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Larissa (larissa)

August 29, 2009


Cancer Info

September 28, 2004

Stage 3B



Irinotecan (Campto)

That affects more than just me.

That I have more strength than I ever imagined.

left with mild neuropothy, balance and memory issues

Cedar Sinai in Beverly Hills California

two 6 month 2004 to 2005. next March 2007 to Sept. 2007



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I began this journey as a 39 year old wife and mother of three. Now at 44 I praise God for every minute I have been allowed to share with them, and look forward to every opportunity I can to share with those I love. I have learned that to battle this disease takes more strength than anyone on the "outside" would ever know, and the only way to get through it is to...Live every day like it is the BEST day of your life!

Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects

from Oct. 2004 to July 2009 I have had 3 colon surgeries, now there is nothing left, a total hysterectomy and my gallbladder removed. I have had more colonoscopies than I can count...and have had two port-a-caths in and out.

Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects

two 6 month 2004 to 2005. next March 2007 to Sept. 2007
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You are a Superhero! I had half my anus removed and a colostomy about 10 days ago after trying all the radiation and chemo I could have. This was my 3rd reoccurrence. My husband and I had planned a European river cruise to celebrate end of chemo, but now I don't know if I should back out.
I have pain but control it with Motrin. I just don't know about the 7 hour flight. . You have survived stage 3b anal cancer! Congrats! I want to get there. Thanks for the inspiration, Paula (dacs)
You are a Superhero! I had half my anus removed and a colostomy about 10 days ago after trying all the radiation and chemo I could have. This was my 3rd reoccurrence. My husband and I had planned a European river cruise to celebrate end of chemo, but now I don't know if I should back out.
I have pain but control it with Motrin. I just don't know about the 7 hour flight. . You have survived stage 3b anal cancer! Congrats! I want to get there. Thanks for the inspiration, Paula (dacs)
Thank you, and I hope you're doing alright?
Shoot! Well, you'll be with us in spirit. : ) Congratulations on your daughter's upcoming wedding! I hope you'll share some photos with us! I really hope to meet you someday. I've been praying for you for years and I often thank God for your faith and your vulnerability here on BfaC. I think you're a really neat lady and Illove reading your posts. Hugs and prayers, Danean
Hi, Larissa! Oh, I'm SO happy that you're asking about the San Diego weekend! I would absolutely love to meet you! Your name came up at our BfaC luncheon last weekend; it was on our list of "people we wish could attend." : ) Jeanne is the person who has made all of these wonderful arrangements for us. I know several of us are planning to come, including our fearless founder, Jill! There are still rooms available at VERY discounted rates. We would love it if you could join us! I'm going to paste in Jeanne's original post/invitation below. You can find additional information and a bit of discussion on Jeanne's (Jeanne) and Jill's blogs. Here's the original post with the link omitted so it won't be delayed: "Hi! Not sure if we should be calling this our First Annual National or International BFAC Meet & Greet? The Dana Hotel has been very receptive and wonderful to work with for our Meet & Greet. They are doing phenomenal rates ($109.00 per night and they have held a few suites for $159.00 per night) for us from 10/29/13 – 11/6-13 if you would like to be there that long?! Our Meet & Greet will be 11/1/13 – 11/3/13, we will have a hospitality suite and hope to be able to visit and plan our next one! They do offer free shuttle from the San Diego Airport. They have waived the $9.00 resort fee for us, and cut the overnight parking in half at $10.00 per night. When you click on this link be prepared for a little piece of heaven right in San Diego. My contact info is also there for any questions feel free to call me. Hope to see you there! Jeanne" I REALLY hope you can join us! Your friends and family are welcome to attend, too! Hugs and high-fives on your nine years, by the way! I'll celebrate my fourth year a week from today. Thank God, huh?! Danean
Yes, I have written to Eli. I am looking forward to meeting you guys!!
Hi Larissa, my friend, Debbie COmbs, posted she liked your cutest couple photo, from facebook. I think that is so cool, because to my knowledge, she doesn't even know you! WOW huh!
Hi Larissa, I really like your distinction between being lucky and being're right that they are two very different things and when I look at it that way, I would definitely say I've been blessed, despite all the bad luck. So thank you for an enlightening comment! Ann
