wennis' Journey:

Patient: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: about 6 years ago, Female, Age: 58, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage IV

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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    At virtually a young age, the last thing I expected to hear from my Doctor was "cancer". But after a series of tests, I learned I had stage lV Colon Cancer. My initial reaction? Aah! That's my moms cancer! I'm scared, I'm mad, I'm angry. Why now? I'm healthy, I'm still relatively young. It's not uncommon to miss colon cancer symptoms or have them attributed to another disease, leaving it unnoticed until it is in an advanced stage. I met with several Doctors and learned that it had to be shrunk before they could surgically remove it. This month I will start a series of chemotherapy that will take about 3-months to finish with the "Mantra; I'm fighting this with tooth and nail", I'm going to take this cancer on with every force I've got. And I expect the best turn out there is. I read on websites the statistics. But I stopped reading the statistics because, "if you don't know the rules it's easier to make up your own. This is a wonderful way to share with everyone what is going on. And relating with others on what they are experiencing. I am a caregiver by heart, and it's hard to come to terms with others caregiving me. I know this is what it will have to be, but I also want to care give to my caregivers. Joining with others will be a therapeutic outlet for me and to others likewise. ~Wendy

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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Having cancer is a learning experience. You have to know your body, and how it interacts with the chemo, meds for side effects and any pain or anxiety meds. You have to take charge in how it impacts yourself and the people arround you. It impacts you not only on the physical effects, but the emotional effects as well. You have to learn what's best for you, and take charge. For instance, I had the steroids lowered because it was effecting my emotional wellbeing.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Clinical Trial

    I don't have enough knowledge on clinical trials. I will study up on these trials to see if it something I will do in the future.

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    almost 6 years ago
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    Many side effects

    Side Effects

    I've experienced many side effects that I was able to control many with the right meds, or learned to deal with them. Weight loss Thinking problems taste change/loss Swallowing problems Skin changes Saliva changes rash constipation Fatigue Eating problems Anxiety Chemo Brain Bowel obstruction Anemia Nausea/vomiting Mouth sores Mouth dryness Mood changes Memory changes Neutropenia - low (wbc) Kidney function Hot flashes Some hair loss

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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Believe chemo is working

    Celebration

    Believe at this point the chemo is taking effect by indications of liver function, lab results & many symptoms that have dissapeared. Will know more on my next catscan.

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    almost 6 years ago
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    Job

    Loss

    I will be on disability the rest of my life. At the time I was diagnoised I was getting my resume, contact information ready, and everything in order to go for a better job position with another company. I have been under-employed for over 4 years. I was looking forward to make changes in my lifestyle along with my youngest daughter still living at home with me.

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    almost 6 years ago
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    Decision Point

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    family & friends

    Other Care

    I am blessed with family & friends who have been there for me at the beginning when it was really hard physically and psychologically for me., This is the very beginning of my journey of this cancer and I am confident that I will have these people to the end. Confidence is what you need in making decisions and making the therapies work for you. I know, I am the one who along with my medics, are the ones that are making the decisions. But, with family & friends it makes it more seemless in your journey for instance when they know your decision and back you up. That's wonderful.

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    Other Care

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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Oh No

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    Oh No

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