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mcgivarenfaith
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hi everyone! my name is Jennifer & my husabnd was DX with colorectal cancer stage IV on May 2010. We were so scared to hear the words cancer that our world would be crumbling down. But after i got myself together (Matt is so laid back & says im so inpatient- he said this will take time but will be alright). We went to our local oncologist & started treatment. Our Dr is so smart & he has worked at cancer center before coming to our little slice of heaven in Mississippi! So we felt comfortable with him. Matt started Chemo right away of Folfox & changed to Folfuri bc of a reaction. He has had a great response to chemotherapy & he was able to have a liver resection surgery & radio frequency ablation in December 2010. We are two weeks from surgery & you would never know he just had a major surgery! We go see our oncologists wednesday to discuss the next steps, we are thinking more chemo plus radation, then hopefully colon surgery! I have found this site so helpful & just wanted to hear of any success stories & make friendships with people who are fighting this!

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It sounds like your doctor knows what he's doing,and your husband is doing well.There is alot of stage iv survivers here,and I'm sure you will hear from them.Radiation worked very well for me,but I did get sick,cramps,etc.Good luck,it sounds like your husband is in good hands.

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mcgivarenfaith
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Thanks Karguy! We are hoping radiation wont be so bad.

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Welcome to the board and sorry to hear of your husband's diagnosis. Your husband is right this will take some time to get through but its just a process of steps and getting through one to get to another. Glad that your husband did well with the surgery. Good luck with the oncologist.

Kim

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mcgivarenfaith
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Hi Kim! He has had a great positive attitude from the beginning, i get all antzy about things & he told me one time that you cannot rush this! i guess hes right, but the quicker we get those tumors out the better i will feel. i His primary is in his colorectal area & we just had liver surgery to remove 8 lesions & the dr had to do an ablation on 1 tumor bc it was so close to his middle hepatic vein. so hopefully that will take care of his liver tumors. now onto the colon one. I like being able to read the stories & the support everyone shares.

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Hi Jennifer and husband. So glad you have a doc that seems well informed and that you like. That is a big part of the treatment process.

Happy to hear that he is doing so well since surgery.

As things come up feel free to ask about anything. You will find helpful folks here who probably have similar experience.

Hoping that 2011 brings good things for you both.

Marie who loves kitties

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Hugs!

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Hugs back (())

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Thank you for your kind words, i feel like 2011 will be great. Im sure i will be on here asking lots of questions.

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Welcome to the site and to the "family" here. My husband was also diagnosed with stage IV a little over a year ago and has had chemo, radiation, heart surgery, colon surgery, liver resection and is currently getting more chemo. You would never know it to look at him that he has been through so much. You'll have triumphs and setbacks, and the folks here will celebrate with you over your triumphs and cry with you over the setbacks and they will guide you with advise and lots of years of collective wisdom. Oh, and they will make you laugh too. Something you're going to need and never would expect to get so much of in a place like this. So hang in there Jennifer. It sounds like your husband is pretty laid back and positive guy. We're here for you.
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April

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mcgivarenfaith
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Hi April! Sounds just like us other than the heart surgery. I am so happy i have found this site, it helps ease the mind of a lot of unknowns! I hope we have more triumphs than setbacks, but i know we will get thru them together! Thank you for your kind words of encouragement!
Jennifer

AnneCan
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Welcome to this forum. It sounds like things are off to a good start; it is really important to feel comfortable with your onc.

khl8
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Welcome to you and your husband! this site is amazing and I could not live without it!

Kathy

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mcgivarenfaith
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Thanks!

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Welcome to our family. There is great information and support here on the board and I am so glad that you found us.

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Hi Jennifer, I'd thought would pop in and welcome you to the CSN board. Sounds like you guys are on the right track in your treatment.

Brooks

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Hi Jennifer - My husband, Jimmy, was dx with stage IV colon cancer on 5/10/10. He had a cancerous polyp removed 5 yrs ago and we're not sure if it was completely resected or if it reseeded, but the tumor is outside of the colon with 1 lesion on the liver. Surgery is not an option at this time as the tumor is too close to the super mesentaric artery of the abdomen. He was put on Folfox in July 2010. The CT in Oct showed a decrease in the liver mass but the tumor grew slightly so he was put on Avastin. His last CT in Dec showed no change in either tumor. We went to Sloan last week for a second opinion but they said everything is being done correctly.
Jimmy's sister died of melanoma in April when we came back from her funeral he experienced some abdominal cramping. We went to an urgentcare and they order a ct at my request. I was the ct tech who did the exam and found the met to the liver and tumor by his pancreas. Thank God it is not pancreatic.
At first I could not confront the disease at all, because being in healthcare I knew what we were facing and how serious it was. I wouldn't even look at another test or read a report. My whole demeaner changed and I wasn't the same person, although Jimmy was taking everything in stride. Then one day I said the prayer to St. Michael the archangel and I asked him to help me fight this terrible monster that was in my husbands body and I wasn't going to let this disease ruin nor control our life. I do look at his ct's etc and read the reports and I am no longer afraid of this cancer. I put my trust in God and pray that he will direct us to proper treatment, and healing.

