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I Am In Shock.

Just had a PET scan done this morning and already got the news...I am NED! The scan was done from my brain to my knees and everything looked normal. I have been in this battle for almost 2 1/2 years, and I have never had a clean PET, but after five surgeries I seem to have made it, at least for the time being. I'm just a mess of feelings right at the moment....great happiness for reaching this point in my own journey, but also so much sorrow for all who battled just as hard but didn't make it (including my own sister and of course, so many here at BFAC). I honestly never thought I would experience this. My cancer is so unusual, there was so much spread, and then my near-death experience in the fall of 2010...all of these things combined to make me feel pretty pessimistic about my chances. I didn't even want to feel hope, for fear of having it crushed. But as I said in an earlier post, hope is the "thing with feathers", and it looks like that bird is determined to fly. Things may change again in the future, but for the moment, I'm soaring!
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What absolutely wonderful news! Ann, I am so very happy for you:) Now get out there and celebrate some life!
I'm pretty sure the trip to Disney is what fixed it. You can't go to Disney and come away with out a little Magic! I'm so happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Wunnerful, wunnerful, Ann! It just doesn't get much better than NED. May NED be your long-time companion. Such a lovely reflection on you that in your time of joy you can think of those who knew sorrow. You are the best. No, make that Best, with a capital B. B
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Soar on little bird...soar high and free!! Congrats Ann! Such fantastic news!!
YAY!! I'm SO Happy for you! I hope that NED sticks around for years and years to come!
Best news I've heard in weeks. Stay strong. Stay happy.
Great news Ann! I got my NED last Weds. It did not hit me to the following morning I have been fighting 3 years to here those words. It fells good not having that black cloud over us for a change doesn't it. I know things may change again in the future. Be proud you are winning the battle right now. Keep soaring you deserve it. After I post this I am going to get up and do the NED dance once again this one is going to be for you. Lets keep hoping and praying that all of us on BFAC get to hear those words one day. So happy for you. Bill
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I couldn't be happier for you Ann!!!!
Fly, fly, fly, Ann! What wonderful news! Since having cancer, I tend to associate the word "shock" with bad news--thanks for reminding me that it can also mean good news! This is so awesome! I think you need to go to the Herbfarm for a celebration (or Ray's would do too!). Here's wishing you many more such happy reports! Love and Hugs-- Martha
Just wanted to tell you again how happy I am for you. You make very good karma and now you are rewarded. You know what I mean. :) Happy Dance! xoxo
Dear Ann, I'm like Martha. When I saw your title had the word "Shock", I thought, "Oh crap!" I'm feeling beyond glad for you. Hope your husband isn't the jealous type, cause you deserve to hang around with that NED guy every day. xoxo, Nicole
Somehow I knew a title like that would be good news coming from you, Ann. Hope flies! Up, up, and away! My heart soars with you. This news is just incredible. Wow! It works! It really works!
Incredible news. So happy for you :)
Oh, big congratulatory hugs, Ann!! I haven't been on here in forever since I've been so crazy busy, but saw the email alert with that subject and had to check it out...thankfully it was good news!! I'm so happy for you. We've had a trying few months, among others things, Daddy continued to decline after lung cancer diagnosis and we lost him on February 17th...still doesn't seem real... Anyhow, I'm thrilled for you, that's awesome news!! xx L
 I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. I lost mine a few years ago, and even though he had lived a long life, it was still very sad. We only get one dad and it's hard to let them go. Hugs to you.
Always good news to hear about new NED's! Now it is time to change yout profile to say cancer survivor. While we will always be fighters, we can be survivors as well. TJ OD@aT
 It's funny...I thought about that but I'm so superstitious that I can't bring myself to do it just yet!
So happy for you!!!
Such awesome news and if anyone deserves to fly--it is you as you are always so busy supporting others. NED sure is one special dude. Congrats!
