yogurtqueen's Journey with Adenocarcinoma, Colorectal Cancer

Survivor: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer > Adenocarcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 6 years ago, Female, Age: 62, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage IIB

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was totally shocked when I found out that I had rectal cancer! I had seen streaking of blood on my stool, but never would have thought this! When I turned 50 I had my colonoscopy and all was fine except for some "internal hemorhoids". I also over the years had had some external ones tied off and had also had a "fissure" and some "tears" repaired many years after rough child births..... so when I saw blood I just assumed it was one of those things. How wrong I was! I am glad I didn't put it off any longer. I was diagnosed with a tumor right at the sphincter and it had gone throught the bowel wall....Oh No!!!!!!! I had to ask if I had a cancerous growth, or did I have cancer? The rectal surgeon replied I had cancer and that I would need chemo and they would be removing my entire rectum and I would have a permanent bag!! Talk about the wind being knocked out of me. I was alone that day..... I went out in shock! The next step would be scans and having a port put in so I could receive chemo. I also had to meet with a radiologist, and an oncologist. It all happened so fast!!

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    It hadn't spread to lymph nodes!

    Celebration

    The first time I cried was when the doctor called to tell me that the CT scans were all okay. No lymph involvement and nothing spread anywhere else! But the tumor was through the bowel wall.....UG!

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