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Angela_K
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Clean PET, 8 months post treatment! One more DRE scheduled for 2011. My husband spewed water through his nose when I told him that I should insert a gummy bear right before the exam.

It's a little known fact that I have had 4 virtual strangers with a finger in or around my ass a total of 17 times this year. And I'm not even going to try to count the number who have 'viewed.' Now it's finally slowing down and I assure you that I or my VSA will not miss the attention.

It's been about a year since I made that infamous appt with my GP after having a mysterious lump for a few weeks. I become emotional as my anniversary approaches. I am by far a better person for having had cancer and I wouldn't trade the experience for the world. It humbled me. It showed me compassion in it's rawest state and many times from the most unexpected places.

Love does indeed make the world go 'round. And around. And again.

May God shower Her many blessings upon us all and give us peaceful and grateful hearts.

Love, Angela

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z
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Great news on your clean scan! You are very funny! I would have never thought of a gummy bear lol. When I go for my dre in October I will be thinking of the gummy bear. I went to a teaching hospital and now I have to count how many drs and fellows had there finger there lol. So funny! I wish you many blessings also. Lori

Angela_K
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Lori ~Since your DRE is in October, perhaps candy corn would be appropriate??? :)

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LOL, Now I'll be thinking about that, and that should help with the exam. LOL

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mp327
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Angela, my sincerest congratulations to you for reaching the 1-year mark. That's wonderful and I wish you many, many more clean scans and exams! I think we all agree after going through this ordeal that our "private places" have become more like "public places!" (or so it seems sometimes!)

You are such an inspiration! May God continue to bless you!

Angela_K
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Thank you for your kind words. You are truly 'the rock' of this board, offering quick and wise responses to all who post. Thank you for being here.

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mp327
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Thank you for your sweet sentiments. I think the same of you. Back atcha, GF!

ThingofBeauty
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I am new to this site (today). Was diagnosed with anal cancer in February, and finished chemo and radiation in early May.

I am SO grateful for all of your comments, and for this site. I don't even tell people I had anal cancer - still can't get around that word. I say colorectal - it's all I can handle right now. I came through treatment feeling like a warrior, but it kicks your butt, literally and figuratively. I was given the "completely cured" message by my oncologist on 8/8, and need to stay positive and focused on healing.

I love what you say, Angela, about being a far better person for having cancer. I remember speaking to the chaplain in the hospital during one of my many stays (didn't handle treatment very well and had severe neutropenia). I told him that I was one of the luckiest people on the planet and had been immeasurably blessed through this ordeal. It does bring you closer to what matters, and you find out how many people love you.

Still not entirely certain how to use this site or reply to posts, but thank you all for being so brave and for sharing your experiences. I don't feel as alone.

Angela, you are right: love does make the world go round. I wish all of you peace and good health.

Kelly

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mp327
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I'm glad you've found your way here, however, sorry for the reason. But you are among friends and saying "anal cancer" is not taboo here. While I can understand your reluctance to be up front with people about it (I was in the beginning), it gets easier as time goes on. Just like my colorectal doctor said when talking about cancer of the anus--"everybody has one!" I don't believe for a minute that any of us here have led seedy lives or practiced risky sexual behavior that has made us anymore at risk than most other people. For some reason that can't be explained, we are the ones that got this disease. There is a misplaced stigma given to this cancer, which is very unfortunate, as it prevents people from talking about their cancer and helping to raise awareness. At any rate, this is a safe place and we are here for you. I hope your follow-ups to date have shown complete obliteration of your tumor and may you be blessed with a return to good health.

ThingofBeauty
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MP,

I was touched by your welcome. While those around me have been amazingly supportive, there is nothing like having people you can REALLY talk with about this heinous cancer. You are so right about all of us having anuses :-) Reminds me of the saying, "opinions are like *******s; everyone has one" :-)

I have always lived a thoughtful life and have been considerate of others. I certainly don't ask myself "why me?" Rather, I ask, "why not me?" God has given me a strong constitution and an ability to let most things roll off my back. As Angela said before, I'm a much better person for having gone through this, and in an odd way, feel blessed by it. I did have pre-cancerous cervical cells (from HPV) that my doctor thinks migrated.

I send love and good thoughts to all of you battling this. I am so grateful to have found this community and will surely be chiming in more!

Best,
Kelly

Angela_K
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Kelly ~ I'm so glad you found us! Idea: Practice saying "anal, anal, anal" outloud . . .in front of a mirror. Say "I have had anal cancer" impersonating people. Like Bob Dylan. Or Carol Channing. :) Get comfortable saying it, girl . . .it's just another body part! I blogged about this very topic last year:

http://assdiaries.blogspot.com/2010/11/november-2009.html

Keep sharing with us. We're a pretty supportive bunch!

