Stage 4 bowel cancer

mem

5 Years today!

Hi all,

Thought I would let you know, and to hopefully provide hope too, that today marks 5 years since I was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer. And what a five years it has been…..

6 months chemo,
1 week radiotherapy,
1 bowel resection with an added stoma,
1 liver resection,
1 stoma reversal
2 lung ablations across both,
3 lung resections across both.
Road map body
Lots of tears
A few tantrums
Lots and lots of laughs and good times πŸ˜€!

I still have 5 little areas of concern on my right lung which are currently being closely monitored, which at this time I am more than happy with.

Importantly for me throughout all the past 5 years, and for future years, is to try live life in the best way I possibly can. I think cancer should fit into my life and certainly not the other way around.
I have been lucky that I have an amazing husband, daughter, grandsons, family, friends and an amazing team of specialists and nurses. And of course this amazing forum which has truly been a lifeline!

Happy Sunday all and heres to us all striving in spite of this damn disease!

Love to you all ❀️:x::x:

Jim3rg

Excellent news mem, time for some well deserved celebrations. Goid luck to you in the future.
Jim

mem

Thankyou @Jim3rg β˜ΊοΈπŸ’• :x::x:

Sparrow

@mem yay! congratulations, gorgeous girl! I'm thrilled to hear you are still kicking cancer's butt 5 years later! You are a super star! much love and healing hugs for the future!

Michele

@mem, Just thought I would check in and I am so glad that I did. CONGRATULATIONS 5 years. That's such a big marker for us. You where on here when I was first diagnosed and along with other lovely people a great support. Well done, I hope you are celebrating in the style that you so deserve. Well done :):):):):)

Sparkles

@mem what absolute amazing news 😍 :x::x:

bogongbelle

Big congrats on your 5 year milestone, Mem. May there be many more celebratory years! :x::x:

tonym

That's quite a milestone @mem you have been through a lot, well done you.

Tony M

Michele

Hi @Sparrow, just re-read your profile, so lovely to see you are four years free. I'm going for my CEA in May. Fingers crossed for the same news as you. Nice to you too @tonym . How are you?

mem

Thankyou so much guys- @Sparrow @michelle @Sparkles @bogonbelle @tonym β˜ΊοΈπŸ’• :x::x::x::x:

@Sparrow @Michele - it is SO lovely to hear from you both! I miss you on here but really glad the forum is not needed as much anymore ☺️. Happy four years to you Sparrow πŸŽ‰ and good luck with your CEA Michele 🀞🏼:x::x::x:

tonym

Im ok @Michele and thanks for asking, its a bit if a worry isnt it when someone doesnt post for a while, i think were all pretty much the same, we get on with life and try and tackle what comes our way but we all tend to come back to this Forum to see how our friends are, I know most of us have never met but we do seem to have a unique bond.

X Tony M

Lauren5429

Glad to hear you’re doing well @mem :x::x:

Baxter2

Wow! What a super douper wonderful post @mem! I'm in awe of your strength and tenacity! You're pretty bloomin amazing and dare I say it a huge inspiration to us all!

WELL DONE!!!!

Loads of love

KarenπŸ’šπŸ’›β€οΈπŸ’™πŸ’œ

mem

Thankyou so much Karen @Baxter2 and ditto btw! Thankyou too @Lauren5429 for taking the time to post. I hope you and your family are doing ok.
Lots of love 😘 :x::x:

Sparrow

@tonym, you are so right... I too pop back on to see how our friends are ... so fab to see so many people who were there four years ago for me, are still here... yay! @Michele I just phoned for my CEA results today and it was good, I really hope that your CEA is low too, Good luck, @Michele! Thank you @mem! ( I still have a colonoscopy and CT scan in the Fall), but I'm much more optimistic than I was four years ago!
I miss my forum family, you guys are always in my prayers and thoughts... love and hugs

Highkaren

@mem ,I’m so so pleased for you, I’m 19 months down the line and after inoperable diagnosis I’ll be doing surgery in the next few weeks, I’m right behind you heading for those 5 years and more. I got this :x::x:

sweetcheeks

@mem πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– :x::x::x::x:

Michele

@Sparrow, congratulations on your CEA results, lovely news to start the weekend. You are so right @tonym we do just get on with our life and deal with our diagnosis in our own way. It is addictive this forum though. Once you start popping in it starts to become a regular habit :). Have a lovely weekend all

mem

Thankyou @Highkaren and @sweetcheeks 😘. That’s really great news about the surgery highkaren! You’ve also been through so much. I’ll be looking forward to your 5th, 6th, 7th year (and the rest!) updates.:x::x:

Jorton

Great news @mem long may this continue :x::x:

mem

Thankyou @Jorton 😊 :x::x: