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    Celebration (Anniversary): I celebrated my one year anniversary of being cancer free in June of 2012!

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): A few weeks later they did a full abdominal surgery to get rid of the infection. They made a 10 inch incision in my abdomen and found that the infection was coming from my bowels. A fistula had formed between my bowel and small intestine, and this was causing the infection. They took out about a foot and a half of my intestine and closed my abdomen. I was in the hospital for about 3 weeks following the surgery and it took me a couple of months to recover enough to do daily activities.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): The doctors tried to do a laproscopic surgery to drain the infection, but everything was too swollen and they could not tell which abdominal organs were which.

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    Oh No (Struggled with multiple abdominal drains): They tried to drain the infection a couple of times and left abdominal drains in my body for weeks at a time. I was constantly on vicadin and oxycotten to try to alleviate the pain

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    Side Effects (Infection): About three months later, I got a very bad infection in my abdomen because of my diminished immune system. I began to have intense abdominal cramps and went in for a CT scan.