Patient / Survivor
In mid-October 2007 I was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer. After undergoing a long stretch of radiation and chemo, I had a radical life-altering surgery and became an ostomate with a colostomy!
Then had another round of chemo, and after five years the cancer metastasized to my lower left lung. In 2012 had another surgery and had a lower-left lobectomy. Then I had chemo for a third time. In 2014, had a blockage of some sort, and was in the hospital for eight-and-a-half weeks. I then had an opportunity for yet another life-altering surgery, which became a chance to learn to walk again.
For many years now I have worked with fellow Ostomates (through UOAA Chapter) in the DFW area, regardless of their hospital, or care, or lack thereof. Since I have been so blessed to be a survivor, it is my way of giving back! There is a Dallas and Plano Chapter, as well a new one in the Carrollton area. The Fort Worth area has also maintained a group for many years. If we can help some someone in the Metroplex just let us know!
Wishing the best of everything to one and all!
You can beat it.