catherinemarr's Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage II

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Work problems

    Oh No

    ive been unable to work since diagnosis,we are practically destitute.....no insurance either IVE APPLIED for medicaid and disability no word

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Colon surgery (colectomy or hemicolectomy)

    Procedure or Surgery

    initial diagnosis was leading to immediate colon surgury,nodes an polyps were all negative,but three days later developed peritionitis,more radical surgury,,two months in hospital trying to recover,,,,,secondary muscle weakness also have post polio syndrome,which slows recovery further,,,,,im improving but terribly slowly,,,,,,developed a clot in left leg after this but thankfully no chemo or radiation so far.....this began in june 2012

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  3. 3
    about 4 years ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    a two month in the hospital,for three abdominal surguries,,left me with severe weakness left the hospital with nooo ability to walk,no money for rehab,,this was on aug 13th,2012,,now,dec 2nd ,2012 I CAN TAKE SOME STEPS BUT STILL UNABLE TO WORK

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  4. 4
    about 4 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    call from oncologist this am,CEA test is elevated further than October,,,this is a cancer marker test,she reccommends PET scan,and We have no insurance and no money

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  5. 5
    about 4 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    CEA is up,15 in October...40 in January need PET scan,per oncologist,no insurance,no cash...scrambling for funding,living in fear,AGAIN

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  6. 6
    almost 4 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    PET scan reveals lesion on Liver now will probably require more surgery and chemo,,,,very depressed also turned down medical funding

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  7. 7
    almost 4 years ago
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    Decision Point

    we decided to move into Dallas for further care ,as there was none forthcoming in the small town Cleburne Texas,,this was traumatic,but also exciting as we moved closer to family

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  8. 8
    over 3 years ago
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    Oh No

    Second Pet scan displayed a 2.5 cm lesion on liver,need surgery than chemotherapy...seeing surgeon this am VERRRY WORRIED previous surgeries have been disastrous

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  9. 9
    over 3 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Just returned home from liver resection yesterday,,Ill have to say,while no picnic,It was very quickly to recover from,in fact,Im restraining myself from moving too quickly! What a difference from the from the first summer.Dr Tropp and team at UT SCIENCE in Dallas are first class!

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  10. 10
    about 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    on my ninth chemo,nine out of twelve,minimal side effects ,mainly neuropathy,but certainly livable.Im taking folfax,and consider myself lucky ,,,,,soooo farrrr

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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