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Sorry I haven’t posted any updates. I’ve completed 12 cycles of chemo. The scans I’ve had so far show no shrinkage in the tumors, but no growth either. So, I guess it’s keeping the cancer somewhat at bay. The past three weeks I’ve had horrific lower back pain, especially when I first get up in the morning. It started the morning after my last colonoscopy, so we think they strained or tore something while I was asleep. The other possibility is that the cancer has spread to my back which would not be good. I’ve got an MRI this coming Monday and a CT scan and bone scan the next day, so I should know something next week. My oncologist thinks it’s just a back issue and not the cancer. I hope she’s right. Cancer in the spine is not good news.

As far as the chemo, I’ve tolerated it very well. I get three drugs at the clinic every other Tuesday and wear a pump home for the next two days for a 4th drug. So, three days of chemo every other week. Chemo is really hard on the body. All that could change depending on next week’s scans. I’ve never gotten sick from the chemo, but I do get a little nauseated sometimes. The anti-nausea pills take care of it. I generally feel the worst the two to three days after chemo. That’s when the anti-nausea drugs and the steroids they pump through me wears off. I’m generally really tired and feel like I have a low grade flu. Overall I can’t complain. I’ll post another update after next week’s results. Thanks again for the thoughts and prayers.
 
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Sorry I haven’t posted any updates. I’ve completed 12 cycles of chemo. The scans I’ve had so far show no shrinkage in the tumors, but no growth either. So, I guess it’s keeping the cancer somewhat at bay. The past three weeks I’ve had horrific lower back pain, especially when I first get up in the morning. It started the morning after my last colonoscopy, so we think they strained or tore something while I was asleep. The other possibility is that the cancer has spread to my back which would not be good. I’ve got an MRI this coming Monday and a CT scan and bone scan the next day, so I should know something next week. My oncologist thinks it’s just a back issue and not the cancer. I hope she’s right. Cancer in the spine is not good news.

As far as the chemo, I’ve tolerated it very well. I get three drugs at the clinic every other Tuesday and wear a pump home for the next two days. So, three days of chemo every other week. All that could change depending on next week’s scans. I’ve never gotten sick from the chemo, but I do get a little nauseated sometimes. The anti-nausea pills take care of it. I generally feel the worst the two to three days after chemo. That’s when the anti-nausea drugs and the steroids they pump through me wears off. I’m generally really tired and feel like I have a low grade flu. Overall I can’t complain. I’ll post another update after next week’s results. Thanks again for the thoughts and prayers.
Keep up the fight Bourbon! May God bless you and Keep you.
 

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Sorry I haven’t posted any updates. I’ve completed 12 cycles of chemo. The scans I’ve had so far show no shrinkage in the tumors, but no growth either. So, I guess it’s keeping the cancer somewhat at bay. The past three weeks I’ve had horrific lower back pain, especially when I first get up in the morning. It started the morning after my last colonoscopy, so we think they strained or tore something while I was asleep. The other possibility is that the cancer has spread to my back which would not be good. I’ve got an MRI this coming Monday and a CT scan and bone scan the next day, so I should know something next week. My oncologist thinks it’s just a back issue and not the cancer. I hope she’s right. Cancer in the spine is not good news.

As far as the chemo, I’ve tolerated it very well. I get three drugs at the clinic every other Tuesday and wear a pump home for the next two days for a 4th drug. So, three days of chemo every other week. Chemo is really hard on the body. All that could change depending on next week’s scans. I’ve never gotten sick from the chemo, but I do get a little nauseated sometimes. The anti-nausea pills take care of it. I generally feel the worst the two to three days after chemo. That’s when the anti-nausea drugs and the steroids they pump through me wears off. I’m generally really tired and feel like I have a low grade flu. Overall I can’t complain. I’ll post another update after next week’s results. Thanks again for the thoughts and prayers.

Doesn't sound like an easy road, but I hope your spirits are up and you keep fighting.
 

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Sorry I haven’t posted any updates. I’ve completed 12 cycles of chemo. The scans I’ve had so far show no shrinkage in the tumors, but no growth either. So, I guess it’s keeping the cancer somewhat at bay. The past three weeks I’ve had horrific lower back pain, especially when I first get up in the morning. It started the morning after my last colonoscopy, so we think they strained or tore something while I was asleep. The other possibility is that the cancer has spread to my back which would not be good. I’ve got an MRI this coming Monday and a CT scan and bone scan the next day, so I should know something next week. My oncologist thinks it’s just a back issue and not the cancer. I hope she’s right. Cancer in the spine is not good news.

