Colon Cancer diagnosis
I just want to share my story and any advice is appreciated… I was diagnosed with stage 111b Colon cancer in August of 2017. I had a foot of my colon removed in September of 2017. This all happens so fast I was scared to death. I started in early spring of that year having bloating, major heartburn, a few sharp pains and dropped 15 lbs in about a 2 week period. I just knew something was wrong because my body didn’t feel right. ( if you think something is wrong then there probably is. No one knows your body better than you). I started going to the dr but they couldn’t find anything wrong . Everything seemed to go alright til about August and I started feeling pain and couldn’t breathe good . So one of my drs suggested I get colonoscopy. They found a large tumor almost closing my colon up. I could barely go to the bathroom. I also had major constitapation. They took it out and it didn’t get into any other organs ( thank goodness). I went to Duke University and got good news that it was treatable and didn’t get into lymph nodes or organs. This was still all new to me . I couldn’t get past it being Stage 3b. I ask the drs why it was staged that if It was treatable. They said it’s the size of my tumor. That just scared me. I was preparing for the worst. They told me I wouldn’t need radiation but my treatment plan was 12 treatments of Folfox. That is what they treat colon cancer with. I’m not gonna say this is easy because you have to keep a good outlook because you could get depressed very easily. I have finished 8 of the treatments. You can only do 2x a month. My symptoms are a lot of fatigue for about 4 or 5 days after treatment is given. I haven’t lost all of my hair but it is thinning. I do have some stomach pain but I think it’s just the chemo. I still have some bloating. I wear a Neulasta patch which causes some muscle pain and a lot of soreness. My feet stay cold all of the time. I’m not able to work the week of chemo but I try to work 2-3 days the week after . I’m not saying it’s easy and I hope this helps someone else . I’m not saying I can’t wait til the treatments are over because I can’t wait to get back to normal. I try to sleep the first week away so I won’t be sick. The nausea hasn’t been too bad. ( thank goodness for that). It sure makes you have a different outlook on life or it has for me. I wake up everyday thanking God for another day….