Road To Recovery

In Aug '11 I was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer. At that time I was given a 28% 5yr survival rate...which later dropped down to 18%. I was told to prepare for the worst. I had to deal with the nightmare of preparing a will & the guardianship of my only child. Having to explain to her that her mommy may not be around much longer. Having to worry about her mental & emotional state and also her future without me. The countless nights I laid awake in bed scared for her & her well being.

I had 2 surgeries & chemo....but didn't have much luck with it. I was growing very sick and felt as if there was no hope for me. I was offered a spot in a clinical trial in SF. To my surprise I started improving. My tests were coming back with significant changes & I started feeling better. It was the miracle I was praying for.

Here I am 18 months later...gaining my strength back....happy to be alive. I worry at times that it will come back when I'm not paying I've become a bit obsessed with watching my health & looking for signs. I guess in a way it's a good thing.

Cancer is such a horrible disease. Can strike anyone at any age without warning. But even if you're given a poor prognosis you must keep faith & pray that you will recover. Miracles do happen.
hadyourchance hadyourchance
36-40, F
15 Responses Jan 30, 2013

how you going now must be pretty good i was told the same chemo worked 2 and bit years tumour markers yesterday 6.0

O.K. That's it... now you get a private message... Dan

<p>Congratulations on your incredible, beautiful spirit!</p>

Sounds horrible. I can't imagine how you felt. Well, I am glad you survived. What where your first symptoms?

Jaundice, weight loss, stomach pain, swelling & loss of appetite. I had found out I had 11 polyps on my gallbladder 10yrs prior. Doctor didnt seem concerned or worried about it. They never bothered checking up on it over the years. Glad I don't have them as a physician anymore.


Wow. That is a miracle. The other miracle is you actually getting enrolled in the SF program which essentially nurses you back to health. Incredible. Those programs, even though I sometimes disagree with their "fraternity" mindset in who they actually determine is "worthy", can literally be life savers. Since it was all trials, were you out of pocket anything?

I lost my best friend to cancer about 3 years ago. A beautiful 27 year old woman who I would've taken several bullets for.

I can only imagine the horror of coming home every night and having no one to discuss this with (other than your daughter who I assume is rather young). You've proven your strength in this ordeal and that is to be commended. Keep strong!

I am happy to read that you are improving. Sounds like you received the miracle you were hoping for.

great story - thanks for sharing

Happy for your recovery ..... we each get "hints" some people's stronger and more life threatening than others.... but they all remind us to "live in the moment" and to "live each day as it may be our last" .... something we are not taught or incentivized to do as it would disrupt our service to the cultural machine.....

Miracles happen

My prayers with you, you are strong girl and you will fully recovered.

Do glad you are doing much better!

Some people very close to me had do fight against the same enemy. My mom is still here and now, after 2 years, they say she's healed. Seing her weak was one the worst thing in my life, but now she's ok. Never give up. I'm close to you <3

My prayers are with you

Thank you Tammy

Very touching. I would love to know more.