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msccolon
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Just wondering! I am from the Hickory, NC area.
Mary

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lfondots63
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Glenside? Cool, we are 'around the corner' from each other!

Lisa

Faith4Cure
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Hello all!
My husband and I were both raised in Iowa and continue to stay where both of our families are. We enjoy the change of seasons, but we do get tired of winter before it is over! We love to travel to warmer climates.

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rthornton
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I'm in Atlanta. A couple of years ago I posted a similar question in a thread called "SEX AND MONEY!!!" (I gave it that title because I really wanted to know where people were located and so I had to make sure they'd read the question). You can search it and see who all was posting back then and where they were located at the time. Many of the people who responded are still active on the forum.

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Sandi1
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Hi, I just read your profile - you are similar to my husband. Stage 4 with mets to liver and lung. He is having the tumor removed from his colon on Sept 15th. today is our first visit with the oncologist. We are not quite sure what to expect. I am planning on asking her about side effects, nutrition (because I heard and read that if you eat properly it helps the chemo to work better). I am encouraged that you are in remission right now, and it's been 3 years since your diagnoses, that will help my husband battle harder. Every day we wake up and I say to him - still ready to fight? and why are we fighting? and we are going to do everything in our power to beat this aren't we?

any thoughts would be helpful
thank you
Sandi

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rthornton
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Hi. Well, I should probably update my profile soon, as it was last updated a long long time ago, and a few things have happened (for starters, my hair grew back). It sounds like your husband must have just been diagnosed, if he's only now getting surgery. I had my original surgery in May of '05, but that left multiple liver mets and a lung lesion. They told me I was NED, from chemotherapy, by November '05. I've actually had a couple of recurrences since then, but the good side is that I now feel very healthy, it's been more than three years past an original six month prognosis and I'm still here and doing relatively well, and I'm going on with life. So, although it's been difficult sometimes, cancer treatment doesn't have to become one's entire identity or prevent one from moving on with life (of course it does change things in immense ways ...). I wish your husband the best in getting on with treatment, keeping the motivation to get rid of the cancer and carrying on with his life.

Yes, it seems that proper diet must help matters. I'm guilty, especially lately, of the worst eating habits ... but certainly diet and exercise help with tolerating treatment, maintaining energy level, etc. There are people much more qualified than me to talk about those matters.

All the best,
Rodney

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Monicaemilia
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I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and my family moved to Canada during the time of the military (remember, los desaparecidos). Not that my family was in any way affiliated to any political ties, but it seemed like a good time to try something new. I was supposed to move back when I was 18 and after a 6 week visit found that I could not do it. I had fallen in love with Canada. I have visited the States numerous times, and I think I would have been equally happy if I had landed there. Monica

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2bhealed
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Greetings from the North!

I live in Northern Minnesota in a log cabin on 40 acres with the wolves, moose, bear, and mountain lion who literally live in our forest. Yesterday my little one (in the photo with me) and my hubby and I were hiking in our woods and heard a moose. Many a night we hear the call of the wolves and my sled dogs answer in song. When I go dogsledding I see mountain lion tracks in the snow and scat and urine along the trail.

But before this......born in Wisconsin, went to Madison GO BADGERS!, moved to Germany to be with my future hubby (whom I met there--he's Canadian-American), came back and moved to Montana to fly fish and ski, had a baby and then moved back to Wisconsin had three more babies before moving to MN 15 years ago. Then had another baby 8 years ago. Then got colon cancer and moved onto these boards. Am a lifer. What can I say! haha

I love the winter but not 9 months of it. Minnesota Nice is alive and well up here, right Mark?

peace, emily

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msccolon
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Sounds like you live in the perfect place to relax and continue your journey of healing!
mary

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2bhealed
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Hi Mary,

Yes, you hit the nail on the head. Moving up here was all about my healing. We previously had a farm ministry (brought inner city kids out to the farm among other things) an hour outside of MPLS but due to my choice to heal from cancer using alternative medicine, we had to sell it. When my FIL died and left this cabin, it was a no-brainer for us to move here.

My plan is to someday open this up to others who need a "peace" of heaven while healing from cancer. What with the sauna, hot tub, miles of hiking trails (literally) right out our front door, and the charm of a log cabin, it's also is a no-brainer.

