msunique900's Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Survivor: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 12 years ago, Female, Age: 54

  1. 1
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    When I got diagnosed with colon/rectum cancer I said oh no. I was going to have to quit my job, lose my hair and go through changes. I was a 43 year old african american young lady who didn't want to die at an early age. I agreed to chemo,radiation and surgery. I remembered that I signed up for a critical illness insurance policy at my job. This would help me with my finances. I just had to remember to remain positive.

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    almost 5 years ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    I had radiation therapy to shrink the rectal tumor.

    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  3. 3
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had chemo and radiation to shrink the tumor. It worked. They prepared me for surgery to remove it.

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    almost 5 years ago
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    Colon surgery (colectomy or hemicolectomy)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a colectomy to remove tumor. The cancer did not spread. Thank goodness. I had to wear a ostomy bag for awhile. It hurt my feelings but I wanted to get well. I went thru some changes. I kept the faith.

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
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    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    almost 5 years ago
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    Ileostomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had to have an illeostomy takedown.By then I had gotten use to the bag. This was a reason to celebrate. I was in for the biggest surprise in my life. My body had to get use to not having the bag on. I had numerous bowel movements. I also had some absesses of the stoma. It was very annoying. It took about a year or so to feel about 90% better. Im better now and cancer free. I still have to live with some issues.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  6. 6
    almost 5 years ago
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    Hair is back

    Celebration

    I'm so glad to be cancer free. My hair came back with a nice texture. It quickly went back to the orginal texture. I thank God for my healing. All I can say is pray daily and have trust in the Lord. I talked to my friends and relatives often. They were a good support. I now participant in the Relay for Life sponsered by the American Cancer Society.

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    almost 5 years ago
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    Side Effects

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    almost 5 years ago
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    Celebration

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  9. 9
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    I had some chemo brain side effects. I would go to the store and forget in a spit second what I was going to buy. My memory would come back just as soon as I relaxed. I'm still dealing with that. It doesn't happen much. I lost my hair. I bought some nice wigs.

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    almost 5 years ago
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