Semi-Colon Roll Call

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  • jenben59
    jenben59 Member Posts: 136
    VickiCO said:

    Another Ohio gal!
    I was born in Tuscarawas County. Graduated from New Philadelphia High School. We were the "Fighting Quakers!" I moved after high school, but my Mom and all 4 sisters are still there! We were in the Amish country, but were "English".

    Vicki

    Loved the Amish country.
    I really love their "way of life" especially looking back as I got older.
  • jsabol
    jsabol Member Posts: 1,145
    JADot said:

    Here!
    Silicon Vally CA, Dxed 12/05 stage II, 2 large vicious looking tumors in ascending colon, HNPCC suspect. Surgery 2 days after X'mas and 6 months of chemo ensured in 2006. I hope to celebrate my 3 years NED this July.

    Cancer survivorship showed me at once the fragility and the strength of life, and how much the love of your family and friends can make a difference.

    Scouty - thanks so much for the roll call. Every answer says "Yes we can!".

    -Ying

    YING!
    So good to hear that all is well; this has been a great post for calling up some old timers....no offense! I will be coming up on FIVE years NED this July; have my scans scheduled for next month....hope all is well for you and hubby. Any trips to Boston in the future?
    All the best, Judy
  • kristasplace
    kristasplace Member Posts: 955 Member
    phew-wee!!!
    I just got done reading ALL of the responses!! Didn't take quite as long as i thought, and it was very enjoyable. I guess now it's my turn. I will TRY to make it brief!

    Dx August 2, 2007 after two years of progressively worsening symptoms with stage IIIc rectal. 38 years old.
    Blood transfusion in Sept. '07, then six weeks of 5FU fanny pack 24/7, and seven weeks (30 zaps) of radiation.

    Cystitis and urinary blockage one week before last radiation zap from the radiation. Had a temp urinary catheter for three days, then finished the remaining radiation treatments.

    Colon resection (half of rectum gone along with two feet of colon), and gallbladder removal January 9th, '08, another blood transfusion, eight days in the hospital, temp ileostomy. Radiation had killed the cancer in the tumor, and margins were clear.

    In the hospital again in February '08 for an abdominal abscess, and dehydration. Diagnosed with non-sustained ventricular tachycardia while they tried to prep me for the abscess drainage procedure. Three more days in the hospital, but worth the dilaudid fixes.

    Began FOLFOX 6 in March '08, had to skip last treatment due to bad neuropathy, and diagnosis of severe osteoporosis, degerative disc disease, arthritis, soft bones, and an insufficiency fracture in the sacrum from the radiation and chemo.

    February '09, went in for the ileostomy reversal which had to be aborted during the surgery due to stricture. Dilated two times to 18mm. Not enough.

    May 1st, 09, ileostomy reversal, dilation, and FINALLY a post-treatment colonoscopy scheduled. YIKES, THAT'S TWO DAYS AWAY!!!

    There is a suspect lesion on my lung that my doctor is CT scanning every couple of months, so i'm not NED yet. :(

    Many hugs to everyone!
    Krista

    Oh, born and raised in San Diego, California!

    I have a wonderful idea for a similar thread! I will post it before i go under the knife!
  • nudgie
    nudgie Member Posts: 1,478
    Here
    Dx July 2006; Stage II; Currently NED 2-1/2 yrs; Charles Town, WV (USA)
  • shmurciakova
    shmurciakova Member Posts: 906
    hi!
    Susan, Moose Pass, AK, Stage IV, NED 4 1/2 years! woot!
  • fedester
    fedester Member Posts: 753
    hi all.its been a while but
    hi all.
    its been a while but i look in everyday.
    dx 5/04 colon blocked, emergency surgery, stage 11 no nodes 6 months chemo. to date ned. looking towards the 5 year scan and scope this month. alot of bumps along the way. i found this wonderful site while i was in the hospital not knowing any thing about the beast we call cancer. this site and a positive attitude, faith in the man upstairs has gotten me here today. through the years we have had our disaggrements. we have cried and we have laughed but we have never stopped helping each other thru this journey.
    i have upmost respect for all my brothers and sisters here.
    we are all in this together!
    be well
    bruce
    never,ever give up!!
    from nj at the foot of the george washington bridge
  • ittapp
    ittapp Member Posts: 383
    Lawrenceville, Georgia
    Stage 4 colon mets to liver resection on 5-14
    Just starting folfox and avastan
    Trying to shrink tumors to do a
    needle ablation