My FIL died from complications from stomach cancer surgery and his wife died from lung cancer and they loved it so up here. I just want to share it all. Of course, I have to rear the rest of my children and get them up and out of here first! haha. It might be a little like sardines in the hot tub and I'm sure naked strangers in the sauna would freak them out! :-)

peace, emily

cancer0205
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Hello Minnesotans and everyone else! I was born and raised in North Minnesota. I moved to the cities 30 years ago after graduating from High School. My parents had a cute little cabin that I have many wonderful memories from. My family still gets "Up North" several times a year to stay with a cousin who has a home on the lake. I was diagnosed with stage IV cancer last February and have just completed 12 cycles of chemo. My scans show NED, so hip hiphorray! You betcha I am ecstatic and am praying now for no reoccurance. What part of northern Mn do you live? I love Mn especially Fall but am not too excited about Winter!

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PGLGreg
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Grew up in Lima, Ohio and moved to Hawaii in 1971. Never really cared for the winters in Ohio, or the summers either. I live in Waimanalo, which is a partly rural little town on the east shore of Oahu with orchid nurseries and horse ranches, a half hour's drive from Honolulu. My visage is that of thrush living in my yard, named Thaddeus by my wife.

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jsabol
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Hi Mary,
Spent the first 21 years of my life in Pittsburgh, moved to the Boston area and have been here ever since. Judy

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I grew up in a small town in Missouri outside Kansas City. When I was in college, I moved to Alabama and stayed there 22 years. I loved the South, but moved back to the Midwest for a promotion. Guess I love tornadoes, since both Alabama and Missouri have frequent tornadoes. I moved to Lee's Summit, which is a suburb of Kansas City, 16 years ago. I met my current husband here, so I'll be eating Kansas City barbecue instead of southern barbecue for the rest of my life.

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I was born in Kansas City, KS (it was cheaper than the Missouri side hospitals). Sigh, never lived in the state I was born....

I lived in K.C. for my first 6 years...my grandparents lived there forever.

I went back over the years.....LOVED the Stockyards restaurant....

Thanks for the memories!

Hugs, Kathi

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menright
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My favorite is Fiorella Jack Stack BBQ. Have you tried this one? I would travel a great distance to enjoy this restaurant.

I am suddenly hungry.

Mike

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Joy1216
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We love Jack Stack and have been to all three. (My brother-in-law used to cook there.)
Joy

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VickiCO
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I got to a trade show in KC every summer, and if I don't take a cooler and bring it back full of Jack Stack my SIL will be upset! LOL! I can't eat pork, but I love their beef ends. Wow...what a great Thanksgiving meal that would be!

Vicki

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ron50
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Hi,
Born In Brisbane in Queensland Australia. I live on the Sunshine coast a hundred kliks north of brisbane. My boat is anchored up on the Caloundra twelve mile reef. hard to take.....

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jsabol
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Hey Ron,
My son is spending a semester abroad in Brisbane....small world when you get right down to it! He is going to UQ, and staying somewhere in Brisbane with a "home stay" mom. He is loving it already, having only been there for 2 weeks, but looking forward to many more great experiences. Hubby and I won't be able to visit now, but OZ is on our list for future travels! All the best, Judy

cjf2006
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I was born and raised in Massachusetts, lived briefly in Sunnyvale,CA after getting married, bounced around for a few years between southeast PA (near Valley Forge)and Mass., then moved to eastern Tennessee. We have lived in this area for 13 years. I liked Pennsylvania the best.

doris2657
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HI

I was born and raised in Germany then 30 yrs ago I moved to Texas been here ever since.

Love to all and God bless you.

