Jun 18, 2005 - 9:57 am
Iam a 43yr old woman living in the Australian outback and was diagnosed with squamous cell cancer in March 05. I travelled to Melbourne thousands of miles away for the chemoradio therapy of my T2N0M0 high grade, I was lucky to be diagnosed early, my first signs came late last year after a trip to asia, I was tired, found it hard to concentrate and of course anal bleeding following bowel movements. It took me six months to go and have a colonoscopy (usually have regular ones as dad had bowel cancer) as I was so busy at work and couldn't spare the time. Health should come first I realise now. I went to Melbourne so to be near family and friends for support, it was so important. Working in the medical field I am still finding it hard to come to terms with what has happened to my body and having cancer. Being healthy prior to treatment was a bonus, Ive survived the burns by using the creams (wax based) then solugel and gel impregnated gauze,(water based) plus must use a dilator in the vagina 3x a week using a lubricant called SYLK natural base, did the dressings constantly wearing very loose underwear to keep dressings in place, scarring has been minimal but I will never need to pay for a brazilian again, (my joke) How long will I feel tired post treatment, Iam due for my six week post treatment checkup in mid july 05 and although I am only working 3-6hrs a day I also sleep constantly and still take pain relief for the gut and rear, diet is ok but find I can only tolerate small meals, the heat here, Iam back home, is a constant 30 celcius very hot and is probably not helping, When does the pain go away? and have others had to continue taking pain relief for this long. my dr says go with the flow. I had HPV diagnosed in my late 20's and had hysterectomy in my 30's to prevent cervical cancer so how do we win? would like to be in touch with someone going through the same as me its lonely out here at times.