As far as the chemo, I’ve tolerated it very well. I get three drugs at the clinic every other Tuesday and wear a pump home for the next two days for a 4th drug. So, three days of chemo every other week. Chemo is really hard on the body. All that could change depending on next week’s scans. I’ve never gotten sick from the chemo, but I do get a little nauseated sometimes. The anti-nausea pills take care of it. I generally feel the worst the two to three days after chemo. That’s when the anti-nausea drugs and the steroids they pump through me wears off. I’m generally really tired and feel like I have a low grade flu. Overall I can’t complain. I’ll post another update after next week’s results. Thanks again for the thoughts and prayers.
Really appreciate the update.
Sounds like Colon Cancer ?
Is it operable ?
Praying for you.
Hope you know the Prince of Peace.
He is there for you.
 

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Really appreciate the update.
Sounds like Colon Cancer ?
Is it operable ?
Praying for you.
Hope you know the Prince of Peace.
He is there for you.

Here is where it gets strange. They’ve told me since last October that the origin was colon cancer. The biopsies taken from my liver showed that. But, I’ve had two colonoscopies (one three weeks ago today) and both showed zero signs of cancer. Not even any scar tissue. My oncologist still says it’s colon cancer, but she a bit stumped. The doc that has done both colonoscopies said the cancer might have started on the outside of my colon rather on the inside, which is fairly rare. However, he also said that should’ve showed up on the CT scans and pet scan I’ve had and they’ve haven’t. So, it’s a bit of a mystery right now.

My oncologist said surgery isn’t an option since the cancer is in several areas. I have no idea if that could change but it doesn’t seem likely. And yes, I am definitely a Christian. Thanks for the prayers. It is much appreciated. I’m not scared and I’m not angry. It is what it is. You play the hand you’re dealt. I’m just glad it’s me and not my wife, daughter, or grandchildren. I’m thankful for that.
 

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Here is where it gets strange. They’ve told me since last October that the origin was colon cancer. The biopsies taken from my liver showed that. But, I’ve had two colonoscopies (one three weeks ago today) and both showed zero signs of cancer. Not even any scar tissue. My oncologist still says it’s colon cancer, but she a bit stumped. The doc that has done both colonoscopies said the cancer might have started on the outside of my colon rather on the inside, which is fairly rare. However, he also said that should’ve showed up on the CT scans and pet scan I’ve had and they’ve haven’t. So, it’s a bit of a mystery right now.

My oncologist said surgery isn’t an option since the cancer is in several areas. I have no idea if that could change but it doesn’t seem likely. And yes, I am definitely a Christian. Thanks for the prayers. It is much appreciated. I’m not scared and I’m not angry. It is what it is. You play the hand you’re dealt. I’m just glad it’s me and not my wife, daughter, or grandchildren. I’m thankful for that.
So thankful you are a follower of Christ !
Knowing your life is in His hands can give peace.
I know the struggle you deal with is real, painful and scary.
Life on Earth is so short compared to eternity.
Hang in there, I know their are many here holding you up in prayer.
May God's blessing's and peace rest on you and your family.
Your brother in Christ, John
 

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My oncologist said surgery isn’t an option since the cancer is in several areas. I have no idea if that could change but it doesn’t seem likely. And yes, I am definitely a Christian. Thanks for the prayers. It is much appreciated. I’m not scared and I’m not angry. It is what it is. You play the hand you’re dealt. I’m just glad it’s me and not my wife, daughter, or grandchildren. I’m thankful for that.
That makes a world of difference right from the get go.

This lady is going to have her church pray for our dear Christian brother. Only God knows his plans for us. Being it's "a mystery now" is a good thing. I've witnessed stage 3 & 4 cancer patients make full recoveries. ♡
So thankful you are a follower of Christ !
Knowing your life is in His hands can give peace.
I know the struggle you deal with is real, painful and scary.
Life on Earth is so short compared to eternity.
Hang in there, I know their are many here holding you up in prayer.
May God's blessing's and peace rest on you and your family.
Your brother in Christ, John
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Well, the scans show the pain in my back has been caused by a tumor on my spine (obviously not what I wanted to hear). Additionally, the tumors in my abdominal lining have gotten larger, so the chemo hasn’t been as effective as had been hoped. My oncologist is going to add another drug to my chemo regiment. She will also probably use radiation on the spinal tumor. If that doesn’t produce favorable results they’ll explore clinical trial possibilities, which is the last resort. Oh well, I’ll just keep on keeping on.
 

