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Moesimo
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Hi to all my buddies,

I used to post alot on this forum---but haven't lately. I was diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer on 3/17/2003. I can't believe it has been 7 years. The first few years were rough, but I am doing well now. Life will never be the same. My kids were 14, 17, and 21 when I was diagnosed. They are now 21, 25 and 28. My youngest was a freshman in hgh school, he graduated from college 2 weeks ago. My oldest was a senior in college, she is now married and is expecting her first baby in Dec. I am so ecxited to be a Grandma. I can hardly wait.

For those newly diagnosed, it does get better.

For those in the fight--you are in my thoughts.

For those who lost their fight---I think of you often.

I don't know if anyone remembers me now, but I was one of the oldies.

Maureen

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shmurciakova
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Joined: Dec 2002

HI,
Glad to hear the update! Congratulations on becoming a grandma! I don't post on here very often anymore either, but I still lurk from time to time. I was diagnosed 8 years ago...I have been NED for several years (5 1/2). I am also one of the "oldies".
Nice to hear from you,
Susan H.

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lesvanb
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and CONGRATS! The circle will be unbroken.

Leslie

crazylady
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Joined: Jun 2004

Hi Maureen,

Congratulations on 7 years and becoming a grandmother! You'll love being a grandmother. I was diagnosed 6 years ago and remember you from when I joined the board.

Take care,
Jamie

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ron50
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Hi Maureen congratulations from another oldtimer:) Ron.

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KathiM
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Congrats!!!

Nice to 'see' you, Maureen!

Hugs, Kathi

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tootsie1
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Maureen,

You've posted some since I've been on the board. I remember you! You have so much good news going on. Trust me on this, being a grandmother will be the BEST!

*hugs*
Gail

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RickMurtagh
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NOT better than being a grandfather! :)

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StacyGleaso
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Joined: Mar 2003

I remember you Maureen!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy to hear all is going so well for you! I remember all our crazy posts with SpongeBob, Scouty, Lisa P, Emily, Ron, Kanga, Kerry, Jana, Jerseysue, and Bud! A great group of folks who met through some lousy circumstances. I will hit 9 successful years of being clear this October. I think we can agree, when you're going through it, the days drag on, but now looking back, look how far we've come!

All my best to you and your family! And what better gift than a grandbaby for Christmas! PERFECT!

Hugs,
Stacy

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KathiM
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Wow! Stacy, thanks for the memories!

Hugs, Kathi

coloCan
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Joined: Oct 2009

so far held the beast at bay.....As a baby at this, as this Tuesday marks a year since I started my treatment, I'd love to be reading and writing here years from now too.....steve

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betina61
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Of course that I remember you,I think that being 4 years from DX myself, I consider myself and "oldie" as well,I miss all those names so much,including yours, because that conection that you get on this board from the others semicolons on those rough, scary, desperate first days,weeks,months,you get attached to those people for life.I wish you the best in the years ahead, and enjoy being a grandmother,is one of the best things that life could bring you.

AnneCan
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Joined: Oct 2009

Maureen,

Thanks so much for posting with your update. It sounds like life is very good for you now; that is pure inspiration. Take good care!

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PhillieG
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Joined: May 2005

I remember you. Very good to hear you are doing well.
Continued good health.
-phil
I'm another "Old Timer" with 6+ years at stage IV and living with cancer...

valley
Posts: 94
Joined: Jun 2007

Hi Maureen

Great to hear from you! On November 23rd my daughter had our first grandchild. Norah has brought so much joy into our lives. So happy you are doing well. My husband just had his colonoscopy last week at brigham and womens in Boston. Thank god everything is still clear. Four years since his surgery for stage 3 rectal cancer. Thank you so much for posting it helps so much to hear the good stories.

Valerie

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Betsydoglover
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Hi Maureen - I remember you - I was diagnosed Stage IV May2005 and started here in July 2005 and you posted quite a bit. So, I am sort of an old-timer - just not as "old" as you and some others!

