Feb 17, 2003 - 2:26 pm
I was diagnosed with Stage III colorectal cancer in 11/01 and have been through a year of treatment. (Adjuvant chemo/radiation, surgery, and chemo). I completed the follow-up chemo (5fu, cpt-11, LV) in November 2002 and was diagnosed "clean" with the follow-up colonoscopy. Despite the "clean" diagnosis, I occasionally find myself with the fear and negative thoughts of a recurrence.
I'm 45 years old and have a 9 year old son.
In my readings, I've learned that, statistically, only 50% of people diagnosed with stage III crc make it five years. I don't like these numbers, and from time to time, I'm scared.
I have a grandmother who turned 106 in December, and here I am at 45 fearing a recurrence.
I've revised my diet and am trying to do everything I can to be healthy and br around for a long time. My son needs me.
I'm sure the statistics are for all ages of people. CRC is usually a disease that doesn't happen to young people, so I'm not sure how to factor this in.
Any thoughts on what I can do?
Feel free to email me at NovatocaBruce@cs.com