Topic: All is clear after 13 months

Blood work and CT scan all clear and normal.  CA19-9 is a 7.  Best of all, I feel great and very healthy these days.

I had surgery 13 months ago, chemo for 12 weeks (Xeloda & Gemzar) and radiation, with Xeloda, for 6 weeks.  Side effects, mostly acid reflux from the radiation, were gone a couple weeks after treatments ended.

I can't say enough about the great surgery/surgeon at Johns Hopkins and my local oncologists who did the follow up treatments. I was blessed by two really great teams of providers.

There is hope with this cancer.  It is so wonderful to read everyone else's stories.  Very encouraging!  Blessings and good health to all!

Bill

Re: All is clear after 13 months

Dear Bill.....YIPPEE! Another Super Hero! We are so very happy to read your good news as you give HOPE and INSPIRATION to others. My wish is for continued success and for you to keep the good news coming! Thanks for this astounding update!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Hi Bill,

How wonderful to hear your great news. It especially makes me feel good since my daughter will have part 1 of a 2 part surgery on March 25. You give us all hope!! God bless and keep up the great work.

-Pam

My beautiful daughter, Lauren Patrice, will live on in my heart forever.

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Bill...congratulations and thanks for sharing this important news with us.  Stay well, dear Bill, and continue to pop in on us.  Stories like yours are important to us all.
Hugs,
Marion

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Thanks for the kind words.  It has been an interesting journey and God surely was watching over us throughout the entire trip.  I heard so many negative things when I was first diagnosed last year, it was pretty depressing.  But, some positive folks, faith and good health care showed me it could be better.

I apologize for not being more active here over the last year, but we're pretty private people and we have a wonderful support system with family, friends, workplace and church.  I learned so much about CC here, it was very helpful when I started out on my journey.  This is a wonderful place.  Keep up the good work!

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Bill....no apology needed.  Know that we always are here for you and that your contributions to this site are cherished.  Enjoy life, dear Bill. 
Hugs,
Marion

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Thanks Marion!  You folks are terrific.

Sincerely,
Bill

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Hi Bill,

What great news indeed! Thanks for sharing and we so love hearing news like yours! It sounds like you had great treatment and care and Johns Hopkins and I wish you every success for the future. And yes you are right, there is hope!

Best wishes,

Gavin

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Hi Gavin,

Thanks!  My mum's ancestors came over from Scotland in the late 1700's.  It's a connected world for sure!

Bill