Jonea's Journey:

Survivor: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 18 years ago, Female, Age: 54, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage I

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    • Jonea
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Oh No

    I was 36 when I was first diagnosed with Colon Cancer. I knew I wasn't feeling good. I just didn't have any energy and and just didn't feel "right" and had a slight pain in my side. . I kept going to Dr but couldn't figure out what was wrong. Then one day I had had enough and when to the Dr one more time. I saw a PA and she took a blood test and discovered that I had a iron level of 12. So she decided that I needed to go see a Gastroenoligist to have a colonoscopy. So when I woke up from the procedure, the Dr said to me, "I am putting you in the hospital and you will have surgery tomorrow, you have Colon cancer" I was just relieved that I finally had a diagnosis. They were able to get all of the cancer in the surgery. I was calm all through the process until the oncologist came in told me that I had to take chemo. That is when I freaked out, See my mother had cancer when I was a young teenager and it was a nightmare experience for her. The treatment itself almost killed her. It was back in the early 70;s and they didn't have the meds like they do today. So I really didn't want to go through that. But luckily I had seen someone go through chemo and did not get sick, so I decided to just go through it anyways. I went through it with very little problems. Just got tired. I was fine for the next 5 years. Will add the next chapter in my story with the next diagnosis.

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