TaraMac's Journey:

Patient: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 50, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage IV

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    • TaraMac
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    i have cancer, this is a bad dream

    Oh No

    I went to the doctor for rectal bleeding,I had a colonoscopy which showed a polyp the size of a golf ball, I had a biopsy taken. A few days later I was diagnosed with colon cancer, I had a pet ct scan a few days after that which showed the cancer has started to spread to my liver. I'm so young and no history in my family of any colon cancer. I have a strong faith and a wonderful family support but at times I feel so alone, I guess I'm just afraid of the unknown. I have a consultation on the 20th for chemotherapy, the surgeon feels thats the smartest route to go at this point and so do I.

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    • TaraMac
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I just had my portcath placed yesterday the procedure went very well. Aside from the fact that I'm very sore and need help with daily needs (personal care) everything else is fine.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • TaraMac
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Hi Everyone I just returned home from my first chemo appointment today. I arrived @ 9AM finished @3PM, since this was my first time having my port accessed. They made 2 attempts after that I told the nurse to just leave it in I am still very sore from the port. This caused the medication to run slow. The next time I will need a longer needle because the port is in deep. I did experience some jaw pain when taking my first bite of food and diarrhea, during the treatment. I'm not able to drink any thing cold for 3 days and I must wear gloves to go in the refrigerator and socks on my feet as well. They sent me home with a 46hr pump, I am so glad to feel as good as I do. There are so many other things but if they occur I will let you know. If anyone has a question feel free to ask. I can say today was a good day, 6 more treatments to go.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • TaraMac
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    Hi everyone since my first chemo session I have had to go back to my oncologist the next day to have the needle changed, since the port is so deep the needle came out. I finally finished my pump last night. In between all of that I have very bad nausea which I am unable to go to work the constipation is so bad and now food is starting to look like the enemy. Hopefully as I have my next 1-2 treatments my body will adjust because this so new and I have to adapt to this. Today will be better than yesterday

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    • TaraMac
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Cancer is shrinking

    Celebration

    I just received the report from my CT scan today it showed that the lesions on my liver are decreasing in size after 5 treatments. God is so good. I will win, as I say positive thinking brings positive results. Everyone Be Blessed

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    • TaraMac
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 3 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery

    Hi my family I know its been a while I had a big surgery 2 months ago to the day. I had a pump put in to give chemo directly to my liver and I had my gallblader removed as well as some of my colon retracted. I spent 7 days in the hospital and the recovery was difficult but I made it. My oncologist informed me that my LDH levels are going up and that makes me feel so good. I just had another port put in today for my chemo and the pick line removed today. I'm so sore and had chemo today. No pain no gain right.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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