michaelholtz's Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Survivor: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Male, Age: 48, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage IIIB

  1. 1
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was diagnosed on March 27, 2012, 5 days after my 43rd birthday.

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  2. 2
    almost 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I did 28 radiation therapy sessions aimed at my rectum. Fun stuff that.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  3. 3
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    At the same time as radiation, I took oral chemotherapy -- Xyloda.

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had surgery to remove the tumor on August 10. The surgery was more difficult than expected because the tumor was much larger than first believed. Instead of removing the tumor and "hooking me back together," my entire rectum was removed and the colostomy that was supposed to be temporary was permanent.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  5. 5
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am in the middle of 12 cycles of Folfox as adjuvant treatment for my cancer, to ensure all the cancer cells are out of my body. Side effects have been minimal for the most part, but the fatigue has been crushing at times.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    My last chemo was February 20, 2013

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  7. 7
    about 4 years ago
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    Psychosocial

    Other Care

    Began a six-week post-treatment program focused on life after treatment for cancer survivors.

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  8. 8
    about 4 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Declared NED by my oncologist on May 3, 2013

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  9. 9
    about 4 years ago
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    First 5K since diagnosis

    Celebration

    Finished my first 5K since I was diagnosed in March 2012. I was slow -- finished in 45 minutes. BUT, I finished!

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  10. 10
    about 4 years ago
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    Chemo Port Removed

    Procedure or Surgery

    A great day to get my port removed.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  11. 11
    about 4 years ago
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    Completed 8-mile obstacle "run" with a friend -- June 9

    Celebration

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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