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    Oh No (Cancer is back/Recurred ): I had been living lifed not even thinking about cancer. I had gone to a surgeon to possibly have a gastro bypass surgery to lose weight and during the process he ran a blood test and discovered that my iron level was low. He sent me to the cancer center to find out if there was a problem. I went through a battery of test but could not figure out what the problem was. Since my Mom had cancer also and had passed away from colon cancer a few years back, they convinced me to take genetic testing. It was found out that I have Lynch syndrome. Which means that I have DNA defect that would predispose me to Colon, endemetrial and stomach cancer. Since there was a likely hood that I would get endemetrical cancer I finally found a Dr that would finally do a hysteroectomy. I had a the surgery and I thought everything was fine but when I went to have my check up I was told that they did find cancer. They just observed me for a few months then I had several abnormal test results and found that the cancer was back. It was hard to find because he said it was microscopic and did not show up on a CAT scan. So I had to go through chemo again. This time I didn't have much sickness either just tired all the time but this time I did lose all my hair. I had plenty of hats, scarves and wigs. I had lots of friends stand by me and helped me make it through. At this time I am cancer free again although my Dr keeps telling me that he believes the cancer will come back. All the chemo will do is keep it from growing. I am believing that it won't come back for a few years if it does.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I had to do do chemotherapy and Radiation for 4 months. It really wasn't that bad. Just like before it just made me tired. Then I went back to my normal like. The radiation really done a number on my body. Here it is nearly 10 years later and still not perfect, but at least the radiation was able to get all the cancer.

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    Oh No (Cancer is back/Recurred ): I was just about to celebrate being 5 years cancer free when I started to have female problems. I had skipped a yearly check up and when I finally got in the the Dr it was too late. I think I freaked that poor Dr. I was diagnosis with Cervical cancer. They refused to do surgery because they said that if they did it would make the cancer spread.

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): I was 36 when I was first diagnosed with Colon Cancer. I knew I wasn't feeling good. I just didn't have any energy and and just didn't feel "right" and had a slight pain in my side. . I kept going to Dr but couldn't figure out what was wrong. Then one day I had had enough and when to the Dr one more time. I saw a PA and she took a blood test and discovered that I had a iron level of 12. So she decided that I needed to go see a Gastroenoligist to have a colonoscopy. So when I woke up from the procedure, the Dr said to me, "I am putting you in the hospital and you will have surgery tomorrow, you have Colon cancer" I was just relieved that I finally had a diagnosis. They were able to get all of the cancer in the surgery. I was calm all through the process until the oncologist came in told me that I had to take chemo. That is when I freaked out, See my mother had cancer when I was a young teenager and it was a nightmare experience for her. The treatment itself almost killed her. It was back in the early 70;s and they didn't have the meds like they do today. So I really didn't want to go through that. But luckily I had seen someone go through chemo and did not get sick, so I decided to just go through it anyways. I went through it with very little problems. Just got tired. I was fine for the next 5 years. Will add the next chapter in my story with the next diagnosis.

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      I can so relate to your OH NO. When I was diagnosed with colon cancer May 2012 I was so shocked. I had no idea that is what was going on with me but I knew something wasn't right...fatigue weight loss, bowel changes. So I took myself to a gastrenologist who tested me and then told me colon cancer. Heck I thought he was going to tell me I had an ulcer or something like that . Then after surgery they said chemo I was like OH NO again.

      almost 4 years ago
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