I am a 63 year old Anal Cancer survivor. I just had a pet scan a couple of days ago and am now waiting for the results. My doctors said if it is clear like all the others have been, they will schedule my colostomy bag reversal and mediport removal. I am excited but also scared to death! I have had this darn bag for 11 months and am real scared my body won't work right again. I am also concerned because I have learned that radiation has really shrunk me, like not being able to have sex, it is too painful and when the doctors examine me it really hurts. So my question is if that hurts, how can I have a bowel movement? Has anyone had radiation and then had the bag reversed? If so can you tell me some things about it so I will not feel so scared. Is there anything that can be done about the shrinking. Right before I got the cancer, my ex-husband of 28 years ago found me on facebook. I went to visit him and we still love each other very much, we were getting back together and then I got the cancer, had the treatments and am now cancer free, but we can't have sex anymore. I feel real guilty expecting him to live with that forever. Is there any hope of that changing?
Thanks for listening.