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My Story

I had surgery on 8/17/2006 to remove an abdominal lump which turned out to be cancerous. A 2nd surgery and chemo followed on 10/2/2006. Then oral chemo from 12/06 thru 5/07.

Now five years with No Evidence of Disease. Yay!











It's hard to say where this story starts. I don't know when the cancer began, I'm not sure when I recognized that something was not quite right. The lump I discovered in my abdomen might have gone unnoticed if I hadn't been successful in the weight-loss study. Without the monthly weigh-in I doubt I'd have been as aware of an odd tendancy toward, ahem, constipation. These 2 things, added together over the course of several months finally sent me to my regular doctor. Eight days later I had surgery. A hysterectomy, appendectomy and a few more -ectomies I don't know. At first we didn't know the tumors were cancerous. When it was revealed that they were it felt as thought the bottom had dropped out of my life.Once we had a name: mucinous adenocarcinoma, the research began. For the most part the reading was scary. One good part was the doctor to whom we were referred, Dr. Todd Tuttle at the University of Minnesota Hospitals. Both in blogs and on Google, Dr. Tuttle has a reputation for agressive and successful treatment of this kind of cancer.

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Katie Cross posted a new journal entry, "Success!".

Today was my first follow-up appointment in a year and it was a good one.  Dr. Greeno told me there were no changes in my CT scan.  The CEA (cancer marker) was near the ... Read more

Katie Cross posted a new journal entry, "Success!".

Today was my first follow-up appointment in a year and it was a good one.  Dr. Greeno told me there were no changes in my CT scan.  The CEA (cancer marker) was near the ... Read more

Lynn Cross signed Katie's Guestbook.

Atta girl!!!!  Cancer-free is a beautiful combination of words, and I think you're there already! Read more

Katie Cross posted a new journal entry.

Yesterday I had my semi-annual blood tests and CT scan and the results are really good.  The CEA (cancer marker) is down from 4.2 in February to 3.1 – the “reference ... Read more

Katie Cross posted a new journal entry.

After 6 months not much has changed.  My darned CEA (carcinogenic embrionic antigen) blood test is trending upward again at 4.2.  Otherwise it looks good and the next ... Read more

Katie Cross posted a new journal entry.

Well Hello!Sorry I haven't updated for a long while.  After my last series of tests in April 2009 I only updated on Facebook--thinking that the majority of people who are ... Read more

James Maertens signed Katie's Guestbook.

Hi Katie, Good to read the latest update and to know that you are doing well. Keep it up! I will look into vitamin D and green tea supplements. Winter so far has been ... Read more

Linda B signed Katie's Guestbook.

Katie, I am so pleased to share in your good news. It is a journey that inspires me by your openness and loving way. I also started reading the anti-cancer book until ... Read more

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