stage 4....do not give up

maglets
maglets Member Posts: 2,576
well the phone rang last night....doc saying lung xray clear and cea down.....on Monday I will do liver scan but with the good cea I feel more confident

totally floored....could barely breathe....for newbies.....diagnosed in 05 with colon and moved to liver mets....total death sentence.....got resection.... chemo...more liver mets ...more resection and then xeloda and oxalylatin chemo.

sooooo I have been very quiet lately but watching and listening. I did not dream that I would still be going after i had so many dire things said to me. guess my message once again, do not give up no matter how dire it may appear.

Last night I just lay in bed and hubby read Anne of Green Gables to me and i drifted off to sleep....funny how much better one sleeps with a little confidence of living at least a few more months.....

I do not know why i continue to survive. I eat well but not perfection.....i exercise some but not enough.....I do not know

but here i am and on we go with all the best to everyone fighting......

best love......maggie
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  • Lovekitties
    Lovekitties Member Posts: 3,364 Member
    Dear Maggie
    So very glad that you have gotten some good news, and pray for best results on the scan.

    Regardless of any reason you are still here, be assured we are so very happy you are!

    Dream of a long future, and may your dreams come true.

    Hugs,

    Marie who loves kitties
  • tko683
    tko683 Member Posts: 264
    So happy to hear your news
    Maggie,
    I loved reading your post, so encouraging to see you doing well. I hope your Ct is also good news. I have to share with my husband as he is on the same road, starting his second round of chemo and heading towards another liver resection. He needs to read your post. Thanks for sharing and best wishes for continued good health! Hugs, Teri
  • steveandnat
    steveandnat Member Posts: 886
    blessed
    Every bit of good news is such a blessing and you know how to appreciate those good news events. Pray good news continue to follow you. Jeff
  • pscott1
    pscott1 Member Posts: 207
    Maggie,
    How amazing is that? 2005 and here you are....I pray I go the same path. I was diagnosed last January Stage II, 2 cm x 3 cm tumor and 18" of my colon removed and a month later, Stage IV multiple mets to liver. Have gone thru Folfox w/Avastin then Avastin only but now have been on a chemo break since January 13th. I guess we can't predict how this journey will go. I pray your scan is clear. My last CEA was 1.0...I am so very hopeful but in the back of my mind I always have that tinge of fear. I'm so happy for you that you have survived this dreaded disease and done so well. I know what you mean about healthy eating and exercise; I try not to take even one day for granted and make sure I'm doing everything in my power to better my chances of living a long life. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Please update when you get the results.

    Hugs to you Maggie,

    Pam
  • lizzydavis
    lizzydavis Member Posts: 893
    pscott1 said:

    Maggie,
    How amazing is that? 2005 and here you are....I pray I go the same path. I was diagnosed last January Stage II, 2 cm x 3 cm tumor and 18" of my colon removed and a month later, Stage IV multiple mets to liver. Have gone thru Folfox w/Avastin then Avastin only but now have been on a chemo break since January 13th. I guess we can't predict how this journey will go. I pray your scan is clear. My last CEA was 1.0...I am so very hopeful but in the back of my mind I always have that tinge of fear. I'm so happy for you that you have survived this dreaded disease and done so well. I know what you mean about healthy eating and exercise; I try not to take even one day for granted and make sure I'm doing everything in my power to better my chances of living a long life. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Please update when you get the results.

    Hugs to you Maggie,

    Pam

    Hi Maggie,
    I am so happy to

    Hi Maggie,

    I am so happy to hear the great news. You have been one of the special Angels who has helped me along the way. It does my heart and head good to hear your news.

    Celebrate and enjoy every day!

    Best wishes and love to you,
    Lizzy
  • Nana b
    Nana b Member Posts: 3,030

    Hi Maggie,
    I am so happy to

    Hi Maggie,

    I am so happy to hear the great news. You have been one of the special Angels who has helped me along the way. It does my heart and head good to hear your news.

    Celebrate and enjoy every day!

    Best wishes and love to you,
    Lizzy

    i don't know why I keep living....
    Because your hubby reads Anne of Green Gables to you that's why! Your relationship plays a big part in your healing....

    Rah, Rah to both of you!
  • idlehunters
    idlehunters Member Posts: 1,787
    Nana b said:

    i don't know why I keep living....
    Because your hubby reads Anne of Green Gables to you that's why! Your relationship plays a big part in your healing....

    Rah, Rah to both of you!

    Hey Mags!..
    AWESOME news!!!!!!! YAY!!!!

