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finished chemo!! hoorah!!

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Writing to share my JOY. Just finished 6 mos of chemo -- 12 cycles of FOLFOX + Avastin. Yippee!!

Brief history: diagnosed with Stage III rectal cancer Dec 2002. Chemoradiation, surgery, chemo. Recurrence in left lung spring 2005. Surgery then chemo. Recurrence right lung Dec 2006. Surgery, then chemo. I had a PET half-way through this last round of chemo and all clear. Next scans in 2-3 mos.

For all those currently undergoing treatment -- hang in there! It does end!

I am feeling overwhelmed with joy today -- and looking forward to a family holiday in Hawaii in August to celebrate my parents' 50th wedding anniversary. So glad I can make it.


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You are a lucky duck! You've been through a lot, and you deserve a really great vacation!

In 3 weeks, Lord willing, I will join you in celebrating the end of FOLFOX. I was diagnosed with stage III rectal cancer in November of last year.

Thanks for the encouragement. It really does end. Imagine that! Sometimes it's hard to believe.

Celebrating in Hawaii. Not bad.

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I am SO happy for you! What a great feeling of accomplishment as well as a deep sigh of relief. You truly are a champion!

I love it when folks come back and share their victories. Sometimes, people come here, get their advice, and we don't hear from them anymore. WE NEED TO HEAR THESE STORIES!!!!!!!!

Maybe pencil in the Palooza for 2008? Hawaii is a GREAT way of rewarding yourself for a job well done!

Best wishes for many, many more!!!!!!!


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GREAT NEWS.Very happy for you. God Bless

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Lisa Rose
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Congratulations Tara - Awesome News

Have a great family vacation in Hawaii.

Baby Lisa

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Such a treat to come back just in time for your good news! I am soo happy for you!! I feel a close bond to you with our lung mets and timing of original diagnosis!! :)

Have an amazing trip to Hawaii for the family festivities!! Enjoy your time with them!! Such a nice treat to coincide with end of chemo!!

Hope all scans are all clear from here on out. :)

Stay well - here's to your chemo-free energy in Hawaii!!


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YGG You go girl!!! I am so happy for you and know you are relieved. 50th wedding anniversary, I am impressed and please remember to let us know how you trip goes.

Lisa P.

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Congratulations, Tara. I bet Hawaii is better place to be than HK during the summer. Will be in HK to visit dad for a month from July to August. Enjoy chemo free time with family. 50th annniversary is very impressive.
Best wishes,

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Good for you Tara! I'd say a trip to Hawaii is a good post-chemo destination.

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Congratulations, Tara! What an accomplishment! Enjoy your vacation in Hawaii with your family. Two major life events to celebrate....your parents' 5Oth and your wellness!



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Congratulations. What a long battle you have endured. Have a wonderful vacation. ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY!!


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Tara - what a great feeling and what a great way to celebrate! Feel good and have fun!


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Hello Tara,

Excellent news!!! Wow - you are amazing! Big battle, big fight - great attitude. I love it.

Congratulations on your victory. You are a true inspiration.

Enjoy Hawaii and remember your SPF and floppy hat.

All the best to you and yours...

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What great news and what great attitude you have. Enjoy the celebration. thank you for sharing the joy!

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Hi Tara,
I'm so happy that you are finished with chemo. I hope you enjoy the rest of summer and have a great time in Hawaii!

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I am so happy for you. I hope you have a wonderful time in Hawaii also..Audrey

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Congrats! I just finished 6 months of chemo as well. I am stage 4 with colon and liver surgery done. I had the same protocol and am planning on taking my wife and kids to Hawaii (Kauai) in August as well. I am waiting nervously for the results of my CT scan done Thursday to see what the verdict for the next 3 months is. All my best and way to go.

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We're twins!! ha ha. Congratulations to you and have a great time in Hawaii!

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I'm so glad that your chemo is finished! That is worth celebrating. We went to Hawaii in May and it is so beautiful! I know you will enjoy it and being with your family.
Jo Ann

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What a wonderful feeling! I am so happy for you. Have a great celebration in Hawaii!


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Way to go !!!! I am so happy for you. I hope that you go out and celebrate.


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Wonderful Tara!!! What a milestone. Celebrate and enjoy . God Bless, Diane

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Wow Tara, that's awesome news! Congratulations!!!!

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