Patient / Survivor
After a year of unexpected things happening to my body, I talked to my doctor about the issues. I had my first colonoscopy on Apr. 22, 2016, at the age of 47. The doctor found a mass in my rectum. On Apr. 26, I was diagnosed with stage III rectal cancer. I started 28 days of radiation and chemo pills.
Months later, I had surgery to remove my rectum and part of my colon. In addition, I had a full hysterectomy and an appendectomy. I have a temporary ostomy which took 2 1/2 months to get to work just right. Because there were still some active cancer cells, I started chemo and chemo pills in November. I will have eight total treatments – I have two left!
After treatment, I will have my take-down surgery. There have been some rough days but I remind myself that there are people who have it much worse. This journey will take a little over a year of my life – a fair trade if I can get 30 more years of life in exchange!
Listen to your body. If something doesn’t seem right, go to your doctor!