Cancer is a WORD not a sentence.
Nicotina2: Support for cancer patients and their family & friends.
Please be respectful, what might seem like an insignificant comment can help some one make it through... if only for that day.
PureSilver67: Beautiful thread/ topic Nicotina ..... My dad was diagnosed in 1992 with bowel cancer and I was overseas ... he was 49yo - he's now 68yo - one fortunate enough to *win* the battle. He even trekked the Kokoda trail last year - something he'd planned for years.
My mum has also had breast cancer scares .. she is still with us too
The word changes everyone's life.
3 weeks before Christmas my best friend's cousin (37yo) had a tumour in her brain bleed, went into ICU and then was put on life support .. the prognosis was not good. On Friday they operated and it's wait and see but more successful than they had originally predicted .. still sending good thoughts for her (I don't pray).
It can touch anyone, anytime
Also Nicotina - sorry for your loss
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jeb126: I don't like the word Cancer or what it does to a person, had a great aunt who passedaway two years ago after battling with it for 5 years, she was 75.
And a cousin of my dad's is dying from it right now, might passaway within the week and he's only in his 60's. He will die before his mum and she is in her 80's
authorj: I just lost my mother to cancer two months ago. Also, my father-in-law died from cancer. I saw a sign outside of a hospital once that said it all; "Whoever said winning isn't everything never had to beat cancer"!
PureSilver67: A few weeks before Christmas, my bestie's cousin who had been living with a tumour in her head for some years (I don't know why they hadn't operated sooner) had a turn and ended up in ICU and then in a coma ... they had planned to operate in February but of course had to bring it forward, they did .. got it all .. were doomsday about her "taking too long" to come out of the coma BUT she's now out of ICU!!! YAY for strength of will (and good operations)
ƬЄЄƇЄღ: thats soooooo amazing Pure.. I love stories like that..
My son is now 3 1/2 yrs post cancer treatment and a normal, healthy, happy little boy..
Cancer is a terrible disease.. and one that we instantly think 'doom' when we hear it.. but
there are many, many success stories too.. Unfortunately I lost my father to cancer so I
have been on both sides of this particular spectrum.. I think the biggest thing is never to
give up hope..
Nicotina2: Thank you for sharing your experiences. It helps to feel not so all alone. We never really know what life holds for us. I agreee about hope, sometimes it's the only thing we have left be it the one with cancer or their family and loved ones.
Please don't ever give up hope or take some ones hope away.
"I'm in the business of giving hope." - Dad's primary oncologist.
Love to all who have had their lives touched and forever changed by cancer.
For those who have lost a loved one to this horrid disease, please accept my condolences.
authorj: It was really weird with my mom. They found out she had colon cancer and with further testing, said it was stage four and had spread to her liver. Bleeding internally, they did the surgery on her colon to stop the bleeding. It turns out that it wasn't stage four but she had two different types of cancer, one in her colon and one in her liver. The colon was taken care of but the liver was beyond hope. My first thought was a liver transplant but at 82 years old, the doctor said nobody would touch her at that age and she probably wouldn't survive the surgery. It wasn't a few days later she died. But even with all the adverse problems, Teece is correct. Don't ever give up hope.
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Nicotina2: That is very unusual authorj, Two different types of cancer at once. Thank you for sharing what must be a painful experience.
Only when Dad got cancer did I learn that metastized cancer is the same cancer as the primary location. ie if the person has colon cancer that has metastized to the lungs, the cancer in the lungs looks like colon cancer under a microscope and not lung cancer. Fascinating how cancer effects the body.
My Dad had colon cancer, detected at stage IV. The FOBT did not show any blood at all. That test came back negative... we were told that test is only 50% accurate.
Colon cancer is the 2nd biggest killer after lung cancer. Colon cancer effects women just as much as it does men. Regular colonoscopies are best for early detection. Stage I and II have high cure rates.
Colon cancer often has no signs until the late stages, screening is vital.
Get a colonoscopy, please do not die of embarrasment.
miss gege: my paternal grandfather had pancreatic (sp?) cancer and passed the very day/time (honestly as his wife) but peacefully. it's funny the Niagara hospital he was in (dad and I went every thursday 1987 - even if i was working midnights) allowed him a shot of whiskey - cheap 5 star brand (poor grandpa, lousy taste) every night, guess the figured, what the hell... my paternal uncle also but my family have all been clear......hbp and congential heart probs but under control.......
my bf Gwen her parents smoked (Irish) for the longest time. her dad served in WWII and that's when the met........they both passed w'lung cancer
my ex common law & family smoked like chimney's i never did, but my lungs (yr lungs are supposed to look like sheer veiled curtains.....mine are full of white/clear spot/holes) not that i have anything serious but they are badly damaged due to 2nd hand smoke - i am high risk for all respiratory infections and get flu shot 2 times year and pneumo once year
just felt like sharing
oh i just read the colon part - my bro tim has a spastic colon, very painful, hope it's not an indicator
Nicotina2: Sorry to hear of your loss, Gege. I don't think I've known of a married couple passing away at the same time other than due to an accident or criminal act.
I have no idea about the spastic colon as an indicator. It's always best to get the opinion of a proffessional. I get a conoscopy at least every 5 years.
Thank you for sharing. Through sharing we learn and hopefully don't feel so alone.
Great news from Pure and Teece. Stories of survival and beating the odds are inspiring.
miss gege: i should have mentioned that my grandfather always said he would last only 5 years alone.....and so when i said he died yada.....he did die the same day/time 5 yrs after my paternal grandmother
loverboysexy: there is always hope for cancer patients, early detection is always very important cos it plays a very key role
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authorj: With my father-in-law, this is an example of hope. When he was diagnosed with cancer, it was pretty bad. Of course, a lot of the family had him dead and buried because of the severity of his cancer and that is the first thing that comes to some peoples minds when they hear the word "cancer". As bad as he was, he went through major surgery and chemo and he lived another eighteen years. There is ALWAYS hope.
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Nicotina2: Agreed authorj. Never give up hope. Never take away anyones hope, it may be all they have.
Thank you for sharing. Wonderful news about your father-in-law.
My Grandad had colon cancer & bladder cancer. It was very difficult to get an accurate diagnosis. Cancer diagnosis and treatment has come so far.
He lived for 10 years with cancer and there was no treatment.