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January 5, 2016 at 3:12 pm in reply to: Update on wife’s CC #90846
Frank, Hello and sorry to meet this way. I am glad your wife is responding to treatment.
I would like to ask, where you are being treated. I live in the St. Louis area (Wood River, IL) and being treat at Barnes/Siteman Center and Dr. Rama Suresh is my oncologist. God, 2 strangers and Dr. Chapman at Barnes saved my life 61/2 years ago and now we are trusting in them again. My team of doctors are the most compassionate, knowledgeable and fighting doctors you could want in this battle!!
I keep my story posted at http://www.catherinedunnagan.com There is a video I made for Barnes on there. Would love to talk some time!
Lots of prayers for your wife-CathyJanuary 3, 2016 at 11:53 pm in reply to: My first posting. #90870
Ben, the first thing I was told when diagnosed was, “I know what I saw and I know it will come back a false negative”, Dr. Guiseppe Aliperty at Barnes-Jewish in St. Louis MO. was right on. I was immediately put in touch with all the right doctors and 2 weeks after sending it to Mayo Clinic, my diagnose of CC was confirmed. If I had been treated by my local doctors I wouldn’t be here to share my story.
Vanderbilt is a great choice
Lots of prayers-Cathy
Cait, hate to meet this way but we have some things in common. I was a 61/2 year cancer survivor thanks to God, 2 strangers and Dr. Chapman at Barnes!! Sad to say my cancer has returned. The return of my cancer was a shock to me and my doctors at Barnes. The other interesting thing is as we were traveling home from Thanksgiving, I ended up stopping buying a thermometer and finding an emergency room ASAP. I had a blood infection, urine infection and Kidney infection, they said I probably wouldn’t have made it another couple of hours! I was at Mosaic Hospital in St. Joseph MO. and they couldn’t have been better or smarter, they realized it was way out of there league and as soon as I was stable enough they put me in an ambulance for a 6 hour ride back to Barnes!! It has now been 5weeks and after 10 days in hospital I am home with anti-biotic pump and drains and many doctor appointments!!I can not tell you enough how blessed you were to start at Barnes and now have one of there doctors as yours now!! I keep my story posted at http://www.catherinedunnagan.com There is a video I made with Dr. Chapman for Barnes on it!!
Can I ask who your doctor is now? Contact me if you would like to talk or share info!
Lots of prayers-CathyNovember 12, 2015 at 12:45 pm in reply to: How long could CC be growing before discovered in advanced stages? #90377
I was cancer free for 61/2 years and was always reminded there could be one minute cell not visibable to telescope, naked eye,… lurking and they were right!! It took 61/2 years for this cell to show up. I was scanned every 3-6 months, blood draws every month.. during that time and not a flag or clue!! My doctors are focused on the fact that it took 61/2 years to show up is a good thing!
Lots of prayers for all knowing the world of CC!!
Hi Frank and welcome. I am excited to tell you that I am 6 years cancer free thanks to God, 2 strangers, and Dr. William Chapman and team at Barnes!
I sent you an email (maybe more than once??!!)
Lots of prayers and HOPE
CathyJuly 13, 2015 at 8:23 pm in reply to: 36 yo female newly diagnosed with Stage I #87595
Jessica, Congrats on new baby and sorry we met this way. I am excited to tell you I am 6 years cancer free thanks to a transplant. I keep my story posted at http://www.catherinedunnagan.com
Tiffany Snead Schwartes, is in your age group with young children and is 2 years cancer free thanks to transplant, she also did chemo after transplant.
Please contact me if I can help or you would like to talk.
CathyJune 16, 2015 at 2:36 am in reply to: New Diagnosis: Faith Hope and Love for Mom #88553
Jason, sorry about your mom I keep praying that Dr. Chapman will be able to help.
I am obviously very biased on transplants as an options and like you wonder why more CC patients aren’t candidate. I am sure one is there is a major shortage of organs, and for a long time most doctors wouldn’t consider it for reasons of reaccurance, no immune system to fight off reaccurance and to quote Sloan Kettering “it is illegal to give a perfectly healthy organ to some one with cancer”!! That was told to Wayne Parson when he brought his wife to them, he then contacted Dr. Chapman, unfortunaley his wife didn’t make it but she did make it to the transplant list, Wayne Parson always says if he found Dr. Chapman sooner his wife would still be here. Wayne Parsons post can be found on this site.
Please contact me if you would like to contact Wayne, he is very knowledgable and helpful.
CathyJune 15, 2015 at 7:41 pm in reply to: Mom’s diagnosis #88719
Jenny, Sorry to meet under these conditions. I live in southern IL and am excited to tell you I am 6 years cancer free from this awful disease. There is HOPE!
I worry when they say your mom is inoperable, that is a reason to get a second opinion. My miracle worker was Dr. William Chapman at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis MO. Dr. Chapman is very phone friendly and knows time is not our friend, he will do a phone consult quickly to see if he is able to change things. The Mayo Clinic and MDAnderson are probably the most mentioned on this site for cutting edge CC care, but there is a little more time involved in getting an appointment.
