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Hi Everyone! Just stopped in to say hello!

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Chris Ptown
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I know i don't come here anymore but for those of you who still do I just wanted to say hello.  Two years ago you all helped me so much and I don't know how I would have gotten through my fear without you.  I do have one question.  As of this December 23rd it will be two years since my last day of chemo and radiation.  I have gotten checked every six months and so I am wondering will my two year anniversary of being clear be on Dec 23rd or will it be on the date from my first checkup after my treatments stopped?  Just trying to figure out when my anniversary technically falls on.  I really hope you are all doing well and for the newbies in here all I can say is that you are in wonderful hands with the folks who still come here.  They are wonderful people!  Cheers!

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Joined: Jul 2011

Glad to hear you are doing well!  Two years already?  I use my last day of treatment as my anniversary!  I figure that's the day the alien tumor was truly dead....  I don't suppose it matters which day you celebrate...  Just CELEBRATE!!


mp327's picture
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How nice to see you post an update and it sounds like everything is going well for you!  Two years is a big milestone, as the chance of recurrence drops significantly at that point, so you have much to celebrate!  I have always counted my years from the last day of treatment, which for me was September 9th.  This year was big for me--5 years!  So, with that I say, celebrate from both dates!  I don't think we have to get too technical about it, just use whatever date you like to think your tumor was gone.  I really hope you continue to be healthy and happy and may there be many, many more years of celebration for you!  Take care!

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I can't believe it's been two years already! I hope you are feeling well.



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Good to see your update and it sound like you are doing well!  I count my anniversary from the last day of treatment.  Diagonosed on 7/24, started treatment on 8/3 and finished on 9/11 (all 2009).  Congratulations on your two year milestone!

Wishing you a wonderful, healthy and happy holiday.


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Joined: Mar 2013

January 18th will be 1 year since I finished the last radiation for anal cancer. I still feel the heartbreak of hearing I had cancer over a year ago and the fear that it might reoccur. When does one regain the ability to get through the old gym workouts or the cardio workouts one used to do?

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I truly believe it takes a full 2 years to fully recover from this treatment--at least that was my experience.  If it's any encouragement to you, I ran a full marathon last year, 3 1/2 years post-treatment.  Just be patient and stay determined--you'll get there!

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It's good to hear from you that you think it takes a full 2 years.  I'm just one year past and am sometimes so frustrated with the bouts of fatigue I go through.  So much better than earlier this year and still so far from where I was 18 months ago.  I poke along, getting through a work day and then collapsing on the couch when I get home.  I can definitely see progress - the chemo fog has mostly lifted, the digestive problems are somewhat under control (although I'm craving a burrito - it would be so delicious going in and such a problem later on that I will continue to resist the craving for now!)

I wish you and everyone here a happy holiday and a healthy new year!

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Joined: Oct 2011

Hi Chris! Yes, i remember you; we went through treatment around the same time and I remember how you couldn't wait to get your port out!

So glad you are doing well! I'm feeling pretty good, too, all things considered. Sometimes I recall that time and can't believe I got through it all.

We are so fortunate. Years ago, we probably wouldn't have been around.

Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary!


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It sounds like you are definitely making forward progress.  However, each and every one of us would have like to have hopped off the radiation machine that last time and felt completely back to normal the very next day.  It can be a process of two steps forward and one step back, but as long as you are facing forward and making progress, you will eventually get there! 

Happy Holidays to you too!

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