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What was your age at diagnosis?

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tmpage1273
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What was your age at diagnosis?

AND

If you're done with treatment, how long have you been in remission?

SueRelays
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49 4 years ago this April 25th :)!!

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tmpage1273
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4 years is great!!! Congratulations!

duckyann
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47 years old and it will be 3 years in June for me.

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sephie
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i was diagnosed at age 56 and that was 2.5 years ago but had been having problems misdiagnosed for almost 1 year. sephie

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AZANNIE
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Diagnosed at age 58 and almost 8 months post treatment with two clear PET scans - keeping fingers crossed.

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mp327
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Dx'd in June 2008 at age 54.

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tmpage1273
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Wow...it seems most of you have had a very high success rate. That's comforting to know.

Wonder what the longest remission is around here? Hmmm....either way, sounds promising.

Thanks

P.S. What's the difference in a colon rectal dr and a gastro?

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54 when diagnosed although I had symptoms for about a year before that.
Now 3 1/2 years out, doing well.

From Google:
A gastroenterologist has a particular interest in diseases of the digestive tract.
A colorectal surgeon has a particular interest in diseases of the colon and rectum.

This site has a picture that might help (I always find pictures to be of assistance with bodily issues):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_gastrointestinal_tract

The gastro tract consists of the stomach and intestine, so that's what a gastro doctor would be of help with. The colo-rectal doctor would be of help specifically with issues concerning the colon, rectum, and anus.

mxperry220
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58 Just over 3 years post treatment.

Gulamin
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All the best to you!! You will do well too!!

torrance
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diagnosed at 52, probably had symptoms for a year prior, and coming up the middle of March will be my one year anniversary for end of treatment! Yeah me!

Bella_G
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I finish treatment next Thursday, 2/23/12.

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tmpage1273
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Congratulations!! How have you made it?

Bella_G
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The first few weeks weren't too bad. No nausea but not much appetite. Mouth sores on week 2 and again this week (week 6).

I started taking occasional pain meds for the radiation burns in week 4 and have been on them round the clock through week 5. I expect I'll need them for another week or two.

My digestion system is whack. I'm limiting diet to rice, toast, chicken, broth, popsicles.

JUST 3 MORE RADIATION SESSIONS!

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tmpage1273
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Bless your heart....it sounds like no fun. I hope and pray the last 3 are not Too bad and you start recovering soon. I think you deserve a big juicy steak.

Prayers going up now.

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RoseC
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You're almost done - next week will probably be rather rough, but you're very near the end of the trip - hang in there!

Angela_K
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Just turned 47. Treatment ended Jan 12, 2011. Check-ups every 2.5 months. No recurrence.

mamarae
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I was 48 years old and this week marks 6 years.

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tmpage1273
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6 Years. That is AWESOME!

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lizdeli
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I was 49. It's been 30 months since I finshed treatment. So far so good, so blessed.

Bella...you are almost done with treatment!! Wishing you healing and strength.

Liz

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z
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Hi Liz, I like your picture. After all this time now I know what you look like.

I was 50 and am 2 1/2 years ned for anal cancer.

Lori

nikra1933
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Please contact me. I am trying to collect information for a blog I am going to produce.
I can be reached at jerome.arkin@gmail.com I am looking for people who are cancer survivors of more than 5 years. Thanks.

cap630
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I was 53 when I got the news in May 2011.

sissy310
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Hi...I think I'm the oldest of the group...diagnosed when I was 61 in 2010 but had issues for over a year before that. I am 18 months post tx and NED to date. Next month is scheduled tests and dr visits (3 month increments yet). Marilyne

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tmpage1273
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Congratulations and hope the scans go well soon.

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lizdeli
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Thank Lori. It's a good thing we can't zoom in on the pictures! : - )
Liz

sissy310
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Thank you! I appreciate that. I come in here from time to time now and see how everyone is doing and meet new people (even though I am sad that new people even have to be in here!). Know that this is a great forum and got me through many tough moments. That is why I come in here now, to pay it forward. Take care, Marilyne

dasspears
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Age at diagnosis was 51 and I was diagnosed in Nov 2007. Still going strong!!!

