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Randy33
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Hi everyone! I haven't visited for a long time but wanted to let everyone know that I rang the bell after 12 years fighting Stage 4 colon cancer. No more scans or doctors visits. I am done! As the Greatful Dead put it "what a long strange trip its been." One positive is that i have been living super healthy to prevent recurrence. I plan to continue with this lifestyle to keep in good health. I wish everone on this Board the best.

         Randy 

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abita
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12 years! WOW! so happy for you! What an inspriation!

I selfishly have to ask, what treatment finally got you to the bell?

 

Randy33
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My inital treatment was the standard Folfox + Avastan. I did 10 rounds of it and the tumor in my liver and lymph node diappeared. I then did everything I could to keep the cancer from coming back. 

1. Followed a Mediterranian style diet. Low sugar, low processed grains, no red meat, lots of fruit and vegetables.

2. Exercised about 2 hrs a day. Walking, running, weight lifting and yoga.

3. Took alot of supplements. Fish oil, multi-vitamin, vit. D3, resviratrol. berberine, tumeric. magnesium, and a baby asprin.

4. Avoided stress

5. Followed a every other day 24 hr fast. Plus once a year did a 5-7 day fast.

That is what I did and will continue to do.

Randy

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abita
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No surgery!?! I have been certain that despite my being unable to get surgery for my recurrence, that my tumors will eventually go away from my targeted drug, and I will be "cured". So THANK YOU! for giving me hope that yes, it is possible to do well even if suregery isn't an option! I am already vegan. I need to get cardio going. I do take D3 on the 2nd week of my cycle. 

Thank you for the hope!

Randy33
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I did have surgery at the beginning. The tumor in my colon perforated the colon causing extreme pain. That was how I found out I had cancer. The surgeon cut out the tumor and I had to wear a bag for 6 mos. before they sewed me back together. Wearing that bag was probably what I hated most about the whole ordeal. Good luck on your treatment!

      Randy

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abita
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But the liver tumor and lymph node hot spot were taken care of via chemo alone, so that still gives me hope.

sgold88
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Great news Randy. You're story is so meaningful for everyone who needs to know that this terrible disease can be beat. So happy for you.

 

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Annabelle41415
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That is wonderful.  So glad that you came back here and shared your story.  Continued good health to you and have a wonderful Holiday Season.

Kim

Randy33
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Thanks Kim. Hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season also.

Randy

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Trubrit
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I hope you took a video/picture of your bell ringing.  What a long trip it has been for you. 

Here is a little dancing man to help you celebrate. I call him NED.

Tru

Randy33
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Thanks Tru!Smile

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beaumontdave
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Congrats on reaching the end of special treatment/watching, Randy,  it's a great place to be. It's nice to hear a successful Folfox/Avastin treatment, my path had me get the stuff out of my liver twice, after the chemotherapy didn't get to it. You have a lot to celebrate, thanks for sharing it here...................................................Dave

myAZmountain
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Congratulations on being cured , I think I can say that!! I am a firm believer that diet, lifestyle, exercise and mindfulness all play a huge part in cancer survival. I am going to adopt your fasting habits, I have done the 16/8 sporadically and felt great doing so. I wish the Cancer medical community believed more about the metabolic aspect of the disease.

Randy33
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I just finished my annual extended fast. This was my fourth extended fast. I always do it a week before Thanksgiving. That way I don't feel too guilty about overindulging during the holidays. My goal was to go 7 days but I only lasted 5 days. Dr. Seigfried stated that if you do a 7 day fast once a year you will never get cancer. Anyway I'm glad its over. I nver got too hungry, but it did mess up my sleep and the last day I felt dizzy and tired. My reserch on extended fasting said that when your body is telling you stop the fast then stop it. Tomorrow I resume my every other day 24 hr fast schedule. I encourage everyone to look into fasting as a tool to fight cancer.

   Randy

Tueffel
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Thank you for posting your story reminding people with stage 4 that the fight is worth it. It gives me always hope when I hear this stories and I will tell my dad all about it. So thank you for posting!

Tueffel

worriedson714
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And needed to hear this I'll be sure to pass this along to my dad thank you for sharing great news and congrats.

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darcher
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It could be said that stage 4 is the new stage 2.  I read some old surviivor stats from the 80's, I think,  and it said stage 3 had a 10-20% chance of survival.  Now it's 80 or better. The days will come when cancer is no worse than a common cold.  But, it's great to hear someone who's pulled through.  Congrats!

 

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SophDan2
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From you mouth to God's ears!

cowcycle
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Congratulations on reaching such an amazing milestone!

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