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Eli (eli)


October 14, 2009


yahoo:elihern7356


Lemoore, California


June 15, 2011


Cancer Survivor

Cancer Info


Adenocarcinoma


August 20, 2009


No


The not knowing of what was going to happen next.


Don't sweat the little things, live your life to the fullest.


Treat me as you always have, I'm still me with or without cancer.

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Eli's Cancer Blog

Hey ya'll

Hello family! I hope that everyone is doing well and keeping up the fight. It has been a very very long time since I last posted on here. I am still in the fight, still doing chemo and just taking life one day at a time. I won't get into to much detail, but since I was last on here, I have done radiation and a few different chemos. So far it seems the one I am currently on is working. I am currently on Xeloda and Avastin, I get a week off from them, so that is nice. I have lost a lot of weight, got down to 115, but managed to move back up to 126, hoping to keep it there or add to it. I don't have the strength or endurance to do alot of things, but I try. We have a new dog, her name is Sadie, she is a yellow lab, just turned seven months old, she is about 50 pounds and one big puppy....lol. She keeps us on our toes, especially me, I have to keep her busy during the day with fetch and ball play so by bed time she is tired out and will sleep like a baby. I will post a few pictures so ya'll can see her. I have missed being on here, but I guess I was just trying to get away from cancer or anything that has to do with it. I even change the tv channel when something with cancer pops up. I pray for everyone on here, for Jill for putting this site together and for those that have fought and left us. There are some people that I met on here that are no longer with us, I miss them so very much, it is still a shock to know that they are gone, makes me sad. Please keep on fighting, don't give up, keeping ya'll in my prayers,

 

Eli 

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Oh, Eli, so good to hear from you! Gosh, you've been in my prayers and I'd been hoping you were OK. Seeing your post has made my day!

I hope the new chemo cocktail does its job. Congratulations on the new pup!

Hugs to you!

Mari
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Hello Eli! Good to hear from you and good to know that you onto a winning chemo. Lovely to hear the news about the new pup too - just what the doctor ordered :) Sending much love - you have been in thoughts. xx
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It's nice to hear from you again, albeit with continued chemo. Hope this works and keep active like you are.
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Eli, just gotta send you a huge hello and hug! So good to hear from you.
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Thank You Eli for posting, we all miss you so much and you are an ongoing inspiration to us all! I hope the new chemo works and doesn't make you as sick as some. I still can't do donuts but think of you every time I am at Tim Hortons getting an ice cap! Keep up the fight dear friend, and I think you have great strength and amazing endurance! Sunshine and Smiles Val
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Hope this chemo works well for you. I was on Xeloda for my presurgical chemo and did great on it. Not really liking the chemo I am on now. Hope your weight continues to increase along with your strength very soon.
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Hi Eli!

OMG! I am so glad to see your post, my friend! I'm sorry that you've had a rough go of it and about the weight loss. I think you need a few donuts! All kidding aside, I'm sorry that you are having to go through this, but happy to hear that the Xeloda and Avastin are working. I pray that it will continue to do so and that you will finally kick this to the curb.

The new puppy sounds like a handful, but I'm sure you are enjoying giving her all of that attention! She is one lucky dog to have found you!

We miss you here, but I can certainly understand how easy it is to get cancer overload. Someday, we just need to get away from it for awhile. But please know that we are always here for you whenever you need us! Take good care and thanks for keeping us in your prayers. Consider the gesture returned in full. Love you, Eli!

Martha
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So good to hear from you Eli!! I have thought about you often.
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Eli, its great to get an update from you. I think of you often and hope you're doing well. Your new dog sounds so cute. Labs are so goofy! I am sure she is a complete handful. Thinking about you! Ruth
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Thanks for updating everyone, Eli, and glad you're getting a treatment break. Have fun with your puppy. Take care, and have a donut or two.
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So glad to hear from you...a puppy--that is probably more work than a baby! Good for you. Just to let you know that I think of you often...sending you lots of love always XO
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Stanford trip

Good day everybody, I hope that everyone is doing well today. Well I made another trip to Stanford Medical yesterday, it was a nice drive, especially when we got into Gilroy, the garlic capital of the world......it smelled great out there....lol

So I met with Dr F and got the results of my CT scan from last week. I did not receive the news I was hoping for, the cancer is still there, it has not shrunk, but on a good not, it has not grown since my last scan, it's just there. Hopefully it just stays as is or shrinks.

The side effects from this round of chemo have been rough on me, so we are going to modify my current treatment, do away with the 5FU and just stick to the Avastin and Irinotecan. Dr F spoke to me about another possible treatment with a pill, I can't recall the name of the drug though, so we may look at that depending on what happens at the end of this treatment and what the cancer does or does not do.

So all in all it was not a day for good news, but not a day for bad news either, we shall see what the future holds. I will keep ya'll posted as things move along. 

