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AZANNIE
AZANNIE Member Posts: 445 Member
I've been reading comments from the sidelines and finally decided to participate. This is a great support group. I was diagnosed with Stage 2 anal cancer in March. Had chemo and radiation and am 3 months post treatment. Radiation was miserable!!!! July P.E.T. scan showed that the cancer is gone and I hope it stays gone! I'm feeling better but still have bathroom issues.

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  • Lorikat
    Lorikat Member Posts: 681 Member
    Welcome...I am fairly new
    Welcome...I am fairly new here also and still in treatment. The people here are wonderful. I was hesitant to post at first because someone else might read what I post (other than other anal cancer patients). But really all we talk about needs to be out there for the public. People NEED to be familiar with this type of cancer. I had never heard of it, thought Farrah had colon cancer. I now want to scream "colonoscopy for all with goog doctors for all."
    You may be able to help me.....Lorie
  • RoseC
    RoseC Member Posts: 559
    Welcome Azannie
    Hi Azannie - welcome to the board! Nice to meet you. Congratulations on your successful treatment! The people here are wonderful - full of lots of great information and stupendous support. It's such a comfort to be in a place where you know the folks will understand and sympathize with anything at all you're going through. Welcome!
  • mp327
    mp327 Member Posts: 4,440 Member
    Welcome AZANNIE!
    Welcome here and I promise you that there will be lots of support and caring from the other members. This cancer is not easy to talk about, but this is our safe haven where nothing anal cancer related is off-limits. I'm glad to hear you are doing well and that your post-treatment PET scan showed that your cancer is gone--great news! As you continue in post-treatment mode and perhaps deal with some lingering issues, know that a lot of us here can relate, so let us help you! May you be blessed with continued good health.
  • z
    z Member Posts: 1,411 Member
    mp327 said:

    Welcome AZANNIE!
    Welcome here and I promise you that there will be lots of support and caring from the other members. This cancer is not easy to talk about, but this is our safe haven where nothing anal cancer related is off-limits. I'm glad to hear you are doing well and that your post-treatment PET scan showed that your cancer is gone--great news! As you continue in post-treatment mode and perhaps deal with some lingering issues, know that a lot of us here can relate, so let us help you! May you be blessed with continued good health.

    Azannie
    Hello and welcome, of course sorry you had to find us. It takes a while to heal, but one day at a time. I had bathroom issues for a good year. Now after completing tx 6-30-09, I am regular. Maybe not mentally but physically LOL. Keep us posted and ask anything, I wish you well. Lori
  • Angela_K
    Angela_K Member Posts: 374 Member
    Welcome
    I promise you, no topic is taboo with this group. Happy that you found us!

    Angela
  • pjs62
    pjs62 Member Posts: 95
    Welcome!!
    Hi Azannie!
    I'm fairly new to the group as well. My son found this site for me because I couldn't find others in my area with anal cancer to talk to. I was diagnosed July 2010 with stage 2 anal cancer & went thru the usual treatment of chemo/radiation. I was told Oct 2010 I was in remission but then Aug 2011 was told the cancer is recurrent. But if you've read any of my 'blogs' you know the rest.
    Anyway the group here is great....if you have questions or just need some feedback. I know I really appriciate this support group!
    Welcome to the group Azannie!!
  • shirlann54
    shirlann54 Member Posts: 162
    wecome
    Wecome to our group .I,m new too .It has help me a lot because i don't feel all alone now .I have some one to talk to .That really understands and has had the some cancer.You will get better and better .I.m getting much better it'It been 8 mon for me . Sometimes i really hurt when i have lot of BMS. It takes time.
  • AZANNIE
    AZANNIE Member Posts: 445 Member
    Lorikat said:

    Welcome...I am fairly new
    Welcome...I am fairly new here also and still in treatment. The people here are wonderful. I was hesitant to post at first because someone else might read what I post (other than other anal cancer patients). But really all we talk about needs to be out there for the public. People NEED to be familiar with this type of cancer. I had never heard of it, thought Farrah had colon cancer. I now want to scream "colonoscopy for all with goog doctors for all."
    You may be able to help me.....Lorie

    Thanks
    Hi Lorie,
    Thanks for the welcome! I'm sorry that everyone has to be here. You're right that people need to be familiar with type of cancer! I'm still hesitant to tell people what kind of cancer I had, but then again everyone has one...
  • AZANNIE
    AZANNIE Member Posts: 445 Member
    RoseC said:

    Welcome Azannie
    Hi Azannie - welcome to the board! Nice to meet you. Congratulations on your successful treatment! The people here are wonderful - full of lots of great information and stupendous support. It's such a comfort to be in a place where you know the folks will understand and sympathize with anything at all you're going through. Welcome!

