LoriK's Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Survivor: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 27 years ago, Female, Age: 69, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage IIIA

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    • LoriK
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    We all know cancer doesn't sleep and it doesn't take a vacation. I had just gotten married and we just returned from our honeymoon which was a marvelous 4 week vacation in New Zealand when fatigue took over my life. I was quickly diagnosed with colon cancer by my physician.

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    • LoriK
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Colostomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I didn't know what to expect although my physician was very detailed about my surgery. One can not prepare for a permanent colostomy especially after being married for such a short amount of time. The part about my experience that has the biggest impact on people is that when I was diagnosed there was no treatment beyond surgery. It wastn't until my post surgery days that my surgeon shared with me that Chemo had been accepted as a treatment option. My recovery was typical for abdominal surgery. The difficult part is adjusting to having a colostomy and knowing you will have t for the rest of your life.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • LoriK
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    I did experience some depression for a short while but one day when I looked down my my appliance it occured to me that instead of being sad about having a colostomy I needed to consider it a sign of sorts. Something to remind me everyday that I "used" to have cancer and today I do not. That thought has certainly carried me 22+ years. There is also a certain amount of anxiety that goes along with have a colostomy appliance. There are accidents one learns to accept in stride. One must never stop living because of it, I didn't and was able to resume every activity I had even done.

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    • LoriK
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    No evidence of cancer!

    Celebration

    Each little milestone was a celebration. Colon cancer has it own challenges with percentages and while I wont concentrate on what they were for me, let's just say that my Dr. was thrilled at 6 mos, 1 year, 5 yr, 10 years and 20! My husband and I celebrate my surgery date instead of Valentine's Day since my surgery was 10 close to Valentines Day in 1990.

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    • LoriK
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    In 2010 I was selected as a Hero of Hope!

    Celebration

    I was selected by ACS as a Hero of Hope in the Great West! Speaking on behalf of survivors is a joyous experience. Letting people klnow through research raised largly by Relay For Life we are saving more lives, diagnossing much earlier and treating much better! Although I am currently in the Mid South I continue to speak to groups and Relays in and around my new home!

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    • LoriK
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Oh No

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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