Aug 02, 2003 - 10:15 am
Hi. I am a newcomer to this group. I was diagnosed with rectal cancer last December (2002). I had chemoradiation, then surgery, then chemo. I am just about to finish my last cycle of chemo. I have, of course, been through some up and downs during the past 7 months. But, overall, I have been feeling very positive and strong throughout this all. But now I feel I am entering a new phase - "the waiting game". My cancer was staged as T3 N1M0 (Duke's C or Stage III). So, the risk of recurrence is certainly there. I would love to hear from others about how you have coped or are coping with this phase. I don't want to have a 'sword' or 'black cloud' hanging over me for the next 2 or 5 or 6 years. I want to think of myself as a survivor. But, I'm finding it tough right now.