lovekitties' Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Survivor: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 7 years ago, Female, Age: 70

  1. 1
    over 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was tentatively diagnosed the week before Christmas 2009. With only a digital exam, the surgeon was 95% certain it was cancer. In January 2010 had CT scan which confirmed only location with cancer was rectum.

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  2. 2
    over 5 years ago
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    Health insurance issue

    Oh No

    I have no insurance and am wondering just how much it will cost me to save my life. I won't be old enough to quality for medicare until 2012. Fortunately a wonderful lady at the hospital where I had tests done convinced me that she could find me help.

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  3. 3
    over 5 years ago
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    ostomy nurse

    Other Care

    I was fortunate to have a very good ostomy nurse, who (before surgery) maked the ideal placement for the stoma. She also loaned me a book about living with an ostomy. It was so very helpful in reducing my fears about how I was going to manage it on my own. This was an important part of preparing for the surgery.

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  4. 4
    over 5 years ago
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    Colostomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    A colostomy was only part of my surgery. They also removed my rectum and the associated tumor, along with my anus. I also had a total hysterectomy. After inintial surgery while still in the hospital had to have a second procedure for a twisted bowel. This extended my stay from the anticipated 5 - 7 days to nearly 3 weeks. Just two weeks later I was back in the hospital for 3 days with serious infection. I was very weak at this point and had significant weight loss.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  5. 5
    over 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    After surgery my surgeon wanted me to have chemo and rads, as sort of mop up treatment, even though my tests showed no cancer other than the tumor which was removed. After weighing the pros and cons, I decided not to do either treatment. That was the right decision for me based on my results, age, and life experiences. I do not recommend that any person make the same decision lightly.

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  6. 6
    over 5 years ago
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    Home care

    Other Care

    I was very fortunate to have family waiting for me at home to help me with my recovery. Given the complications and weight loss I would have been unable to manage for myself. Everyone should try to have after surgery assistance waiting in case they need the help.

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