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Oct. 10-13, 2013

My first time attending the National Colon Cancer Alliance Conference! Wonderful to be surrounded by such strength and positivity
from other survivors, all from different parts of the country! Fantastic to finally meet some of my online friends face-to-face!

10/12/13 - Blue Carpet Event with KarenB.

10/11/13 - Good Morning, Miami! First day of conference.

10/11/13 - Session break with some new friends and one of my online friends, Alma (blue), whom I met for the first time in person today!

10/10/13 - Pre-Registration Day. Shared our stories on camera.

10/11/13 - Night cap with new friends.

10/12/13 - Sapphire Awards Luncheon.


Nov. 10, 2013
I'm happy to report that I just completed my first 3-mile run (not walk/run intervals, but a steady, albeit slow run) today since 2010 without tripping or falling! That was about the time I had my first major fall during a run. My left foot started failing to flex upward from toe-off in time to land on the bottom of my foot insteading of falling flat on my hands, knees...or face. Many times throughout the day, my left foot will either hit the back or inside of my right ankle, or the tip of my toes will scrape on the ground, or it'll just hesitate mid-air/mid-step, and I'll either trip or fall. I've talked to my oncologist about this problem, as well as a neurologist, sports medicine orthopedist, physical therapists and a podiatrist--none of whom could definitively pinpoint the cause of my foot problem. I contribute it to the numbness in my periphals--toes, feet and fingers--from what I believe is permanent chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy. In layman's terms, it's nerve damage caused by past chemo treatments.

It's aggravating that my foot has a mind of its own, especially when I want to go for a run. No sooner that I'd try to run, I would trip and fall within the first minute. It happened over and over again for the past two years. I gave in and learned to be satisfied with a simple walk or walk/run intervals. This year was different. I decided I really wanted to start running again, even if it was for a mile, maybe 2 miles straight. That was my goal. So I experimented with different running gaits. But today, my foot cooperated with my brain--I focused very hard on rolling, lifting and flexing my foot every step of the way. And it paid off! I thoroughly enjoyed my outdoor run at the park on this gorgeous, sunny, 74-degrees November afternoon. It's the "little things" in life that bring me joy and a smile to my face!

Good thing I'm having a great day today. Cuz tonight, I'll be busy fasting and prepping (bowel cleanse) for tomorrow's blood work, CT scan and mammo. No colonoscopy this time around unless they see something suspicious the other procedures. .I'll meet with my oncologist the following day to go over the results. I always get anxious before my annual post-chemo checkups. A few days prior to my appointments, I tend to come across online posts announcing the death of a cancer friend or someone else finding out (s)he just got another cancer diagnosis and will have to undergo radiation or chemo for a second or third time.

Friends often ask how I deal with my fears. I'm not scared to die anymore, at least not since I was first diagnosed with Stage 3(c) colon cancer. But the thought of having to undergo surgery and chemo all over again brings a bad taste in my mouth. What hurts me the most is the thought of my family and friends worrying about me.


Nov. 12, 2013
I met with my oncologist today to get results from yesterday's blood work, mammography and MRI. Both scans revealed nothing suspicious, but the blood work showed my CEA levels (tumor markers) doubled from 2.5 to 5. This is the highest my CEA levels have been, and the trend is increasing. *The normal range is < 2.5. CEA testing is used to monitor colon cancer. And not all cancers produce CEA. An increase in CEA doesn't necessarily mean there are cancerous or benign tumors present. *Other conditions that can cause the CEA levels to increase include infections, inflammatory bowl disease, smoking, pancreatitis and cirrhosis of the liver. Because a pre-cancerous tumor in my colon was found and removed last year, we are playing it safe and retesting on Jan. 14, 2014.

Am I worried about all of this? Well, I'm concerned that my CEA levels are on the rise, but I don't plan to let this bother me until I have a real reason to do so. Remember, part of living is dying. The question is, how much of life are you choosing to live each and every day? Positive thoughts!

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Dec. 24, 2013
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