I keep my story posted at http://www.catherinedunnagan.com
Please contact me if I you would like to talk or if can share any info. (618-567-3247)
Lots of prayers for your mom and her family for HOPE
CathyJune 12, 2015 at 11:24 pm in reply to: New Diagnosis: Faith Hope and Love for Mom #88544
Jason, I had 10 ERCP’s (all stents) in the 9 months I waited for transplant. The ERCP’s usually brought relief from nausea, vomiting… I had a couple almost back to back right after diagnose. I had amazing doctors, all I had to say “my feet itch” and they knew to change them.
My diet or food choices wasn’t a “healthy cancer free diet”, but I was doing radiation and chemo and my radiation oncologist said “We don’t like skinny people, so eat and eat whatever it takes”!!
Lots of prayers for HOPE and comfort,
CathyJune 10, 2015 at 12:01 pm in reply to: 5.5 year scan #88366
Randi-CONGRATS, and AMEN!!! So excited for you!
I relate completely with I only think of it daily and not by the minute! When I was first diagnosed the person I reached out to say she didn’t want this to define her, and I never and still don’t understand that. Cancer shook my world and I came out of this earthquake alive, so for a moment and memory, there is a underlying greatfulness! I may not breathe it every moment but I am always aware how life changes in a moment and never want to lose that knowledge!!
Congrats and keep inspiring!!
CathyJune 8, 2015 at 10:32 pm in reply to: It’s the one year mark !!!!!!! #88502
Brenda, thank you for the kind words, you are making me cry!!
I am so excited about Kenny, one he is such a kind man and because now he is a face of HOPE!!!
I love to share my story, and cannot say enough the reason I have story is because of God, 2 strangers and Dr. William Chapman!!
Love you Brenda and can’t wait to visit again!!
CathyJune 8, 2015 at 10:20 pm in reply to: New Diagnosis: Faith Hope and Love for Mom #88521
Jason, RUN don’t walk to a second opinion!! Your mom’s diagnose and treatment so far is subpar. Our cancer is very rare but not as rare as 7 years ago when I was diagnosed.
I am excited to tell you I just did 6 years cancer free!! I have an amazing story to share and keep it posted at http://www.catherinedunnagan.com
I am proof there is HOPE!!
My hero is Dr. Chapman at Barnes-Jewish in St. Louis MO. I have posted his name as many times as I can and several of our CC family have consulted with him and have had there dire prognosis changed for the better!! Dr. Chapman is not only a great a great doctor but a kind compassionate man with a heart. Dr. Chapman is also phone friendly an will take your call and decide quickly if he can help, he knows time is not our friend. , and will not bring you to St. Louis if he didn’t think he could help. Brenda on the farm just posted her husbands1 year good news story and Dr. Chapman was there second opinion!!
MD Anderson and Mayo Clinic are cutting edge places for CC and I am sure you will here great stories from our CC family quickly.
Please contact me if I can help 618-568-3247
Lots of prayers for your mom
.March 30, 2015 at 2:38 am in reply to: Should I take semester off for mother’s prognosis? #87401
Lola, my daughter was a junior in college 31/2 hours away when I was diagnosed, not only did we insist she go back to school, so did my doctor . I know it was difficult for her but it was the best decision at the time. She is an amazing child, she always made sure on chemo day there was some gift for me, a book, mixed tape….. I was a transplant candidate and during my wait for the call we even made her go on spring break, of course she went with a Southwest voucher to get home quickly if the call came!
When things went real bad for me and was on life support, she called our priest twice to give me last rites and when things got better and I was able to go home, she did take a semester off. I came home in a whee lchair, drains, feeding tube…. and there was no way she was going back for the semester. That semester was the semester she was suppose to study abroad too.
I am excited to tell you she graduated a semester late.
There is no yes/no answer, I really believe you will know when the time is right to take a break and for how long.
Lots of prayers for healing, comfort and peace.
CathyMarch 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm in reply to: UNOS – APP for the patient on the transplant list – #87277
Hi you can email me with the email link or email me at email@example.com or FB me Catherine Sims Dunnagan or call me 618-567-3247. If you want to call you might wait a day or 2 have bronchitis and can’t talk much.
Can’t wait to talk.
Lots of prayers-CathyMarch 16, 2015 at 11:02 pm in reply to: UNOS – APP for the patient on the transplant list – #87275
Liverma88, I am a 51/2 year CC survivor thanks to transplants. I am confused about your post or even more thankfull for my medical team, because I always kept aware of where I was on the list. My MELD score was constantly watched and raised, I started at 26 and was transplanted at 34 in a 5month period and Dr. Chapman thought that was to long. If you would love to talk or if I can help please feel free to contact me.
Lots of prayers-Cathy