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Relay for Life Speech

I was asked recently to speak about my journey at a Relay for Life event.


Here is a link the the video on youtube.  https://youtu.be/aBwgN2XmJzw


Vaginal Stenosis from pelvic radiation

After reading so many posts here, I realized how many women are in the same boat as I am. I was diagnosed on June 10, 2016 with anal/rectal cancer; a 5cm tumor cused by HPV 30 years earlier. I knew something was wrong and went to the doctor in January. She was going to send me for a colonoscopy, but when she realized I had just turned 49, she decided to treat for hemmorhoids instead. Five months later I went straight to a gastro but they didn't schedule the colonoscopy for another 5 weeks If only I had it in January, the tumor would have been much smaller. But I went at it full force.


My husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer Jan 29, 2019. It stage 2 or 3. He has been having chemo one per week.: Gemzar and Abraxanne. 

I want to know if it is normal to experience so much pain, especially after or during  eating.  Please share if you or your loved one is experiencing pain. Sometimes it’s like sharp jabs to the stomach.


thank you,


Coming Unglued - January 2016

I hope these posts are helpful to someone.  They are a little diary of my journey.  I am trying to post them in order.  First time blogger. 


So, my appointment for the biopsy came pretty fast. Sally Jobe ladies were doing what they could to squeeze me in anywhere at any time. That alone was a little nerve wracking. Everywhere I went with this group, the people were friendly and the service was excellent.  They walked me though all of it.  They were helpful and anytime I looked lost, there was someone there to let me know where to be/go. 


"It's a Tumor" - December 2015

Hope these are helpful.  I appologize if they are out of order...  first time at this blogging thing! 



In my best Arnold voice, I said, "it's a tumor".  Too soon?

The beginning - Thanksgiving Weekend 2015

I am gong to post a series of blogs/stories. Not sure where to put them, but wanted to share in the even ANYONE benefits. I wrote them as time passed.  Sorry if they are out of order! This is from November 2015





Hello to all CSN Members,

I am in search of recommendations/suggestions that the community may be aware of regarding my discomfort with regard to bowel movements as detailed below:


  1. Diagnosed with CR Cancer Stage III on Jan 4th 2018. CT Scan and follow-up biopsies taken during Colonscopy confirmed Low Grade (Moderately-Differentiated) Adenocarcinoma




My name is Karen. I am a single mother with an 11 year old daughter.  I had a rare form of  thyroid cancer.  My treatment was intense (6 years ago) I am now left with no speech, swallowing problems, and breathing issues. I am currently on Disability. I still need to follow up with my oncologist every 6 months. 

I am trying to find others who suffer from the side effects of cancer treatment.  I see a lot of posts from people who are going through treatment......that is not where I am at.  

So many tests, so little time

Hello all,


First and foremost – THANK YOU FOR ALL THE POSITIVE THOUGHTS, PRAYER AND SUPPORT!! It really does help!

The DNA testing came back “negative”, so I will probably be able to get away with a much smaller surgery. She even went so far as to say there is only 4.5% chance of occurrence on the other side.  VERY GOOD NEWS. 

Rib pain after radical nephrectomy

Thanks for everyone's postings, they are very helpful!

I am a healthy 45 yr old father of three wonderful boys. On a random CT scan they found a 12cm mass on my right kidney.  Three days later I had a radical nephrectomy.  Recovery seems slow and I now have pain in my ribs on my right side on my back.  


Does anyone remember having his type of pain four weeks after surgery? It feels like a broken rib and only showed up a week ago.


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