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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I became secerely constipated after my first chemo and finally had to 5ake an enema. Apparently, it made my hemorrhoids worse and it was three or four monts before I could wake up in the morning without dreading having a bowel movement. They were agony. Though some may find that funny, excruciating pain from whatever source is never funny. The chemo has worsened my neuropathy and my feet stay numb. Sometimes pains shoot through my stomach. I assume that's from the chemo.

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): My cancer experience began in January 2012 with a very slight twinge in the crease in my right groin area, so faint I could hardly feel it. I was at a dance and paid little attention to it. In a couple of weeks, it developed into leg pain that made dancing painful. I went to the doctor who said I had initial bursitis,prescribed Naproxen and a muscle relaxer and enrolled me in physical therapy. I continued dancing though the pain did not abate. One day the physical therapy assistant bent my right leg back and from then on for a week or two, I was forced to use a walker and could not dance. I went from someone who felt winderful, who danced four or five nights a week, and who walked the treadmill and played racquetball at the gym to a cripple. Still cancer did not enter my mind. I made an appointment with an orthopedist, and in the meantime went to a chiropractor who helped me tremendously. By the time the orthopedist appointment rolled around, my leg was so much better, I almost cancelled the appointment, but IO went on. He did an x-ray of my pelvic area, my third--my primary doctor had done one and so had the chiropractor. Nothing showed in any of them. He also recommended an MRI be done. This took 24 days to get insurance approval and to schedule. His office called the day after it was read and asked me to come in. I still suspected nothing. When I arrived at the office, I could tell by the way the staff looked at me that something was amiss. When he came into the room, he clipped an image on the wall and I saw the cloudy area on the right side of my pelvis. He said I had an abnormality. "Cancer?" I asked bluntly. I walked out of the officve in a daze. The cancer diagnosis had come as a complete surprise to me. My life changed drastically after that day.