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Married to a survivor! They are the best! Stronger than I think I'll ever be! She doesn't fish though... Bummer...
 

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Good to hear eddie.God Bless you both for good health in the future..
 

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Best wishes to you both.
By the way, she has my wifes T Shirt on :eek:.... LOL . If it aint got holes in it she doesn't wear it. I think hers are much more holey than that though...:D:D
 

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Thanks for the updates Eddie. You are all in our prayers.

First colonoscopy should be at 50. Every ten years if no negative findings. Every 5 years if anything unusual.
 

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Chemo and radiation is rough on the body ! My FIL went though it once, was cancer free for about 10 yrs. Then, cancer returned from all the radiation he had taken.
He refused to go through the treatments again. The cancer finally got him.

I wish you and her the very best, as I know it's also rough on family members as well.

She needs to be checked regularly,as it can creep back into your body.
 

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Eddie, I have enjoyed many of your posts but enjoyed this one the most, by far. Great news for both of you. Let us all be mindful of and thankful for those blessings for you two and for all of our blessings collectively.
 

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Thank you for all the kind words.

She was cancer free after treatment ended, but remained hospitalized for another month due to the damage done to her by the chemo and radiation. The radiation caused second degree burns that where just horrible. The chemo destroyed her immune system. To visit her in her hospital room, everyone had to put on a mask, sanitize your hands and you couldn't have a cold, or even a cough. That was just a very slow process getting everything working again. Then months of bed rest and more pain and suffering then I thought possible.

Every month, she could do a little bit more. Now she is walking over 2 miles a day, doing light exercise and trying to be super healthy. She lost 40 pounds and has gained back about ten pounds to 120 pounds. This seems to be her new normal. Food is a problem that comes and goes. She still has issues with her gut, and every couple of weeks, she's living in the bathroom for a day. We're told that this could last a year, but in some cases, it's for the rest of your life.

She had a port installed in her chest for IV's, that she is keeping for at least a year. Every month she goes in to have it flushed. She has had two PET scans since being told that she is cancer free, and both have confirmed that she is indeed, cancer free.

For those that do not have any cancer in your family history, go get a colonoscopy. Everyone in her family has died of heart disease. It's why she specialized in that when becoming a RN. Late last year she started having cramps and diarrhea that would get so bad that she would spend days dealing with it. One day last December she was so dehydrated that I took her in to the hospital and she had to get to IV's of saline. In February, her doctor told he to get a colonoscopy just to rule out cancer since nothing else was making sense. During the procedure, they found a large tumor, which they immediately cut out. This was not planned for, and she was never prepped for this type of surgery. They just did it because it was so large. Then there where two more surgeries to get a good sample of the tissue to be 100% sure of what type of cancer it was. A specialist for Colon Cancer from MD Anderson was her doctor, and she wanted to attack it super aggressively. They caught it early, and they went after it without mercy. She is the first person in her family history to have cancer. She was 53 years old when this started. It can happen to anyone, at any time, for no reason.
Eddie, glad to hear things are so much better. Your story strikes close to home: my grandson went through many of the same issues and procedurs but for a different type of cancer. To support your suggestion on getting a colonoscopy, the prep is a bit easier to handle than it used to be. I had one in January 2017 during which some questionable polyps were found. I changed my diet then repeated the test six months later. Now I do not have to get another for two years.
 
  
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Again, thank you everyone for your kind words. They really mean a lot to both of us!!!

A couple of things that we've learned during this process that have surprised us is that treatment has really advanced far more then we had ever thought. In every case, everyone involved went out of their way to work towards helping Karen get better. While this was happening, we learned of a lot of other people that where also going through treatment, and where shocked at how many thought that their doctors didn't know what they where doing, and had decided to not listen to their doctors and do something different to fight their cancer. Sadly, they are not doing very well and I'm waiting for a very good friend to pass away any day now. It's very sad. Another thing that we learned is that until you have cancer, those who have it are very secretive about it. People all over opened up to us once we starting posting on FB about Karen being sick and what she was going through.
 

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Eddie, we live in a very rural area. 8,000 county population, half of those living in the county seat town. 25 years ago I thought I knew most everyone and a rough draft of their life stories. Then my 19 year old Son died in an auto accident. Over the next years I was shocked how many othe families had lost children. As you said, they were private about it. When we joined that segment of society they eagerly talked to us about it. Now I act the same way. When I see a local parent that's also lost a child there's a "secret" look or expression or pat on the shoulder that's exchanged. People are wonderful creatures when those boundaries are eliminated. :)
 
 
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