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    I was thinking of our WhatNexter Amy Jo today and did a quick online search. I came across a notice for her funeral service. She passed away over the weekend. Rest in Peace Amy Jo. You were a kind soul and a lovely person.

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      Billwatterson

      She will be missed, She was always upbeat. I admired her strength.

      over 4 years ago
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      glam

      Ohhh Goodness !!! noooo!!! I will miss her so much!!! so full of life and helpful!!! she have been an inspiration to me throughout my fight against my stage IV colon cancer!!!! I really enjoyed her friendship, her pics, her example, her statements!!!! so sad!!!! I wish my dear Amy.jo that you rest in peace and your family can be together to overcome this difficult moment in their lives...You will continue enlightening my journey and being an example....Rest in peace my dear friend!!! God be with Amy.jo family and give peace and comfort to their heart....

      over 4 years ago
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      scasey

      Oh No ! I was praying for Amy Jo so much . She was on my mind a lot. She was an insipration to all. I know she will be greatly missed and God Bless her family and keep them strong and give them peace. So sorry !!

      over 4 years ago
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    Cole posted an update

    One year scans, colonoscopy, and bloodwork all clear! Now on to year two...

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      AmyJo

      Good news keeps us going!!!!!!!

      about 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Very good news, and please don't feel bad about posting good news because it's that good news that is an inspiration for those that are still in the fight.

      about 5 years ago
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      Rosa

      I know your feelings. I am happy that my two year scans, blood work, colonoscopy, etc., etc. came all clear. Even the port came out, but I feel sad for all those that are not so lucky. But because I know how much the good news inspire me, we should all keep sharing our good news.
      Blessings to all

      about 5 years ago
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    Cole posted an update

    Finished my 12th round of chemo this week! Done for now and hopefully forever.

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    Cole posted an update

    Just finished my halfway mark for chemo. 6 down, 6 to go! Woohoo.

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      Cole

      Missy88 - I don't work, stay at home mom of three under 7, but I have managed ok. I taught middle school before my kids and I don't know if I could take teaching right now. Especially during my infusion days, but everyone's body is different. She'll figure out what she can manage. Best of luck to her. Wishing her the best.

      almost 6 years ago
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      Joyex

      well done. Wishing you all the best for the hopefully downhill ride to the finish. 4th of 12 starts tomorrow for my husband so almost a 1/3 of the way there for us.

      almost 6 years ago
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      GregP_WN

      I used to count them down too, It makes me feel like I'm getting closer to the end. Hope the last half goes easy for you.

      almost 6 years ago
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    "One day she finally grasped that unexpected things were always going to happen in life. And with that, she realized the only control she had was how she chose to handle them. So, she made the decision to survive using courage, humor, and grace. She was the Queen of her own life and the choice was hers." -Unknown

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      Oktober71

      A beautiful statement.

      almost 6 years ago
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      GolfGirl

      Thank you for posting. How true this statement is, we have choices to make everyday. Choosing to survive is the first step.

      almost 6 years ago
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      Schtroumpfette

      I love this quote so much.
      It makes me cry every time I read it...I think that tells me that letting go of the illusion of control is still really scary for me.

      almost 6 years ago
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    This update is just me looking for a shoulder today. My journey started really in April when I had my baby girl. She was born with congenital heart defects and other health issues while we waited to see for two months of staying in the hospital to see if she had leukemia and if she was going to make it (why I put off my colonoscopy this summer). Then my good friend dies from colon cancer in June at the age of 33. Run to the hospital to get my colonoscopy which revealed a "large polyp". Husband was deployed with the USMC, he comes flying home for surgery. Then I found out I had cancer on Sept. 19th post my hemi-colectomy surgery. Then I found out I had lynch Syndrome. Then the oncologist tells me that when my baby girl is in hospital in January for open heart surgery, she doesn't want me to be there due to the risks of infection over her two week surgery and stay. So my poor husband will have to bear the brunt of that ordeal also.
    I know I have a lot to be thankful for: my daughters heart condition is fixable, turns out she is "fixing" her own leukemia due to a genetic syndrome she has, and my stage of cancer is curative at this point...hopefully.
    But then being only 34 and knowing I have a future of different cancers ahead of me probably, more surgeries to prevent those cancers....I can't help but be completely envious of other moms and their healthy kids and normal lives. And that just hurts my heart because I am by far an envious person. Sometimes being positive ALL the time is such a bummer, but then when your not, I feel so guilty for having these thoughts. I know these are totally normal feelings, but can't I just catch a break? Can't we all just catch a freaking break? When does the bad news stop rolling in and we get a breather and a chance to feel ok about life again? And I find that I even feel guilty about posting anything on here because so many of you have it so much worse than I do. Thanks for letting me vent on here. My husband is a saint, but saints need a break from all the depressing too.

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      GolfGirl

      Ron is absolutely right, you have ever reason to need a break. Just know that sharing your story puts things in perspective for many of us. By telling your story, you help countless people. You are incredibly strong!

      almost 6 years ago
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      GregP_WN

      Sorry it's been tough for you, but you have been through so much that you know you can problably take whatever gets thrown at you. Hopefully you won't get anymore, I wish you the best.

      almost 6 years ago
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      LauraJo

      They say the Lord won't give us more than we can handle, so he must have a very high opinion of you! Honestly, it sounds like you have had a very turbulent 6 months. You must be an incredibly strong person to deal with all of this, Having said that....you need to allow yourself time to scream & cry and throw things. At a point when you should only be enjoying your new baby, you have to deal with all of this terrible stuff. Do NOT beat yourself up for being human...and being sick & tired of doctors and hospitals. I expect having to deal with both your illness and your daughters, and the death of your friend..I;m guessing you have set a lot of emotions aside to get through what you needed to. Just try to take it a day at a time,,,remember when you can't be with your daughter in the hospital it is because you are taking care of things so you can be with her down the road. God bless you & your family, and your husband the saint :) Hugs to you all & remember, we are here for you, even if it is only to listen.

      almost 6 years ago
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      GregP_WN

      Thanks for posting, we are always happy to get information that will help others.

      almost 6 years ago