Hi! I am a 54 yr old female that was diagnosed with Stage 4 stomach cancer June 2009. It had spread to my liver as well. After 6 rounds of chemo which consisted of cisplatin, taxotere and 5FU, I was cancer free. In December 2009, I had a gastrectomy, part of my liver, gall bladder and nodes removed.
I am now finishing my 5th year of being cancer free. I have a 26 yr old son and have been married for 29 yrs. My husband has been my strength. He has been so supportive.
I had lost 80lbs but have managed to regain 12 lbs and maintain it. I eat a large variety of foods and without a stomach, one would think that isnt possible. But thru trial and error, I have found what works for me.
I have learned not to sweat the small stuff and look at everyday as a gift. Being sick has taught me so much. It is a shame that it took something so severe to make me realize what is important to me.
Just recently I was found to test positive for the BRCA2 breast cancer gene and have chosen to have a double mastectomy. It is very important to get genetically tested so that you can make the best decisions for your future.
I am always here to answer any questions anyone might have. Experience can be the best teacher.