    Lawrenceville, Ga. near Mall of Ga.
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  • Sundanceh
    Sundanceh Member Posts: 4,392 Member
    Hi, Everybody...I'm Craig and live in Arlington, Texas...soon to be home of the Dallas Cowboys! We're in between Dallas and Fort Worth. I'm new to the board this month, BUT I'm not lurking....I'm posting and sharing. 67 posts in 14 days.

    2001-2004 Period of bleeding in rectum, and multiple BMs per day, doctor ignored symptoms.
    June 2004 - Colonoscopy confirmed colorectal cancer.Woke up during procedure and saw my tumor.
    July 2004 - 1st port installed.
    July-Aug 2004 - Began chemo and external radiation.
    Oct 2004 - Bowel resection.
    Nov 2004 - Staple broke loose from the resection, causing bleeding, removed.
    Dec 2005 - Hemhorroidectomy.
    Dec 2005 - 1st port removed.
    Dec 2007 - Diagnosed with liver tumor. Metastatic colon to liver.
    Dec 2007 - RFA, Radio Frequency Ablation. Plus seed markers placed in liver for later use.
    Jan 2008 - CyberKnife Radio Surgery (3) to remove remants of liver tumor.
    Mar 2008 - 2nd port installed.
    Mar 2008 to Dec 2008 - Oxaliplatin / Xeloda / Avastin chemo regiment in progress.
    Jun 2009 - 2 spots appeared on the pleura of my right lung. Metastatic from either colon/lung.
    Jun 2009 - Switched oncologists; currently waiting on case review for next step.

    Just completed my 5-year march today actually Jun2004-Jun2009. Beginning year 6.
    Waiting on the review to be completed - possible thoractomy followed by post op chemo.

    -Craig
  • Julie 44
    Julie 44 Member Posts: 476 Member
    Sundanceh said:

    Hi, Everybody...I'm Craig and live in Arlington, Texas...soon to be home of the Dallas Cowboys! We're in between Dallas and Fort Worth. I'm new to the board this month, BUT I'm not lurking....I'm posting and sharing. 67 posts in 14 days.

    2001-2004 Period of bleeding in rectum, and multiple BMs per day, doctor ignored symptoms.
    June 2004 - Colonoscopy confirmed colorectal cancer.Woke up during procedure and saw my tumor.
    July 2004 - 1st port installed.
    July-Aug 2004 - Began chemo and external radiation.
    Oct 2004 - Bowel resection.
    Nov 2004 - Staple broke loose from the resection, causing bleeding, removed.
    Dec 2005 - Hemhorroidectomy.
    Dec 2005 - 1st port removed.
    Dec 2007 - Diagnosed with liver tumor. Metastatic colon to liver.
    Dec 2007 - RFA, Radio Frequency Ablation. Plus seed markers placed in liver for later use.
    Jan 2008 - CyberKnife Radio Surgery (3) to remove remants of liver tumor.
    Mar 2008 - 2nd port installed.
    Mar 2008 to Dec 2008 - Oxaliplatin / Xeloda / Avastin chemo regiment in progress.
    Jun 2009 - 2 spots appeared on the pleura of my right lung. Metastatic from either colon/lung.
    Jun 2009 - Switched oncologists; currently waiting on case review for next step.

    Just completed my 5-year march today actually Jun2004-Jun2009. Beginning year 6.
    Waiting on the review to be completed - possible thoractomy followed by post op chemo.

