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Just diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer

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littlethings
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Joined: Mar 2013

New on here and looking for support.  There aren't any groups  in the area where I live.  I have been looking for survivor stories to help keep me positive and stumbled upon this website.  I had 18" of my colon removed on 3/5 , had PET Scan today, Chemo starts on 4/10.  I have never been so terrified in my life. I try to stay away from all websites that give survival statistics. 

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Eltina21
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Joined: May 2010

Thanks you for posting.  I love your word "scanxiety."  Keep enjoying life and many years.  Have a blessed day.Smile

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Linchacoop
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Joined: Feb 2013

Hang in there !! I'm new to this as well, and terrified as well, I was StageII and just finished My 3rd chemo . I'm doing folfox.. This site has been awesome and has helped prepare me for what's to come.. Everyone responses differently to treatment, but seem to share some common side effects..  Since summer is approaching, Id find some warm gloves to have on hand when and if you get the cold sensitivity. It feels like your hands fell asleep and the pins and needles feeling.. It's bearable !! Once my treatment started it made me feel more in control I hope it does for you as we'll. I have a pity party from time to time. So, if you're in need of one this is the place to be !! Ill be your cheerleader !!! Ill be praying for you !!! Give to God !!!

Lucinda 

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Debra12
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Was diagnosed with stage 3 on 7/9/12 had surgery 7/16/12 removal of descending colon and 18  lymph nodes 4 tested positive for tumors. So I guess that makes me stage 3c. My chemo was 5FU 12 rounds 1 every other week and home with a pump. Lost of trouble with the cold and now I have neuropathy in hands and feet.

had some issues with white blood cells and platelets even had to postpone one treatment.

 

But I'm not going to lie it was very tough, I doing very good now will have my first 3 month blood test on 5/22 and then see Dr. for results. the waiting is the worst for me.

 

Stay positive it's all going to be worth it in the end. God Bless

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Debra12
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Was diagnosed with stage 3 on 7/9/12 had surgery 7/16/12 removal of descending colon and 18 lymph nodes 4 tested positive for tumors. So I guess that makes me stage 3c. My chemo was 5FU 12 rounds 1 every other week and home with a pump. Lost of trouble with the cold and now I have neuropathy in hands and feet.

had some issues with white blood cells and platelets even had to postpone one treatment.

But I'm not going to lie it was very tough, I doing very good now will have my first 3 month blood test on 5/22 and then see Dr. for results. the waiting is the worst for me.

Stay positive it's all going to be worth it in the end. God Bless

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catherine58
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I have not been on this website for several years but for some reason I clicked on it tonight  … It is now well over six years since I had a  football sized tumour removed from my ascending colon and was told that my chances of living another five years were around 30% (I seem to remember I was T4/N2, which is not a very cheerful diagnosis).  Today I rarely think about cancer, it seems like a distant nightmare (although, in truth, the fear was far worse than the reality of surgery/chemo).
 
I'm so sorry, Kathy, about this horrible time you are going through but, seen in the context of eternity, the course of treatment is pretty short and (in my experience) far more endurable than I had imagined (I never lost my hair, was only sick once and carried on with life pretty much as normal for at least 10 days out of 14). 
 
The very best of luck and lots of healing vibes to all of you. 
justhappy2balive
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Joined: May 2013

I was diagnosed with Stage 3b colon cancer in June 2009, at only 43.  My surgery was then schedued 4 days later and I finished Chemo January of 2010.  The chemo wasn't really as bad as I thought it would be (no nausea), although 1/2 through my treatment I went into anaphylaxis with the Oxaliplatin.  They removed that from my chemo cocktail and I was able to continue treatment.  I may have had a few hurdles along the way, but my drive to give cancer it's eviction papers was what I longed for and it worked!  The only advice I can really give you is "keep a positive outlook"  You may have cancer, but cancer does NOT have you!

Marianne313
Posts: 125
Joined: Mar 2011

My aunt was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in February 2011 and is just now on paliative care (they only gave her 6 months) but chemo, faith, positive attitude and who knows what has kept her going...and she's 83 years old!

Keep positive hon. One day at a time :)

Marianne

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Easyflip
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Joined: May 2013

I'm stage 3 starting chemotherapy next week. When I saw long time survivor after survivor posting I started to cry! Seems I don't need a tip on a new study or what my vitamin D level should be but good old HOPE! Thank you for coming back to this site which helped you once and helping a newbie. I will soon be one of you and I promise I'll do the same. Now it's time to kick this stupid cancer's you-know-what!!!

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mk1117
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Joined: Jun 2006

Easyflip,

Keep your hopes up - as I've said before, there is light at the end of the tunnel.  I'm almost 9 years from diagnosis with Stage IIIC colon cancer.  I've actually reached a point where I don't wake up thinking about cancer.  In fact, some days it doesn't enter my mind at all! (That milestone was a long time coming!).  I have a new "normal", but am able to work full-time and enjoy life. 

Kathy

 

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PhillieG
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I'm sorry that you were diagnosed but this forum is quite good. You'll find that there are many opinions on various treatments. Then again, we're hit with the occasional spammer but it takes all types. 

I totally understand keeping away from the stat pages about colon cancer. One way to look at stats is that someone has to be in the positive results area. Why not you?

Flowers55
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Joined: May 2013

I have two friends - well fellow employees - one got a colonoscopy a year after his dad was told he had colon cancer - he found he had colon cancer - the other gentleman - that I work with, also had colon cancer - anyway one retired - all well - and the other is still working for the government. I have two friends whose husbands had cancer - one was lymph non-hodgins the other colon cancer - three years now since he finished his chemo for colon cancer.  I had dinner Saturday night with a friend who originally had trouble breathing - she actually had ovarian cancer #4 - just complete her chemo - her hair is coming back maybe more gray (she is a nurse and colored it) I have had endometrial cancer stage #2 abd basil cell on top of my head - great beauticians - - and I do not lay in sun - - just found out a old friends grandson has lung cancer and is at NIH  - and just got over shoulder??? yes shoulder cancer - - they, we and all of us - made it  - now my prayers are for my daughter - she has a j-pouch for years, while treating small mass for infection further tests showed she had colon cancer - she is very confused - no one had told her what stage - and which Doctor does she go with ------

Flowers55
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I have two friends - well fellow employees - one got a colonoscopy a year after his dad was told he had colon cancer - he found he had colon cancer - the other gentleman - that I work with, also had colon cancer - anyway one retired - all well - and the other is still working for the government. I have two friends whose husbands had cancer - one was lymph non-hodgins the other colon cancer - three years now since he finished his chemo for colon cancer.  I had dinner Saturday night with a friend who originally had trouble breathing - she actually had ovarian cancer #4 - just complete her chemo - her hair is coming back maybe more gray (she is a nurse and colored it) I have had endometrial cancer stage #2 abd basil cell on top of my head - great beauticians - - and I do not lay in sun - - just found out a old friends grandson has lung cancer and is at NIH  - and just got over shoulder??? yes shoulder cancer - - they, we and all of us - made it  - now my prayers are for my daughter - she has a j-pouch for years, while treating small mass for infection further tests showed she had colon cancer - she is very confused - no one had told her what stage - and which Doctor does she go with ------

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ron50
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   I was dxed in 1998 stage 3c 6/13 nodes involved . Had a year of chemo after surgery . have been ca free ever since. Ron.

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Eltina21
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Joined: May 2010

Yeah Ron.  Congratulations.

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