1 Year and All Clear

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1 Year and All Clear

by Ever4015 on Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:00 AM

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Just wanted to check in and let all my friends know, my 1 year scan passed with flying colors. I saw the oncologist today and the results where excellent, NED, after 1 year, she said one more year and I can take out the champagne as the chances of it returning after 2 years are slim to none. It was a very good appointment, and once again I got all worked up for nothing, now I can relax for the next 3 months. Also the reason my energy is a bit low is my B12 is low so I am now taking a supplement as well as Vitamin D and Calcium for my bones. I was told to watch my weight, eat healthy and don't over do it with alcohol(don't drink anyway so no problem there), now eating healthy well, one I have to work on for sure. So, I am very happy at the results, and now see the surgery was well worth it, so remember things can get better after the surgery, it may not seem like it at first, but it does.

Take Care and Be Positive

Evelyn 

RE: 1 Year and All Clear

by Cyclist on Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 8/17/2009 Ever4015 wrote:

Just wanted to check in and let all my friends know, my 1 year scan passed with flying colors. I saw the oncologist today and the results where excellent, NED, after 1 year, she said one more year and I can take out the champagne as the chances of it returning after 2 years are slim to none. It was a very good appointment, and once again I got all worked up for nothing, now I can relax for the next 3 months. Also the reason my energy is a bit low is my B12 is low so I am now taking a supplement as well as Vitamin D and Calcium for my bones. I was told to watch my weight, eat healthy and don't over do it with alcohol(don't drink anyway so no problem there), now eating healthy well, one I have to work on for sure. So, I am very happy at the results, and now see the surgery was well worth it, so remember things can get better after the surgery, it may not seem like it at first, but it does.

Take Care and Be Positive

Evelyn 


Evelyn,

Congratulations! We are all really happy for you. Keep up the good work.

Good Luck, KEEP MOVING, and Laugh Much,

Steve

RE: 1 Year and All Clear

by Stacey19 on Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:00 AM

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YIPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

Congratulations, my friend!  what a difference a year makes, huh?

this is wonderful news! 

i will be having my 1 year scan on 8/26.....i am also nervous and yet anxious at the same time.  i hope my scan goes as well as yours!

Cheers to you, Evelyn!

God bless and be well always.

-Stacey

RE: 1 Year and All Clear

by Cyclist on Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:00 AM

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Hey Evelyn,

I just got to thinking, how much do you think the poutines helped?

Steve

RE: 1 Year and All Clear

by MariaL on Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:00 AM

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Congratulations Evelyn!  

Maria

RE: 1 Year and All Clear

by Phil_A on Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:00 AM

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Evelyn congratulations on your one year checkup. We all get worked up and then the good news NED but its only normal to have anxiety before the results. I wish you  nothing but NED for the next fifty years. (haha) Take Care and GOD Bless.  Phil A.

RE: 1 Year and All Clear

by tulips1 on Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:00 AM

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Good for you!!!!! Can you give us a little history of your journey in fighting this beast. Thank you

RE: 1 Year and All Clear

by Ever4015 on Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:00 AM

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First I'd like to say Thank You all from the bottom of my heart. It has been a journey, but your support and guidance helped me get through this past year, I love you all for that.

Steve:

Yes the poutine definitely helped, see the cheese held everything together,(Ha Ha)

Phil:

Yes another fifty years of NED and maybe more, lets see I'll only be 98 in fifty years(Ha Ha)

Stacey:

I knew your one year was around the corner from me and I am glad we took this journey together, it helped having someone go through it with.

Tulip1:

I was dx in April of 08, in May 08 I started 9 weeks of Chemo, major Chemo in the hospital every third week, followed by continuous infusion 24/7 for three weeks, and another 2 cycles of the same. I finished Chemo on July 17/08 and rested until August 14, when I had Ivor Lewis surgery to remove my complete esophagus. I was in hospital a total of twelve days, with a few complications. First few days was nothing by mouth, then fluids, then soft foods which I continued with for 6-8 weeks then I slowly introduced regular foods. It was a hard recovery, the first 5 months or so I was consently in the bathroom throwing up, but I knew to get better I had to eat so I forced myself. I lost a total of 48lbs, but gained back 12 in the past 7 months. I was suppose to have follow up Chemo after surgery, but the first round knocked me down and I was in hospital for 9 days and all I did was throw up so they discontinued any further Chemo. I never had a feeding tube because it fell out of my intestine 2 days after surgery, so they removed it, boy was that painful. I was back at work part time in Nov. 08, and now I work full time, lately 6 days a week, 9 hours a day. My energy level is getting better since they found my B12 to be low and put me on a supplement. I still get tired at times and have the odd pain and throw up, but all in all life is good. I am at about the best I will ever be after this type of operation, but the doc says I will never be back to the 100% prior to the operation, but that's ok, I am still here. It takes alot of positive thinking and not giving up even when it seems like things are not getting better. And support, all the support you can get, I got alot of it here, and any question, or sympthom I had was answered here. Stay strong, eat even when you don't feel like it, drink then drink some more, eat less more often, and exercise, it really helps. I'm sure there are alot more details I can write, but I think I've gone on long enough and I don't want to bore anyone. So everyone stay Strong and

Take Care And Be Positive

Evelyn

 

RE: 1 Year and All Clear

by tongrenhealer on Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:00 AM

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Evelyn

Congratulations!  May you have many more! You've done so well and the post surgical stuff does improve with "tincture of time". You continue to be an inspiration for the newcomers and old alike. 

I'd like to say the scans get less nerve wracking in time, but they don't.  But hearing NED makes the stress worthwhile.

RE: 1 Year and All Clear

by May_from_CA on Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 8/17/2009 Ever4015 wrote:

Just wanted to check in and let all my friends know, my 1 year scan passed with flying colors. I saw the oncologist today and the results where excellent, NED, after 1 year, she said one more year and I can take out the champagne as the chances of it returning after 2 years are slim to none. It was a very good appointment, and once again I got all worked up for nothing, now I can relax for the next 3 months. Also the reason my energy is a bit low is my B12 is low so I am now taking a supplement as well as Vitamin D and Calcium for my bones. I was told to watch my weight, eat healthy and don't over do it with alcohol(don't drink anyway so no problem there), now eating healthy well, one I have to work on for sure. So, I am very happy at the results, and now see the surgery was well worth it, so remember things can get better after the surgery, it may not seem like it at first, but it does.

Take Care and Be Positive

Evelyn 


Dear Everlyn,

Congratulations on the great news. It is very encouraging to hear good news so we will not lose hope. My mother is having her Pet/CT scan on 8/25 and I hope her tumor will shrink after radiation and chemo (just finished one cycle).

 God bless!

May

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