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Re: [MOL] new kid on the block



Welcome to our family Loren, it's great to have you.  Your friend, Lillian

Michael F Schipani wrote:

> Paula, I can understand your situation. Everything seems to happen so fast
> and yet life still goes on.  My mother was diagnosed with colo-rectal
> cancer in January 1997 which also affected her liver.  Following three
> surgeries, 5fu and radiation, she is now receiving CPT-11.  The main
> problem now is she cannot have any more radiation.  I, too, am an only
> child and have two small daughters.  My mom had all the textbook side
> effects with 5fu, but seems to handle CPT-11 better although only three
> weeks into her treatment.   Best of luck to you, especially in working with
> her doctors.
>
> Loren
>
> ----------
> > From: PSerritell@aol.com
> > To: mol-cancer@lists.meds.com
> > Subject: [MOL] new kid on the block
> > Date: Wednesday, August 19, 1998 9:23 AM
> >
> > Hi everyone.  I'm Paula-NY. My mom-FLA has colon cancer.  Diagnosed last
> > summer- operated on Jan 98. Tumor was supposed to be small but when they
> > operated - tumor was massive.  Not removed it was too engrossed.  Surgeon
> > rerouted the intestions-to give her time.  She told the surgeon before
> the
> > operation "just give me time to spend with my beautiful grandson".  When
> he
> > told us he actually cried. She was given 2-6months the most (she had no
> clue
> > of this).  Took radiation for about 2 months.  Now taking chemo-5FU.  Her
> CEA
> > count was around 200 now at 5.  Since I live so far from this beautiful
> lady
> > all I do is spend time on the phone with the doctors.  I have gotten
> nowhere
> > with them.  I spent December - April in FLA.  Primary doc said "Just put
> her
> > in hospice it will be just a few months".  With this I took the bull by
> the
> > horns and searched for the only thing I knew might help Chinese Herbalist
> and
> > Accupuncture.  This wonderful chinese doctor said my mom was going to
> make it
> > with the help of herbs and good eating.  He believed she was strong like
> a
> > bull.  He was concerned about the diagnosis.  Why did they first see a
> tiny
> > polyp and now a mass?  Did it grow fast?  Well I put these questions to
> her
> > primary and no answer.  Anyway, the herbs seemed to work.  She had energy
> and
> > her appetite returned.  But the chemo started and she got sick - horribly
> > sick.  Now her problem is gall-bladder.  She seems to have a blocked
> duct.
> > The docs do not know anything else.  The oncologist said mom is doing
> okay?
> > but will need chemo the rest of her life.   I probably will go down there
> when
> > I get further news on the gall-bladder situation.   Please please if
> anyone
> > out there can give me insight on this chemo 5FU or anything else my heart
> > thanks you.  For it is my heart that aches for my only mom. I'm an only
> child
> > and this women is my whole world and her grandson needs her very much.  I
> > can't take this cancer I need to do something more for her.Thank you all
> so
> > very much for letting me vent.  I keep asking god to give it to me not
> her she
> > is such a faithful woman.  I'm the one who never prayed.  Now I pray pray
> and
> > pray. I even taught myself the rosary. thank you and may God Bless you.
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