Mar 14, 2005 - 3:29 pm
Just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. I was diagnosed with stage IV rectal sigmoid cancer with a met to the liver in Aug. 1998 at the age of 31. Within 24 hours of diagnosis through a C-scope (totally unexpected), I was in the hospital and operated on - resection of colon and liver. I "did" 8 months of chemo (5 FU and leucovorin) and 28 sessions of radiation. I also have a double lumen port. I went into remission pretty quickly (1/99) and have stayed that way (woo hoo). I'm on the down hill slide toward my 7th anniversary - NED. It's a wonder to me and my onc. - but we're not complaining! Recently met with him and he said I have a greater chance of getting a second kind of cancer (which scared the heck our of me until he clarified that that chance was no greater than anyone elses) than the colon cancer returning at this point. Hard to believe - I remember talking with my mom about funeral plans and wills and instead, over time, I've bought a house, adopted 2 dogs and a cat and am making long term plans with my beau.
Of course, it was not all a bed of roses and CC still rears it's ugly head every once in awhile but I wanted to let people know that it is possible to fight this thing and come out of the other side.
I'd be happy to offer support or talk to anyone going through this process. I can't say I did anything magical or special but I'm here if anyone needs me.