Jun 15, 2010 - 3:09 pm
It has been four months since my last treatment for stage IIIB anal cancer. I got great news at my 3 month check up at Sloan Kettering. There was NED. I was very happy for that news but I am still struggling with bowelmovements. I was on Mirlax and went off of it becasue I felt I was going too much. I switched to stool softners about 4-5 a day but it doesn't seem to work as well. Does anyone have any other suggetions? I am just wondering if it will get better. It really sucks that this area doesn't have a chance to heal. I try to eat well. Lots of fruits and veggies to keep things moving and soft but can't find a happy medium. I just feel like my bowel are is being stretched too far and there is still so much buning wehn I pass a bowelment. I am happy for NED but sad that I still hurt so bad.
I also was told that I have a non healing tissue in my vagina from the radiation. They are watching it closely. When I have sex it bleeds but it doesn't hurt. They said it is okay if it doesn't hurt. I am on Premarin cream. Did anyone else have this problem?
My kids are done with school and I just want to feel good for them. I have missed some much fun with them over the last five months.