Larissa, thank you for your kind words. My entire family says thank you. :) Levi
Thank you Larissa for your kind thoughts. I'm just taking one moment at a time. Right now I feel pretty good. Still sore from the biopsy and that is improving. Waiting for the PET Scan. I'm encouraged that you are doing well after having a second bout with it. Did you have to have surgery? Hugs, Theresa
Hi, that is awesome that Team Miracle earned so much money. I was having car issues the weekend of your RfL, so I would not have been able to make it. But for sure next year here in Lemoore, then in Visalia. I've gotten better about traveling since the hemi. so I know I can make it there without any If you are directing plays during the holidays, let me know, I would love to attend one and get to met you and your family, lots of love, Eli
Hey friend, your on for the Lemoore Relay for Life survivor lap, I would love to walk it with you, it would be an honor to walk with someone who has been there for me from the beginning and who's words of inspiration have helped me through this journey. Let me know when you have your RFL and I will be there to walk it with you....lots of love, Eli
Hi Larissa-- Thank you for sharing the information about Ruby. I hope she comes to this blog too, as it sounds like she needs all the support she can get. If I see her on here, I'll definitely become her friend. Hugs-- Martha
Hey there girlie! Just wanted to share my hubby's joke tonight. I took an hour nap at 9pm; forgot to take my chemo tabs, so I got back up. Of course, had to sit up for a good hour after that before I could try to go to bed and here it is almost 1AM and wide awake. He headed to bed by 11 and made the comment that I was bright eyed and "red" tailed.........I looked at him, ticked off at first, then laughed and said YEP I SURE AM!! LOL, gotta love the guy. Hope you are having a good weekend. Hugs GF! Just me
I am looking into why that last link didn't work. I think it is something on my end that I need to fix. Sorry about that. Jill
Hey there Larissa, I received an email saying: Your friend, larissa, has posted a new weblog post, 'Smiles in the "pit".... journal entery January 2004', for you to view. However, when I try to access it, I receive the following message: Page Not Found We're sorry! We can not find the page you were looking for. Please visit the Blog for a Cure homepage, or use the search box above to find what you are looking for. Thought you should know. Greg
Larissa, For some reason the last post you made about Tigger wouldn't let me comment, so I went to your sight and am doing so here. I was most likely too impatient as it took over five minute and then just gave me a black box. I love your posts, and the joy you find in even the darkest of times. Only those of us that have been through this realize that a simple check up is a dark and scarey time. After performing a lupectomy at the local hospital and then waiting 7 days for the results, 6 years ago I was sure there was nothing wrong because if there was they would have known before 7 days and would most certainly have called me rather than made me wait in a waiting room for a few hours. After he came in and with a surgeons manner, quickly told me I had a very large tumor that was cancer in my breast, he then said we are going to do a double masectomy and then follow w/ chemo, then he walked out. Talk about shock, and now even though I changed my medical team, I can't help but worry. I think it is safe to say all your blog friends are with you and we get it. Please let us know as soon as you can and know you are in my daily prayers. love, Sharron
Thank U Thank U. Its weird but I recently converted from a Roman Catholic Church to a Christian. And I've learned that Christian people are just so warm and friendly. I never look upon them as strangers. They greet me, hug me, kiss me and they do it with such sincerety. Im so honored to meet people like them. In the Catholic Church it was much more quiet and serious and not like a family. So when they speak and pray with me I feel they actually care. When I mention the very word "C" they scream and say ITS NOT TRUE!!! LOL they refuse to admit sickness...they encourage you to rebuke it in Jesus' name. Its ALL GOOD! xoxoxo Elena
Hi Larissa, Yes a "cold" must run its course. So do get your rest. You will be back in action B4 U know it. And Charlottes favorite. Enjoy it--hope it turns out GREAT! The Healing School is given thru my Church. We meet 2X a mo and our anointed Leader prays upon us and the Presence of GOD is awesome. I believe she is Blessed with the Holy Spirit. She reads healing scriptures from the BIBLE. She pays alot of attention to me and calls me up constantly. Yesterday was extremely special bcuz I was awaiting my results from my 3 mo PET... When I got home Doc emailed me --IM CLEAN!! YAY I will post that shortly. Thanks for being a friend....I truly enjoy speaking with you. You are my inspiration! Feel Better girly! Love, Elena :)
