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KierstenRx
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Joined: Nov 2006

Hi All,

Haven't checked in for a long time. I'm having my four year checkup November 15th. Diagnosed with stage III rectal cancer September 2006. Did chemo/radiation, surgery, then FOLFOX and Avastin for 8 rounds. With the exception of some depression, weight gain, and a divorce I have been good.

My Aunt Paula was diagnosed two weeks ago with Stage IV rectal cancer. Hopefully she will be joining this group shortly. I know it was a Godsend for me.

Kiersten

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Annabelle41415
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Joined: Feb 2009

Welcome back. So glad to hear that your results have been great and you are doing good. Without the exceptions of course. Sorry to hear about your Aunt. The more people that seek out this board for help the better they will feel. Don't stay away so long next time. Once again, welcome.

Kim

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KierstenRx
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Joined: Nov 2006

Thanks Kim! I won't stay away so long again. Hope you are doing well also.

Kiersten

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herdizziness
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Joined: Apr 2010

Other then life's normal happenings, it sounds like you have been doing good.
It's always great to see a long term survivor on board, to give us "newbies" hope and something to look forward to. So I thank you for coming on, coming back, and giving us this hope.
I hope your Aunt Paula finds us, so sorry about her diagnosis, but glad she had you to help her through some of the hard parts, and we're here for her as well.
If she knocks on our door, we will open the door in a heartbeat, hands, arms and heart open to welcome her.
Winter Marie

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KierstenRx
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Joined: Nov 2006

Thanks for the kind words. I have no doubt that you will welcome my aunt just the way I was. How is everything going for you?

Kiersten

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KathiM
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Glad to see you at 4 years...WOW! It's been that long?????

You know we will treat your aunt as family, just like you are!!!

BIG hugs!
Kathi

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KierstenRx
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Joined: Nov 2006

It was soooo great to see you on here. You always provided me with the greatest encouragement. :) Are you still doing well???

Kiersten

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Lori-S
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Joined: Sep 2010

I'm rather new here but wanted to say thank you for checking in. Also, there is a new board here called long term survivors that you might be interested in. It was just started to help address some of the issues that some of us newer diagnosed might not have. I don't know if that might interest you but, I wanted to let you know about it.

Also, please let your Aunt Paula know that we are sorry to hear of her diagnosis but,we are here with open arms if she needs us.

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Buzzard
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Joined: Aug 2008

It sounds as though life has renewed itself in you...Good for you . It sure is great to hear all of you that return and are doing so well. It gets a large crowd to gather when someone pops in with a 3-4-5-6-7-13 year all clear so far prognosis...attitudes start to change in some that had none. You get to see that kind of sparkle in others eyes as you and others speak of longevity with this disease..Love to you and in hopes of decades of living large......thanks Kiersten, you opened more eyes and given more hope than you could ever imagine coming back to tell your story.........((((((((Kiersten))))))))..........Buzz

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KierstenRx
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Joined: Nov 2006

Thanks Buzz for all you comments! It means a lot. I have been feeling down a bit and I forget just how important still being here gives hope to others that have just started their journey. Thanks for reminding me. Hope you are doing well

Kiersten

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KierstenRx
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Joined: Nov 2006

Thanks for the info on the long term survivors. I will have to check it out. How is your treatment going?? Wish nothing but the best and good health for you.

Kiersten

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crg123
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Kiersten!
I remember you! You are about 15 days behind me! We "fought the beast" together! And we've WON! Congrats on 4 years! Send your Aunt here. It was a godsend!
Cheryl

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KierstenRx
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Joined: Nov 2006

So glad you are doing well also! Makes me so happy to know that we are well on our way to year 5 :)

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tootsie1
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Hey, Kiersten!

Glad to see you still use that beautiful picture. So lovely! It's good to hear that physically you're doing well. Very sorry about the other stuff.

I'll look forward to meeting your Aunt Paula. So sorry to hear of her diagnosis.

*hugs*
Gail

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KierstenRx
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Joined: Nov 2006

So good to see you! How are you doing??? Thanks for the comment on my picture. I no longer look like that. Lots of weight gain, but I love the photo and I will take being heavy and in remission any day :)

Kiersten

AnneCan
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Joined: Oct 2009

Thanks for checking in here + giving us inspiration on this Halloween Day! Stories like yours really help me in this battle. I am sorry for your divorce, + for your aunt's diagnosis. I bet you are be a huge help + inspiration for her. I hope you will come by to visit again soon.

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KierstenRx
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Joined: Nov 2006

Thank you for your comments. Have been feeling a little down lately. It helps to know that my story as a survivor can be an inspiration. Wish nothing but good health for you!

Kiersten

AnneCan
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Joined: Oct 2009

Thanks for the wishes for good health. I am sorry you feel a bit down, but you sure picked up my spirits with your post! It sounds like you have gone through/are going through a lot.

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lisa42
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Hi Kiersten,

I remember you! It's good to hear from you and see a familiar face again & I'm glad to hear that you've been doing well physically. I hope and pray everything on Nov. 15 goes well. Sorry to hear about the depression and divorce.
Sorry, also, to hear about your aunt's diagnosis. As you said, I do hope she finds her way to this board. I never can understand why some people are hesitant to join it. I have recommended it and mentioned it many times to a few people I know with colorectal cancer, but they haven't joined it. I guess being on the computer isn't everyone's thing.

See you around-
Lisa :)

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KierstenRx
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Joined: Nov 2006

I remember you too! How are you doing? Have to catch up on all the familiar names. Hope life is treating you well.

Kiersten

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LeesburgKate
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Kiersten,

Thank you for taking the time to let us know how you are doing. You are a real-life inspiration to us. Hope to see your aunt here soon also.

LeesburgKate

dmdwins
Posts: 453
Joined: Aug 2008

Kiersten.

Nice to hear from you and that all is well medically. You look fabulous. Check in every so often and chat with us!

Smiles,
Dawn

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KierstenRx
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Joined: Nov 2006

Thank you for your kind comments. This group meant so much to me.

sasjourney
Posts: 395
Joined: Jul 2010

It's so great to hear how well you are doing. I'm sorry that you have had to deal with some very difficult challenges in the last few years after cancer. We are here to support you in any way we can. I'm so sorry to hear about your Aunt.

Hugs,
Sara

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scouty
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Kiersten!

You look great and although I'm sorry you've had to go thru some of things survivorship brings I'm thrilled you are doing so well!

Hugs and thanks for checking in. We'll toast to you and Cheryl next year this time!!!

Lisa P.

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