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Chemo starts tomorrow....

vman1300
Posts: 80
Joined: Sep 2007

After what has seemed like a year lol, my treatment starts tomorrow. I will initally be taking 2 months of Folfox with Avastin and then a scan.

I am already willing those pesky METS in my liver to be shrivling up and going away.

I am ready to start my path to recovery, I am just uneasy about what the next few months hold for my wife and I.

hopefulone
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Joined: Jan 2007

Hi. I totally understand the uneasy feeling and I hope your regimen goes as well as my husbands did. His pesky mets did shrivel enough and he is now scheduled for a liver resection next week. I believe the avastin contributed greatly to the shrinkage. Keep focused on the goal, you'll get through it and keep your positive attitude God Bless
Diane

Diane

vman1300
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Joined: Sep 2007

Thanks Diane!

My wife and I are still praying for a great surgery next week for your husband.

How many METS did he have? I have 5, 3 small ones and 2 medium ones according to my onc.

I do BELIEVE thay are already starting to die!

Kevin

hopefulone
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Thanks so much for the prayers. He has 5 mets also. Largest was around 2 cm when we started and has now shrunk considerably. 3 I believe are in lower right lobe and one in left and one in the back of the liver.All are said to be very small now. Largest around 4-5mm supposedly. So, keep the faith. All things are possible with God's help. Keep us posted!

vman1300
Posts: 80
Joined: Sep 2007

I will Diane!

We are in the battle together and with God's help ALL things are possible.

Believe,

Kevin

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Betsydoglover
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Joined: Jul 2005

Hi Vman

I understand your trepidation at starting chemo, but it is also kind of uplifting right? You are starting to really kick this ******* in the ***, so to speak.

I was/am Stage IV and had a similar treatment (Xeloda/oxaliplatin/Avastin). My liver met(s) was/were gone after 2 treatments. I went on to complete 6 and have been NED since (25 months NED, 23 months off chemo). So, there is hope.

And more often, chemo can at least shrink mets to the point that they are operable. Also, Lisa P (SCOUTY) on this site did chemo and then followed it up with "natural" methods and while the chemo shrunk things quite a bit, the natural methods definitely finished it off, without surgery.

Good luck,
Betsy

vman1300
Posts: 80
Joined: Sep 2007

Betsy,

It is uplifting to know that I am taking another step to a COMPLETE removal of cancer cells from my body.

It is stories of HOPE like yours that helps me keep my faith strong.

Believe,

Kevin

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spongebob
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Joined: Apr 2003

VMan -

I don't know if you are a Seinfeld fan or not, but if you are, you will appreciate this: Just remember; "It's SHRINKAGE, I tell ya... SHRINKAGE!!!" and in this case that's a good thing! Your attitude is awesome and I can tell you are gonna beat this. Keep your attitude up and strong during chemo. It will not be an easy step, but you are obviously focused on the outcome - keep it that way and you're going to win!!

- SB

vman1300
Posts: 80
Joined: Sep 2007

SB,

Off to the pool I go....I hope it will help, lol.

I try to stay strong, but this has been weighing heavy on my for a day or so. I hope each treatment can be easier, even if the side efx are worse.

Believe,

Kevin

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robinvan
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Joined: May 2007

Hi Kevin,
All the best to you as you start your chemo. It sounds like a good mix. I had Folfox a few years ago and it went fairly well. I had a liver resection with 4 or 5 mets. Still going strong despite a small recurrence last March. WE zapped that with RFA and I'm NED again.
I hope that the next few months bring you closer to getting rid of those liver mets!!
Blessings.... Rob; in Vancouver

vman1300
Posts: 80
Joined: Sep 2007

Rob,

Happy b-day!

I know tomorrow brings me one step closer to being NED. Thanks for the prayers my friend and we are doing the same for you.

Believe,

Kevin

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sladich
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Joined: May 2007

Keep positive thoughts. You'll be NED in no time.

Debbie

vman1300
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Joined: Sep 2007

Thanks Debbie.

I am so ready to get on with the treatment.