Keep fighting and be well,

 

Eli

texasjeff, ready2recover threw a punch at your cancer.
larissa sent you a prayer.
4 people sent you a hug.
probably zeloda/capecitabine. Pill form much more costly than the 5FU (with the pump for 5FU)
Hi Eli-- I was thinking Xeloda too, which is the pill that converts to 5FU once it enters the body. I hope at the very least the cancer will remain stable with no growth, but of course I will hope and pray for the very best--a good response and that tumor shrinking away to nothing! As always, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love and Hugs-- Martha
Always cheering you on. XO
Eli I hope and pray that they find something that helps to get rid of the cancer for once and for all. I can't imagine having to go through the amount of chemo rounds that yiou have been through. Hoping the Xeloda does the trick@ Hugs
I'm so sorry the news wasn't better, Eli. I know that "stable" isn't what any of us hope for, especially given how much we suffer in the process of achieving it. The one positive aspect of this, though, is that it does buy you more time, and there are still possible treatments. I have seen other people who had to try multiple chemos before finding the one that would do the trick. Many hugs and strength coming your way~Ann
I'm also praying for the best outcome for you Eli...cancer gone forever! Your strength amazes me..God bless you. Mari
Hello Eli - have been thinking of you but missed your post (I was off on my adventure from which I am now safely returned!). I am sorry that your hopes were disappointed - can imagine that the "right" answer would have been shrinkage or not there to be seen at all - especially after the rigours that you have been / are going through with the treatment. I can only wish you strength to your spirit that you find the courage to be with love and acceptance for what is right now, keeping it in the day and embracing all that there is to be grateful for ... I don't know how else there is to be when faced with this challenge. love and music to your soul and wishing you healing, janet xx
Hi Eli, I have not heard from you in a while and just wanted to know I was thinking of you and praying for you. XOXO Jane
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Hi Eli - just checking in - thinking of you and wishing you a good day ... blue sky and sunshine here after the rain - hope it is the same where you are (inside and out). Sending prayers for love and healing in your life. xx
Hello Eli - thinking of you and sending you love. hug. janet xx
Eli..thinking about you and praying for you. Mari
thinking of you, Eli ... hope that you have enjoyed a happy Valentine's with your wife. x
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Chemo 2, Round 6 complete

Hi, I hope that everyone is doing well this weekend. It is a very hot day here where I live, been blazing hot all week. It is going to be another scroching week this week as well with temps in the 100+ range all week.

Anyways, I completed round six of chemo this past week. All went well, it is always the days that follow that get me. This past Friday and Saturday have been hell, but I get by with the help of some pills for this and that and lots of sleep. 

My weight dropped once again, no surprise there. I am at 161 pounds now. I will have to take a picture and post it so that ya'll can see what I look like these days, not much different, just thinner.

I am going to Stanford Medical this week for a CT scan to see where we stand after six rounds of chemo, but I won't get to see the Dr until next week, so that will be another trip to Stanford Medical.

Keep up your spirits, don't let this damn disease get you/us down.......Keep up the Fight!

 

Eli

 

Hi Eli-- I'm so glad you have another round behind you and I hope today was a better day for you. You must not be hitting the donut place too often if you are losing all that weight. I hope you don't get too thin! As always, I wish you the best on the CT scan. Those are no fun, but may the results make you smile. Fingers and toes are crossed for good news! I will certainly be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Love and Hugs-- Martha
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I cancelled my CT scan at Stanford, I was not in the condition to make that long trip. I am having one done locally in a few weeks and will hand carry it to Dr F at Stanford. I hope the results are all good as well.
Sorry you couldn't make that trip, Eli, but getting it done locally is a good idea. Hopefully, you'll be feeling better when you go up to Stanford again. Love ya!
Fight on Eli, you are trully a hero!!! XOXO
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Thank you Helen.
Big hug to you and much love ... I wish you well, Eli - and out the other side of this treatment with the best possible outcome. I shall think of you as I face my own fears - the universe has delivered me the chance to sail across the Atlantic from Newport, RI to Falmouth in Cornwall, UK. My son is delivering a 36' yacht back to the UK after a transatlantic race (Plymouth UK to Newport RI) and the owner is paying for the flight to US and all expenses back to the UK. What an opportunity and I am excited and really quite frightened! 3 or 4 weeks on a small yacht, me and my son and a big ocean and weather and whales and ... well, I have said yes because after cancer we can do anything, right?! I have done very little sailing in my life and have no idea what to expect but it feels right to live life large when the last years have been such a struggle. So, It shall be thinking of you and sending love from the ocean. xx
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BIG WOW! That is AWESOME! I would love to do a trip like that. I hope that you will be able to somehow keep in touch and post your coordinates so I can map it, I think that would be so very cool. I think it would be very exciting to do something like this...just go for it my friend, we only live once!.....Lots of love!
Another one down!! Great news Eli!
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