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Thanks Lori and Liz. I'm scared out of my mind. I know I should be sleeping right now, but that's not happening. I'm guessing I'll sleep when it's all done. I have radiation consultation at 10:30 am, then the PICC at 2:45pm. My husband is out of town on business, so my 2 best friends are going with me for support. I just found this site last night, and I'm glad I did. My best goes out to y'all, and I'll be back after my procedures. Thanks, Melbas

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Like all of us, it's unfortunate that your circumstances have brought you to a site like this. I never thought I'd be here, but I am and can assure you that there is a lot of support here. You are just starting this journey--many of us are done, but are most willing to share our experiences with newbies, hopefully, making their journey a little easier. This is not an easy journey, but so many of us have done it successfully and you will too! Just take one day at a time, ask lots of questions of your medical team and those of us who have been there, done that. We'll help you as much as we can. Good luck today with your picc line insertion and rad consult. When are you scheduled to begin treatment? Please let us know how it goes today.

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It's a whirlwind...that much I can say. Treatment is not easy,usually towards the finish line it gets to be most challenging. We will be here to help you through it. Not sure of the details around your tumor and test results, but there is much hope for anal cancer patients. Many times it can be stopped in it's tracks after treatment. Anal cancer generally responds very well to the treatment protocol of radiatin and chemo.

Wishing you well. Please stay in touch so we can help explain and share tips on how we dealt with some of the treatment side affects.


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Joined: Dec 2009

Hi Melbas!

Just wanted to chime in as well. I'm a been there/done that....so whatever we can do to help!!!
It is so scary at first, we know! I wish like Martha this site was here for us when we were going through it. It's pretty hard to find someone to talk to that has had or is going through anal cancer, except here. We will guide you through what will hopefully be a short journey for you.

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Joined: Jun 2010

Hi Melbas,

You will find a lot of support here - wish I had found the site sooner. I had no idea so many other women my age were going through the same thing. Many of us have been successfully treated - you should find that very encouraging!


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