pastorfrank'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, Male, Age: 62, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage II

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    I originally was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in Aug of 08 and had surgery in Sept of 08, and spent 3 months recovering. During the whole time of my recovery I felt something wasn't right and went back to my Dr. who did another colonoscopy and found nothing. However, the bleeding never stopped and in Oct. of 2011 I was once again diagnosed with colorectal cancer, but this time they determined that I would have to undergo more severe surgery and have a colostomy for the rest of my life . It has been very embarassing and difficult to adjust to the colostomy bag but with GOD'S help, I am adjusting

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    I had to decide whether to proceed and have a colostomy for the rest of my life, or let the cancer continue to grow

    Decision Point

    My Dr. advised that he was positive that he would #1 keep me alive on the table, and #2 that I would recover, but my recovery would be much slower and more painful than the first one. I was on the operating table for 8.5 hrs, in March of 2012, and have been informed that it will take approx. 1 yr for me to be back fully 100 % to what I was before.

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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    My surgery was scheduled the second time for Nov. of 2011 and when the Dr. did the initial surgery, he decided the tumors were too big to try to take out without going through aggressive radiation and chemo treatment. I underwent 29 days of aggressive radiation and was on chemo for 2 months aggressively, then off for a month prior to surgery, and after my surgery I went back on aggressive chemo for 6 months.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    while aggressively taking the chemo, I found myself both very weak and very disconnected with all those around me. All I wanted to do was sleep, my appetite was minimal, and my emotions were being wore on my shirt sleeve, thinking that this is the second time I have gone through this horrible disease, and will it just return in another couple of yrs?

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Colostomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    after the surgery, and getting used to the colostomy bags, and having to have someone come and replace the holder made me feel very incapable of caring for myself, and then when we would go out in public, invariably the clip on the bag would come loose and I would spill the contents all over myself and the floor, being a very embarrassing situation. I then went to the disposable daily pouches, and then the holder started coming loose more often.

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    while my cancer is in remission at this time, I constantly live with the fear that it will come back and even more aggressive than before, so I am constantly checking and worrying. I have attempted to return to a normal life, but as we all know, once the cancer cell has attacked you, and especially the 2nd time in 4 yrs, you always stay on your guard, but try to live normal.

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