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Pathology report back......

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I got "The" call this afternoon while waiting for wife shopping in the Michaels Scrapping outlet.....It was as this..."Mr Powers, Your tumor showed that it was metastatic and that the colon was the primary, That really fooled us yet we have found no evidence of it in your bloodstream . Your tumor margins are all clear and all of the nodes removed and tested did indeed test completely negative. There is no evidence of cancer anywhere to be found."

I ask her to repeat herself and said the exact same words...I ask how could it be metastatic and not show up in the bloodstream...or in nodes etc. she told me that these are some of the things that simply happen, I ask her so your telling me this is a good thing, she said no, I am telling you that this is a great thing.

I celebrated with a big cry and then an ice cream cone.........and I also made an appointment to see a phychiatrist with an appointment this Thursday at 9 am to find out why I am so verbally abusive to my wife...I am trying to get all my ducks in a row...while I can...

Thank all of you that have helped me from start to finish, this is the greatest bunch a person could ever be a part of......love to you all........Clift

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Best news on here in quite some time. Keep on, keepin on!!


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That is wonderful! Congratulations


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I am really happy for you! Also impressed that you are out + about so early in your recovery; good for you!

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Some good, actually GREAT, news on this board! Thanks for bringing some smiles to us, Clift!


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Glad that you and doctor are pleased with the results. Hope you enjoyed the ice cream :)


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It's about time we got some good news.

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Hugs, Kathi

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Congratulation Buzz!

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We both got the same damn results. All my nodes were also clear. The PET scan just before surgery said the cancer was only in that one damned spot in the rectum.

I also think I need to talk to a shrink. This crap is driving me nuts. I am just damned tired of it.

Why the hell did it come back?? Am I fighting an unbeatable foe??? I keep telling myself to remember my surgeons comment “I think you are finished with cancer”. He has been around this crap a bunch. I fully trust his judgment. I want to believe him.

Now I am trying to wean myself off the damn percocet as I think I am hooked on it. That screws with my head big time. Right now everything sucks but I am happy you are doing good.


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I am glad you also got good news. You will beat this; you are doing really well. All the best.

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Man, you just got the golden ticket. Sounds like no treatments for you as a bonus to all of this - you score twice here. Good for you!

Just recovery and follow-ups, don't get much better than that. I'd go play the lottery, you are on a roll now:)


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*Tony the tiger voice* "That's GREAAAAT!"

I really hope you enjoyed your ice cream!!


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I am so happy for you and Kerry! Praying for the same "great news" for all who are feeling the pain and worry cancer causes...big request I suppose, but still gonna ask.

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Great news for you. Just so you know it is easier for men to show anger then show weakness or that you are afraid. It is a man thing.

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you scared the mets away......steve

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That is wonderful. We are so happy for you.
Linda and Ellie

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Woderful news. Just wonderful! Paula

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I couldn't be happier for you.

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So very glad you got such great news.

I am also glad that you are getting some help with the emotional part. I think some times when we think we may not have long to be around, we push away those who love us, mistakenly thinking that they won't hurt as much if they don't care as much.

Rest up and even though you don't have to do further treatments, get back into fighting shape for the most wonderful things in life...those we love and those that love us.


Marie who loves kitties

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Excellent news. Does this mean no follow up chemo or treatment after you have healed? I sure hope so.

Don't be so hard on yourself, us caregivers can take it pretty good. You were scared, scared for the present and scared for the future, scared for your kids, scared for wife, maybe worried about the financials of the whole mess and your wife, well, she was an easy target, an escape hatch. Hope this makes sense. Glad you are going to talk about it to someone about it.

Take care and best wishes - Tina

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Hi Clift,

So many ups and downs with this cancer "game", huh? I'm so very glad that there's no sign of anything now, following your surgery.


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That is awesome news, I am so happy for you and your family!!!!! As far as seeing the shrink, that is a great idea, honestly I think everyone could benefit from some therapy. Good luck to you.

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So happy for you its always good to hear good news hopefully things will get better for you now take care and give your wife a hug


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Goooo Buzzaaaaa .... uhhh huuuh..uhhh huuuh.... I'm dancin...it's a party... go Buzzzaaaa!!! Awesome news SCHWEETHEART!!!!!! I am so happy for you. HUGGSSS!!!


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This is undoubtably the best post on here in a long time!!! Thank you God!

I was afraid to have some elective surgery, because I didn't think I would be here, and it would be a waste of time and pain. Now I've had it done, and I'm 5 years out.

We now have to be careful not to get run over by a truck. Go see the phychiatrist, you're going to be here for awhile longer.
Jo Ann

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Yes, this is a great thing and what better way to celebrate than ice cream. There comes a time when we just have to go for the things that make life so enjoyable.

After everything you have been through, there is no doubt a person would have some jumbled emotions brewing around. Peel those emotions away like the layers of an onion and what you will find at the core is pure love and appreciation for your wife and everything you have learned on this scary adventure.

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Yeah! We ALL needed your GREAT news! Congrats and know that you are still in my prayers! Jean

Fight for my love
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Thanks for the update.Hang in there,you will be fine,you are as strong as a rock in my heart.

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That is fantastic news. I'm so happy for you and us as a group. We needed some good news and you brought it.