    -Craig

    UP STATE NEW YORK
    Had colon surgery 9/18/200 with 10/19 lymph nodes positive ,stage 3
    Chemo from 11/18/2008-4/22/2009
    NED for 2 months now

    I live in upstate NY..I saw shoppergal had gone to Monticello I live just 15 minuets from there near Wurtsboro...What a small world....
  • lizzydavis
    lizzydavis Member Posts: 893
    Julie 44 said:

    UP STATE NEW YORK
    Had colon surgery 9/18/200 with 10/19 lymph nodes positive ,stage 3
    Chemo from 11/18/2008-4/22/2009
    NED for 2 months now

    I live in upstate NY..I saw shoppergal had gone to Monticello I live just 15 minuets from there near Wurtsboro...What a small world....

    South Carolina
    Dxed 03/09 stage III – Rectal Cancer - (No tumor – one lymph node positive).
    -Colon Resection Surgery – May 15, 2009
    -Began first chemo today -June 23, 2009.
    -Greenville, SC
  • lesvanb
    lesvanb Member Posts: 905
    Here too!
    Dx'ed May'08 stage 4 rectal cancer 1 met to liver
    radiation chemo 28 tx
    rectal surgery Sept 5 '08
    liver resection Oct 23 '08 NED after surgery
    adjuvant chemo Dec-May '09 (FOLFOX 10 tx)
    still NED 6 weeks after end of chemo!

    Lander, WY
  • effiehope
    effiehope Member Posts: 4
    ned here
    Hi am new here I was dx'd at the age of 34 I was having abdominal pains and didn't think anything of it cause I worked as a cna at a nursing home and lifted patients all day, then came the rectal bleeding I went to the er and they set me up with a general surgeon for a colonoscopy he did the scope 2/06 and found a large mass in the bend of the rectum and the sigmoid colon he sent me to morgantown,w.va for the surgery the doctor up there told me he was 99 percent sure it was cancer in 4/06 it was removed and dx'd stage 4 positive in 2 of 7 lymph took radiation and chemo after surgery every test since has been cancer free thanks can only be given to god and family who helped me through it all. My kids are the reason I have fought as hard as I have. I love them dearly and want to be here as long possible. Take care all.
  • impactzone
    impactzone Member Posts: 547 Member
    Dx 9/06 stage 4 liver mets
    Dx 9/06 stage 4 liver mets and colon. 4 surgeries later ( 2 lung resections, 1 liver and 1 colon) and 6 months of Folfox I am waiting on my scan results. Last lung surgery for solitary met was 3/09 at Stanford.
    I am a high school teacher in Buellton CA
  • serrana
    serrana Member Posts: 163 Member
    2bhealed said:

    Here!
    Dx'ed 8/01 Stage III sigmoid colon cancer with 2/19 positive lymph nodes zero mets.

    Chose to forgo chemo for alternative, Traditional Chinese Medicine, CHEMIA (juice of the plant) protocol.

    Have remained NED for 7.8 years!

    Two Harbors, MN up in the hinterlands of Lake Superior in the Northwoods with the moose, bear, wolves and mountain lions. Currently. Will be moving to Racine, WI in the near future.

    peace, emily the juice chick

    semi colon roll call
    I love this thread as it is a "summary" of survival
    However do we need to change the title? My understanding was that "Semicolon" usually means folks with j-pouches, no? yes? Maybe it means someone with part of a colon? Answers?Maybe we need a j-pouch thread?
    Serrana
  • Hanac
    Hanac Member Posts: 55
    Present and Accounted For!
    Dear Scouty,

    I have been away from the board for awhile, but wanted to check in with our famiy today after hearing about Farah. I saw your post and was so pleased to see SO many familar names and faces. Thank you for this!

    I have been dancing with Ned for 4 years! Just had my 4 year check-up last month: CEA was undetectable and CT was all clear.

    For those that don't know me, I was stage 3B with 6 out of 13 lymph nodes. I went on a clinical trial for Avastin...I did 6 months of Folfox with Avastin every other week for six months and then Avastin alone every other week for 6 months. Two years ago they thought it had spread to my lungs. They did surgery and took the nodules out and it turned out to be sarcoids not cancer. Phew!

