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March 9, 2015 at 1:19 am in reply to: My One Year Mayo Clinic Report #87192
Congrats, Julie keep posting good news and inspiring others!!
Lots of prayers for continued good health!
CathyFebruary 28, 2015 at 11:27 pm in reply to: Our son who is 42…. #87032
Fred, Welcome and sorry you had to find us. I am excited to tell you I am 51/2 years cancer free.
I have an amazing story to share and keep it posted http://www.catherinedunnagan.com There is HOPE!
I noticed you are in Texas so hopefully you are being treated at MDAnderson with Dr. Javle. Dr. Javle has many success stories on this forum. My “HERO” is Dr. William Chapman at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis MO. I share my story to give HOPE but also to honor my donors and put Dr. Chapman’s name out there, he is an amazing doctor and and even more amazing man. Dr. Chapman has been able to change at least 4 members of our CC family from inoperable to operable. I suggest when you are ready for another set of eyes on your son’s choices, he be at the top of your list.
Please feel free to contact me if I can help.
Lots of prayers-CathyJanuary 28, 2015 at 6:04 pm in reply to: 5 count em 5 #86361
Nancy, Congrats to one 5 yearer from another 5 yearer!! We need a new category on this site for 5 plus CC members!! Your news is so exciting because you are battling one of the hardest forms of CC!
Keep inspiring and giving HOPE!!!
CathyJanuary 26, 2015 at 10:01 pm in reply to: Surgical HOpe? #86496
Julie, I post my story on every wall, page… not because I want to talk about me, but because I had a miracle surgeon!! Dr. William Chapman is beyond words,!! I am excited to say he has changed at least four of our CC’s family diagnose from inoperable/pallative/hospice to operable! For me that is exciting because my donors saving my life with the gift of life, just added at least 4 more lives to there gift of one liver!!!
I have never seen Dr. Lombardo’s name on here, but 6 years ago no one really knew who Dr. Chapman was or where Barnes was (Barnes is usually in top10 hopsitals!).!! Dr, Chapman and I have always talked about the fact transplants and resections need to be ruled out by doctors who believe it is an option for our cancer, way to many think it isn’t!!
Thanks for putting a new name for HOPE out there!!
CathyNovember 5, 2014 at 1:56 am in reply to: Could Use Some Insight. #85358
Joe, I can best answer your question by telling you about 4 CC members, who were diagnosed at major cancer centers and given a “no hope” prognosis and thanks to our site and being able to share my story they came to see my “HERO” and had there prognosis changed and were deemed operable, 3 had resections and one had a transplant. (Mayo Clinic told him he wasn’t able to be transplanted).
Our cancer is so rare, and most doctors haven’t heard of it and don’t realize there is cutting edge research being done. It is so important to have a doctor who is at the top of his game in CC,. a GREAT oncologist will be that or a GREAT oncologist will know this is out of there league and find you that GREAT oncologist and team of doctors!!
Lots of prayers for HOPE-CathyNovember 4, 2014 at 10:47 pm in reply to: Could Use Some Insight. #85355
Joe, Welcome and sorry you had to find us! I am excited to be the first to reply, because I am a CC survivor, 5 years cancer free, there is HOPE!!! First take comfort in the fact your doctor was so knowledgeable to not accept a negative report, CC often comes back negative and a less educated doctor would have accepted it!.
The next step after talking to your doctors, is think about getting a second opinion. Our cancer is so rare that you need a doctor that has treated CC and is open to all options and knows what trials are out there. A second opinion will validate what you already know or will have a better prognosis..
My hero is Dr. William Chapman at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis MO., Dr. Javle at MD Anderson is another miracle worker you will read about on this site and another and the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio has a surgeon Dr. John Feng (Might have his name wrong). These are all great doctors that have really brought a lot of HOPE, care, and positive results to many of our CC family.
I have an amazing story to share and keep it posted at http://www.catherinedunnagan.com I was diagnosed 6 years ago and there wasn’t a lot of positive post being written, but in that short time, so many people are posting amazing and positive options and treatments!!
Please feel free to email or call if I can help or you just want to talk. (618-567-3247)
Lots of prayers for healing and HOPE!! CathyOctober 30, 2014 at 8:52 pm in reply to: Introduction #85271
Jim, Welcome and sorry you had to find us. I am excited to tell you I am 5 years cancer free form this “monster”. I was considered inoperable and had 6-8 months to live, but my saving grace was being diagnosed immediately by a doctor very versed in CC and he knew right away that my only HOPE was a transplant, he immediately put me in the care of Dr. William Chapman at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis MO. I have an amazing story to share and keep it posted at http://www.catherinedunnagan.com
My best advice to you at this time is to make sure your doctor is very versed and educated in the treatment of CC, that he/she is open to transplants as an option, and even second opinions to validate his. I have shared my story enough that several have contacted Dr. Chapman and at least 4 have had there “inoperable” diagnose changed to him being able to resect and in one case even transplant (the Mayo told him he couldn’t be transplanted), these fellow CC members all were at major cancer centers to begin. Read posting by “Daisy” and” Brenda on the farm” for second opinion stories I am alive today because Of God, 2 strangers and Dr. William Chapman and that is exactly how Dr. Chapman list it!!! Jim there are so many more positive stories and success stories than there was 6 years ago when I was diagnosed, there is HOPE!!!
