Wilco's Journey with Stomach Cancer

Patient: Stomach Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 6 years ago, Male, Age: 52, Stage III

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    • Wilco
    • Experience with Stomach Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    At 45 I was in great physical shape. Me and my girfriend ran 4-5 sprint triathlons each year and most of our social life was centered around training, like our Run For Gelato program where several friends would run 2-3 miles to a delicous, outdoor gelato shop on the water in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg. After one of our running events I felt a pain in my gut as if I pulled a stomach muscle. I figured it would disappear in a few days but it only got worse. I met with my primary care doctor who scheduled me for several scans which only showed a slight disturbance around my appendix. My doctor recommmended an appendectomy and I agreed. During the surgery, the doctor could not access my appendix because the passageway was blocked by a mass of cells. So he biopsied these "cells" and closed me up. When I woke from the anthesia I expected to feel pain from incision and be surrounded by smilling faces who were excited about me being able to return to my triathalon training. Unfortunately, all I saw was concerned faces including my surgeon who shared that a large amount of cancer had been found on my appendix and colon and it would be very difficult to treat. Needless to say I was blown away. I asked to be left alone for a few hours so my girlfriend took me home where I held a private meeting with myself. I cried like I was a little boy. "Why me?" is ALL I could think. I was in the best shape of my life and now God was taking it away. I was angry and feeling very sorry for myself.

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    • Wilco
    • Experience with Stomach Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    So far I've completed two rounds of chemo with two different mixtures of drugs. The only drug that has been effective is Avastin. I'm about to start a third round of chemo; a combination of Xeloda and Avastin. I receieve treatment at the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Philadelphia. They offer a lot of naturapathic supplements that reduce the side effects

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Wilco
    • Experience with Stomach Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    While I've suffered numerous bowel obstructions and been hospitalized for them, the most difficult hurdle has been depression/anxiety. I was once a very independent person and accepting that I need help to live comfortably has been very humbling. Not being able to be the physically active man I used to be has been very difficult to accept.

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