    In the last 4 years one son has gotten married (I now have two beautiful grandchildren) and one son graduated college and is now getting his masters at the National Theater Conservatory. My husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary last July and I have found my dream job. I am helping to organize a gubernatorial campaign in California and loving every minute. I am even starting to take off some of the 60 pounds I put on during treatment. Life Is Good!

    God bless all of the semi colons. I keep you all in my prayers.

    Hana
  • VickiCO
    VickiCO Member Posts: 917
    serrana said:

    semi colon roll call
    I love this thread as it is a "summary" of survival
    However do we need to change the title? My understanding was that "Semicolon" usually means folks with j-pouches, no? yes? Maybe it means someone with part of a colon? Answers?Maybe we need a j-pouch thread?
    Serrana

    Semi Colons
    Serrana,

    Semi Colons are anyone who has had colon/rectal/anal surgery. We have all lost part of our colon, so that makes us semi-colons. I have not ever heard it refer to just one type of surgery.

    hope that helps! Vicki
  • krystle singer
    krystle singer Member Posts: 108
    scouty said:

    3!!!
    My one keeps me so busy and I tell everyone she is my cancer fighting dog. On those really dark days, she would always do something to make me laugh. BY FAR, the best dog I have ever had. Have you seen the video of the baby and the boxer touching hand to paw. It is so cool and I love the boxer yawn in it.

    Dog to Baby hi-5
    Yes, I have seen that video. Darling. I think highly of dogs, but live in a townhome with no yard or any real place where puppy could run freel I do have two cats (don't tell your dog that a cat lady wrote to you!). Should my husband and I suddenly come into a fortune we will buy a place with a big yard and get at least two dogs. Until the fortune fairy arrives the kitty babies will have our full attention.

    Give the cutie pup a hug for me.

    Krystle singer
  • krystle singer
    krystle singer Member Posts: 108
    Sonia32 said:

    Welcome to the board Grey, and I'm present to I think lol
    Ok my story
    My name is Sonia, 32 years old, from Bolton in England and married
    Fainted in Dec 08, and had blood and xray done. Apprently walking around with a blood count of 5.6, which amazed doctors.
    To find out what bleeding was, had colonscopy and endoscopy. Colonscopy found the big zit (lol, that's what think the tumour looked like when I saw it)
    Diagnosed on the 17/2/09, had right hemicolectomy on the 11/3/09, diagnosed with stage 3, with 10/11 lymph nodes infected.
    Will be starting chemo in a few weeks. You are all an inspiration to me against this fight, glad I'm here.
    Hugs
    Sonia

    Anglophi8le!
    Hi, Sonia

    My currently cancer-free (NED) body lives in Illinois, USA, but my heart lives the Highlands of Scotland. Yeah, I'm a born and bred American(Yank), but my great grand parents were from Scotland and I have been there twice. Love England and Wales too.
    I'm not a doctor, but I wonder how you were able to walk with that bloodcount!

    I wish you the very best with your treatment. I had my last minor colon surgery in May. Now I can feel disease free until they CT scan my kidneys in August.

    So good to hear from the Brits! Be well!

    Sandi
  • krystle singer
    krystle singer Member Posts: 108
    2bhealed said:

    House Swap
    Hi Kathleen,

    Ya ever want to do a house swap--come to the Northwoods of MN and experience the largest freshwater lake in the entire world??

    I've never been to Hawaii. :-)

    peace, emily who really would like to retire her mukluks for the year.....where are you spring??

    House switch?
    OK, so Illinois isn't as good as Hawaii, but my husband is a MN boy and would love to return there. I need to be NED a LOT longer before we get to even visit his home state. I love MN.But all my family and doctors (Ihave more specialists than relatives now) are here in Aurora, Il.
    Come now, mukluks? Cool! Love boots.

    Keep well, keep warm!
    :-)
    Sandi