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5 years ago today I was drinking fleet phosphosoda as a prep for my surgery the next day. I was so scared and so sick from the prep. I was vomiting and had such diarrhea. It probably didn't help that I had a couple of beers as part of my prep. They are clear liquids, aren't they? We had to drive an hour to the hotel where we would spend the night before my surgery. We didn't get to the hotel until midnite because I couldn't leave the bathroom. Well, it has been 5 years since that frightful night. I have come a long way. Sometimes I wondered how I was going to get through it all. But I did. That was the first of my 3 surgeries for my stage 3 rectal cancer. I am a survivor. It was a rough couple of years but I am a stronger person now. I will now wait one year for my next cat scan.

I am writing this to give all the newbies hope. I wanted to hear all the success stories when I was diagnosed.

For all of those still in the fight I am sending positive vibes and prayers.

Thanks to all who have helped me on this site. I couldn't have made it without you.

Maureen --- diagnosed 3/17/03

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Whew!!!!! I can't stop crying! Happy tears!! YOU are the reason I keep referring newbees to this site. You, and people like you give the message of "Hope". There IS light at the end of the tunnel ... And it is not necessarily a choo-choo train! Congrats!! You GO girl!!!!!!!
xoxoxo, Cheryl (One year, 7 months, and 25 days for me.)

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WOW! So happy for you...such an inspiring story. Always keeping you in my prayers.
Mary Kay

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One year ago June 29th I had a right hemi- colectomy. They took all of my ascending colon and half of the transverse. Because there was no lymph node involvement I didn't require rads or chemo, thank God! I still have a lot of low abdominal pain, gas, frequent BMs. Next week I go for my colonoscopy and pray that it is neg. I have been treated by the Mayo Cllinic and can't praise them enough for the excellent concern and care I have gotten. I would just like to feel like "me" again. I just turned 68. I have not let it get me down. My husband and I have traveled to 11 countries so far in 2008. Some day I'll feel "good" again. The Lord is my strength.

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hey maureen
great news, way to go,
yes you are a survivor!!!!!!!!!!!!!
be well
never,ever give up!!!!!!

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WOOOHOOO!!!! Fantastic, wonderful news. You have been my "sister" for the past five years and I am so thrilled for you. Yea! Thanks for sharing the joy with us all.

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From a newbie and caretaker of my 59 year old mother stage IV who has so much to live for, your story is what I hope I am typing in five years. Thank you for the inspiration.

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This is just wonderful news! I feel so good when I read your story. It was 2 years on May 8th for my husbands surgery also stage 3 rectal cancer. You have been one of the people here that has given me strength. You are always so positive and I think that makes such a difference in your recovery. Thank you so much and have a wonderful summer.


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Lisa Rose
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Congratulation's Maureen

Wishing you many more years of good health and happiness.

Have a great day!!!

Lisa Rose

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Yay, yay, yay! Such a wonderful story. Love it!


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We all benefit from HAPPY ENDINGS!!! (pun intended)


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Hay, I didn't hear or see anything about performing the Naked Happy Dance with NED :)

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Hi Maureen,

What a milestone! Thanks for letting us celebrate with you. I have enjoyed your posts throughout the years. You give hope to so many.



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I loooove stories like yours. Way to Go!! I am a little over a year out but know that I will make it too.

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Wonderful news Maureen! Thanks for posting - it's so encouraging to hear about our Semicolon friends doing so well.

And hey, never thought of beer as a clear liquid...I must say, I like your style!

Many blessings for continued good health and happiness!


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Excellent!!! Celebrate life!!!


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Great news, Maureen. Enjoy this milestone AND the rest of your life! It must be amazing to reach this day. Let's get together this summer for a celebration....9 years between us now! Judy

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Congratulations! You are a true survivor! You are what gives others hope. Thanks for all that you contribute to this site. Way to go Maureen!


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Hi Maureen,
Congratulations on hitting the 5 year mark!
That's wonderful news.
I have always followed your story as you were diagnosed 1 year before I was. You are a very strong person.
Take care,

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Thank you for sharing your good news,go and enjoy LIFE

betina61's picture
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Thank you for sharing your good news,go and enjoy LIFE

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How COOL is that!! Great news to hear.


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Maureen, Congratulations!!! I remember when you first posted here: what an awesome and well-earned anniversary. I am more than 9 years out from diagnosis for stage 3 rectal cancer (you know that, but newbies might not) and I try and post as often as I can to remind people that one can survive this disease and conquer it!! I know waht you mean about a rough couple of years...mine was one year of physical hell and about 3 years of emotional purgatory before I rose from the ashes, so to speak. Keep on surviving each day!

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As a relative newbie thanks for the inspiring post as a fellow cancer suyrvivor - you go girl'!! Hope you are enjoying life. When my husband had his colonoscopy he decided white wine was a clear liquid. I guess it is.


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I'm dancing WITH you, dearheart!!!!!!

I'm at 3 years...you are my trail blazer!!!!

(My computer pooped out, so I'm FINALLY getting back...lol...a computer consultant without a PC is like a day without sunshine!)


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Hi Maureen,
Your flame is burning brighter. It is helping to keep a lot of the folk on this site from the dark. Shine on. Congratulations. Ron.

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