• fightingintx's Avatar
  • fightingintx's Avatar

    fightingintx asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    This may seem selfish, but I hear so much talk about breast cancer (and I do feel sympathy for those with it) but what about us who have

    16 answers
    • Gena's Avatar
      Gena

      I think it is because so many more people get breast cancer or know someone with breast cancer. Prostate cancer is actually number one. However, you would think with all of the money going into breast cancer research there should have been a cure by now. My mom had it over 30 years ago and my protocol for treatment was the same as hers. But I have heard of a vaccine for ovarian cancer and a possible cure for HIV. Too much money being made off of chemo and research.

      about 4 years ago
    • fightingintx's Avatar
      fightingintx

      I really appreciate hearing from all of you. In some ways you've helped me to not feel so guilty about the Pink" side of cancer and in another I should have realized that there is research out there for other cancers. Sometimes in the business of surviving this affliction has strange effects on you mind. Hopefully we will all get through this together and come out a better person. I know my perspective on life changes daily. Prayers for all!!

      about 4 years ago
    • myb's Avatar
      myb

      I can relate when people heard I had cancer, they asked if I was going to lose all my hair. I would say, no and that with colon cancer there is the potential for only a partial hair loss.

      Or they would say I looked good, like they expected me to be deformed somehow? I just answered my insides are screaming at me so you can't see it on the outside.

      I was 50 going for my 1st colonoscopy in February of this year with no symptoms and diagnosed with stage 3c. Once I got past the shock of it all, I began telling folks my story and inspired at least 8 friends to get their 1st colonoscopy.

      My son had done Relay for Life at his college last year and raised $300. This year it took on a whole new meaning with my diagnosis. I asked my friends and family to not buy me flowers or gifts that I didn't need but to donate to RFL. He raised $2,800 and was 12th out of 5,892 students at Va Tech who raised over $580,000. Really made me feel proud of my son to be a part of such a giving community in this fight against cancer. There was a live video stream of the event online, where some of the students talked about their own battle or their close family member's battle. I cried watching it, but I did get my new mantra from an ACS commercial, "I had cancer, it never had me!" More Birthdays for all!

      almost 4 years ago
  • fightingintx's Avatar

    fightingintx started following

    User: GregP_WN

  • fightingintx's Avatar

    fightingintx shared an experience

    Procedure or Surgery (Colostomy ): My colostomy is not reversible. I read all I could on the internet so I was not blind going into surgery. I thought my life would end, but it has not been nearly as bad as I feared. Had a few mishaps but at least I am alive!

  • fightingintx's Avatar

    fightingintx shared an experience

    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): They gave me 5 FU and I had a strong reaction to it. Very tired, neuropothy, and the mucus in my mouth. Had scabs on both of my lips from one end to the other. Couldn't eat or drink. This was before surgery.

    After surgery I am on two different types of chemo and am doing a lot better. Have treatment every two weeks and now have 5 more months to go!

  • fightingintx's Avatar

    fightingintx shared an experience

    Radiation (External radiation )