Topic: Hello everyone!

Hi guys! Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I feel like I say that a lot, sorry again. x: I just thought I would update everyone since I didn't fall off the face of the Earth! smile

My last two CT scans have been clean since I finished chemo in August! So I'm pretty happy so far. Next month with be a year since I had surgery to have my tumor and liver removed. It's all very surreal now. For the most part I've just been trying to get back to normal. My hair has been growing back in and my nutritionist has put me on a diet to lose the weight I gained while I was on chemo and to manage my (apparently?) diabetes. It's really hard but I'll do it!

Though bad news wise, I just found out I had two herniated discs and a disc bulge in my lower spine. sad My father's doctor actually let us know that chemotherapy weakens the bones so I can see why that happened now. I'm out of work because of that but I haven't stopped yet! I've decided to go into counseling psychology so I can work with cancer patients to cope with their sickness and treatment so I'm working harder than ever.

Reading lots of articles on cholangiocarcinoma, I just don't know what to expect or to look out for in the coming years. They caught my tumor in stage two so it's not the usual case. I know to be positive and all that but I want to make sure if anything comes back I can catch it early again!

I hope everyone is doing well as my thoughts and prayers have been with all of you as they always have been. <3

- Katie smile

Once you choose hope, anything's possible!

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Katie,
Great news on the scans. Are they going to do surgery on the disks?

Take care,
Kris

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

36 year old patient with buckets of hope

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Katie.....it is so wonderful to hear from you.  I wish you good luck for the upcoming visit with a physician and I hope for a simple form of treatment coming your way regarding your spine problems.   Your pursuit of working with  cancer patients is admirable and I know that you will do very well.
Best wishes and so very happy to hear from you,
Marion

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We are so glad to hear from you-- I was wondering how you're doing.

That is WONDERFUL that you want to work with people with cancer. You can do so much good!

Take good care of yourself.

Kristin

Peace, hope, and healing to all!

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Hi Katie,

Thank you for sharing the good news from your last scans, excellent stuff indeed! I hope all goes well for you with your treatment for your discs.

My best wishes to you,

Gavin

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Great news! Congratulations on your clean CT scans.

You can conquer the diabetes and the disks... just minor stuff compared to what you have already been through. ;-)

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Congratulations on the Clean CT Scan.  I agree with ajcarman72 - diabetes and disks are minor setbacks compared to the mountain that you have climbed with CC.

Go with God and KEEP KICKIN' THAT cancer.

Margaret

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Thank you so much everyone! It's great to hear from all of you. I hope you'll all get good news and keep getting it too. smile

- Katie smile

Once you choose hope, anything's possible!

Re: Hello everyone!

Hi guys, it's Katie! It's been a really long time, but I think of all of you on the boards often.

Since I last posted, I turned 20! Yay! Haha smile I finally finished my first year of college too! I was also a team captain and committee member of my town's brand new chapter of Relay For Life! I raised almost a thousand dollars by myself and I was even in the newspaper. Check it out!

http://suburban.gmnews.com/news/2010-05 … onger.html

I hope to raise even more this year and be able to donate to the Cholangiocarcinoma foundation. Best of all, as of two weeks ago, I've been in remission for a year! I'm doing my best to educate everyone I can about the existence of this disease. I'm confident though that we'll be able to find a cure, for this and all cancers, soon.

You're all in my prayers. Please take care and be well!

- Katie smile

Once you choose hope, anything's possible!

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Hi Katie....Congratulations on all accounts including, feeling well, attending school, and reaching star status in the fight with this disease.  You go, Katie.   
Hugs are coming your way,
Marion

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Katie,
So nice to hear your good news and the exciting things happening in your life.  Stay healthy and happy.
-Randi-

Survivor of cholangiocarcinoma (2009), thyroid cancer (1999), and breast cancer (1994).

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Katie, Katie, way to go, girl! That is all such wonderful news, we can always used a dose of news like that. Wishing for you to keep the momentum going.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Katie, I never saw your original posts about your own trials with CC, but this has brought it to my attention.  Way to go on your success against cancer both personally and for others!  Your determination in your life is an example for us all, no matter what age we are. 

Congratulations on your 20th birthday, and getting through the first year of college.  That in itself is a big hurdle, and to do it while battling CC too, whew. 

Here's to many, many more years of good health.  Stay in touch.  We like the good news.

Linda

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
it's about learning how to dance in the rain."