Thanks, Larissa, for your thoughts. You said exactly what I needed to hear. I just couldn't seem to get myself there alone. Andrea
Hi Larissa, I LOVE YOU!!! Thank you so much for the encouraging words. You certainly put things in perspective for me. You are absolutely right. I made a promise to myself after I was diagnosed-- that I was going to Fight This Battle and come out the "Winner"-- Sometimes the journey sets me back, however I can always count on all the great people in this blog that remind me of my strength. You are my inspiration. Thank U. LOve, Elena xxoxoxoxoxo
Hi Larissa, I hope that you are well. So I tried the massage for the adhesions and I must say that it worked great, I hardly feel it anymore.... : ) ....hugs, Eli
Hi Larissa, thanks for your positive commnet on my are you doing these days?
Thank you so much for your kind words! I both applaud and admire you for your strength, determination and perseverance in going through this odyssey. To be honest, I started a blog on my own before I discovered Blog For a Cure. I found writing about my journey very therapeutic. But I will post additional chapters in the next few days. I'm happy to have discovered the site, it's very supportive and great to know that I'm not going through it alone.
I am blessed as are you, thanks for the kind words. Sharron
Hi Larissa, good windy morning to you. It's good to know that there is someone nearby that I can relate to, now I don't feel like I'm alone out here. Thank you for all the suggestions on the food, it gives me a start. I was a big Pepsi drinker before the hemi, but now it's like blah! I'll have a sip of Sprite now and then, but other than that no sodas. I did retain my sweet tooth, however only a taste or a very small portion will do and I'm good for a few days. When I was released from the hospital I had a mad craving for orange juice, I could just not get enough of it. Did that happen to you? I had oatmeal and creme of wheat in the hospital and they both held well. I did have some scrambled eggs and bacon not long ago, they were too greasy and it upset my stomach. So now I nuke my eggs, it takes a little time and practice to get them right, but so worth it not to have the fat. If you have any ideas food wise for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday please let me know, I'd hate to miss Eli
Hi Larissa, good to hear from you. I had my surgery at Hanford Community. I had a horrible recovery while in the hospital, I think my body was in shock over it's new piping so to speak. As for now, I'm doing well, still learning what my body can and can't handle food wise. I've yet to try dairy, I'm afraid to. I've lost like 30 lbs., at least two pants size and my belt needs more But all in all, it's going well. I hope and pray that you are doing well.....Eli
Hi Larissa, Thanks for your kind words. Today is much better. I think I was just overwhelmed yesterday. It felt good to vent somewhere. Thanks for listening. I know we have so much to be thankful for. You have been through a lot and you are still helping others. You're an angel!
Thanks Larissa. You make a lot of sense. Jerome
Larissa-- Thanks for letting me know that you have been in contact with Wendy. I'm glad she has someone to be in touch with who is dealing with her same situation. I can not relate, but am willing to try to help her in whatever way I can. I know she will have a good supporter in you! I hope you are doing well too. I think after cancer, we all have our issues that are ongoing, some worse than others. Thanks again for letting me know about Wendy. Martha
Wow, Larissa, I really like reading your posts. They are profound and inspiring, “I have decided it is worth fighting my way back, for I want to again be part of that ripple. I want a chance to spread that good onto others so they too can feel the wonder of being blessed!” Here’s one that has been touched by your ripple. I am new to this blog and look forward to spending some time reading more from your journal. Thank you for the diversion.
Hi Larissa,beautiful name by the way. Thank you for your uplifting post and the support. Even though I hate knowing others are going through this with me, it is nice to know that someone understands the feelings, frustrations, and fear that I have. I wish you the best and hope that you have been able to kill the beast for good. hugs, amy
Larissa, You very lucky girl. Doesn't matter, I am adding you to my prayer and thought list!! Yeah for you.. Kim
When you begin they carefully check out every abnormal spot and it is scarey but you could have scar tissue or the like from anything, after the chemo and radiation hits and it doesn't grow or shrink they will write it off but I agree it is ominous. Happy day, sharron
Aren't we blessed to have such strong children???
You have said it all.
My youngest child Hilary likes to carry me through! She has been my cheerleader from the beginning...Capt. of Team Miracle for Relay for the 4th year. My kids are a blessing!
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