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    Hi,
    I have family in La Grande, and like the town very much. I'm curious what path you decided on? Where you treated in La Grande? How successful was it?

    I was diagnosed with rectal cancer just over 3 months ago, just got my surgery, a j-pouch and temporary ileostomy. I live in Portland, OR, but chose a Santa Monica, CA surgeon, so I am staying down there now.

    Thanks, be well.
    Michelle

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    Decision Point: Matt & I had to decide whether I should undergo a 2nd surgery to fix the stoma that wasn't working. We decided I could not live with the circumstance that I had to manually drain my stoma every few hours. Huge inconvenience and discomfort.

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    Celebration (Declared cancer free!): The cancer had not traveled through the wall of the rectum, had not metastasized into the lymph nodes, and could not be found anywhere. This is good news.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Ileostomy ): Had some complications with this. I had the ileostomy done at the same time as the tumor removal and a j-pouch. The first day after the operation went well, I was feeling very optimistic about going home early. But nausea and vomiting started, and persisted for days. Nothing was coming out of the new stoma, so all intestinal fluids were just trapped, building up, then coming back up as vomit. Eventually, the surgeon took me back into the OR to fix the problem. A day and a half later, I could eat soft foods and was passing matter through my stoma fine.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Removal of rectal tumor): The removal of the tumor went smoothly. Post surgery was surprisingly comfortable and lucid. I had expected more pain and drug delusions, but no!