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One year with Stage IV EC and other updates

AngieD's picture
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My husband, Larry, was diagnosed with Stage IV EC last June. Details of treatments are in the About Me section. He had a CT scan Friday and the report we got yesterday afternoon was great! "Dramatically improved" He'll have a PET scan in Sept and a chemo break til at least then. He had an unplanned chemo break during Jan-Mar when he had to have a completely out of the blue quadruple bypass surgery in Jan and pneumonia in March. So, he is excited about a break with, hopefully, no problems.

I'm done with chemo for BC!!! I finished my last of 16 sessions this afternoon and got a balloon, shirt, certificate, and song from some of the staff! I see a neurologist tomorrow about the neuropathy. Thursday, I see the radiation oncologist and find out about the radiation plan and then go get IV fluids to help with side effects and feeling better. In between, I plan on resting and getting ready for the trip. Surgery is scheduled for June 28 and radiation (6 weeks of 5 days a week) will follow healing from surgery.

If all goes well between now and Friday, we leave then (June 8, our 49th !!!!!! wedding anniversary) to go to WA and meet the 3 month old twins!!! -- and, of course, visit with everyone else. Can't wait to hold those babies!! (Lots of !!! today ) Twins are doing great!! If you remember our story, one was a heart baby and had to have open heart surgery at 1 month. She is fine and caught up with her sister now. So many blessings and prayers answered!!

We continue trying to live as normal a life as possible and keep making very short term and longer term goals. After this trip to our son's family, we have a vacation scheduled for the first part of Sept.

We are so grateful and thankful. Thank you all so much for your prayers. We really believe that has played a big part in getting us to this point. And, please, keep them coming.

paul61's picture
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It is wonderful news that treatment is going well for both of you. You and Larry are in my prayers daily and I think about the two of you often. What a challenge it must be to have both of you in treatment at the same time. I am always impressed by the positive outlook you have in spite of the bumps in the road that you both have had over the last year. Congratulations on your 49th wedding anniversary!!! Thanks for the update.

Best Regards,

Paul Adams
Grand Blanc, Michigan

DX 10/22/2009 T2N1M0 Stage IIB
12/03/2009 Ivor Lewis
2/8 through 6/14/2010 Adjuvant Chemo Cisplatin, Epirubicin, 5 FU
Two year survivor

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance!

Donna70's picture
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Thanks for this great update on both of you. I remember all the trials your whole family was going thru. Enjoy those twins, grands are the best medicine known for all ills. Just looking at mine makes me smile all over. Prayers will continue and hopes that all your plans go forward. Thanks for showing us how "grace under pressure" looks like. take care,

AngieD's picture
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Joined: Sep 2011

Thanks Paul and Donna for your kind comments and prayers. We made the trip to WA and are having a great time with our son, DIL, and 5 granddaughters! I've posted some pictures of Larry and me with the twins and of their whole family under Expressions on the About Me page, if you'd like to see them.


mardigras's picture
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Joined: Sep 2011

So lovely to read your post and hear that Larry is doing well after his heart surgery.
My goodness, you have had a lot on your plate this year.
Congratulations on you 49th anniversary and your little twins now doing well.
It is great to read posts from someone with such a positive outlook on life and I will pray that your health and wellbeing will last for a very long time.
Good luck for Larry's surgery on the 28th and I hope he will be feeling much better for your holiday in September.
May God bless you and keep you.
Prayers and hugs,
Marci x

JimboC's picture
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Joined: Mar 2011

I'm so glad to hear things are going well. Like Larry, I'm an IVB, on chemo. It sounds like it's working for him. Prayer is a big part of this I believe.

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