God Bless you and your husband and stay in touch.

Jan

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And now after Chemo, Radiation, APR surgery and chemo now again I am on the home strech to recovery. Welcome to the survivors site that has helped me so much in the last few months. I only started paying attention here after my surgery 3 months ago but wish I chimed in a little sooner. I am happy you finally spoke up and will keep you both in my prayers.
Tom

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mcgivarenfaith
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Thank you Tom & good luck in your journey!

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Welcome, Jennifer. sorry about your husband's diagnosis. Glad to hear that he is doing well with treatment! You've come to a good place. Holding Matt in the Light for continued good response to treatment, healing and also the both of you for peace and strength.
~Audrey

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mcgivarenfaith
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Thank you Audrey!

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We are not only multi -cultural here we are multi national. Sorry you have to be here but given the circumstances there is no better place to be. I was operated in in Jan 98 for stage 3 colon ca into six nodes,did a year of chemo and have been ca free ever since. Just approaching the end of year 13 then into 14 . 13 was a nervous year but I had a scope in nov and won't need another for three years. By best wishes for a swift resolution to your problem and a long and ca free life.Ron.

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mcgivarenfaith
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Wow! Congratulations on your recovery & cancer free life! Great inspiration!!!!!

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So glad you have found us.

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Sonia

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Hugs back!!

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Just jumping into say welcome to the board. Sounds like you have had excellent treatment to date so just stay the course. Sounds like your hubby is doing very well after treatment and surgery so pat yourself on the back for I'm sure you had a little something to do with that. Come back and let us know what the next steps will be.

Take care - Tina

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mcgivarenfaith
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Thank you Tina, i am so very glad i found this site! I need a little reassurance now & again & this site provides much needed help

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Hi Jennifer and Matt, you will be so happy you found this site. I sure was/am! I got my diagnosis in June 2010. It sounds like you are both hanging in there with this so far. Keep it up my dear.

Gail

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mcgivarenfaith
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Thanks Gail. Good luck to you!

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hi mcgiverenfaith
im happy u found a hospital and drs who are giving you hope. i wish you all the best. my dad was also dx with stage 4 clecteral cancer on the 22nd dec 2010. he was told that liver resection was not possible and is starting chemo prob tomoro. im so happy they are able to resect ur husbands liver. was he initially told that it was not rescetable? my dad also has mets (small, i think, as they havent given it much importance) in his lung.my dad is symptom free and was only diagnosed after a routine blood test because he has diabetes. initially my dad was given very little hope by his doctor but since then he has been to what has been "our piece of heaven" :) in pamplona spain. they say that they have treated many stage 4 patients who are still fighting years after they have been given weeks or months. never loose hope. ill be praying for u and ur family xx

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mcgivarenfaith
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Hello!
Matt had extensive disease in his liver & doctor told us in June 2010 that he would mote than likely not be eligible for a resection. But look at us 5 months down the road & he did indeed have liver resection. He had such a great response to Chemotherapy that he went from no chance of surgery to having surgery! They removed 8 lesions & did an ablation on 1 tumor, bc it was so close to his middle vein. So, chemotherapy has been a wonder drug for us! So, we have learned that the drs dont always know everything,haha! We have great hope that he will beat this & be an inspiration to others who are going thru cancer. Will keep your dad in my prayers & never give up HOPE!

sasjourney
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I am so glad you found this site. I can't tell you how much it has helped me since my diagnosis in March of 2010. I wish you both all the best.

Hugs,

Sara

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Whats up..whats up?????? Sounds like ya got a good handle on things..Kudos!! Welcome to the boards and looking forward to a new friendship. Take care!

Jennie

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mcgivarenfaith
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Thank you all for your respones! I look forward to coming on & learning all i can about cacner, so we can fight this thing head on!!!!

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