Apr 13, 2004 - 12:01 pm
Hi everyone, Just wanted to catch everyone up to date. I have finished my chemo and radiation. Yippee!! I still have the port in. Does anyone know if they leave it until after surgery, or will I get this sucker out??? Doesn't really bother me, but I would love to take a long hot shower. I'm sure you all know the feeling. LOL. I will have a 4-6 week break before surgery. I go to the surgeon on the 19th and to the chemo doctor on the 21st. Also will the chemo doctor tell me if I will need chemo after surgery and how much, before having surgery?? I just want to wait as long as possible before surgery. I almost feel back to normal right now, except a little tired. No bleeding and almost normal bowel movements. What would happen if I chose to not have surgery?? I know that may sound dumb, but I just want a normal life. They're also saying that I will have to have a permanent colostomy after surgery. The way I look at it, the longer the surgery is away, the longer before I have to deal with the colostomy. That's the part I'm dreading the most. How long does it take before you get used to having the colostomy and are not afraid to go anywhere??? Thanks everyone for being there. This is a great group of people. I hope I can be as helpful to someone as you all have been to me.