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    I almost forgot...Both surgeons said all looked great. My colon surgeon took 19 lymph nodes during the resection and all were negative. It seems the chemo worked well on the colon tumor but not so much on the liver tumors. My oncologist said she thought it was because the liver tumors were so large. She still wants to do the Folfox wihout the Avastin for the mop-up so I guess that will be the plan. Hugs, M

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    I haven't posted in a while. I have been working hard to rest and recover from the liver resection. I finally feel like I may be turning the corner. I was suppose to start the mop-up chemo I have left on Tuesday but one of my blood counts was just a tad low and my oncologist wanted me to have one more week of recovery . So, I will be in the chair this coming Tuesday to knock it out I hope. So far, things have been going well. I dropped about 10 lbs with the surgery and I am trying hard to gain back before chemo. My appetite is just starting to wake back up and I have to eat small meals because I get full quickly. I'm hoping I do as well on the mop-up chemo in regards to "no nauseau" as I did with the first rounds I had. One bit of good news I wanted to share was that my CEA was 39 when I was diagnosed. After the first 4 rounds of chemo it dropped down to 12 and then to 9. As of last week, it is down to 1.7...yay!! I know it's not a marker for everyone but I sure hope it stays down. I am back in my mountains and soaking up this Spring sunshine before I have to start on the last of my chemo. Wishing all of you good things! Hugs, M

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    Just sharing an update. I had my surgery on the 19th...the took the right lobe of my liver, my gallbladder and my sigmoid colon all at once. I came home to my daughter's a week later and I am recovering well. My liver surgeon said he got clean margins but I am waiting on my colon surgeon to get path results back on the lymph nodes removed during surgery...hopefully good news. I go back to MUSC this Wednesday and hopefully will have the staples removed. I walking thru the day and getting used to my new colon pipes, lol. Surgery was no picnic and I have had some rough days but very grateful to be doing so well. Thank all of you for the prayers and thoughts. Hoping life is catching each one of you with gentle hands.Hugs, M

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      Jayne

      Dejavu! I was just thinking of you. So glad you got some positive results and hoping for more! Take it slow....I learned that pushing myself only resulted in incision openings which lead to very unsightful scars. Wish I had listed to my doc about that. Thanks for the update!

      9 months ago
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      JaneA

      I am so glad to hear that you are recovering nicely. You've been in my thoughts and prayers.

      8 months ago
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    Another “angel” I am so grateful for.. thank you Ms. Jane for always pushing me toward “light”..big hug your way!!!

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    I am so thrilled for you Ms. Jane. Way to go!! You are such an inspiration and source of support for everyone here. I'm doing the happy dance for you!!

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    I had my colonoscopy at MUSC today and the surgeon said based on what he saw that he will do the colon resection during the liver resection surgery. He said he will do it laparoscopically and doesn't think I will need an ostomy unless there were complications from the liver resection. He said he was able to advance the scope into my colon since the tumor had shrunk a good bit and he didn't see anything else within my colon. (yippee!)
    I had all of my preop work done today so February 19th can't come soon enough. I have been blessed in so many ways with the journey. This board is such a wonderful site of support. Thank you and bless each one of you for the hope and support you so graciously give to others. Hugs, M

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      JaneA

      That is awesome news. I am so happy for you. I just got my 6-months scans results - still NED 4 years and 4 months after my Stage IV diagnosis. You're on the way to NED.

      10 months ago