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15 years later - still going strong!

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Lisa Rose
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Brief Story:

Had surgery March 20, 2002 at 40 years of age.

Stage 3C rectal cancer ~ 10 positive lymph nodes.

No recurrences.

Just wanted to share and give hope to anyone starting this journey that it is treatable and beatable.





ron50's picture
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    Glad you are still well,Hugs Ron.

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Lisa Rose
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Nice to see you still here also....

Hope all is well!


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Way to go !!!  May we all have 15yrs!

DD3's picture
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love hearing success stories like this... Thanks again.

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wishing you the best

blessed39's picture
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I love to hear these stories and I've got one of my own. I think I'm eight years out now. To read my story

just go to my blog. it's entitled "How I Beat Stage Four Colon Cancer." God bless you all. blessed39

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Lisa that is beautifull, I am heading for surgery at the begining of April, alerady had chemo/rad, after surgery another 12 rounds of chemo, my hope is to be where you are now!

It is nice to see that is possible to beat this terrible disease.

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Lisa that's wonderful! Thank you for sharing! We all need as much hope and support as we can get and your news is much appreciated.


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15 years is a long time, way to go!  Here's to another 15 years cancer free.  Traci

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Nice! Keep living free and checking in now and then.............................Dave

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I've been at it for 13 years, 15 is fantastic!

Try not to give up people. WE ARE OUT THERE! 

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God Bless you Lisa!  This gives me hope for my dad who is battling stage 4 colon cancer.

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My mom is also battling stage 4 colorectal cancer, never give up and we will beat the disease!

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Joan M
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That is such great news!  Thank you for sharing your success - It gives hope to many of us at the beginning of our battle with cancer. 

I have survived a little over one year.  I hope and pray that I will be here 15 (50)  more years.

God Bless you!      

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Its so nice and comforting to hear stories that are positive and full of life.  Wishing the best to all!! 

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I read your post a few times - I just love it.  I am 5 years NED and just love that you are 15!!!

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I love all these good news here and I will be NED for 7 years next October.  I was stage 3C of Colon Cancer and then I have been NED for 17 years from  Ovarian Cancer.  I have 3 birthdays every year and I love it!!!

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It so nice and uplifting to read your story. I have stage 3 also, two massive tumors were removed so then I had to have the resection, and be on 12 sessions of FOLFOX for 6 months. I will have the 3rd session on May 12. Been in so much pain every time I have the pump going. Then I am now freaking out because of my hair thinning...I am so scared!! I still have 5 more months to go to complete the chemo treatment. Can you tell me what to expect while on this therapy?? A head's up is appreciated. God bless you. 

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Joan M
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Sorry to see noone responded to your questions.  I didn't have any surgeries, so do not have the same experience as you.  I have heard the surgery is really hard to recover from.  The infusions are terrible on their own, so can only imagine how hard it was for you with the surgery too.  

Your post was 6 weeks ago, so I hope you are doing better as time goes on.    

I was diagnosed at stage 4 February 2016 and was only had 8 infusions with Oxaliplatin, Leucovorin, and Avastin, then the 5Fu pump for 2 days.  I started losing hair after about a month on the chemo, and as it kept thinning, new hair started growing in at the scalp after the Oxaliplatin stopped - That was in July 2016 I went on maintainence chemo consisiting of Avastin infusions every 3 weeks and 5 Xeloda tablets for 14 days on and 7 off.  

You may have already gotten your answer in another post, but if not you can also repost or send private messages to others with similar diagnosis and/or treatment plans.  


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May you have another 15 years NED,  and then some more.


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You go girl!

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There is the end of the tunnel, thats really great news, gives us all hope!


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I like to think I'm am optimistic person, but once in a while I have a morning when I wake up and wonder if I'm going to make it through this cancer thing. I'm a stage 4, and whenever I hear about one of you who has made it 7, 10, 15 or more years, I really believe that I can too. Believing makes a huge difference!

THANK YOU for sharing your milestones. They mean more than you know.


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Thanks for posting.  That means a lot to all of us.  Praying for continued good health.


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That's great news .. my wife was  diagnosed April 28th 2002. she had stage 3  colon cancer .

liver  resection in 2004 ... went to her lungs in 2005 and to the brain in 2007 ..

she pass away in Jan 2008 ..

tough long 6 years ..

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Excellent! Congratulations!


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