Colon Cancer Support Group

Colorectal cancer, also called colon cancer or bowel cancer, includes cancerous growths in the colon, rectum and appendix. Many colorectal cancers are thought to arise from mushroom-like growths that are usually benign, but some may develop into cancer over time. The majority of the time, the diagnosis of localized colon cancer is through colonoscopy.

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Long term stage 4 remission

I wanted to share this for those of you fighting to stay alive..

12 years ago I delivered my second child while just 1 floor up in the hospital my 73 YO FIL had a 5 cm tumor removed from his colon. I worked in health care and I knew it wasn't going to be good when the doctors announced that he also had mets to his liver and lung.

I brought my baby with me to show him before I left the hospital and all I could think about was " how much longer does he have? "

To make matters worse, 4 days after he was discharged, he ended up in ICU and almost died from necrotic bowel/sepsis. There was a problem missed during surgery and he became very sick. This time they took him back to OR and he ended up with ileostomy.

2 months after he finished antibiotics he started chemotherapy. It was a terrible time because chemo almost killed him once again and the tumors in his liver were not budging....

9 months after his first surgery chemo had to be stopped because his immune system was depleted.

Yet again he was staring death in the face because one of the tumors in the liver became necrotic... He once again was admitted to the hospital for more antibiotics and more chemo.

It seemed this was not looking in his favor .. We were preparing for the worst.
He did chemo for 2 more years with drug holidays and constant struggle. He was frail, depressed, he stopped eating and was thinking about hospice.

At year 3 his PET scan finally came back with positive results - the lung tumors were gone. The liver tumors have shrunk and stopped growing. His bowel was reconnected and ileostomy was gone. There were 4 more months of wound packing to heal an open wound in his abdomen.

This year he turned 85. It has been 12 !!!!! Years since his diagnosis.
He is back to work. He is active. No one would ever guess what happened to him. He has been in full remission.
Against all odds he is alive and well.

His story is not typical.. However it is an example that no one can tell when it is your time. I wish all of you to win this battle and offer you some hope that survival is possible even when it looks like the situation is hopeless...
Be strong.. Be brave.. Keep trying until you can't try anymore.

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yorman1
yorman1

Thank Aronia, what a great inspirational story, sooo many of us sitting and waiting for the other shoe to fall. Live life while you can, learn to enjoy every moment that God gives us. What a terrific story....Thanks again...Ron
Gr8ful
Gr8ful

Thankyou AR as Y1 said a truly inspirational story, one worth sharing.

It helps us all to remember that we are individuals not statistics

G8
sadandunsettled
sadandunsettled

Thank you for sharing your story i need more hope. My father is 69 and he had a perforated bowel last year May and he had to have an ileostomy, He has had two rounds of chemo and a break for three months as his results were good., But he has to have another bout of chemo after christmas as his scan showed up progression
pmaggie
pmaggie

It's been a while since I have been on this site. After reading this story I wanted to add that I too am a survivor of 13 years since my original diagnosis & 11 years since the met to my liver. I find I have been too complacent lately about exercising etc. so I am going to make sure I keep on this site as I find it very inspiring. Glad to see you're still on the site Gr8ful.
sallie1976
sallie1976

Praise God for each and every remission and survivor story. Prayers for continued good health. Thank you all so much for sharing your stories!! Blessings to you all.
CoreyB
CoreyB

This is what I needed to hear, hope and a chance! At age 44, just got results today, I am diagnosed with stage 4 aneo metastatic colon cancer from biopsies of the liver and have been looking everywhere for signs it can be beat with a good fight!

Thank you for your story and inspiration!
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