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    I live in British Columbia, Canada and was diagnosed with Anal Cancer Stage I in early 2009. I am proof that we CAN overcome/beat some cancers!!!!

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    Hi - My Cancer fight was from the beginning of 2009 - to the end (no pun intended) when I had my surgery on Dec.16, 2009 - so I am not "new" in that sense - although I am new to this site. I know of someone who was recently diagnosed with cancer - so I forwarded this site to a friend to forward to the husband. I know that -- I -- certainly learned more from my online friends than I ever did from the medical world!!!!

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    Other Care (Saw a Counsellor): My hospital provided a counsellor, so I took advantage of that -- but, because I was trying to end my 20 yr. relationship with my non-live-in-boyfriend -- they didnt feel that the counselling could continue until I got that resolved. I procrastinated until 2012!!! What a RELIEF when we finally agreed there was no "relationship" left -- but we ARE really good friends.

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    Side Effects (Pain): Chemo brain, Fatigue, mouth dryness, mouth sores, pain from radiation, slight hair thinning

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      Jodi

      Okay, so I am not crazy.... ha ha. I had the same side effects. Still having a few of them, mainly just chemo brain and pain / issues front he radiation.

      about 4 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy: My drug therapy was done over the 1st 4 days, when I started my radiation. I had a "baby-bottle" device attached to a catheter (?) and the "juice" slowly entered my system over 2 days. Then, I went back & they installed a 2nd bottle for a further 2 days. That was IT -- until after my 1st block of Radiation was finished.
    After a few weeks healing time, Chemo & Radiation started again. I again had to go for my "baby-bottle" of drugs. 2 of them over 4 days. No having to sit or lie around the Chemotherapy Dept for hours or days. It was such a depressing place, I was glad I only had to go there a few times!!!