Bio: Diagnosed two weeks shy of my 28th birthday with stage 4 colon cancer. Today I am 30 and still goin' strong!
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I’m following you…and I’m SO proud of you for sharing your story. Being truthful and honest is scary for people and you are going to inspire others. Thank you for letting us be a part of your journey- everyone is rooting for you…xoxo
Hi, what an inspiring young lady you are. I was recently awarded a Leibster Award. It is now my opportunity to pay it forward, so I have nominated your blog for the award. If you would like to accept, please click on to view my submission to use as a guide. http://blognwriter.com/2014/07/08/thanks-for-the-liebster-award/
I was up thinking last night about my day and that included who I nominated for the Liebster Award. Then I got a sudden urgency thinking about the questions I’d asked nominees. My thoughts immediately went to you. How could I be so insensitive and what the heck was I thinking? I’m so sorry. I assure you, my intentions were very pure, as I wanted to help you get your story out and your blog noticed because you are so brave. So, if you want to accept the award I’d like to remove the questions. If you don’t accept, I totally understand and will continue to follow your very honest and remarkable journey.
Oh my goodness I did not even think you were being insensitive for a second. Please do not worry about this! I would love to accept the nomination but truthfully I have no idea how to lol.
Oh, I’m so glad. I probably wouldn’t have come across your blog if I hadn’t been awarded a Leibster Award myself. Part of the instructions were to find 11 blogs with less than 200 followers and try to promote them by awarding them a Leibster Award.That’s how I found yours. I was so touched by your strength, courage and honesty. There is so much superficial stuff around and yours is totally different.
So, if you want to accept the award, click on the link I sent you. That was what I put together to accept my award. I wrote a blog and contacted nominees individually by leaving a comment. There are 6 steps.
1) Link back to the person who nominated you.
2) Share 11 facts about yourself.
3) Answer 11 questions that were asked by the person who nominated you.
4) Nominate 11 people who you think deserve the Liebster Award.
5) Ask 11 questions to your nominees to answer.
6) Ask your nominees to add that big green Leibster Award shield to their blogs.
If this it’s still confusing (I was so confused about it, that I did some research before going ahead!) the blog below helped me understand it. By the sounds of it there are a few “rules” being passed around so if you want to; choose the one that suits you.
Anyway, I hope that clears it up a bit. I wish you all the best with everything and thank you so much for sharing your journey.
It was great meeting you the other night! Hope I see you at the Feb meeting.
Thank you for sharing your story with us! My dad is batteling colon stage 4 cancer as well and has just started with chemo pills. I was wondering if you have any experience with pills as well (as opposed to IV)?
No I have not taken the chemo pills before. I know a lady who was given them as her treatment – so I am not sure why some use the IV and some have the pills. If you are wondering the same I would have him ask his oncologist just so you know all the options.
I’m in your corner Jamie… Sue…
My sister was 26 when she was diagnosed. She kept telling the doctors something was wrong and they kept writing it off as hemmoroids from her pregnancy. We lost her at the age of 30, 4 years ago. Keep fighting ~ the young ones need to have your voice!
So sorry to hear about your sister Kathy. It is wonderful you are keeping her story alive and sharing it with others. If that story saves just one life then it is all worth it!
Jamie, I am so happy to have found your blog. I was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer with mets to my liver on December 1, 2015 (just the day after turning 41) My problems started in March of 2015 and it took 8 months, 4 ultrasounds, an MRI and a PET scan, along with a colonoscopy to determine that something was very wrong. I started FOLFOX chemo on December 29th. Both my oncologist and surgeon are confident that surgery will take place soon. The tumors are not shrinking quite fast enough, so my chemo will now be Folfiri + Avastin. I am most scared of the surgeries! Chemo has been fairly easy on my body so far. No nausea or vomitting, some hair loss. I have been thankful for this because I would not want my children, who are 12 and 10, to see me sick.
Thank you for taking the time to write your blog. It has given me some things to think about. I look forward to reading more.
Thank you so much for reaching out! Do not be scared for your surgeries! Are they fun – no. Does it suck – yes. But surgery is always a good thing. Surgery means you have OPTIONS. And you always want more options than none.
I am happy to hear you are able to endure the chemo and are having very few symptoms. Stay positive and get lots of rest and I am sure you will get through the next dose ok 🙂
I’m so glad I found your blog! Thank you for putting it all out there. I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer with a very tricky tumor in April of 2016. I went through 6 weeks of radiation and the xleoda chemo pill. I did well with it & my tumor is shrinking. However, I just had a port implanted on Tuesday and will start Folfox on Monday. I am scared shitless! Of course I am also a stubborn proud ass that won’t admit that to anyone I know! I have 2 kids & a hubby & a job & in my world no one will know that I’m terrified because I will not let them be afraid for me. Just won’t happen! So I am brave for them but have been seeking reality for me & my sanity. I need to hear it straight from someone who’s been there done that. Thank you for giving me that!!!
Kim I am so glad to hear I have helped you, even if it is in a small way. Try and keep that mind and will strong. It is hard and some days you won’t be able to and that’s ok.
Stay in touch!
Your blog is very inspiring and I’m glad I found it. I was recently diagnosed colon cancer stage IV. It’s probably the hardest news to hear but It’s nice to hear that someone is going through the same! Your positivity just gives me so much hope!
I’m glad that I can be a help even in the smallest way ❤️ Stay strong and keep in touch! Where abouts are you from, and how old are you if you don’t mind me asking?
You’re so wonderful. Hope your health is getting better and your mood is positive in spite of this. What’s the cause of this, is it genetically inherited?
Oh thank you! My doctors assume that is the case since both parents on my mom’s side had it.
Re: anxiety. Talk to your physician about Lexapro. It is an anti-depressant but has a strong anti-anxyolytic component and is safe for long term use, however if you take it for a while and then want to stop, wean yourself down so your body can adjust. Please be kind, gentle and forgiving of yourself! Your doctor should have had a discussion with you about how to use ativan. Benzodiazepams are very useful for occasional use and helpful for breakthrough anxiety if used with Lexapro. You are a very articulate and intelligent woman. May the force be with you!!
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