dragin's Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Survivor: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 7 years ago, Female, Age: 77

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    • dragin
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was skiing in Utah with my grandson and his parents. When we returned to our lodging to shower. When I was getting ready to shower, I felt pain in the rectum...like really bad hemorrhoids. I sat on the toilet and suddenly all XXX broke loose and I was gushing blood. I packed the area with kotex and towels and called my insurer who is located in Wisconsin. It took an hour to get the proper authorization to go to the emergency room. I spent 3 hours in the emergency room. The young doctor said I could be admitted so they could do a proper workup or since I was on vacation, he could lance the hemorrhoids since there were several and many clots which would relieve the pressure once the pressure was relieved the bleeding should stop or be very little. If I chose that option, he would give me enough "good drugs" to manage the pain and I could finish my vacation and check with my own doctor when I got home. That's what I did. I had a lot of pain and went to my doctor as soon as I got home. She tried a conservative treatment consisting of soaks, creams and removing blood clots. This went on from April 1 when this started until the last of April when I returned to my doctor. This time she had a young intern sitting in on my exam. My doctor decided to lance the hemorrhoids again with the intern assisting. The hemorrhoids were so tightly filled with clots that when lanced blood flew everywhere, the intern fainted and I was sent to the emergency room for an emergency biopsy. When I came out of the anesthetic, I was told I had cancer and sent home to decide what oncologist I would like and where I would like to receive treatment.

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    • dragin
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • dragin
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • dragin
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Vaginal dryness or irritation

    Side Effects

    hair loss, pain, weight loss, urinary changes, vaginal stensois, vaginal closure, chemo brain, weakness, dry mouth, gum deterioration, stool leakage, diarrhea, taste changes.....

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    • dragin
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    After 2 months of treatment I was hospitalized immune system was destroyed and the pain was uncontrollable.

    Decision Point

    I have 5 children and 3 of them offered to care for me. I have a medical background and knew I needed a skilled rehab/nursing home setting. I went into a private room in a beautiful rehab center. Medicare determined it was medically necessary so they paid. I was there 4 months.

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    • dragin
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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