WordGirl's Journey with Anal Cancer

Patient: Anal Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 8 years ago, Female, Age: 58, Stage II

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    With few symptoms.... it was had to comprehend. But I started treatment immediately and read everything I could about anal cancer. You have got to ask a lot of questions! And, if you don't understand the answers... ask the question again. It's your life and you have to be willing to fight for it.

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy and radiation combined

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I wouldn't wish either chemo or radiation on any one. I always knew I'd get through it but it wasn't easy.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Radiation and chemotherapy together

    Radiation

    Radiation killed every white blood cell in my body and I was hospitalized for a week until my numbers went up. The other severe side affect was it effectively killed my energy, I had none.

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Job

    Loss

    I thought I could work through treatment and avoid going on disability. My inability to "keep up" as my boss called it, lead to my being "laid-off." I gained the ability to collect unemployment and COBRA for a year but I won't ever forget that not everyone understands cancer.

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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Decision Point

    After you survive cancer, everything in life has a new perspective. I started a blog to help me work through the emotions that come from loss, change, and my struggle back to health. It's called, "Life has a New Perspective." Cancer changes everything. Please feel free to visit by blog at: www.wordsherpa.blogspot.com You can survive cancer and move on with a new appreciation for life!

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    over 4 years ago
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    Psychosocial

    Other Care

    I started counseling to work through the job loss, the loss of my health, and my sudden dependence on others for my care during treatment. I learned to take care of my body. To sleep when ever I needed it, to eat only clean healthy food and to get regular massages. It's all about you!

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