Sep 24, 2013 - 12:35 pm
I am 50 years old and last month I went to the doctor because of cramps, vomiting and bleading. During the colonoscapy they found a large tumor and ulcerative colitis. It was decided I needed a total colectomy and, if all went well during the operation, I would have an ileorectal anastamosis. The surgery went very well. The operation was all done laparoscopically. I had read on the internet many horror stories about how painful this surgery was. For me, it was not that bad. I was pretty sore the first three days of recovery, but I was up walking around on day one. I was eating soft solids on day 3 and now, two weeks later, I am back to work eating what ever I want. I just wanted to let those facing this operation know that it may not be as bad as the internet stories may say.
The pathology from the operation showed 6 lymph node with cancer, but no other signs of spreading so I am stage IIIc. I start on FolFox6 in a couple of weeks. I appreciate everything people have written that gives me a little insite into what being on Chemo for 6 months may be like. Wish me luck.