One of the best things about this board on HealthBoards is that you become a part of a very supportive and helpful community. Kind of like "it takes a village", you know?
My Dad had died of colon cancer when I found healthboards, and now my brother-in-law has been diagnosed with Stage 4, terminal rectal cancer.
Except... that was in March of 2005... and has now lived far beyond the 2 - 4 months they gave him at diagnosis.
He has never yet had surgery, just non-stop clinical trial/chemo - and a liver ablation. His CEA has gone from 1600 to about 37. The primary tumor (rectal) no longer appears on the scans.
Yes, the cancer is still there - and I wouldn't expect otherwise - but his quality of life is absolutely wonderfu.
He & my sister are now planning their second annual trip to Florida since he was diagnosed and I have no doubt that they will get there.
Welcome aboard, and you'll soon see that others will benefit from your talks with CDad here on the boards. That the "good ripples" will spread farther than the two of you and give others information & hope.