A Little Background On My Battle With Cancer
In December of 2011, I was diagnosed with colon cancer and went in for emergency surgery. I started chemotherapy in March 2012. That was an awful experience. I had a colostomy bag when I awoke from surgery. I had surgery in March of 2012 to remove colostomy bag and put my colon back together.
- In December of 2012, I had surgery to repair several hernias. That surgery I was opened up with 38 staples to close me back up.
- In June of 2014, my cancer spread to my ovaries. Had to be opened back up on the same incision as the previous surgeries.
- October of 2014, I started chemo again. This was a different kind of chemotherapy and it was way worse than the first chemo I was on.
- June 2017 I was scheduled for surgery but canceled because I needed to lose weight. Doctors reason was that the surgery would not be safe. So I had to lose weight.
- October 2017 I was able to have the surgery, 5 hours long. The doctor repaired many hernias and removed the mesh I had that was in pieces and attached to my organs.
Checkup on 01/04/2019 With Cancer Doctor.
I am always so nervous when I go to my cancer doctor. Although I will be coming up the end of April of being cancer free for 4 years. Every time they take my blood and I wait to see the doctor for my results I get anxious. I think they should take my vitals before they take my blood. My blood pressure would be so much lower. I can’t complain though because my blood pressure is usually really good. So I sit for an hour or so before they take my vitals and see the doctor.
So here I am watching a really cool fish aquarium. After many visits, I realized that the fish aquarium was based on the movie Nemo. There was fish that looked like Nemo, Nemo’s dad, Dorie, and others in the movie. I liked the fish aquarium even better, although I don’t know why.
I get on my phone and play spider solitaire hoping that the time will pass by faster. It doesn’t. I watch other patients in the waiting room and I wonder what stage of cancer they are in and hoping they all are in remission or cancer-free. Then I wish there was a cure for all cancer. I hope someday there will be.
I am called back to do my vitals. I sit down and they take my vitals and go through all my medication. Which is a long list. Although the list is shorter than what is used to be. I then go back into the exam room and wait for my doctor. I have never had to wait more than a couple of minutes before he comes in.
Within two minutes my doctor walks into the room with a smile on his face. He logs into the computer and checks my vitals and the test results. He asks how I am doing and how I feel. He then tells me that my tests look great. Kidney and liver function is good, my red and white blood cell is good. My blood sugar is a little high. It was a lot high at 216. Cancer marker results are not back yet.
He feels around on my stomach. looks good. He talks about what’s new in the cancer world. We talk about off the subject things. Which we always do. He looks at the computer once again and says that the cancer marker test is back. The moment I have been anxious about. The one test that I am always afraid of. Then with a smile, he says to me ‘ It’s great at 1.1’ Yea, I am so relieved. Here is a snapshot of the test results.
|Component Name||Result||Normal Range|
|Carcinoma Embryonic Antigen*||1.1 ng/ml||0.0 – 4.6|
What Is Next?
I have another cat scan in 6 months and blood work before I see him in 6 months. I have gone from tests, labs, and see the doctor every 2 weeks to once every 6 months. PROGRESS. This has been a very long road, with hills, bumps, and curves. But I have made it. I continue on the road only this time it is much smoother. I will NEVER give up this fight!
I always have thoughts in the back of my head of cancer returning. Some days I just sit in my house and work on my blog and my course. Keeping busy so that my thoughts are not on cancer returning. More recently I have had fewer thoughts of cancer and more of spending time with family and my adorable grandson as well as spending a lot of time working on my blog and figuring things out. I am still young and have so much to be grateful for and the wonderful future that I have been given that is yet to be explored. Living one day at a time!!!!
In the doctors report that I received it read ‘Stage IV KRAS mutated sigmoid adenocarcinoma grade 2, fully treated’. Which sounds bad, but I have been through the surgeries and chemotherapies and in April of this year I will be 4 years cancer-free. Yes, I am doing a happy dance.
This cancer doctors visit has been wonderful. I am still in stage IV and always will be. There is always a chance of it spreading to my liver. But why should I spend my life worrying about that? I want happiness and no worries. Ok well, I can always wish for no worries. I have a 15-year-old daughter who has recently got her permit, a 32-year-old son who will be finishing college this semester, and a 5-year-old grandson in kindergarten ( he will be 6 on the 19th of this month). Family and friends that I will spend time with and enjoy my life.
Thanks for reading my story and have a great day!
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