September 12, 2011 at 10:49 pm #39847kris00jParticipant
Good luck on Thursday Andy. I will pray that you have a wonderfully trouble free procedure.
And you’re right: that’s a small price to pay for being alive. So far most of what I’ve given up is my active lifestyle. I just don’t have the energy or stamina for my “old” life. But I’m learning to compensate. Just slowing down but it beats the alternative!
KrisSeptember 12, 2011 at 9:11 pm #39846
Great to hear your story too! If it has shrunk that much already (and just work out the volume change in those measurements) then there’s no reason why it can’t continue to shrink more. Keep at it!
I met my radiologist tonight as my stents are now blocking, after 9 months. He’s going to replace them on Thursday, and is already talking of advances in technology where stents can last longer still. But replacing stents once in a while is a small price to pay for being alive and healthy and cancer-free!
My best wishes – and thoughts – are with you.
AndySeptember 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm #39845kris00jParticipant
I am so glad you responded. I’ve only been on this site since March or April 2011 since being diagnosed myself, and hadn’t seen this. It is inspiring! My tumor is also shrinking at an amazing rate on Gem/Ox. I am not doing any “alternative” medicines, supplements or diet yet. I had surgery to prepare for my treatments but the tumor itself is not operable at present. After reading your story, I hope to not have to have surgery. I’m staying as positive and realistic as possible but your story gives me hope that I may not NEED surgery in the future.
My tumor has shrunk from 5.4×4.3cm to 4.0×2.4cm, with the lymph nodes no longer being noticeably affected. So I keep praying every day that I can have a positive outcome. After reading your story, I can hope that maybe I can get a positive outcome without another surgery! At least I know it’s possible. So I just wanted to thank you for sharing.
KrisSeptember 5, 2011 at 12:14 pm #39844
Hi Joolz, Maria and Jim,
Sorry I’ve not responded before, but glad to hear your stories. Hope you are still doing well – I’ve now been ‘free’ and well for 18 months…
AndyFebruary 15, 2011 at 6:05 am #39843nancy246Participant
Pernicious – my new word for today. I had to look it up Jim. Good word. Take care. NancyFebruary 15, 2011 at 12:53 am #39842jim-wildeMember
Wow, what a wonderful story Andy. I had surgery and Gemzar and considered myself very lucky with this pernicious disease.
Good luck in the future.February 11, 2011 at 7:02 pm #39841mariaParticipant
Andy, I must agree with the others; your story is wonderful reading for so many, myself included. DonFebruary 11, 2011 at 1:27 pm #39840joolz822MemberKristin wrote:Andy, that’s TREMENDOUS! We’re so happy to hear your story. And it’s a big help to me personally. I’ve been putting off chemo as long as possible, because so many people assume it “won’t really help”, but now my oncologist is saying it’s really time for it. Hearing your experience is so encouraging for me. Thanks so much for posting it. And welcome to our group!
My best wishes to you,
Why would you put off chemo is that’s the only treatment that’s available? My CC is inoperable so it’s the only option available. Yeah, chemo is no cakewalk. Side effects can be miserable but if it’s all I can do, well, I’m not going down without a valiant effort.February 11, 2011 at 12:36 pm #39839potyitechMember
God bless you and your positive attitude. Your story helos by giving us hope.February 10, 2011 at 11:27 pm #39838
I don’t know about your mother’s overall health, but I was amazed that my chemo (with Gemcytabine only) had no side effects on me at all, at least for the first 5 or 6 cycles. After then it messed up my liver enzymes, but by then my tumour was gone. I know from others and my oncologist that Cisplatin has harsher effects, so maybe Gemcytabine on its own would be worth talking about?
Keep up your strength!
AndyFebruary 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm #39837jaynusMember
that story sounds exactly like my mother’s, (minus the chemo and tumor shrinking). She is unoperable with the cancer starting right in the same place on her main bile duct at the branch as well. It is now in her liver as well unfortunately but she has been juicing, accupuncture, positive thoughts and calmness. They discouraged her from chemotherapy as they were concerned cause she was a little weak but she has improved over the last few months. Energy levels better, and amazing color and appetite. Just having some issues now with extra pain and fluid. We are all so afraid the tumours have grown and are waiting for a CT. I have sent her your story so she can read it for motivation. I am so happy to hear of your success!! I hope this can be possible with my poor mother too.
Take care of yourself and thanks for the uplifting story. It lifted my spirits. It has been such a struggle!
JanetDecember 22, 2010 at 3:39 pm #39836lilyamongthornsParticipant
Amazing! Thank you for sharing your story and bringing everyone joy and hope for Christmas! I commend your wife for being strong and for taking things into her own hands and comment you for looking at all possible treatment options no matter how out-of-the-norm they were!
I pray that God continues to bless your family!
Mery ChristmasDecember 16, 2010 at 9:33 pm #39835positiveattitudeMember
Andy — I am new to this site and am thrilled with your story! It really is inspiring!August 31, 2010 at 10:04 am #39834gavinModerator
Welcome to the site. I would just like to join Marion and Lainy in welcoming you here and also to thank you for sharing your story with us all. I hope that you will keep coming back here and looking forward to hearing more good news from you.
GavinAugust 30, 2010 at 5:08 am #39833lainyParticipant
Hello Sharon and welcome to our famiily. You are already an awesome survivor. Thank you for your story as it will give others encouragement. Keep up the good work and please keep us posted.
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