I was diagnosed withe VERY early bowel cancer in Feb 2008 but with advanced Mets in the liver. My liver looked like Swiss cheese, and was given 6 months without treatment. I have now had 10 cycles of Folfox6 + Avastin and am now nearly in remission. However I ant to remain on chmo for quite a while just to lick up any lingering nasties However I realize that Chemo only "buys time" You have to prevent it from reoccurring. Surgery was not an option for me as my liver was so badly affected. I have no doubt in my mind I will beat this diagnosis with the fantastic help of my wife and a very well known natuapath, both of whom have made a big difference. I just keep reminding myself that I have to starve the cancer from the nutrients it needs to survive. I immediately changed my diet to being as organic as possable, No Fat, no Preservatives, No sugar and no red meat and a lot more fruit. As I work in a family business, I have been basically wind my work and stress, right back and do only what I want to do which is the best therapy. I also understand that bowel cancer is the easiest to treat. I have plans on being around for another 20 years ! I am 60 but have a LOT to do yet including starting our own organic vegetable garden.Dunedigger
Hi Dunedigger You have been through a lot on your journey like many of us and you sound like you have the right frame of mind to beat this. Being positive is the best way to go. I hope you complete your chemo without many side affects and you finally get your organic vegie garden going. If you are in the Sydney metro area I would certainly come and buy some. Stay strong Kaza
Just an update for those who are in the situation I was in . I remain in remission after 11 months of chemo. The last 5 months I have been just on Avastin, which has caused my liver tumors to further shrink. Some of the smaller tumors are no longer visible in a CAT scan along with the original bowel cancer.My oncologist has suggested I continue on Avastin for another 12 months. My Surgeon and another oncologist has suggested I consider having radio ablation of the larger liver tumors. I figure I have not annoyed enough people yet so will have to live for another 20 years to complete this goal !Dunedigger aka Rex
This week I have the blood test that tells me I'm in remission. CEA of 1.7 Ye har. Special thanks to Grace Gawler. I do not plan to have a relapse. Huge diet changes will ensure that. No Sugar, No Preservatives, No Food Colouring and mostly organic foodsDunedigger
Sorry that I didn't reply earlier to your postings. Well done on your results, keep up the good work. I have been told that I have/ and will always be very positive about the whole cancer thing. No time for moping around and "why me?". I believe in sharing my stories with others, as sometimes just a little thing that is mentioned could have been a BIG problem for someone and knowing that you are not alone in this helps.
I have had people ask about being positive. I know it is impossible to remain positive especially when sick from chemo or in pain, but one aspect I have discovered about myself is I NEVER doubted that chemo would work for me. I had absolute faith the chemo would work. I also knew that complementary therapies, diet and lifestyle changes was an essential part of treatment. Chemo bought me time and remission, and I now am approaching the end of chemo, the changes I have made will help to remain in remissionI also believe that cancer will never bite me on the bum again. This may be blind faith, but as a hypnotherapist ( in previous decades ) I know the value of faith is very important. That is not to say that I meditate, but my attitude is that cancer will not get me, at least not till I'm ready and that won't be till I'm 80, another 20 yearsCheers for nowDunedigger
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