Apr 09, 2004 - 10:57 pm
Hi All. I'm an occasional poster on this site, and I have found the site very informative and supportive.
Today is the anniversary of my surgery! I'm celebrating.
My brief story: diagnosed with rectal tumour Christmas 2002 (age 43, healthy and fit, no family history). I had 5-6 weeks of chemoradiation, a rest period, surgery which ended up with permanent colostomy (my tumour was very low), and after recovery 4 cycles of chemo. I coped well with all (if I may say so myself!). I am feeling great these days. And all tests are clear, including a CT scan right before Xmas. I struggle a bit sometimes with the "Sword of Damocles" syndrome (living with fear of recurrence) - I am Stage 3. But, today I am feeling happy to be alive, cancer free, and a survivor! And thanks to everyone on this board for the advice and support you have provided