Please contact me if I can help. (618-567-3247)
Lots of prayers for HOPE-CathyOctober 16, 2014 at 8:39 pm in reply to: Newly Diagnosed in North Carolina #85117
Hi Suzanne, Welcome and sorry you had to find us. I am excited to tell you I am 5 years cancer free!! There is HOPE!! I keep my story posted at http://www.catherinedunngan.com
I also did the chemo pump and side effects were minimal except major fatigue towards the end of my six week cycle (I did 7 days a week, 24 hours a day for 6 weeks, while doing radiation).
I love that you are counting your blessings, that is the key to your sanity during this time, appreciating that no matter how bad there is still light and HOPE!!
I am alive today because of God, 2 strangers, and Dr. William Chapman and the most amazing part that is exactly how Dr. Chapman would list it!!
Lots of prayers-CathyOctober 16, 2014 at 8:23 pm in reply to: Nine Years ! #84953
Pat, Congrats on 9 years, you are my role model!! I am 5 years and am excited to hear about 9 years.
I try to tell everyone that when I awoke from my 3 week coma and was told what had happened my first thought was “thank God Jeff and Cates had memories”. I didn’t go first to “who did payroll, did they know to pay, did they call…. I was so happy to know that if I hadn’t made it they would have great memories of enjoying life. We have more memories in the bank than money!!!
Lots of prayers for you to stay 4 years older than me in the cancer free birthday!!
CathyOctober 16, 2014 at 8:13 pm in reply to: Newly diagnosed & off to 2nd opinion #84919
Hi Christine, Welcome and sorry to meet under such negative circumstances, I have been to hell and back thanks to CC, and am excited to tell you I am 5 years cancer free, there is HOPE!! I have an amazing story to share and keep it posted on http://www.catherinedunnagan.com. I am alive today because of God, 2 strangers and Dr. William Chapman at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.
Dr. Chapman is a world renown doctor and the kindest soul you will meet. I know of at least 4 CC patients that have contacted him after sharing my story, have all had there prognosis changed for the better. Dr. Chapman is phone friendly and knows time is not our friend and will act with in days if he can help.
Please call 618-567-3247 or email if you would like to talk or if I can help you
Lots of prayers-CathySeptember 30, 2014 at 3:09 pm in reply to: Need your expertise on chemo brain #84909
I am 5 years cancer free and still have chemo brain or at least that is my excuse and I am sticking with it!! I did some form of chemo for 9 months while waiting for transplant and my oncologist was very adamant about me taking a low dose anti-depressant as a preventive, since this is such an overwhelming time. I followed her advice and had no side effects from doing that. I also always took 3 anti-nausea meds so something was in my system at all times. My doctors also put me on megace as appetite stimulant. One doctor told our daughter, who was in college that if she wanted to provide marijuana at this time, she wouldn’t object LOL!!!!
Lots of prayers for HOPE, peace and cancer free for your husband!
CathyAugust 20, 2014 at 3:30 pm in reply to: CC.org/vs/ FB pages #84407
Julie, I think your analogy about cupcakes stores is great. I think the FB pages are a “watered down ” version of the forum. I think in doesn’t have the structure we do, so to give information or names of people who have amazing stories to share like Lisa Craine, Patty from Illiniois, Kris ,Daisy, my self…. will not grow because there won’t be the connect or depth we share here.
Our goal here and on FB is to give HOPE, information and the names of doctors and hopsitals that give HOPE.
I told my HERO,(Dr. Chapman) I would post him name on every wall I could find so now it will be just a little harder! LOL!!
Lots of prayers for HOPE!!
CathyAugust 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm in reply to: CC.org/vs/ FB pages #84400
Gavin, there are two new FB pages- bile duct cancer awareness and the other is CHONGIOCARCINOMIA SUPPORTERS. The FB pages both post stories, info and questions but there is something so different, maybe because there are no categories or no way to continue threads… I know I have posted a few times about my HERO and expierences but I don’t know they have gotten as far or had the impact that this site has when I share them. I am afraid that to many support sites derails us, cause our cancer is still rare and not enough knowledge about it so taking the little there is and dividing it up doesn’t help those looking for all they can find about it or those having information sharing it.
Lainy this site is mentioned but more as a clinical/technical site.
CathyAugust 7, 2014 at 10:37 pm in reply to: Medicare and liver transplant #75687
Sis- HOPE you hear soon!! Dr. Doyle is GREAT and like I said a great shoe collection too!!
Dr. Chapman and team know time is not our friend, so I am sure you hear soon!
Lots of prayers for good news-CathyAugust 7, 2014 at 10:31 pm in reply to: Medicare and Liver Transplant for CC #84173
Mark/Sis- as long as Barnes covers it, that’s all you need!! LOL!!
Prayers for positive answers to being a candidate for transplant/resection-Cathy