MichelleCoffee's Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Receiving hospice or palliative care, Diagnosed: over 8 years ago, Female, Age: 50

  1. 1
    almost 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    First procedure was a hysterectomy, because they thought I had ovarian cancer. It turned out to be colon cancer, stage 4 after I had a colonoscopy 2 months later! If they could've found it when I was already cut open for the hysterectomy, maybe the story would be different now.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. 2
    almost 6 years ago
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    Misdiagnosed

    Oh No

    They thought it was ovarian cancer; but it turned out to me stage 4 colon cancer that had already spread to lymph nodes and both ovaries. The Dr. said that he removed close to 3 lbs. of tumor from me.

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  3. 3
    almost 6 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I'm glad that I didn't have to lose my hair; and I only threw up maybe twice.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  4. 4
    almost 6 years ago
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    Constipation

    Side Effects

    Most people get the squirts from chemo, but I had to get constipated! Because of that, I had to have a hernia repair operation after one year.

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  5. 5
    almost 6 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Got a "certificate of completion" after I finished by first round of chemo---& I did it all w/o a port....but all my veins were messed up after that.

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  6. 6
    almost 6 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    Came back to the liver and lungs. 2nd round of chemo cleaned up the liver, but it continues to grow on both lungs.

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  7. 7
    almost 6 years ago
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    Decision Point

    I had to stop working around Thanksgiving due to my incessant coughing...which led to vomiting. I worked in foodservice, and I just couldn't do it any longer...no more strength.

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  8. 8
    almost 6 years ago
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    Hospice

    Other Care

    I have a hospice nurse come in once a week to take my vitals & check on me. Other than the cough and having to be on oxygen, I'm fine. I get around the house. I can still drive. I just can't "do" too much due to getting winded easily. I'm on 5 mg. oxycontin for the cough and xanax for the anxiety. As long as I don't get upset, I'm fine and comfortable and in no pain whatsoever. I'm very thankful for that.

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