Gizz's Journey:

Patient: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: 7 months ago, Female, Age: 66, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage IIC

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    • Gizz
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    6 months ago
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    Just Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Just found out I have colon cancer of the sigmoid colon. Don't know anything more. I am scared to death. I knew there was something not right with me, my body was telling me something wasn't right. Took for ever ( 2 months ) to have a colorology. Told me that day that I need Surgery to remove. Know things are moving a little faster. So over whelming. Told my close family on Easter, and everything starts in 2 weeks. CT scans, MRI, Ultrasounds. These will tell me if the cancer has spread to other parts of my body and if it has attached to my wall. The waiting to know if so stressful. I am so scared. I feel it has progressed as I have a cyst that I can feel near the upper part of my rib cage, which never was there before until I had divertolis. So I go for all these tests and then Chemo. Will have 2 doctors from enology and a nurse to help with all my appointments and questions and just help. Just makes me scared more. My family that I have told are supporting me. My biggest help comes from my daughter in-law. I am afraid about my husband. Not sure how he is taking this. He is not much for talking or showing him self. When I was looking at wigs, he said why? I said because I might lose my hair during Chemo treatments and he said oh! I guess maybe if he doesn't say it out loud it won't be as bad.

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    • Gizz
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    6 months ago
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    Procedure or Surgery

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    Went as Expected: Not Specified
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    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    6 months ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
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    • Gizz
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    6 months ago
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    Side Effects

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    • Gizz
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    5 months ago
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    Other

    Oh No

    Just wanted to input a up-date since my first Oh No! experience. It has been about 2 weeks since I told my family and waiting for my appointments to start. I have been so stressed. I am a very stressful person so trying to calm my self down has been hard. I don't feel right now like I have cancer. But I do. I am bought back to reality when they are calling about keeping my appointments or I get a little pain from my diverticular. I started my CT Scan which I was nervous about as the scan date came closer and that wasn't nothing to worry about. It was easy and with a peasant drink to sallow. LOL! The doctor called that afternoon with the results and everything looked good. Cancer hadn't spread through other organs. YEA!!! I went for my MRI and was really nervous with everyone telling me about the closed space and the noise. It was not as bad as some people made it out to be. I just listened to the music and kept my eyes closed. It went really fast, I thought. The doctor called me the same day and said that everything came out fine. The only thing that showed was the colon cancer and no lymodes or cyst showed. I do have 6.9 cm of cancer near the opening of my butt. So I know I will need Chemo and surgery. I go in next week for a ultra-sound to see how far in and how deep the cancer is to the wall of the colon. I guess this will tell us what stage I am in.But I feel with all the test so far that l I'm in Stage 2. I guess I am luckier then most getting diagnose fast and getting all these appointments going for me. I will see my main surgeon at the end of this month and the plan will be formed.

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    • Gizz
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    5 months ago
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    EUC

    Procedure or Surgery

    Almost like a colostomy, had a poly removed also. Stage3B

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Gizz
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    4 months ago
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    Results of PET scan

    Oh No

    Just a up-date of what is happening with me. I saw my Surgeon and my Radiation doctor. They both sent me to get a PET scan. It came back with a spot on my lungs that they are concerned about. So here I go again with another scan ordered, this time only for my lungs. There is a cyst that I know of cause I can feel it and it popped up around the time I had my diverticulosis attack. But the doctors aren't sure that this cyst is from my colon cancer. Oh No! another problem to deal with. Wish me luck on my lung CT scan. Will know more then and have consultation with doctors this coming Thursday.

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    • Gizz
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    4 months ago
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    Results of PET scan

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    Oh my goodness, now I understand why some people that have been diagnosed haven't started treatment and have taken them a year before they started their treatment. As for me, it's one test after another. They keep finding something in each scan or test they send me on. CT scans, MRI, EUS, PET and now had lung CT and being sent to a Pulmonary doctor to have a bronchoscopy. Yes I have cancer in my lungs and they don't know if it is from my colon cancer or a separate cancer not related to the colon cancer. Hopefully this test will determine if its benign or malignant and if it is different of connected to the colon cancer. Oh my goodness.

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    • Gizz
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    2 months ago
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    Bronchoscopy Naviagation

    Procedure or Surgery

    Was really scared to have this done. They had to GPS the scope to go down some narrow airways to get to the mass in my lung, but they were able to reach it and do a biopsy. Waiting for results. The only thing that was difficult for me was after the CT scan to map my lung for the GPS was having to lay on my back for 2 hours until the procedure. Also when I awoke I was coughing for awhile and they said that was normal after having this procedure.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Gizz
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    16 days ago
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    Radiation

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
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