


    From, Alice (Yup we have the same first name)

  • Staypositive1971
    Staypositive1971 Member Posts: 13
    You go alice

    You're an inspiration, and you cotinue to beat the statistics!