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I am 35 with Liver Cancer for NO REASON!

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  • Posted By: Darlab
  • December 17, 2008
  • 06:25 AM

Hello,
I am 35 and have stage 4 Liver Cancer for no reason. I am frustrated to say the least. In March of 2008 I went to the Doctor because I thought I was having a long case of the stomach flu. The first Doctor gave me heart burn medication and sent me home. So after a week or so of my stomach symptoms getting worse I went to the ER and demanded a Ultrasound. THey came back and told me I had a huge mass in my Liver and I don't think I really heard (Mentally) them for a few days. I was numb. Newly married, ready to start a family this year, successfull salesperson, and now a mass in my Liver. I didn't find out it was Cancer for a few days and the diagnosis was devastating.
I have since had two Chemo Embolizations and one round of a new Radiation treatment called Therashpere. My one tumor I had in my Liver was shrinking from 11x13cmm to 5x4cmm and I was starting to see a light at the end of my ugly tunnel. Then came the next blow. Not only did I know have two more tumors in my Liver but I also had over 18 new tumors in my lungs! I almost fainted. I look healthy, ride my horse still do everything I used to just a little tired. So they put me on a new chemo pill called Nexavar and my first scan is Jan 2 2009 to see if it is working. The plan is to get the tumors out of my Lungs to hopefully have a full Liver Transplant, but with the tumors in my Lungs I am not eligible at this time. So I pray a lot and hope for the best.
Can anyone tell me how your spouses are doing with handleing someone with major medical problems? My husband is still in great denial because I still look fine. Help! Any suggestions to get thru something like this and still believe there is hope and one day they'll find a cure? Does anyone think it's disturbing that in 2010 Cancer will be the number 1 killer in the WORLD!
Thanks for letting me vent!
Darla

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  • We have hereditary breast and ovarian cancer in our family. Every woman in my family except me has had cancer. Almost all of us have had preventive surgery to reduce the risk. We have all been through ***l. The strangest thing is that so far no member of my family has died of cancer. The odds for this were considered zero. But I would like to tell you about my aunt. She got ovarian cancer which is considered one of the worst cancers you can have. When she finally went to the doctor, she had so much liquid in her abdomen, she had difficulties moving in a normal way. There were metastases on the other ovary, liver and peritoneum. She had surgery and chemo (and maybe radiation, I don’t remember). This was ten years ago. She is still in her garden taking care of the flowers. So you see, everything is possible. So please don’t give up. Try to concentrate on positive things and keep fighting. Good luck! Everything is possible! :)
    Felsen 510 Replies
    • December 18, 2008
    • 01:33 AM
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  • We have hereditary breast and ovarian cancer in our family. Every woman in my family except me has had cancer. Almost all of us have had preventive surgery to reduce the risk. We have all been through ***l. The strangest thing is that so far no member of my family has died of cancer. The odds for this were considered zero. But I would like to tell you about my aunt. She got ovarian cancer which is considered one of the worst cancers you can have. When she finally went to the doctor, she had so much liquid in her abdomen, she had difficulties moving in a normal way. There were metastases on the other ovary, liver and peritoneum. She had surgery and chemo (and maybe radiation, I don’t remember). This was ten years ago. She is still in her garden taking care of the flowers. So you see, everything is possible. So please don’t give up. Try to concentrate on positive things and keep fighting. Good luck! Everything is possible! :) I've worked four years in Hospice (end life) hospitals and your story is so fantastic as I see death every day! :( Bloody wonderful to see your family kicking the big C's **s because WE HATE it and see it all the time even in the young (well under 30's) Thanks for sharing, Take care, Pete :)
    Luciddreamer1966 8 Replies
    • January 17, 2009
    • 00:55 PM
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