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YAYAYAYA... more good news!!! That is fabulous!! Although, I have to admit, I'm not exactly sure I understand it... but hey, if your doctors say this is great news, then this is great news!!! If the tumour was metastatic, then doesn't that mean it was a met from the primary? Ok... so that means what... that it was found in the same area so it really was one and the same thing... or did it travel from the primary location, in which case it had spread. But having taken it out... all other tests are coming back NED?

So do they consider you a Stage 4 or have they re-staged you? I'm just not sure I've followed this... but then , I blame it on chemo brain. :)

Again... congrats!!


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Awwww, what wonderful news. You have such a beautiful spirit.

Peace and Calm,


What kind of ice cream?

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and it was absolutely the best one I have ever had....... :) Buzz

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I am mulling those same questions over in my head as well, which is why I asked the second time. The tumor did have crc cells which she said would make crc the primary(1st tumor was in lower rectum area, this met was in lower part of the upper left lung lobe. That tells me that it does make me a stage 4. But with no node involvement at all and all clear margins both surgeries on both tumors. I am not real sure what I am looking at but to me its just a stage, it only means that my chance of re occurence is higher but ya know, it wasn't suppose to happen this time and it did so it could just as well never happen again as it happened this time. I will celebrate every day of being "ahead" of the game for a little while..

I have an appointment in 3 weeks where we will discuss probabilities...In any matter, I have won this round and I will be enjoying it as long as possible.......Buzz

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Well, no matter how you look at it... it looks good to me :)

Since the tumour was in the lung and had CRC cells, then one could consider it to be a spread, obviously... but if it's just the one tumour and they got it out in surgery, who cares?? It's gone! :D

Does this mean there other miniscule cells ready to grow into nodules/tumours? Perhaps... but as long as one keeps up with the regular checks/blood work/scans.... if they do pop up one can just go ahead and treat them :) At least, that is my perspective... as long as we stay on top of these little monster-wannabes, we can live with cancer and not die from it.

Again... congratulations on your great news this week.... and perhaps you should buy a big tub o'vanilla ice cream because every day should be a day of celebration :) :)


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I'm so happy for you!
I met with a therapist last year and found it really helpful.
In the Light,

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Oh Clift, Oh, Clift, Oh Clift, how F@ing WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ahhh, nothing like tears of happiness and relief.
Make sure you get up in time for that appt., and give your wife my love for being there with you anyway!!!
Love at you Dude, you ROCK!!
Winter Marie

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I'm so glad to hear you don't have any evidence of the beast in your nodes; I'm also glad to hear you will be seeing a counselor to work out the emotional issues. This crap just keeps messing with us and it's hard for us to keep on top of things. I found my decision to go to a counselor to be one of the best ones I've made in quite some time; things just wear on you and you don't always make the best decisions. I learned a lot of things about myself that I didn't know, but should have. Now that I've moved in with my brother, I'm going to have to find another counselor, I hope I am able to find one who rocks as much as my last one did. Amazing that a stranger could see into my soul so clearly. Good luck, you are strong and you can do this.

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Oh, fabulous!! Clift, to be honest, I've been reading other comments and putting off yours, because I didn't want to read bad news about you. So very grateful this is a GREAT report.


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What a fantastic blessing you have given all of us that care so much about you. We are so happy and thankful for the wonderful news. Keep it up...it is so great to finally hear good news. About your treatment of your wife, I've always heard you are rougher on the one you love because they will understand. As a caregiver, my husband can be pretty hateful sometimes but I know it is because of the pain, the stress, or the medication. It hurts me sometimes but after 41 years of marriage I truly understand and am just so thankful that he is still able to be hateful. Praying always for you and your family.

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Thumbs up! So glad for you Buzz..

Take care and be sweet as always.


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Cliff... I'm so happy to hear your good news. Lord only knows how much we needed it. I think I know whats going on with you and your wife #1 It's stress. You two have had a ton of if this last 2 months. #2 I was also verbally abusive to my wife and was told it was because I was trying to make her hate me so when I died it would me so hard on her. I know it sounds crazy but after thinking about it for awhile it made sense. Once I found out how crazy that way of thinking was things got better. Maybe this is what you're doing?



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Yippee Yahooo!!!! SO glad to ehar the positive news Clift.

When people ask My Husband "How's Peggy doing these days?" he replies "She's a ***** and a nag again so she's doing great!"

Enjoy the great news, you deserve it!


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Congrats! Be nice to the lady! It is hard having cancer, I'm sure, but it is hurtful to see someone you love go through the "experience" of it and knowing that you can't do chit about it.

God Bless (or Allah or Budha, or Yaweh, etc.)

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Enjoy your new found freedom!

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Great news, Clift. Take care. Margaret

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So glad to hear your great news!!!!! Keep celebrating with your family. IT is so wonderful to hear good news.


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Thank God! So happy for you. I don't post here a lot but I read all the posts. You have been in my prayers.

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I missed this post, that is just soooooooo awesome, all the way around! Hugs!!

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That is great news!!!! I can only imagine how hard this is from the patients stand point. I think you're a wise man to look into some help with the mind stuff. This is such a trip on our minds and selves. More power to you to do what is best for you and your family.



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