cjtigers' Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Survivor: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 8 years ago, Female, Age: 54, KRAS mutation positive: No, BRAF mutation positive: No, Stage II

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    over 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    My worst nightmare come true!

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    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The experience wasn't painful, but it was scary. By the end of the 5 weeks of treatments there was no such thing as modesty. Everyone had seen my naked butt!

    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was lucky, I just had to swallow the pills. They did make me queasy and did weird things to my hands and feet.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    over 5 years ago
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    Colostomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    This surgery was a major life changer. I had a very long and painful recovery.

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    More chemo after the surgery. It really was like adding insult to injury, but I survived it.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Hooray, I guess all of the tears and heartache of cancer treatment paid off!!

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    Major anxiety waiting for ct scan results.

    Oh No

    I have my follow up appointment with my oncologist this afternoon. My anxiety has been building all week and now I feel like my heart is beating a mile a minute (and I'm still 6 hours away until my appt time!). I am so afraid of a recurrance, I'm not sure I can go through it again.

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