Doing the happy dance with you. It is such an amazing thing to hear and absorb. It will hit you again and again and again as you continue to take the next steps in this journey. This is the first day of colon cancer awareness month, way to bring it in girl!!!! Congrats for your blessing!
Your March started great too! Thanks for posting the positive attitude, and I know you are foing to beat cancer's ass!
Dearest ann, Iamso happy for you!! You give so much of yourself everyday to everyone here!!i am just thrilled and thank god that you are well ..we all have only this moment so it is such a gift to know that you are holding your own!! Blessings and love your way!! Lori
Hi Ann, This is the best news Ive heard in a long time. It WILL stay this way! P
If I could, I'd do back flips!!!!! So happy for you and your family :)
Oh wow! I am so extremely, incredibly happy for you that I feel like I am going to cry! That is fantastic! Congratulations!! This calls for champagne!
That is so great Ann. Keep on soaring! You give us all so much support. I am thrilled to read your great news.
Wonderful news Ann I am so happy for You! hugs Sabina:)
Very very happy for you. It's an amazing feeling and one that will take awhile to sink in. Awesome news.
That is wonderful news and I am so happy for you!! Go out and do something special! yay Happy Dance!!
Great News!!! And Spring is almost here...get out and PLAY!!!
Soar away with a big smile on the wonderful news my friend.
So very happy for you. Enjoy yourself.
Yea!!!!!!Ann..that is just great! I am so happy for you! HAPPY!!! You better be out there celebrating! I just can't believe this...when you said "shock"..I just couldn't read it for a couple of days, and it was good news. All my Love Barb
 Sweetheart, I wish so much that we could all reach this point in the journey. If I could, I'd gather all of us up in my "wings" and fly us away into an easier life. Hugs-Ann
Remember, everything happens for a reason. This is amazing news for you, and you have every right to be happy about it! I enjoy reading great posts, gives me so much hope. :)
Disney World. That trip did it! Well . . . that and God . . and your great humor Ann. I am SOOOOOO happy for you!!!
Congratulations Ann! Very happy for you. Always good to hear NED. :)
Ann I'm just getting around to replying to the BFAC posts over the last two weeks. It took me about a minute to scroll down to find how many friends you have here. Now that's shock and a good kind. Just like your results of the Pet scan. Those machines always scare me every time I go into one. I never know if I'm lucky to be so well screened or crazy for letting all that chemical into my body. I think though we need to always be vigilent about our scans and take the good with the bad, This is your time to soar like a well feathered bird and sing to those up there that you made it .... They would be happy for you as we all are here on earth. thanks for giving us good news.
That's great Ann!!! Congratulations!
Hi Ann, I'm so happy for you!!! Yay. Mine came back clean to 2/15/12. The only thing is I've been sick, but anyway I'm happy for you. Luv Ty
That's awesome that you got a clean scan! Congratulations! I know it's harder to celebrate, though, when you don't feel good. Are you still doing treatment?
 No I finished treatment 2/1/12...... And I've still been sick. I have a doctors appointment 3/28/12. And my appetite decreased...... So yeah it's hard to celebrate, but still happy.
 I hope you start to feel better soon! Treatment is so hard on our bodies, it definitely can take time to heal. But if you don't start to feel better by the 28th, you might ask about a PET (if you haven't already had one), just to confirm things are ok. If you've read my older posts, you'll see why I'm not a big fan of docs relying solely on CTs, esp when it comes to CRC.
 Okay.... I never had a PET, one of my oncologist is doing another scan in a few month months I will ask about PET. Your right treatment is definitely hard on the body and being that I'm so tiny doesn't make it any better. I'm getting ready to start back up taking megas so my appetite can pick up.
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Vital Info


June 2, 2011

Seattle, Washington

May 25, 1966

Cancer Fighter

Cancer Info

Colon and Rectal Cancer

Carcinosarcoma of the colon

September 30, 2009


Taxol (Paclitaxel)

The pain I've inflicted on my family

Never to take a single minute of my life for granted, to appreciate every moment I spend with those I love

Eating lots of cancer-fighting veggies!

Yes-found throughout the colon and in lymph nodes

Low-grade fever, anemia, side pain, fatigue



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