Apr 19, 2004 - 4:20 pm
I was recently diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and the CAT scan showed mets on the liver and lungs. My surgeon was blunt, but still encouraging. My oncologist was very discouraging, saying all he could do is give me a few more months to live. Given the potential side effects of chemo, I'm debating whether or not to go through with it. At 34, I feel like I'm too young to give up my hiking and water skiing and snow boarding and lie down in a hospital bed to wither away. I know the prospects are slim, but if there's even a slightest chance of a few more years of active living, I want to fight on and continue to pray that a cure may be found. How have others managed to keep on working and playing and generally living despite this rather bleek diagnosis? Being way too much of an engineer, I've read the articles that rate 5 year survival at 5~10%. I'm still in such shock over the diagnosis that valium is the only thing keeping me in one piece. Haven't made it back to work either, wonderring if I should even try.