    Thanks Rose
    Thanks for the welcome! Yes, there's lots of great information - more info than drs. can tell you, because everyone here has been through it.
  • AZANNIE
    AZANNIE Member Posts: 445 Member
    mp327 said:

    Welcome AZANNIE!
    Welcome here and I promise you that there will be lots of support and caring from the other members. This cancer is not easy to talk about, but this is our safe haven where nothing anal cancer related is off-limits. I'm glad to hear you are doing well and that your post-treatment PET scan showed that your cancer is gone--great news! As you continue in post-treatment mode and perhaps deal with some lingering issues, know that a lot of us here can relate, so let us help you! May you be blessed with continued good health.

    Thanks!
    You're right that this cancer isn't easy to talk about. I'll feel more at ease after my next P.E.T. scan which will probably be in a few months and then hopefully the port will be removed which will mean another victory. I have port flushed Monday; see oncologist in November and colon/rectal dr. in December. Will also have blood work done in November and see that one of the tests is CEA so hope there aren't any cancer cells lurking...
  • AZANNIE
    AZANNIE Member Posts: 445 Member
    Angela_K said:

    Welcome
    I promise you, no topic is taboo with this group. Happy that you found us!

    Angela

    Glad to have found this
    Glad to have found this group, too.
  • AZANNIE
    AZANNIE Member Posts: 445 Member
    pjs62 said:

    Welcome!!
    Hi Azannie!
    I'm fairly new to the group as well. My son found this site for me because I couldn't find others in my area with anal cancer to talk to. I was diagnosed July 2010 with stage 2 anal cancer & went thru the usual treatment of chemo/radiation. I was told Oct 2010 I was in remission but then Aug 2011 was told the cancer is recurrent. But if you've read any of my 'blogs' you know the rest.
    Anyway the group here is great....if you have questions or just need some feedback. I know I really appriciate this support group!
    Welcome to the group Azannie!!

    Sorry that the cancer has
    Sorry that the cancer has returned. Hang in there!
  • AZANNIE
    AZANNIE Member Posts: 445 Member

    wecome
    Wecome to our group .I,m new too .It has help me a lot because i don't feel all alone now .I have some one to talk to .That really understands and has had the some cancer.You will get better and better .I.m getting much better it'It been 8 mon for me . Sometimes i really hurt when i have lot of BMS. It takes time.

    I know I have to be patient
    I know I have to be patient and take things a day at a time. I feel much better than I did a few months ago. For awhile there, though I wondered... As you well know, it isn't a picnic but we're making it!
  • Lorikat
    Lorikat Member Posts: 681 Member
    AZANNIE said:

    I know I have to be patient
    I know I have to be patient and take things a day at a time. I feel much better than I did a few months ago. For awhile there, though I wondered... As you well know, it isn't a picnic but we're making it!

    What a beautiful backdrop
    What a beautiful backdrop for your picture! We are all short on patience at one time or another!! Nice thing is we can get on here and "talk" to others in the same boat any time, night or day....lorie
  • ShellWell47
    ShellWell47 Member Posts: 8
    Encouragement
    I haven't been on this site for awhile but I went through treatment early 2010 and remain cancer free. I hope my experience encourages someone: Post treatment = chemo/33 radiation treatments, extreme burns, chemo brain made me afraid I wouldn't be able to continue at my legal job, went through early menopause, lots of fears and urgency in bm, and sex seemed near impossible. Remember those night watches of tears, fears, and pain like it was yesterday. 2+ years down the road, things are different but very good. I still have my legal job. My husband and I have a great sex life and I am so glad I persevered through the pain at first. I look at life through a totally different windshield. Menopause symptoms were regulated with Black Cohosh and perseverence. Still have some urgency issues but that's a small price in my book. Don't give up. Don't give up. Pray and don't give up! I know this feels like you are fighting Goliath, and you are! Experiencing utter weakness was the best thing for me, I never realized what a control freak I was until I couldn't control anything and had no choice but to let go. Realizing there is nothing you can do but trust in God for the outcome. Wow. Anyway, for me that changed everything. Everything. God speed to all who read this ~ humble yourself under God's mighty hand and in due time He will lift you up.