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Lorikat
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The oncology nurse (a he) asked me to repeat after him, anal cancer, anal cancer, anal cancer. Then he asked, "and what kind of cancer are you here for"?, so I had to say it again! Guess what! It is still hard to say! Yes, I KNOW everyone has one but I know a whole lot of everyones can ACT like one too. Working on owning it, cause I do, and saying it, because it is. So I understand how difficult this is .....bless you...you will do fine,.
Lorie

Angela_K
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Kelly ~ I'm so glad you found us! Idea: Practice saying "anal, anal, anal" outloud . . .in front of a mirror. Say "I have had anal cancer" impersonating people. Like Bob Dylan. Or Carol Channing. :) Get comfortable saying it, girl . . .it's just another body part! I blogged about this very topic last year:

http://assdiaries.blogspot.com/2010/11/november-2009.html

Keep sharing with us. We're a pretty supportive bunch!

pjs62
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I'm kind of new to this sight...wish I'd discovered last yr while I was going thru treatment. But blessed to have it now...since having a possible 'recurrence'. The people here are awesome very supportive & loving.....helps so much to know you're not alone in this. And I fully understand how hard it can be when anyone asks "what kind of caner?" to say "its anal". But after a year its easier but sometimes I still have to explain 'where this is located on the body'! heehee
Read thru some of the many postings/discussions. I've found many answers I've been looking for thru all the questions that come up.

Blessings to you as you continue your journey.

shirlann54
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I,m new too i,m done with with my treatments too. Glad to have found this .Yes with some poeple i dont tell them i had anal cancer.And its been 8 mo for me .And some will ask me too were that is located.lol. I know that most poeple dont hear of this cancer. wecome

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sandysp
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Congratulations, Angela! I know in my heart you have always been a wonderful person. Maybe facing this has helped you appreciate yourself:-)
Fondly,
Sandy

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RoseC
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Congratulations Angela!
Welcome Kelly - you're in a good place here in the forum - the people are great.
Sandy and Granny - how are you two doing?

shirlann54
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lol on the yummy bear.So glad your pet come out clean.When is your anniversary?I got done in jan with my treatments.I had a mri about 4 weeks ago come out clean .I,m so happy .Its slowing down for the ass checks for me too.I thank god for every thing .And grateful for my family and friends that were there for me .And for my husband and son. They took care OF ME.My son did the cooking when i couldnt. my husband did the dishes .I had a pic line and couldnd get it wet.And my sister come from out of town every 2 weeks and cleaned my house good .I'm very lucy to a big and careing family .I have 5 brothers and 2 sisters.I'am so thankful for every thing. love shirley

pjs62
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Awesome news....a clean PET is always great!! :)

I have to say I feel as you do...how many 'strangers' have really looked at you when you're not at your best (or showing your best side!! haha)! I use to get really embarrassed just going to my OB-GYN....not any more after dealing with this 'stuff'!
Now lucky me I'm seeing a whole new set of doctors for my 2nd opinion!! And I thought I was also done with this 'viewing'!! lol Hey gotta laugh about it or it'll just get you down. Yes it does humble you when you have to personally deal with this 'stuff'.

Blessings....good health & peace

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z810840b
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Congratulations Angela!!!!!!!More good news for our side!!!Ps..I love your sense of humor...Hugs alyse

duckyann
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Congrats on your Clean PET scan.....I am so very happy for you!

Nancy

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sephie
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congrats, angela. i would love to place a gummy in my boo boo But it would probably do some horrible damage due to sugar or something. might just put a removalbe tattoo on my bottom for next DRE in 6 months. sephie

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mp327
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How about a smiley face sticker? lol!

shirlann54
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lol that would be funny

shirlann54
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The tattoo would be funny lol

Gulamin
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Congratultions on 8 months out... I just got the green light too. And, I agree that it is a blessing in a way... truly appreciating who we are and each and every day. Taking more risks and saying the 'I love you' to those that matter most. Thank you for all of you in my life.

pjs62
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You know it does gets crazy having so many 'look' at your bottom but after awhile ya just gotta laugh (grin & bear it!!) <*o*> haha!!
My hubby calls my bottom 'pooter scooter' so now I say "my pooter scooter is broken...but drs are gonna fix it!!"! heehee
I'm going for another biopsy with my new drs in Oct so told hubby I should wear Halloween panties (I seen) that say 'scary'! He said I'd be the talk of the Cancer Center!! lol

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Yes, you would be the talk of the cancer center. lol

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lizdeli
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I was so happy to hear about your good news PET scan! I know it's a great relief. I apoliogize for the delay in posting. I just returned form a two week trip and I have a lot of catching up to do.

Liz

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