Aug 14, 2012 - 9:16 pm
I am a 52 year old woman who was recently diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. I was diagnosed June 28th 2012 and had my surgery on July 6th . I am currently undergoing chemo. I go to the cancer center and get hooked up for about 4-6 hours then I leave with a pump attached for an additional 46 hours. If all goes well I will complete my treatment by christmas Originally I was told I had stage 4 and that my liver had multiple lesions but those turned out to be benign so I was downgraded to stage 3 I had been feeling tired although I joined crossfit hoping to get my stamina up. I went to Alaska with our daughter and had difficulty walking up the steps to the ship I was very lucky that through it all I never had a serious problem. When I got home I realized I should go see a dr. I called, got in was told I needed a stress test , had 6 vials of blood taken. I never believed I would complete the stress test but I never had to go. The morning of the appointment I got a call from my dr saying it was cancelled and I had to go to the hospital for a blood transfusion. I was surprised but at the time it did not register how sick I was. Our daughter was celebrating her sons 2 birthday and we had rented a house on the water, I was determined to go. She was also due to deliver their second child 8/3/12. I had plans and I was determined to go. My cancer had other plans After the blood transfusions I was told they wanted to do a colonoscopy and endoscopy to determine where I was bleeding from. The dr assured me there was nothing wrong with me but he would do both tests regardless. I had had a colonoscopy 5 years earlier and it was clear. When I woke up he looked at me and said you have colon cancer. It never registered with me. I had other plans and was determined to continue with my plans regarding our grandchildren. It didn't happen, instead I had the surgery and began the. Chemo. I was able to travel to charlotte for the arrival of our new grandson "Brooks" in between my chemo. I'm tired all the time , nauseous most of the time regardless of the meds I take.