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7 Years

HowardJ
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Joined: Jan 2005

Hi all,

Some of the older members may remember me, and to the newbies, "Hello". This past Friday marked 7 years since my surgery for stage 2a colon cancer. Back then I had a laprascopic right hemi-colectomy, and chose no chemo since the data at the time indicated there were no differences in long term survival rates or recurrence rates for stage 2 colon cancer with or without chemo. Not sure what the data are today or current thinking on the topic, and had I had stage 3 or 4 I would have gone for the chemo post surgery. Nevetheless, it was not an easy decision at the time (my wife was convinced I would die without the chemo). Since my diagnosis, two friends were diagnosed. One was a recurrence (or new cancer?) from what was initially a stage 1 colon cancer, and the other was a new diagnosis of stage 3 colon cancer. Both of these people are doing well now, post surgery and chemo.

Over the years I've had my ups and downs, fearing every new ache was a recurrence or a new cancer. But even cancer survivors get non-cancer stuff.

Throughout the years I have read on this board difficulties and challenges and sadness, and also the good news people shared. While I sometimes had my doubts about getting this far, I found comfort by reading posts here, and wanted to share my update.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year.

Howard

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idlehunters
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Joined: Apr 2009

Thanks so much for sharing your story. It was very uplifting to hear your survival success. Best of luck to you always and happy new year!

Jennie

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tommycat
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Joined: Aug 2011

Stories of hope and encouragement are always welcome. Thanks for sharing your story. :)

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Annabelle41415
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Joined: Feb 2009

That is the kind of news we love to hear on the first day of a brand new year. Thanks for your update.

Kim

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thxmiker
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Joined: Oct 2010

CONGRATS! I am looking forward for that day of 7 years past.

It has been 6 months since ending chemo and having a CEA of 3.2 again.

Best Always, mike

lauragb
Posts: 370
Joined: Aug 2011

Thanks for the uplifting story. Happy New year!

Laura

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KathiM
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Joined: Aug 2005

I am dancing for you, dearheart! I just passed 7 years since dx....

BIG hugs, and it's wonderful to 'see' you!!!

Hugs, Kathi

HowardJ
Posts: 484
Joined: Jan 2005

Hi Kathi,

Great to "hear" from you! Hope you are doing well.

Howard

northernlites
Posts: 96
Joined: Jun 2011

Howard,
I want to say that I thank you so much for starting my new year off with such inspiration. I am to a stage 2a survivor. As you know we don't hear much from the stage 2's on this board. I truly feel for the stage 3 and 4's out there, however; it doesn't stop my pain, anger, and fear of the cancer coming back because I am a cancer survivor. I too fear that every ache and pain that I have is the cancer coming back. I have let it consume my life...until I read your message. I am missing out on so much of my life because of fear. I am happy for your seven years of success and wish you many more years.

hugs,
Tessa

HowardJ
Posts: 484
Joined: Jan 2005

Hi Tessa,

I can relate to what you are going through. Early on I saw a therapist who specialized working with cancer patients, to help me through the emotions. One thing I learned was that the level of emotions felt do not correlate with stage of disease. Many cancer patients feel the same things you are feeling. There were times when I thought life would never get "back to normal". Over time life did get back to normal. Try not to let the fear rob you of experiencing life.

Best wishes for a very good New Year.

Howard

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tootsie1
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Joined: Feb 2008

Thanks for the lovely post, Howard! I'm glad you're still doing well!

*hugs*
Gail

HowardJ
Posts: 484
Joined: Jan 2005

Thanks, all for the kind words.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

Howard

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christinecarl
Posts: 545
Joined: Sep 2009

Thank you for sharing. It is so uplifting to hear some happy news.

May health and happiness be yours in the new year!!

mom_2_3
Posts: 965
Joined: Nov 2008

Great news Howard. So happy to hear of your success. All the best to for continued wellness.

Amy

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