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    Celebration (Remission): On Feb 2nd (yes Ground Hog's Day!) was my 1 year celebration of being cancer-free!! What a year its been...had to have permanent ostomy surgery to rid the cancer so a lot of adjusting & healing. I won't say its been easy...its an ongoing learning experience. This is not how I imagined my life but I'm here to watch my grandkids grow, to travel with my hubby...doing my best on this new journey.
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    Other Care (Home care): I had a home nusre visit twice a week. My husband also took over my care since I needed to have my rectum packed (& changed) 2 times a day. It took about 6 weeks for this to heal & close enough to stop the packing.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Colostomy ): My doctor did the APR surgery (remove anus, rectum, & 1/2 colon). I now have a permanent ostomy. It was a very hard time in the hospital adjusting & then got an infection so 5 days turned into 8....with a home nurse waiting when I got out.

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    Decision Point (Whether to wait & see if cancer spreads or have APR surgery.): I want to see my grandbabies grow, have more family time, travel with my hubby....live every day doing my best to enjoy life! So I opted for the APR & now have a perm ostomy. Its major life-changing but it beats the daily worry of cancer spreading along with all the pain from previous radiation (& having to be a homebody).