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    Oh No (Family diagnosis of Lynch Syndrome): My grandfather and and uncle both had colon cancer last year and through genetic testing it was determined that my family has a DNA mutation that predisposes us to colon cancer (and women to ovarian cancer). I haven't had the testing yet, but my doctors are fairly certain I have it. Now I need to determine when to have my kids tested so that they can be monitored as needed.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Hysterectomy): This surgery went well and I was back up and around fairly quickly. They caught it very early and I didn't even have to have any further treatments.

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): 10 months after I was diagnosed with the colon cancer I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

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    Side Effects (Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)): The side effects were pretty manageable and were more inconvenient than distressing. The neuropathy was cumulative so by the end my fingers and toes were numb for about 9 months, but they came back. I didn't lose my hair (yea!) and didn't feel very nauseous. I was allergic to one of the chemo drugs so I had to have a monster shot of Benedryl prior to every treatment. That knocked me out for about 4 hours - which was actually pretty handy as that was how long the rest of the treatment took! I did have chemo brain for awhile after I completed treatments - that was somewhat unsettling. I had low white blood count and had to have shots which caused a lot of bone pain each time. I had sores in my nose and throat (rather than the mouth like I was promised). All in all the chemo wasn't as bad as I anticipated. I was able to work out on the off weeks and care for my 3 young kids.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I had chemo every other week for 6 months. It was pretty easy as chemo goes when you compare it to some of the more caustic drugs. I did get to have a pump I carried around in a fanny pack for 48 hours after each treatment. That was a major nusense!

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    Procedure or Surgery (Laparascopic colon surgery): I had surgery the day after diagnosis. My surgeon was fantastic! The recovery was rough - but then again my kids were little so I had a hard time not doing too much. I had a lot of help, but it was still hard. They determined that the cancer had spread to several adjoining lymph nodes, but there were no other tumors.