1 Year Update

hopefuldreams Member Posts: 6 Member

Good morning everyone,

I wanted to post a status update as I hit my 1-year post diagnosis for stage IV rectal cancer. I just finished my 23rd treatment with Folfiri and Cetuximab. A couple weeks ago I had a PET scan and consults for liver resection and even liver transplant. Unfortunately, the pet shows some spots still in my lungs, so surgeries are off the table for now, but I am still in a very stable disease state currently.

It's been a long hard year, but my mental/emotional health has made a decent improvement in the past couple weeks after being in a big slump for a while. I think I am finally accepting that I will be on chemo for a long time or for the rest of my life and that is sad, but it is the reality, and I can learn to adapt. At the end of the day the side effects from chemo are rough, but I still feel much better than I did a year ago with the disease running rampant through my body. Thank you everyone for your support and stories about getting through this terrible disease your stories have really helped me in so many ways.

Much Love,



  • SandiaBuddy
    SandiaBuddy Member Posts: 1,379 Member

    It sounds like it's been a rough road for you, but it is good to hear that you are still moving forward. Every day is precious. Thank you for the update.

  • Canadian Sandy
    Canadian Sandy Member Posts: 781 Member
    edited September 12 #3

    Thank you for the update. I love your optimistic outlook and hope the road ahead is something you can cope with. Keep posting new updates as were always interested in everyone’s journey.

    This site has been so helpful in many ways that I also would have been lost without it. Take care Ben.