Believe,

Kevin

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apache4
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Chemo is a wonderful thing. Just remember that. I hated it when I had to miss a treatment because of low counts and was determined to do chemo forever if I had to. Fortunately, it was 16 treatments for my "too many to count" liver mets and now they are all dead except one! Yeh! I plan on kicking that one in the butt also even if it means a little more chemo, surgery...I don't care...I just want it gone. Good luck to you. The first couple of times are usually not so much fun, but it gets better after that. Keep the faith.

vman1300
Posts: 80
Joined: Sep 2007

I dont care wait it takes....I am gonna beat this. I am not looking forward to tomorrow for the fear of the unknown.....on the other hard i am so ready to get started.

Believe,

Kevin

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kathleenss
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Joined: Nov 2006

I'll be thinking of you. You're on your way!

Kathleen

vman1300
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Joined: Sep 2007

Thanks! We need all the strength we can to beat this.

Believe,

Kevin

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jerseysue
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Good Vibes for you. The first night of chemo I couldn't sleep at all. So you may be doing some late night posts!

vman1300
Posts: 80
Joined: Sep 2007

I actually slept well last night...tonight may be a different story.....

Believe,

Kevin

Faith4Cure
Posts: 405
Joined: Mar 2007

I love your attitude; with it I'm sure you will be NED in no time at all. Keep on visualizing those pesky mets getting smaller and smaller until they are gone!

The unknown always makes us uneasy. Take one day at a time. After tomorrow you will have that first day of the unknown past you and you will become more familiar with what lies ahead of you. You are on your way to a recovery! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your wife.

Faith

vman1300
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Joined: Sep 2007

Thanks Faith!

I can hear those METS screaming in pain as the meds hit them right now.

I am at home right now and feeling fine. I hope tomorrow brings more of the same.

Believe,

Kevin

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vinny3
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Joined: Jun 2006

You have the right attitude, Kevin. Keep it up. It does feel alot better when you have your plan of attack set up. Remember to get some naps in but also to keep moving and get some walking exercise. And maybe most of all, drink lots of water. You will kick the beast.

Dick

vman1300
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Joined: Sep 2007

Thanks Dick.

I have been told to rest all weekend and I am sorta looking forward to it, not moving from the couch.

Believe,

Kevin

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KathiM
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Joined: Aug 2005

Sending good, strong, fighting vibes to you!!!

Hugs, kathi

vman1300
Posts: 80
Joined: Sep 2007

Boxing gloves are on and the FIGHT has begun!

I am home and resting in the recliner.

Believe,

Kevin

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claud1951
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I'm sure you are on your way for chemo, now. You are right. They worst part is the unknown but you will do fine after this first one. Get to know what the effects are (if any) and deal with it as you need to. Also make sure you let your nurses know what you are going through.

Just keep your energy moving forward! You'll make it!

My best to you
Claudia

vman1300
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Joined: Sep 2007

Well I am home now, after a LOOOOONNNNNGGGGG 1st visit. I feel fine right now, I am ready for a weekend of doing nothing.

Believe,

Kevin

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jams67
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Joined: May 2006

We will all be thinking of you.
Remember to report any side affects to your nurses or post so that they can be nipped in the bud if possible.
I can already see you splashing in the the rain behind Rob and the rest of us to celebrate!
Jo Ann

vman1300
Posts: 80
Joined: Sep 2007

Celebration begins in 2 months after my next scan.

Who's in?

Believe,

Kevin

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valeriec
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Joined: Oct 2006

vman-
I will be praying for you often in the coming months. Your attitude is so great! God will give you the strenght to get through this.
God bless-
ValerieC

vman1300
Posts: 80
Joined: Sep 2007

Thank you. I do my best to stay positive.

I know GOD will see us both through our trials.

Believe,

Kevin

rmap59
Posts: 266
Joined: Jun 2007

Hey Kevin,
Hope things went well today. I am sure you are on your way to the cure. I am 2 treatments in and feeling fine. Prayers to you, Robin

vman1300
Posts: 80
Joined: Sep 2007

Same to you Robin.

I am glad the 1st one is behind me.

Believe,

Kevin

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