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Darn beast tried twice, but also lost twice.....I'm still alive and kickin!

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KathiM
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Hello, all!!!

 

I just 'celebrated' 11 years since my stage III rectal cancer diagnosis.  

What's so special, you are wondering?  Well, I was told all that long ago that I had "about 6 months to get my affairs in order".  Fooled THEM....at 6 months, I was starting treatment for my second cancer, stage II breast cancer!

 

Life sure has gone on, my book has a small group of loyal followers.  I am, as of October 11, an Oma (grandmother) of a handsome baby boy.  

I am also still living my wierd lifestyle of calling 2 countries 'home' (U.S. and the Netherlands).

My beau's new heart is now 2 years old. 

I experienced my first chocolate massage, and my first chocolate martini (both in the same spot during a weekend at Hotel Hershey in Pennsylvania).

 

WHEW!

 

So, here I am....too onry for cancer to stick around long, I guess...

 

Hugs, Kathi

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11 years, 2 cancers, man gets a new heart. Whew your tough enough for me to admire. Hearing "six months" would have knocked me flat, can't/won't think in time frames now or ever. I'd love to see Europe, but I don't see how chocolate can make for a better massage, seems a waste if you're not consuming it. Thanks for sticking around, it gives me hope..........Dave
 

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It's been a long road, and I have stayed 'in the game' so to speak....I mentor newly dx'ed cancer warriors...even wrote a funny book about it...

 

As I say often, I hope that this road becomes the 'one less traveled', since that would mean cancer was on the downturn....until then, I just keep keepin' on...

 

Hugs, Kathi

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    Continuing congratulations on continued survival of you and your beau. I share the colorectal cancer with you and i probably share cyclosporine or some such horrible immuno suppressant with your beau. The Breast cancer is all yours. Seriously tho Kath all my love and best wishes, hugs ron.

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Ron,

I use your story (name removed...just call you 'one of my dear friends') often as an example of getting on with living after a HUGE fight!

 

Yup....he is taking Celcept and Prograf.....and the side effects.....ewwwww....can you imagine....a big, tough, sarcastic Dutchman being prone to tears?  And now, of course, we get the second wave....he has his foot in a cast from Charcot foot from the diabetes from the 2 anti rejections drugs that are saving his life.  And the cardiac guy starts talking about 'long term sides' like cancer.....SHEECH!!!

 

BIG hugs to you, my dear friend!!!

 

Kathi

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your  good news about your 11 year "anniversary" and your man's 2 year new heart anniversary. I love survival stories Laughing

Grace

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KathiM
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As you can see, I am one of the 'golden oldies' (joined 2005) here....

 

Lurk now, hardly ever posting....but I was thinking that this may raise someone's spirits to think that 2 people with life-threatening illnesses are still managing to live life LARGE!

 

Hugs, Kathi

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Anyone who has chocolate massages and chocolate martnis ain't ornery, you are just good at giving the middle finger to cancer :)  

 

Congrats on all the good stuff.  

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I have, indeed, told cancer to pack it's bags, but never forget from where I came!

 

CSN was a lifesaver for me, and I 'met' many friends that I still see....in fact, the trip to Hershey was to meet up with a group of gals from my 'other' cancer, breast....they (and now I) do this every year...

 

Hugs, Kathi

Cathleen Mary
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I think cancer just can't keep up with you! It never knows which country you are in or what you're up to. :-)

keep enjoying life.

CM

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And now, add to that, I live in an Internationally famous town....Redlands, CA....the place of the mass shootings....sigh...

 

I wish people would realize that there are ENOUGH things to kill people, without helping by killing them, too...

 

Hugs, Kathi

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You and your partner have a special insight into enjoying each day and making them all count. Keep on living "out loud" and experiencing what this beautiful world has to offer. It's the best way to beat cancer, show it that it cannot stop you from being your best self. Party on!

Easyflip/Richard

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KathiM
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I will try to hold up my end....*grin*....especially around scope time!!!

 

Hugs, Kathi

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I want a Cadbury's or Lindt chocolate massage.

How wonderful that must have been. 

You keep coming back here and shining your light. We love to see it, and follow. 

Sue - Trubrit

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KathiM
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I can only offer a chocolate martini (googled the recipe, found all of the ingredients....).

 

Hershey WAS amazing, beyond just all of the chocolate.  We arrived at the hotel, greeted by the desk gal and handed a bar of chocolate.  Went on a trolley tour of Hershey, handed a bowl of chocolate kisses.  Even the street lights are kisses!!!  It's amazing!

 

BIG hugs to you, dearest!

 

Hugs, Kathi

Buckles5
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Kathy my husband has colorectal cancer and it recurred one year to the month as it was diagaonised. It changed our lives as are whole world revolves around recovery. My world revolves around helping him feel better and the fear of losing him. But your story gives me so much positive hope. Thank you! 

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KathiM
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The hardest job, in my opinion, is caregiving.  I have had that role, as well as the patient role, with my beau of 24 years and his new heart.

 

PLEASE take care of you, too, dearheart....without you being healthy, you cannot help him.

 

My favorite story is this:  If you have ever flown in an airplane, before taking off, there is a safety speech.  They go through all emergency procedures, as well as how to put your seatbelt on.  One of the last things said is "If there is a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will fall.  If you are traveling with someone who needs help, PUT YOUR MASK ON FIRST, and then theirs."

 

I try never to forget to put my mask on first....

 

Hugs, Kathi

Buckles5
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Kathy my husband has colorectal cancer and it recurred one year to the month as it was diagaonised. It changed our lives as our whole world revolves around recovery. My world revolves around helping him feel better, adjusting to our new normal,and my  fear of losing him. But your story gives me so much positive hope. Thank you! 

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a awesome story and even better outcome.  I guess cancer messed with the wrong individual.  Ha.... Congrats and here's to many more years posting on this board and inspiring us all.

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KathiM
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At one time I questioned why I survived.  And then realized the answer was (and still is) because I am not done yet.

 

Hugs, Kathi

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