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rectal cancer with mets lungs x 3 years or so. This summer they found brain mets. Treated with radiation for 17 days. Was assurred this would work. Finished end of july. They didn't want to repeat head ct for 2 months to give the radiation more time to work. My equilibrium issues kept gettiing worse and worse. Talked them into head ct. Shows 1 of 2 tumors had grown. It's HUGE (if you ask me). Spoke with neurosurgeon here who had an MRI done and he feels he can remove much of the tumor. He feels he may even be able to remove some of the margins. At this point, it would only be worth it if my onc felt I had more than 6 months to go. Apparently he does, because he gave my neuro surgeon the ok. I'm seeing Dr Thomas (my onc) tomorrow, to hear it from the horses mouth. In the meantime I have surgery scheduled for next friday (YIKES!!! I'm scared, but I don't want to give up yet.)

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I will be praying for you. I am so sorry for what you have been going through and still will be going through. But I am glad to know you continue to fight. We continue to stand with you.

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Dear Mary,

I have thought of you so often in the last few days. I am so sorry that the radiation did not do its job, but I am confident that the surgery will take care of your brain mets. I have a friend who had brain mets, and she had the surgery two years ago and now is doing fine. I know brain surgery is scary but you have a huge support system on this site who will be praying for you and sending you healing wishes. Keep fighting and as Limey says, a cure is around the corner!



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And the good news in this is that your Onc, must feels strongly that there is a good chance for hope. Good for you for being proactive.

I have marked my calendar to say a prayer for you. Be well and at peace. Know this is the one that will work. One of these times it will. Why not now.

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I think about you often, and you will continue to be in my prayers.
Jo Ann

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Mary, you will be held closely in my prayers. I know you are a fighter and will get through this procedure with your grace and upbeat fighting attitude.

Big hugs and positive thoughts will continuously be sent your direction.

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Mary I also think about you often and my prayers are with you. You are a fighter keep the faith!

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I'm sending positive energy your way for a successful surgery and speedy recovery. You will be in my thoughts.
Take care,

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I will be sending lots of prayers your way! You are an amazing lady!
God bless-

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You have been in my prayers and will continue to be. Keep fighting!!!

God bless,


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Praying for you,and that the your surgeon (s) will have wisdom.

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Don't ever give up! You're in my thoughts and prayers!

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WOW Mary,

You amaze me with your fighting spirit.....much like the cheers you hear at football games: fight fight fight!!!!

I have next Friday on my calendar and will continue to think and send healing vibes your way!

Lisa P.

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my chemo didn't work but surgery did !It's great that they can operate. God bless you...

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Hi Mary -

The upcoming surgery is really great news - scary, definitely, but most likely to really help.

I love your attitude. I'll be thinking of you next Friday and just know this is going to be the beginning of a turnaround for you.

Take care,

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Mary, keeping you in my prayers. I know it's scary, but you are so right about not giving up! You can never give up. Hugs and God Bless

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you a true fighter and you will win this battle.
keep up your great attitude. it's okay to be scared we all are.
be well
never,ever give up!!

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Mary -

You ROCK! You're attitude is awesome.

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I will continue to pray for you. You are a great inspiration in what being proactive and staying on top of things can mean. Continue to stay strong.


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My prayers are with you, (even harder now.) You have a great attitude and that's what has helped you get through all this.

good luck with the surgery and keep us posted.


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hi mary,
I am relatively new to this forum and I will be praying for the outcome of your surgery to be successful. Your spirit is awesome. Prayers to you, Robin

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Hi Mary,
The surgery option sounds hopeful. You're in my thoughts and prayers as you face this new stage of your journey.
Peace and blessings...
Rob; in Vancouver

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I'm glad you had the CT scan done earlier than planned. It sounds like you are on the right path to attack. Keep us posted---you are in my prayers!


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Dear Mary: I am so sorry to hear the news. I have not been on the computer as I have been in the hospital. I started chemo of erbitux and oxyplatinum and developed not only the severe acne but shingles. I was hospitaized for 8 days. I often think about you and what you are going thru. You are a strong person. I will be thinking of you when you have that operation. I finsished
that radiation to the skull lost the hair on that side. The DR. now re-measured the tumor that sticks out of my head and states it is 4cm by 4.5 cm. I told him when he started it was 3cm by 3.5 cm so now it grew? His answer was that the hair was in the way with the first measurement. Now that it is bald it is more of a accurate measurement. I am so disgusted with these idiot comments. I am very depressed and then I think of what you are going thru. I don't think I would have as much strength as you have to do what you are doing. I give you alot of credit to you and your DR. team. I will be thinking of you. LOve Fran

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