Apr 21, 2012 - 7:09 am
I found this website through Relay for Life - I started a team in our community. I am 51 years old and was diagnosed with Stage Four Anal Cancer on August 10, 2011. I was devasted. I had just retired July 1st. How could I get cancer and it reach stage 4 without even knowing it? Of course, a few months earlier I knew something was wrong but never thought this. I had a UTI, I thought it was related to that. I had scheduled an Alaskan vacation for my husband and I for his 50th birthday. We cancelled that and I began chemo and radiation immediately. In September, towards the end of radiation, I was hospitalized from severe burns, low potasium, blood counts etc. I checked myself out of one hospital (they said they had never seen such severe burns and weren't sure how to help me) and went to a larger hospital. Stronger pain medication got me through the burns. From radiation, I couldn't urinate and had a cathetor for a month which caused a severe UTI. In October, my mother died. In November, my husband died. He was my rock. He did everything for me & granddaughters when I was too sick to do it. I wasn't sure how I would make it without him beside me. In December, another pet scan which showed "hot spots" in my lympth nodes & liver were gone. Thank you God! In January, an MRI to look for more cancer-there was none. In February, surgery to resect a portion of my liver where cancer was located.
Today I am cancer free!!!!! Thank you God. I feel good. I have raised two of my grandchildren for 4 years. They do not know Grandma has cancer but know I have been sick. They lost their "Papa" in November. They have no parents involved in their life. What happens when I am gone? How will they handle losing the only "parents" they know has been my greatest fear.
I have a "team" of 4 oncologists who monitor me. Although stage 4 statistics are not good, I am hopeful. My oncologists (all of them) feel my chances are better than most stage 4. One of my radiation oncologists said to me last week, he thinks I am curable. Curable, me?, what sweet words to me ears!
I am glad I found a site specifically for anal cancer. Since anal cancer is such a small group of people, I was glad I found it.
Good luck and God Bless to everyone here.