Doris

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brn2ride
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Very interesting thread. So many of ya have traveled a lot. I have led a pretty sheltered life I guess. I lived in iowa for a while but since I am on the border of iowa and nebraska it really wasn't much of a move. I also lived in south dakota for a while in the black hills but then returned to "the good life" nebraska's motto
I currently live in the city but have lived in the country on a few occasions so i could keep my horses on my own place. I currently own three horses that i board at a stable where my daughter works as a horse trainer. I learned the hard way that it hurts to ride to soon after after surgery :)

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impactzone
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Born in the territory of Hawaii, lived throughout the USA as a son of a military fighter pilot (RI, Fl, Tx, SC, Virginia,Al, Az) but mostly southern Calif in the Laguan Beach / San Clemente area. I have lived and taught in the Santa Ynez Valley ove rthe last 20 years after going to UCSB.
Thanks
Chip

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msccolon
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Momma LOVED Solvang! When we were young we used to travel there on vacation often when we were stationed on the west coast! I don't really remember what was there as i was pretty young, and we used to go to MANY places up and down the coast, but the name stuck with me!
Mary

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usakat
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Ingeborg and Carla's Chocolates in the village...flashback to yummy :)

Having fond memories of stops in Solvang and Buellton on the way to my uncle's ranch outside of Paso Robles, near Hunter Ligget...very nice...thanks!

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I was born and raised in Taiwan. After college, move to USA in 1982. Have been living in northern Viginia since 1987. I am planning to be a "snow bird" travelling the US for the rest of my life.

Peter
DX stage 4, 05/2008

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Sandi1
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Hi Peter,

If I remember correctly you were diagnosed a few days before my husband was. I was just wondering how you are feeling. My husband is having surgery on the 15th and then will start chemo end of October. You are doing it the other way, let me know how you are doing.

Thanks
Sandi

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peterhw
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I have just finished #6 chemo. I will have CT scan on 9/15 (the same day as your husband's surgery) and meeting with my onc on 9/19 to discuss the progress. My CEA drops from 50 to 14, so it looks like the chemo is working. But the CT scan will confirm it. I still don't have any side effect from chemo other than a minor constipation. I still have 95% of my hair. It may have something to do with my diet and daily exercise. Tell you husband to have faith and be positive. Exercise and diet is very important. There are a lot of books on how and what to eat for cancer patient. I have learned a lot from those books. Let me know if you have any question.

Peter

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Sandi1
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Thanks Peter, I'm glad to hear you are doing well with your Chemo sounds like it's working for you. the Oncologist told us that the chemo regimen that my husband will be going on that he should be fine for side effects and shouldn't loose his hair either. He will be getting Folfox + Avistan, is that what you are on? We are being positive and we both have a good support system.

I wish you luck in your fight, please keep me informed of your progress and I will keep you informed of my husband's progress.

Good Luck
Sandi

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peterhw
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My chemo is Folfox+Avastin. The same as your husband's regiment. Your doc probably will order a medi-port for your husband. It is done by outpatient surgery takes about 45 minutes. Then you will have a training session with the nurse to explain the procedure and possible side effects. The first two chemo are the most difficult ones for me. I think it is because I am nervous. Once you know how it works it will become easier. Make sure you get an emergency number from your doctor. They should provide you a 24 hour call number just in case you have emergency. I have to use it once due to high fever in the middle of the night. I am glad I made that call. It was a deadly staph infection in my medi-port. I was hospitalized for 7 days to pump antibiotics to my blood. I have a new medi port now and it is working very well.
Relax and drink plenty of fluid. My doctor said that 75% of people response very well to Folfox and Avastin. You husband should be able to handle it.

Good luck.

Peter

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Sandi1
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Yes, my husband will be having a medi port put in up around his collar bone before he leaves the hospital. Thankyou for telling me about the 24 hr number, I will make sure that I get one. The Oncologist told us that the regimen he's going on should do well, she said he probably won't have any side effects and if there are some they should be minor. That's good because he's anxious to get back to work. His entire family will be coming down for the surgery and his mother will be staying with me until he gets home from the hospital "so I won't be alone" - but I have two teenagers living in the house - I"m never alone! I will try to get on here maybe on Tuesday and let you all know how things went. We are very optimistic that things will turn out OK.

thank you and good luck to you in your journey.

Sandi

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jams67
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My port was in when I woke up from my colon surgery. Better to do while you are out if possible.
Jo Ann

alexco
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Hi Peter,

Am about to have my 3rd Chemo infusion via my port.The infusion starts at the hospital contiues at home as I carry the case with me for 72hours.Im really curious to know about diet as my diarrea during & following Chemo is extreme?Plus it wipes me out for a week?This is my second bout wth Colon Cancer its now stage 111.Im extremely weak & frail.Would love to want to eat.Please give me some tips.

