Patty, I KNEW what those first three words were going to be ....I asked myself, "What would I say?" And, there was no other choice than, "I am alive." Your speech was incredible and an inspiration. I am lying here in a hospital bed ....recovering from a shower of blood clots in my lungs and another in my leg. I, too, have intrahepatic CC, except I was fortunate enough to have surgery 9 weeks ago to remove a section of my liver with the main tumor and one tiny one and be diagnosed at T2b. If the cancer didn't scare me enough, the blood clots came close to finishing the job. But, as you said, "I AM ALIVE!" Chemo will restart eventually, I will trust in God that this is his plan...to kill off microscopic cancer cells we don't know that are actually there, with chemo that hasn't been studied to work in this case. Twelve years ago, at the age of 49, I survived a type of heart attack, which usually kills its victims. At the time, I came to the conclusion that God wasn't finished with me yet....that he had a plan and I still had work to do before leaving this earth. I just needed a "not so gentle reminder." HE was right, of course. My own son needed me. Now, HE is telling me again, that I have something yet to do, and I've asked Him to show me what's to do this time. Right now, it seems he's busy getting my attention. Well, Lord, you've got it. Now, let's get on with living and let me execute your plan. Thank you, Patty, for everything you do to raise awareness of CC and for sharing your story in the way you do. You give all of us hope and remind us of what is important. You give us renewed hope.
"Just for today, I can get through anything." I'm a cancer survivor, not a doctor. The opinions I state are my own, based on my personal experiences. As always, talk to your doctor about your concerns and treatment.