Hope for gallbladder cancer patients and their families

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Hope for gallbladder cancer patients and their families

by Clehope on Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:10 PM

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Good morning. My mom was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer last May after having an emergency surgery to remove her gallbladder (no one knew it was cancer until tests were done on her gallbladder days later). When we found out this news, our world completely stopped. When you do research on gallbladder cancer, most of the time all you see are statistics and stories from others on how life expectancy is short and there isn’t much hope. Luckily, our story is very different. My mom had to undergo two surgeries (one to remove her gallbladder and another to resection her liver) and is now going through chemo. In a recent test, it was discovered that she had a large area that looked suspicious. It was in the exact same area that her gallbladder cancer was. For the last three weeks, my family has been a complete mess. Everyone expected the worst, but yesterday our prayers were answered. We found out the area was just scabs and scar tissue from the previous surgeries. She will continue to finish her chemo, and hopefully be cancer free. I’m writing this blog because going through the last three weeks, I’ve read so many posts and very few were positive. I promised myself that if we were received positive news, I would write this story to give others hope. No person’s story is exactly like another’s, so never lose hope. Even in the darkest times, there is still hope. Without our family’s positivity and prayers, I know my mom’s outcome would be different today. Please never stop believing in miracles. They do happen.

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by Valeriepannone on Thu Feb 21, 2019 03:57 PM

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On Feb 21, 2019 12:10 PM Clehope wrote:

Good morning. My mom was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer last May after having an emergency surgery to remove her gallbladder (no one knew it was cancer until tests were done on her gallbladder days later). When we found out this news, our world completely stopped. When you do research on gallbladder cancer, most of the time all you see are statistics and stories from others on how life expectancy is short and there isn’t much hope. Luckily, our story is very different. My mom had to undergo two surgeries (one to remove her gallbladder and another to resection her liver) and is now going through chemo. In a recent test, it was discovered that she had a large area that looked suspicious. It was in the exact same area that her gallbladder cancer was. For the last three weeks, my family has been a complete mess. Everyone expected the worst, but yesterday our prayers were answered. We found out the area was just scabs and scar tissue from the previous surgeries. She will continue to finish her chemo, and hopefully be cancer free. I’m writing this blog because going through the last three weeks, I’ve read so many posts and very few were positive. I promised myself that if we were received positive news, I would write this story to give others hope. No person’s story is exactly like another’s, so never lose hope. Even in the darkest times, there is still hope. Without our family’s positivity and prayers, I know my mom’s outcome would be different today. Please never stop believing in miracles. They do happen.

Thank you for sharing that! I am so happy your mom is doing better, i no what you mean when you say a mess, it's just life changing when your loved one gets sick,, i'm glad all is ok witj you. Bless you all

Val Staten Island

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by jivey on Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:44 PM

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I was diagnosed with stage 4 gallbladder cancer the Sunday before Thanksgiving. I am not eligible for surgery but my chemo is going very well. My cancers markers have dropped from 21,000 to 52........52!! I can breathe and eat because the tumors have shrunk and are not pressing on my lungs and stomach. I agree that there is good news and hope!! I expect to be around MUCH longer than my prognosis!!! I am 66 and still teach high school. By the time the faculty started praying, and they told their churches and they started praying, then those people put it on Facebook and they started praying, ...how could I not beat my prognosis? I know there are hundreds, maybe thousands of people I will never know that lift me daily. That truly is HOPE.

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by RocknIraqVet on Sat May 04, 2019 11:42 PM

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I can relate.  That's my story.  Incidental discovery of cancer upon having my gallbladder removed.  Then underwent liver rescection and chemo.  Almost every scan showed shading in the liver adjacent to where the gallbladder had been, they believed the shading was contusions from the surgeries.  I am a 57 year old, 6 1/2 year survivor, of Stage 2 GBC at this point.  

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