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AZANNIE
Posts: 390
Joined: Mar 2011

I've been reading comments from the sidelines and finally decided to participate. This is a great support group. I was diagnosed with Stage 2 anal cancer in March. Had chemo and radiation and am 3 months post treatment. Radiation was miserable!!!! July P.E.T. scan showed that the cancer is gone and I hope it stays gone! I'm feeling better but still have bathroom issues.

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Lorikat
Posts: 559
Joined: Jul 2011

Welcome...I am fairly new here also and still in treatment. The people here are wonderful. I was hesitant to post at first because someone else might read what I post (other than other anal cancer patients). But really all we talk about needs to be out there for the public. People NEED to be familiar with this type of cancer. I had never heard of it, thought Farrah had colon cancer. I now want to scream "colonoscopy for all with goog doctors for all."
You may be able to help me.....Lorie

AZANNIE
Posts: 390
Joined: Mar 2011

Hi Lorie,
Thanks for the welcome! I'm sorry that everyone has to be here. You're right that people need to be familiar with type of cancer! I'm still hesitant to tell people what kind of cancer I had, but then again everyone has one...

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RoseC
Posts: 503
Joined: Jun 2011

Hi Azannie - welcome to the board! Nice to meet you. Congratulations on your successful treatment! The people here are wonderful - full of lots of great information and stupendous support. It's such a comfort to be in a place where you know the folks will understand and sympathize with anything at all you're going through. Welcome!

AZANNIE
Posts: 390
Joined: Mar 2011

Thanks for the welcome! Yes, there's lots of great information - more info than drs. can tell you, because everyone here has been through it.

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mp327
Posts: 2950
Joined: Jan 2010

Welcome here and I promise you that there will be lots of support and caring from the other members. This cancer is not easy to talk about, but this is our safe haven where nothing anal cancer related is off-limits. I'm glad to hear you are doing well and that your post-treatment PET scan showed that your cancer is gone--great news! As you continue in post-treatment mode and perhaps deal with some lingering issues, know that a lot of us here can relate, so let us help you! May you be blessed with continued good health.

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z
Posts: 1257
Joined: May 2009

Hello and welcome, of course sorry you had to find us. It takes a while to heal, but one day at a time. I had bathroom issues for a good year. Now after completing tx 6-30-09, I am regular. Maybe not mentally but physically LOL. Keep us posted and ask anything, I wish you well. Lori

AZANNIE
Posts: 390
Joined: Mar 2011

You're right that this cancer isn't easy to talk about. I'll feel more at ease after my next P.E.T. scan which will probably be in a few months and then hopefully the port will be removed which will mean another victory. I have port flushed Monday; see oncologist in November and colon/rectal dr. in December. Will also have blood work done in November and see that one of the tests is CEA so hope there aren't any cancer cells lurking...

Angela_K
Posts: 374
Joined: Jan 2011

I promise you, no topic is taboo with this group. Happy that you found us!

Angela

AZANNIE
Posts: 390
Joined: Mar 2011

Glad to have found this group, too.

pjs62
Posts: 95
Joined: Sep 2011

Hi Azannie!
I'm fairly new to the group as well. My son found this site for me because I couldn't find others in my area with anal cancer to talk to. I was diagnosed July 2010 with stage 2 anal cancer & went thru the usual treatment of chemo/radiation. I was told Oct 2010 I was in remission but then Aug 2011 was told the cancer is recurrent. But if you've read any of my 'blogs' you know the rest.
Anyway the group here is great....if you have questions or just need some feedback. I know I really appriciate this support group!
Welcome to the group Azannie!!

AZANNIE
Posts: 390
Joined: Mar 2011

Sorry that the cancer has returned. Hang in there!

shirlann54
Posts: 161
Joined: Aug 2011

Wecome to our group .I,m new too .It has help me a lot because i don't feel all alone now .I have some one to talk to .That really understands and has had the some cancer.You will get better and better .I.m getting much better it'It been 8 mon for me . Sometimes i really hurt when i have lot of BMS. It takes time.

AZANNIE
Posts: 390
Joined: Mar 2011

I know I have to be patient and take things a day at a time. I feel much better than I did a few months ago. For awhile there, though I wondered... As you well know, it isn't a picnic but we're making it!

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Lorikat
Posts: 559
Joined: Jul 2011

What a beautiful backdrop for your picture! We are all short on patience at one time or another!! Nice thing is we can get on here and "talk" to others in the same boat any time, night or day....lorie

ShellWell47
Posts: 8
Joined: Jun 2010

I haven't been on this site for awhile but I went through treatment early 2010 and remain cancer free. I hope my experience encourages someone: Post treatment = chemo/33 radiation treatments, extreme burns, chemo brain made me afraid I wouldn't be able to continue at my legal job, went through early menopause, lots of fears and urgency in bm, and sex seemed near impossible. Remember those night watches of tears, fears, and pain like it was yesterday. 2+ years down the road, things are different but very good. I still have my legal job. My husband and I have a great sex life and I am so glad I persevered through the pain at first. I look at life through a totally different windshield. Menopause symptoms were regulated with Black Cohosh and perseverence. Still have some urgency issues but that's a small price in my book. Don't give up. Don't give up. Pray and don't give up! I know this feels like you are fighting Goliath, and you are! Experiencing utter weakness was the best thing for me, I never realized what a control freak I was until I couldn't control anything and had no choice but to let go. Realizing there is nothing you can do but trust in God for the outcome. Wow. Anyway, for me that changed everything. Everything. God speed to all who read this ~ humble yourself under God's mighty hand and in due time He will lift you up.

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