Oct 15, 2013 - 1:10 pm
I Have been reading this forum since I was diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer after having my 1st colonoscopy at age 42, just over a year ago. I finally decided to join so I could give others hope. Soon after my stage 2 diagnosis I was called in for more tests... ultrasound, MRI, and a liver biopsy (ouch!) well my stage 2 turned to 4 overnight. I was told I had a 6% chance of being alive 5 years from now. I was stunned of course. After a couple of days of feeling sorry for myself and about two weeks of thinking I was going to live a short painfull life I had a consult with a surgeon and was told my cancer was operable and I started chemo treatments, xeloda and oxaliplatin. The fist few cycles were tolerable but I had intense neuropathy and nausea side effects after the third cycle, man did that suck! I went through a lot of radiation sessions after my chemo both my oncologist and surgeon were very happy with my response to the treatments.
My surgery was 7 hours long. I had never even had a broken bone before and here I was getting a section of my colon removed and part of my liver removed. That was pretty hard to deal with, but for me the worst part was getting an ileostomy. I just couldn't get use to the idea of having that bag even though it was only temporary. I had 4 more cycles of chemo and six months after my first surgery I had my ileostomy reversal... Best Day Ever! So here I am 4 weeks after my reversal and I'm feeling awesome! I lost a year of my life to cancer but I feel like I have beaten it. I know I have years of tests and scans ahead of me but I say bring it on. I went from thinking I was about to waste away and die to being cancer free... and I plan on staying that way!
Don't give up and keep believing, I know how hard it can be but all the crap I went through has truly made me a stronger and better person. Thanks for reading this and good luck to everyone here!