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Moses
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Joined: Mar 2009

Hi,

I am new to this site but I find it very supportive and informative. The reason I am here is because of my dad who had Colorectal cancer two and a half years ago and now it is back. When it was found the first time it was stage 1 and contained they said. After surgery and the colostemy and no lyphnodes showing cancer, they said he was well, but they would do 6 month screenings/check ups. All were negative until Nov.08. Well here we are now and this time it has moved to his back, hip and both lungs. We found this out the day before Thanksgiving, 2008. So far they say it is stage 4. Doc says he has maybe 2-4 years left, according to how well it all goes. Dad is currently taking Chemo every three weeks and Chemo pills after the treatment for almost two weeks. This regiment started around late December. He has been blessed in one regard by not being very sick from the chemo. His gout flares up sometimes but other than that he feels as good as possible. The chemo seems to have worked so far, because he no longer has two minute long coughing spells or terrible pain in his back and hip. Thanks for any and all advice/tips and prayers. I will be praying for all of you. May God Bless.

Regards,

Roy

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Shayenne
Posts: 2370
Joined: Jan 2009

I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, but chin up, I hate when they give prognosis, because you'll on this board where some only had a few months to live, or 2 years to live, and 10 years later, they are still here, so never lose hope, and make sure your dad doesn't lose hope, get a really good onc, and hopefully, these tumors will shrink where they can even operate and get him all fixed up again, you just never know.

You will be in my prayers, I love your nick ;)

Medicines definitely have come a long way, and also, if you aren't happy with what the onc has to say, there's always 2nd and 3rd opinions :)

Hugsss to you!
~Donna

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snommintj
Posts: 602
Joined: Mar 2009

2 years is a good thing. There are some great treatments coming down the line. Many of the trials are underway or about to be. In the mean time I know things will be tough. But there is technology that can help. I have a friend with breast cancer which had spread to her hips, back, ribs, and lungs. Through a combination of chemo, RFA, cyber knife and surgery she's cancer free and just had her new breasts put on. They took the fat from her belly and butt to make the breasts. She got a full body make over and looks 20 years younger. Last year they gave her months to live. Today she's NED and looking better than she ever has.

beachinmom
Posts: 75
Joined: May 2008

Exactly right. We never know when the next treatment will be around the corner that is a potential cure. You are so right. That is a great thing to strive for.

I can only imagine how devasting it must feel to know your father has a recurrence after being stage 1. It doesn't happen to very many stage 1's and it must feel so unfair. It is good to hear your father is tolerating chemo well and that his pain is diminishing. You are so right, those are good signs. They will probably do some scans during chemo that may confirm that very fact.

Hope that somehow we can encourage you and your dad.

Moses
Posts: 4
Joined: Mar 2009

I will keep my chin up for I was not taught to just give up(by my Dad). He has a scan scheduled at Duke Hospital the end of this month. Hopefully we'll get some good news. He is 58 and I am 29. I am 29 and I have recently refocused my life towards God and family. I have decided that I will make sure I spend all the time I can with my father and my son, instead of working all the time when not necessary. My Dad had to work alot when I was younger, he had no choice. I, on the other hand, have a choice because I have been greatly blessed finacially. Things I took for granted before now seem more important to me and the glitter of material things has greatly faded. Sorry for being long winded, and thanks again for rolling out the welcome mat so generously.

Regards,

Roy

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Shayenne
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Joined: Jan 2009

I am glad you can take time out with him, it will help in his recovery to have time spent with him, boosting his immune system. Alot of laughter helps, that's for sure, and time to spend with a grandson would be so precious to him for both of them. I also never slowed down, I have 4 children so I was a busy mom, I went to school for my Associates Degree in Medical Office Administration for 2 years, got a job a month later, and 6 months later, in Jan 09 I am here with stage 4 colon cancer, and determined to fight it out, you'd be surprised...the nurses at the chemo center said people are just living longer with it, the medicines have been awesome, make sure he goes to a top cancer center...with a reputable onc.

You're so lucky you can also be your own boss! do some good for yourself slowing down as well, sometimes I think I got this cancer because someone was telling me to "slow down". I was doing everything..working, cooking, cleaning, cabbing 4 kids to their activities, I let my health go, and wasn't sick at all, had no symptoms of the cancer, and there I was in the er room because of a hardness above my belly, and just excessive bloating, thinking I was just gaining alot of weight, and then this happens. Take care of yourself, that's for sure :)

See???? I can be long-winded as well lol...

Hugsss to you!
~Donna

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dianetavegia
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Joined: Mar 2009

First off, let me say I was thrilled to see you are so wise for being so young! Life is short so focus on those things that will last! The Bible tells us money and things will rot and rust away, but we know what's important!

About your Dad, don't listen to man's word! Pray for him expecting a miracle. Read all the scripture you can find with the word 'heal' or 'healed' in them. Share them with your Dad, too.

Donna is so right! Laughter is wonderful. The Bible tells us that 'A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.' Your son may be a more powerful medicine than any your Dad could be given. Laugh daily, as needed!

Keep us up to date and a major God Bless!
Diane

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