Jun 13, 2010 - 12:24 am
I am somewhat new to the board, but have followed the postings for a few months now. One year ago today, I was diagnosed with stage 3 anal cancer. I was 40 years old and on the very day, my only child also turned 7. One year later, I am so grateful to be here, seeing her turn 8, and to be feeling so good, and having some stamina and energy back. I feel so lucky, I honestly can say that anal cancer has changed by life for the best. As you all know, the treatment was pure hell, and looking back, I am in awe of myself, to see what I conquered is utterly amazing. The only person I know who has "had cancer" was my father who passed away 4 days before MY diagnosis. I was so scard in those beginning days of my dx, not having the only person I knew who could relate to what I was going through. Anyway, I am anxious to build a post-anal cancer support group, to be able to communicate with you select few who have endured this rare cancer. I was told I would have early menopause, it has now been 11 months since my last period. Just kind of strange. Not that I had planed to have more children, it's just strange to always be the fore-runner of my age group. I delt with an ill and aging parent, had cancer, now menopause...But don't get me wrong, I am so thankful to be where I am. If I can be of assistance, or lend an ear, advise or whatever it may be to someone else facing this, then I know, nothing was in vain. Thank you all for letting me unload and listening, I think I've come to read that you are all very gifted in that department. Just a little sentimental today, marking my one year dx anniversary.