Chelle's Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Survivor: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 36, KRAS mutation positive: No, BRAF mutation positive: No, Stage III

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    • Chelle
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    I am currently in remission, I think. My last CAT scan was good and my blood work looks good but the Dr never actually said remission. I am getting my energy back and moving on with life without Chemotherapy side effects YAY!!!!!

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    • Chelle
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Laparascopic colon surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My surgeon was great when I had my surgery. The Anesthesiologist was the one who made a mistake. They removed about a foot of my intestines/colon and when I woke up I felt all of the pain because they didn't hit the vein with the pain medication IV. They kept me in recovery for 3 hours while I begged and pleaded with them to do something and they wouldn't. The nurses all treated me like I was over-reacting and being rude. Until of course I told them my arm hurt. You could see my arm turning black, blue and purple. Then one nurse said "oh that's because you aren't getting any pain meds that's why you are in so much pain. When I got my port I had to have my heart shocked 3 times because the port tube was inserted too far into the artery. Recavery from the port was a breeze. Two days later back to the ER, I had Pneumonia. Now my surgeon that put my port in refuses to remove it. I was making payments because the insurance I had, refused to pay. Even though they were cashing my checks. I wasn't paying enough and they sent me to collections and denied me as a patient. Now I am stuck with this uncomfortable foreign object in my chest :(

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Everyone is different. I know in the beginning 3 months it was not as bad as the last 3 months. I was tired a lot. Eating was a big issue. My Best friend went with me to all but 2 of my sessions, that was so nice!. It was a bummer doing it in the winter months in Colorado, but we had a mild winter so it could have been worse. My friends and my uncle usually kept the snow of of my car, so I did not have to go through that pain of cleaning off my windows very often. Towards the middle of my chemo my drinks had to be warmer and the cold killed my hands and feet. No ice cream and no spicy food.

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

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    • Chelle
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    • Chelle
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Other

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