Mikeb's Journey:

Survivor: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 6 years ago, Male, Age: 38, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage III

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

    Oh No

    I was having sever rectal pain for a while before this day. My family doctor diagnosed me with irritable bowel syndrome. I continued to live through the pain for six more months. I went back to my family doctor and demanded answers. I told him my pain was so severe I could not live with it anymore. He referred me to a colon and rectal doctor. On my first visit to the office he examined me and assured me there really was nothing wrong but he would do a colonoscopy to satisfy my concerns. I scheduled my colonoscopy for July 11, 2011. I woke up from my colonoscopy in severe pain. There were two nurses by my side. They told me the doctor was making a phone call and he would be right with me. When the doctor came in I could tell something was wrong. He informed me they found a golf ball sized tumor just inside the opening of my rectum. I would later find out it was stage III rectal cancer.

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    • Mikeb
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

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

    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Mikeb
    • 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: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Mikeb
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was scheduled to go through 12 treatments with this Chemo. The doctors wanted me to have as many of those 12 as my body could handle. They typically want patients to get about 8-10 treatments. I actually received 11 treatments before they stopped me. I think they finally realized I was not going to stop on my own when my blood cell count dropped way too low and I still was there for my last treatment.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Mikeb
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 4 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    7/20/2012 FINALLY!!!! After everything I went through I am finally Cancer Free. I still had quite a large recovery ahead of me but it is such a great feeling to know you won the fight, you beat the cancer.

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    • Mikeb
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Colostomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I went in for surgery on January 3, 2012. The plan was to remove the remainder of the tumor and any cancer cells they found. I knew I would at least be getting a temporary colostomy bag. The surgery lasted 10 hours. When I woke up I was in horrible pain. They continued to give me more and more drugs through my epidural. Nothing seemed to work. The pain continued through the night into the next day. I was told my epidural was placed too high and the meds were not getting to the surgical area. They told me they would not be able to move the epidural for another day so I would have to live with the pain a little longer. Finally they placed the new epidural and my pain subsided. My surgeon informed me that surgery went better than he could have hoped. Although I will have a permanent colostomy bag he removed all the cancer and I am now in remission. All the pain was worth it to hear those words.

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