Nice to hear your update - grandkids are the best! My granddaughter just turned 6. Five years ago I renewed my driver's license three weeks after my colon surgery - thought to myself "this is the last time" - just renewed it again! Thought I'd never see my granddaughter in school and now she is finishing Kindergarten. My son has a good job and a successful side business and my daughter who is a Vet tech supervisor is working on finishing pre-reqs to apply to vet school. I've told my oncologist that her next job is to make sure I see my daughter get into vet school. And then of course the next job is vet school graduation..........

Good to hear from you,

Betsy
Diagnosed Stage IV, liver met, 5/05
Lap sigmoid colectomy 6/05
6 cycles Xeoda/oxaliplatin/Avastin (NED after 2)
NED for 3 years
Tiny lung nodule shows up 11/08 - removed via VATS 4/09m (NED again!)
6 cycles of Xeloda and Avastin - continuing Avastin only
PET scan every 3 months
NED again

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PGLGreg
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Of course we do remember and are very happy to hear you are still doing well. Hope you will take the trouble to keep checking in from time to time.

--Greg

Fight for my love
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COngrats.Thanks to you for the update.This is great inspiration.

taraHK
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Joined: Aug 2003

Hi Maureen!

Great to hear from you! Congratulations on your 7 year mark and on all the joyous events in your personal life - college graduation and the new baby-to-be.

You and I joined the board around the same time. You have been a wonderful friend, great source of information and support for me throughout.

I am still in the fight -- started my 5th chemo stint yesterday! But, I am feeling calm and determined. Meanwhile, I've also had joyous celebrations on the family front -- my eldest finished high school a few weeks ago. Yea! He was 10 when I was first diagnosed.

Love,
Tara

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geotina
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Thanks for coming on with an update. I sure do hope all of you will come on once in a while if only to offer encouragement with your experiences. It has been a tough year on the board with way too many losses and recurrences so your stories sure do give the rest of us hope during some very dark days. We need all of you.

Take care and continued good health - Tina

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drmrgirl47
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Joined: Mar 2004

Hi Maureen, sure I remember you. I am from 2004. Alot of people from that time don't post often (myself included). I do read everyone's posts alot. And I do occassionaly comment. Anyway, good to see you on the boards. I also keep everyone in my thoughts and prayers even though I don't post that often.

fedester
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Joined: Jul 2004

hi maureen,
congrats on 7 years ned.
good to see your life is somewhat normal and congrats on upcoming grandchild.
maureen you were one of the first to reach out to me 6 years ago when i too was touched by the dragon.
be well
never,ever ive up!!
bruce

dorookie
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Joined: Jul 2007

I remember you, so glad things are going so well for you.l Congrats on the new grand-baby, you will experience joys beyond words, as my daughter had her first child 7 months ago.

Its so nice to hear that things do get better, as I am waiting for that day. I am blessed to be in remission and I am thankful everyday, however there are struggles.

So good to hear from you, dont be a stranger...

HUGS
Beth

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scouty
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I will never forget talking to you on the phone at CP3 in Austin and you laughing at my southern accent. Very fun and funny memory.

I am thrilled for you and can't believe you're gonna be a grandma. How cool is that!!

I love hearing your continuing good news and thanks so much for letting us know.

Hugs and have a great year.

Lisa P.

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Kathryn_in_MN
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It is so uplifting to see so many of you posting as NED 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 years out! Thanks for checking in and giving hope to so many that are at earlier stages in the battle. Wishing you a lifetime of NED!

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Sundanceh
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Hi Maureen

I've seen you post some this past year since I joined.

You were out here blazing trails long before I was ever diagnosed - seven years is a remarkable achievement and I just wanted to drop by and say so.

Shining the light for today's crop of cancer patients is extremely important as it gives us living examples of what we talk about here all the time. Personally witnessing gasses up the tank so we can drive down the road a little bit further.

Congrats, G'ma - it feels great to be remembered, eh?

-Craig

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