Jul 25, 2013 - 6:56 pm
Hi, my name's Mitch. I was diagnosed with anal cancer in August of last year. I started treatment in October and finished just before Christmas. In January I was told I was cancer free. Right around March I started noticing that I really didn't have control of my bowel movements. I could be cooking or something, and then all of a sudden I would have to go, and not make it to the bathroom. I was not told that this would be a side effect of the treatment. This problem has made me basically a recluse because of the simple fact that I don't want to have to wear a diaper everytime I leave my house.
I had a colonoscopy last month, but they had to halt the procedure because I became combative, even under twilight anasthesia. From the two pics taken during the colonoscopy it's evident that I have radiation induced proctitis, but what I'm trying to figure out is why can I not control my sphincter. It's really awful, and I'm trying not to let it get me down, but I kind of feel that as happy as I am that I got through the treatment, I am equally unhappy with my current situation. If anyone has had a similar experience I would appreciate any input. Mitch