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sandysp
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I was diagnosed at 61, May 5, 2011. My last tx was August 15th. My scans are all clear. At the time of diagnosis, I was very symptomatic with a lot of pain down my right leg, which I still have but the pain is managed by Lyrica now and it is not caused by cancer but from scar tissue which can be inflaming area with nerve related response. I was T2N1 with the tumor located South or 6:00. I think we here have sometimes slightly different symptoms based on the location of the tumor. For example I did not have the vaginal and urinary tract pain others had during treatment. Anyway, how many people can say they are feeling better this year than last at my age and expect to feel better than this next year? Yippeeee! Congratulations on your diagnosis. You are on your way to full and complete recovery. Word to the wise, it takes time, so try to be patient. Patience is not a virtue I come by easily.

Boobits
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No, I think I have you beat, cissy310. I was/am 69 years old!

cap630
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I too was diagnosed on May 5, 2011.

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sandysp
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Cinco de Maya will never be the same. Now we have more than one thing in common:-)
Take care,
Sandy

cap630
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I too was diagnosed on May 5, 2011.

cap630
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I too was diagnosed on May 5, 2011.

charliebean9
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I was dx at 42 and have been in remission for 2 years yesterday.

BBrat
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My Mom was diagnosed at 73 and just finished the first, and hopefully last, round of treatment. She has so much spunk and is determined to laugh through as much of the bad stuff as possible. I made her a shirt that says "Cancer is a pain in the butt" with little butt cheeks below the writing. She proudly displayed it during her hospital stay and the nurses loved it. She has her first follow up appointment later this month . . .

She also had a non-malignant tumor removed ten years ago from her transverse colon.

Good luck to everyone as you battle through all of this!

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mp327
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I wish your mom all the very best! She sounds like the kind of person who can definitely beat this disease! Please continue to let us know how she's doing.

shirlann54
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I was 56 when i was diagnosis ,Got done with my treatments Jan,17,2011.Been in remission 14 mo.

wje630
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I was 63, am now almost 7 years out of treatment, due for follow up colonoscopy this month, only long term after affect of radiation is vaginal stenosis? My advice to anyone going into treatment is to be sure and ask your onocologist about dialators, mine didn't mention it until afterwards.

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mp327
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Thanks for posting! The fact that you have been out of treatment for almost 7 years and are doing well sounds so good to me! I'm very happy for you!

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tmpage1273
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That is awesome!!! I hope you continue to stay well.

I go back to the doctor to check "fissure" again at 3:45 today. I have to admit, the itching is improving...so I hope that means it really was a fissure. Surely if it was AC the itching wouldn't be improving? Right?

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AZANNIE
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Wow! 7 years, that's great! Thanks for posting!

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sandysp
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I believe you have the most history of any who have posted since I first signed on. It's great to hear from a 7 year survivor. Thanks for posting.I told my radiologist how important that he gave me a dialator was according to these posts. We need to really let our doctors know. It seems like no one could look me in the eye when they gave me the dialator and they didn't mention it very often. I am like - "this is really important!" to them and they think I am funny but they are happy it is part of the protocol for us at MSK.

All the best,
Sandy

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z810840b
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I was 55 when i was diagnosed almost 4 years this May.I finished treatment August 08.

Phoebesnow
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49 and I never felt as good in my life. Stage ii.

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mohoper
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I was 46 when I was properly diagnoised. I've been in remission one year, one month & 10 days!

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tmpage1273
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I sent you a private message.

Congrats on remission! Did you have a big party at one year?

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mohoper
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I replied to your message! No big party; my husband & I spent "grateful time" together! I was given the diagnosis on a friday, our daughter graduated from high school the next day, & our son got married the day after that. It was one heck of a weekend, I tell you!

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tmpage1273
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What a weekend! Well congrats on all counts.

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sandysp
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You must have felt numb. Did you let your daughter and son know right away, or wait to tell them? Just curious. All the best!
Sandy

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