    Jennie
  • lesvanb
    lesvanb Member Posts: 905
    What great news Mags
    and what a lovely vision of reading Anne of Green Gables. Yes how delightful to have some confidence in being alive for a few more months :). Enjoy your spring and best wishes for the rest of your scans.

    All the best, Leslie
  • ron50
    ron50 Member Posts: 1,723
    hmmmm
    I've heard it is fairly common for wives to drift of to sleep at the sound of their husbands voice :):):) Big Hugs Ron.
  • tootsie1
    tootsie1 Member Posts: 5,044 Member
    Wonderful news
    Maggie! That's fabulous!!!

    *hugs*
    Gail
  • Semira
    Semira Member Posts: 381 Member
    So wonderful news...
    ... and sooooo good to read.

    Keep on gooing ;-)

    Hugs from germany
    Petra
  • PhillieG
    PhillieG Member Posts: 4,866
    Maggie
    Thats great news! All signs point to more great news.
    My thoughts are with you my friend. Who knows why some do better than others, I often think Who We Are as individuals makes much of the difference.
    -phil
  • janderson1964
    janderson1964 Member Posts: 2,215
    That is awesome. Thanks for
    That is awesome. Thanks for the great news. I was diagnosed stage IV in 05 as well.

    Jeff
  • pepebcn
    pepebcn Member Posts: 6,331

    That is awesome. Thanks for
    That is awesome. Thanks for the great news. I was diagnosed stage IV in 05 as well.

    Jeff

    Hi mags great to hear from you specially if you bring such a
    good news to the board, hope to see you more often here from now , we need you!.
    Hugs my dear friend.
  • maglets
    maglets Member Posts: 2,576

    That is awesome. Thanks for
    That is awesome. Thanks for the great news. I was diagnosed stage IV in 05 as well.

    Jeff

    than you
    thank you for your thoughtful replies. There are more and more stage IV METS to liver survivors in my area. We are a small city of 20,000 and unfortunately there is no group for us to get together. Breast and prostate cancers both run get togethers but that is all.

    It is puzzling why we survive ...i know you have been thinking about this question Phil. I hope it does hope to all of you on the path...baby steps I guess.

    Ron you make me smile and Lizzy I send you special special hugs my friend.

    Hi pepe....will try to be more present

    mags
  • janie1
    janie1 Member Posts: 753
    maglets said:

    than you
    thank you for your thoughtful replies. There are more and more stage IV METS to liver survivors in my area. We are a small city of 20,000 and unfortunately there is no group for us to get together. Breast and prostate cancers both run get togethers but that is all.

    It is puzzling why we survive ...i know you have been thinking about this question Phil. I hope it does hope to all of you on the path...baby steps I guess.

    Ron you make me smile and Lizzy I send you special special hugs my friend.

    Hi pepe....will try to be more present

    mags

    Thank you
    Excelllent news. I think the fresh air in Canada may have something to do with your good health. ;)
    I would so love to get away from pollution.
    Here's to a long trouble-free life.
  • lauragb
    lauragb Member Posts: 370
    This is such good news.
    This is such good news. Makes us all feel better, I think. Such a sweet image, you being read to.
    Light and love,

    Laura
  • maglets
    maglets Member Posts: 2,576
    lauragb said:

    This is such good news.
    This is such good news. Makes us all feel better, I think. Such a sweet image, you being read to.
    Light and love,

    Laura

    stage 4
    i was diagnosed with inoperable liver mets in the middle of a long cold snowy winter. There seemed to be no where to go and nothing to do but wait to die. Hubby read to me at night in bed.....that book The Travels of a Gentlewoman In Upper Canada.....written around 1850. it seemed to me that the stories of hardship, travelling by canoe....it all seemed to soothe me.

    Then a couple of weeks later we had a call from an onc who wanted me to meet with a very young liver surgeon.....tadahhhh that was in 06. Fear is still never far from the door....but that is my personality.....I do not like to fly too close to the sun.....hahah

    mags
  • Jaylo969
    Jaylo969 Member Posts: 824
    Great post
    Great post Mags! I am very, very happy for you! Now, enjoy th Summer!

    -Pat
  • smokeyjoe
    smokeyjoe Member Posts: 1,425
    Jaylo969 said:

    Great post
    Great post Mags! I am very, very happy for you! Now, enjoy th Summer!

    -Pat

    Congrats Mag, this is
    Congrats Mag, this is wonderful news. I do have a question for you though as I'm in Ont. too, but why do the oncs. not scan chest?? Why would you have a x-ray for lungs and a separate scan for liver?? Do x-rays show things better in the chest area over CT??