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Well, the scans show the pain in my back has been caused by a tumor on my spine (obviously not what I wanted to hear). Additionally, the tumors in my abdominal lining have gotten larger, so the chemo hasn’t been as effective as had been hoped. My oncologist is going to add another drug to my chemo regiment. She will also probably use radiation on the spinal tumor. If that doesn’t produce favorable results they’ll explore clinical trial possibilities, which is the last resort. Oh well, I’ll just keep on keeping on.
Prayers for you Bourbon. Keep holding on as long as you can. Once all of our time is done, we will meet you in Heaven. God bless you.
 

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Well, the scans show the pain in my back has been caused by a tumor on my spine (obviously not what I wanted to hear). Additionally, the tumors in my abdominal lining have gotten larger, so the chemo hasn’t been as effective as had been hoped. My oncologist is going to add another drug to my chemo regiment. She will also probably use radiation on the spinal tumor. If that doesn’t produce favorable results they’ll explore clinical trial possibilities, which is the last resort. Oh well, I’ll just keep on keeping on.

Hang in there, friend... prayer for a swift and complete recovery.
 

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Well, the scans show the pain in my back has been caused by a tumor on my spine (obviously not what I wanted to hear). Additionally, the tumors in my abdominal lining have gotten larger, so the chemo hasn’t been as effective as had been hoped. My oncologist is going to add another drug to my chemo regiment. She will also probably use radiation on the spinal tumor. If that doesn’t produce favorable results they’ll explore clinical trial possibilities, which is the last resort. Oh well, I’ll just keep on keeping on.
Oh dude, that sucks! I hope the next doctor's visit brings much better news!!
 

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Well, the scans show the pain in my back has been caused by a tumor on my spine (obviously not what I wanted to hear). Additionally, the tumors in my abdominal lining have gotten larger, so the chemo hasn’t been as effective as had been hoped. My oncologist is going to add another drug to my chemo regiment. She will also probably use radiation on the spinal tumor. If that doesn’t produce favorable results they’ll explore clinical trial possibilities, which is the last resort. Oh well, I’ll just keep on keeping on.

Keep fighting and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
 

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Well, the scans show the pain in my back has been caused by a tumor on my spine (obviously not what I wanted to hear). Additionally, the tumors in my abdominal lining have gotten larger, so the chemo hasn’t been as effective as had been hoped. My oncologist is going to add another drug to my chemo regiment. She will also probably use radiation on the spinal tumor. If that doesn’t produce favorable results they’ll explore clinical trial possibilities, which is the last resort. Oh well, I’ll just keep on keeping on.
I am sorry to hear that but know you are not alone in your fight and others that are fighting the same fight you are fighting keep you in their thoughts.
 

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Well, the scans show the pain in my back has been caused by a tumor on my spine (obviously not what I wanted to hear). Additionally, the tumors in my abdominal lining have gotten larger, so the chemo hasn’t been as effective as had been hoped. My oncologist is going to add another drug to my chemo regiment. She will also probably use radiation on the spinal tumor. If that doesn’t produce favorable results they’ll explore clinical trial possibilities, which is the last resort. Oh well, I’ll just keep on keeping on.
Praying hard for ya BB - hang in there.
 

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Well, the scans show the pain in my back has been caused by a tumor on my spine (obviously not what I wanted to hear). Additionally, the tumors in my abdominal lining have gotten larger, so the chemo hasn’t been as effective as had been hoped. My oncologist is going to add another drug to my chemo regiment. She will also probably use radiation on the spinal tumor. If that doesn’t produce favorable results they’ll explore clinical trial possibilities, which is the last resort. Oh well, I’ll just keep on keeping on.
I’m so sorry for this difficult season of your life. So many of your fellow fans are praying for you and sending peace and comfort your way. I admire your courage and openness to fight. We’re all with you BB.
 

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The tumor on my spine caused a compression fracture of my T12 vertebrae. I also have 3 bulging disks. Since I’ve never had any previous back issues, I can only assume they’re a result of the tumor. They’re probably going to radiate the spinal tumor. Thankfully the back,pain has gotten much better. How long that will last is unknown.
 
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