tjsantorelli's Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Survivor: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 8 years ago, Female, Age: 45, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage II

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I cant believe that I was being diagnosed with rectal cancer at age of 37, what did it mean for me and my children. How can this be happening to me I was young.

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  2. 2
    over 4 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: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I worked everyday after my treatments in the morning. I was very tired but the actual treatment did not effect my body until my very last two weeks. I had problems going to the bathroom and painful urination. it subsided in a few weeks right before my surgery.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    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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    Vaginal dryness or irritation

    Side Effects

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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Removal of rectal tumor

    Procedure or Surgery

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

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  7. 7
    over 4 years ago
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    How do I tell my children, mom has cancer?

    Decision Point

    I have to say I was extremely upset and worried about telling my then 18 year old and 8 year old. How would they react. I dont want them to worry. They were fine as long as they knew mom was going to be ok.

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  8. 8
    over 4 years ago
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    the cancer is not in my lymph nodes

    Celebration

    One of the best days of my life was hearing that the cancer had not spread to my lymph nodes.

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  9. 9
    over 4 years ago
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    Other Care

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