SandiD's Journey:

Patient: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 11 years ago, Female, Age: 63

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    • SandiD
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Tumor found during first colonoscopy.

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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Laparascopic colon surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Since the lowest part possible was removed, I lost my "holding tank" which was very hard to learn to live with!

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • SandiD
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    Very frequent!

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    • SandiD
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    Going on 5 years clean!

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    • SandiD
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    I decided I was unable to go back to work

    Decision Point

    After surgery, due to the resection being so low, I developed what is called chronic dumping. Not diarrhea exactly, but I was going often with very little control. After waiting several months and seeing a Gastroenterologist, we decided I would not return to work. I need to run to the potty on a moment's notice, as many times as I need to. I have been able to go on Disability and control this a bit better with diet, but this will always be a problem. I have good hours though (and they are not predictable) so I take full advantage of those.

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