Survivor Celebration - Inspiring and Empowering Cancer Survivors

Erica Paul
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  • Reston, VA
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Jane Ali left a comment for Erica Paul
"Monday, March 7, 2011 8:26 PM, CST Celebration of Life A Celebration of Life for Erica Gough Paul will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 3pm at Vienna Presbyterian Church in Vienna, VA. Visitation will be on Friday, March 11 from 6-8pm at…"
Mar 9, 2011
Jane Ali left a comment for Erica Paul
"Hey Erica, Did you find a new trial to start? What's the status? Praying for you and hoping everything is going okay."
May 18, 2010
Phil Waigand and Erica Paul are now friends
Apr 27, 2010
Erica Paul commented on A.J. Ali's group Colorectal Cancer
"Phil, My WBC/ANC blood counts have been low for a while due to long term chemotherapy. I have heard of the honey approach, and am willing to give it a try since after all, it's yummy. Was wondering if you could tell me what kind of honey it…"
Apr 27, 2010
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Prayer Exchange

Pray for one another -- it's an important part of healing. This group was the inspiration of Kathy Stabile.See More
Apr 27, 2010
Erica Paul left a comment for Jane Ali
"Hey Jane! Yes, we must get together and catch up soon. I am doing pretty well, just have been traveling a lot, but it's been fun. I am in NYC two different times in May, but I would love to meet up for lunch in the near future. Let's look…"
Apr 27, 2010
Jane Ali left a comment for Erica Paul
"Hello Erica, How are you doing? So wonderful to meet you in Dallas. We still need to hook up!!"
Apr 27, 2010
Erica Paul left a comment for Michael Paul
"I love you honey. Thank you for always being by my side."
Jan 16, 2010
Erica Paul and Marilia Sardinha are now friends
Jan 16, 2010
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Dog Days

Calling all dog lovers!
Nov 28, 2009
Erica Paul left a comment for Jessica Nixon
"Hey Nixy! So glad you joined the site! Hope you had a nice holiday, and I can't wait to hang out again soon! xo"
Nov 27, 2009
Jane Ali commented on Erica Paul's photo
Nov 26, 2009
Allie Carroll left a comment for Erica Paul
"wow! your site is soooo pretty! i need to do some updatin' love you Miss Fab!!"
Nov 24, 2009
Erica Paul left a comment for Allie Carroll
"Hey Allie!!!! So glad you joined. Isn't this site fantastic! I love love love it!!!! Love you!!!"
Nov 24, 2009

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Survivor Status:
Survivor (In treatment or post treatment)
About Me:
In June of 2007, I was diagnosed with Metastatic Colon Cancer. Stage IV it had already spread to my liver and lungs. In the blink of an eye, my life completely changed, and my future was uncertain. I was a young professional, in the prime of my life, and now I was a young woman fighting to stay alive. There was no time to waste; I had to immediately begin chemotherapy to stop the progression of my disease. I have been receiving bi-weekly chemo treatments ever since. I am determined to get better and reach my goal of a clean scan without any evidence of disease, and I will do whatever it takes, including traveling up to NYC from Virginia on a monthly basis for treatment. It has not been an easy road, but it's the road I am on, and I have accepted the situation that life has thrown my way.

I am very fortunate to receive some of the best medical care available. My local Oncologist and his team in Fairfax, VA have been fantastic, and are like an extended family to me. I also work with an amazing team of physicians at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City who have played a huge part in developing treatments and procedures that increase Colon Cancer survival rates and improve quality of life. Since having surgery in November of 2007, all of the tumor on the right lobe of my liver had been removed, and the remaining tumors on the left lobe would be treated by Hepatic Artery Infusion (HAI) pump therapy. The primary tumor in my colon was also removed, along with many diseased lymph nodes. Although the surgery was risky, it was very successful, and a substantial amount of the cancer was removed from my body. The disease that remains on my liver and in my lungs have been stable for the most part until just recently. Because of the progression of the tumor size in the existing diseased areas, I have decided to take part in a clinical trial at MSKCC that entails radioembolization to the liver using SIRSpheres.

Despite the side-effects that treatments bring, I am determined to live a normal, happy, and otherwise healthy life. I have found enjoyment in regular exercise which has helped me become stronger, has reduced the severity of side effects, and helps to reduce emotional stress that comes with the territory. In October 2008, I married my college sweetheart, Michael Paul. It was the happiest day of my life, and knowing that I had overcome adversity to get to that day made it even more special because at one point I didn't think I would live to experience it. But, here I am, 2 years since my diagnosis, and although still fighting to beat cancer each and every day, I feel happy, healthy, and determined to help others by sharing my story and increasing awareness of cancer in young-adults.

Without the support from my family, my devoted husband Michael, huge network of friends, Team Fabulous, and even people who don't necessarily know me personally--but are praying for me, I don't think I would be as strong as I am, or have had as much success. The thoughts and prayers are working!

This experience has taught me not to take life for granted, and to thank God for each and every day He gives me. I try not to stress about silly, petty things anymore because it's just not worth it. Life is just too short and precious. Getting healthy and spending time with my family and friends is my top priority. I know something positive will come from this, and so much has already. I am hopeful that more than just my life is changed from this experience.
Inspirational Quote:
"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." -Anatole France
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http://www.teamfabulous.org

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At 6:18pm on March 9, 2011, Jane Ali said…
Monday, March 7, 2011 8:26 PM, CST
Celebration of Life

A Celebration of Life for Erica Gough Paul will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 3pm at Vienna Presbyterian Church in Vienna, VA. Visitation will be on Friday, March 11 from 6-8pm at Adams-Green Funeral Home in Herndon, VA.
(addresses listed below)
An optional 'Fabulous' side note: as this is a celebration, instead of wearing the traditional black attire, wearing something in with her favorite colors... Pink (of course!) or Blue. Coincidentally, the color blue represents colon cancer awareness and it just so happens, March is colon cancer awareness month.

Michael and their families would like to thank you for the overwhelming support. It is deeply and greatly appreciated.

Vienna Presbyterian Church
124 Park St. NE
Vienna, VA 22180



At 6:34am on May 18, 2010, Jane Ali said…
Hey Erica, Did you find a new trial to start? What's the status? Praying for you and hoping everything is going okay.
At 8:02am on April 27, 2010, Jane Ali said…
Hello Erica,
How are you doing? So wonderful to meet you in Dallas. We still need to hook up!!
At 7:23pm on November 24, 2009, Suzanne Lindley said…
Erica, It was so great to meet you at Kaleidoscope! I'm glad you joined the site and love what you've done to your page! What a beautiful wedding! Have a very happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!!!
At 6:14am on November 24, 2009, Allie Carroll said…
wow! your site is soooo pretty! i need to do some updatin'

love you Miss Fab!!
At 3:04am on November 24, 2009, A.J. Ali said…
Erica, you are awesome! We'll join you in prayer and in actions and not only will we celebrate every day with you, but one day we are determined to celebrate the end of cancer in our lifetime. May God bless you.
At 6:30pm on November 23, 2009, Jane Ali said…
Erica,
Welcome to the site, we are so glad you have joined us. We will pray for you and will be here for you.
 
 
 

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