Gratefully alexco

FlSunshine
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Hi Mary,

I'm from Jacksonville, Florida. Born in Vidalia, Georgia and lived in various parts of U.S. as a child (father was in Navy). Moved to Jacksonville in 1965, so this is home.

Christie

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msccolon
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Christie, my daddy lives in Jax, as do both my sisters, a brother and a nephew and his family! Daddy and one sister are west side, other sister is in Jax beach, brother is westside I think (he doesn't keep in contact with the family), and nephew and his family are in St. Augustine but work in Jax. Will be down there for Thanksgiving! I was there in the early 80's, married my husband and went traveling from there with the Navy. Daddy was transferred to Jax after my twin and I graduated and they just stayed. His final duty station was the hospital at Beaufort, but he did the geo-bachelor thing. I love St. Augustine beach, spent many a day there as a young woman!
Mary

FlSunshine
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I also live on the west side of Jacksonville. I have one brother who also lives in Jax Beach. Was just down in St. Augustine several weeks ago with family from Georgia who came to visit. Sorry just now getting back to you. Haven't checked this site for a few days b/c of eye surgery.

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betina61
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I was born in Cuba and raised between Cuba and Spain,(parents were from Spain)Is a long story so making it short,whole family moved to Miami Florida, have been living here since 1967.

teacht
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Hi!
I'm new to all of this, but love the question and learning about where everyone is from. I'm outside of Philadelphia, PA. Not far from Longwood Garderns.

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lfondots63
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Love the post. We should get some of us on the east coast together!

Lisa F

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standbyme
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We were born here and will be here forever. We live in the province of Saskatchewan. Lots of lakes and trees and open spaces. I am forever grateful for our health care system that just picks you up and takes care of everything and never sends you a bill.

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lizbiz
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but now live in New Hampshire with my husband and 3 dogs. I miss Michigan: sailing with my Dad on Lake Huron, beautiful northern Michigan and the UP. It will always be home, but NH is beautiful too! And, we're coming up on my favorite season: turning leaves, apples, pumpkins, mulled cider and fuzzy sweaters!

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trucker3099
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We are from Stephenville ,Tx . Susan is fighting ,and I am supporting. One father-in-law and four souphounds .

Melanie781
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Hi, Mary. I am pretty new to this website, but have already learned a lot about how to help my husband. (dia. stage IIIC rectal cancer on 12/24/07; currently receiving adjuvant chemotherapy.) We live in San Jose, CA. We both have lived most of our lives here.

Hugs, ~Melanie :o)

P.S. Anyone: how do I find out about Colonpalooza?

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usakat
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Check out:
http://colonpalooza.com/colonpalooza/cp6/cp6%20index.html

It's great fun and so wonderful to put faces to names. You would love it!

If you have any questions or need more information, please drop me a note at colonpalooza6@yahoo.com or here at CSN. We're booking up fast, so think about it and sign up quickly!

Please join us...the more, the merrier!

Hugs,
Katie - Colon Palooza 6 Host

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Kanort
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I'm from Round Round, Texas which is a suburb of Austin. Hook'em Horns!! If anyone is ever in my neck of the woods, please contact me for a mini-palooza!!!

Hugs,

Kay

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ruggersocks
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Hey Kay,

I live in Cedar Park, TX, so close to Round Rock! I'd love to get together with you sometime to have a mini-palooza.

I grew up in Alexandria, VA and when I got married we moved to Springfield, VA. Once we had our first daughter we moved to The Woodlands, TX and now we're here in Cedar Park, TX...about 15-20 minutes from Austin, TX.

I'm so sad I won't be able to make it to Colonpalooza this year, but hope to make it next year.

Hugs,
Cheryl

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jams67
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I live in Mansfield TX which is not far from Fort Worth. My daughter lives in Cedar Park. I've lived several places in TX and spent 3 years in Fairbanks Alaska.
Jo Ann

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Kanort
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Hi Cheryl,

Please forgive the delay in responding to you. I didn't have that email notice turned on, and I didn't read your post until now. We will definitely get together for a mini-palooza. I'm excited to know you live so close.

Hugs,

Kay

doris2657
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Hi Kay

My Son goes to the University of Texas I see him once a month we live near Houston,I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer with mets to ovaries,maybe one day we could meet.

God bless you

Doris

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