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I was diagnosed in July '05 at 41 with Stage 4 Colon Cancer that had metastisised to the liver where there were two 4 cm tumors. The colon resection went well. But with every doctor/surgeon visit about the liver I received more and more bad news. They kept saying it was inoperable, 1 oncologist even said these exact words "You have stage 4 colon cancer, stage 4 colon cancer is usually fatal" That's it. After 5 doctors wrote me off for dead I read Lance Armstrongs book "It's Not About The Bike" It woke up the fight in me which had by now totally disappeared. I kept finding more and more doctors until I found my angel. Dr Shibata at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa Florida. He said what I had been waiting to hear "We Can Do This" It's a long story but finally I had some hope. He set me up with chemo to reduce the size of the tumors which in two months went from 4 cm each to less than 1 cm ea. Now we can do the surgery he said. He did an RFA on my liver which bakes the tumor. I was cancer free. 6 months of chemo then a Petscan. Unfortunately it came back. The same surgeon did a liver re-section on me Jan 5th '07. So for at least right now I am cancer free again. I am looking at 4-6 more months of "preventative" chemo but it won't come back, I won't let it. Well it did come back and finally I realize this is a very resilient and strong cancer, not some wimpy cancer that can get its butt kicked by 5 or 6 highly toxic drugs being tossed at it for 6 months or so. They are now seeing a small spot on my lung. So more chemo. We'll see what happens next and you are welcome to join me on my journey. Thank You Donna

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December 29, 2006

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Palm Harbor, Florida

October 25

Cancer Survivor

Cancer Info

Colon and Rectal Cancer

July, 2005

Stage 4

over 6.1

Chemo is worse than the cancer itself

What is really important in life

Make the most of every moment, leave comments

Liver, lungs and bones

Did a clinical trial after quitting chemo. Could be the reason the growth rate is much slower.

None when diagnosed. Blood in stool twice in a years time, thought it was hemmoroids

Aug '05 Colon Resection, Feb '06-RFA Liver, Liver Resection.

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