KathyA's Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Survivor: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 8 years ago, Female, Age: 63, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage IV

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    • KathyA
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    Well it was a complete shock to just go to the doctor with no symtoms and then after having a colonoscopy being told that you have progressive cancer on your liver prognosis, being told that you have to have surgery in a hurry because it is blocking your bowels and you will be in excruciating pain trying to use the bathroom and being told that if depending on if its on the outside or inside of the liver you chance of survival is 0 or they dont know depending on how severe it is.

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    • KathyA
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Colon surgery (colectomy or hemicolectomy)

    Procedure or Surgery

    After much prayer from my pastor and wife i ended up not having any cancer show up on my liver but it did show up on my colon and the walls of my uterus, I was down for about 6-8 weeks before my journey with chemo.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • KathyA
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I did 6 months of chemo and I also had to take medication because of my blood count keep being too low, this was the hardest 6 months of my life the side effects were overwhelming but God carried me through it all.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • KathyA
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The radiation wasnt bad I could still go to work afterwards I did 28 sessions

    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • KathyA
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    The nerve damage in my hands and feet was so overwhelming to the point of acheing it took about a year and a half for that to go away.

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    • KathyA
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Completed cemo in October of 2012 and radiation January 2013 but in October of 2013 got diabetees so now I'm dealing with that completely cured of the cancer.

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    • KathyA
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    well when I found out I had cancer my marriage was already on a down hill slop and the negative treatment that I received from my spouse was so overwhelming that I couldnt do the marriage and deal with the cancer so we seperated.

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    • KathyA
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Icompleted chemo in Oct. 2012 and radiation in January 2013 although I was diagnosed with diabetes in Oct. 2013 I'm completely cancer free, but I now deal with diabetes.

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