Feb 04, 2004 - 9:29 pm
Well, enough lurking....This site has provided me with some entertainment and information for awhile...it's about time I let you know I'm here. I'm 41 years old and just received my 5 year all clear after a rough battle with Stage 3 rectal cancer. Had chemoradiation in NYC on the tumor before surgery....and had a complete response to that pre-surgical treatment. However, they still operate to make sure...no cancerous cells. All good news, especially for those of us who have rectal cancer (the response to chemoradiation, if complete, is a survival advantage). Anyway, it was not an easy battle. The radiation and chemotherapy together knocked me on my butt...I could not even run after awhile (I am a regular runner, former marathon runner). I perservered, with the help of my wife and young kids (except when they jumped on my staples). I do have some side effects from the surgery, especially related to using the bathroom much more frequently (like some of you here), but I manage, and am glad to be alive, running, working as a prosecutor, and raising my kids. However, life after cancer is a challenge, even if it is a miracle. I just want to be here to help some people when I can (I found excercise to be a tonic to the uncertainty of whether I would survive or not), and watch other survivors fight it out. Sponge Bob...my kids love ya'..and your recovery sounds a lot like mine...keep up the good work..I admire your return to your profession after this battle...I had to do the same thing. Take care all..I'm here to help.