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Lyndsey’s Story (Colon Cancer)

Lyndsey's Story Colon CancerIt’s already been almost two years in November since I was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. It was the scariest thing to have to go through, as I’m 28 with two children. I’m their only caregiver, and knew that I had to do what was possible to get better. My tumor was right on the sphincter muscle, and the only way to get rid of it was to get the colostomy surgery. But first, I went through chemo and radiation for a month and a half and literally waited until my deadline for surgery because I went back and forth with what-ifs and second, third, and fourth opinions that all had the same recommendation.

I was scared about how it would go, but I got through it and had a ten-hour surgery in June of last year. I have remained cancer free. It’s not easy living with the what-if possibilities, but it is what it is. Just like cancer can come back, an accident could happen just as easily. So I live life to the fullest and try not to stress over it. Nothing has come easy, but that’s the way things work.

I have issues with scar tissue which hopefully will be resolved soon. I’m also going through menopause and dealing with hot flashes constantly, but other than that, I’m still here, and that’s all that matters. I know how scary cancer is, as I only thought of bad things that could happen and the what-ifs, but I put my faith first and got through it and am doing pretty good today. I overcame a lot, and I would never have been able to do this without my two children.

Lyndsey
Minnesota
Submitted 08/23/2016

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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5 comments

  1. Lyndsey,

    YOU are such a brave young woman, what a beautiful example of strength and courage you are to your children. I like your comment about how cancer could come back but an accident could happen just as well. Struck a chord with me, especially today as I had my second round, 8th chemo today.

    I know your strength will see you through this and you will find joy and beauty in each day! Enjoy the moments dear lady!

    Hugs and complete support to you,
    Lois

  2. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. I had stage 3 ovarian cancer and am in remission 4 months now. I think about it coming back every day. I needed a reminder not to do that. Bless you for helping others, and prayers to you.

  3. Thank,you for sharing your inspiring story.,I too,have stage 3 colon cancer, surgery and completed chemo last October, and am considered cancer free now. It is always scary thinking it may come back, and have issues with anxiety and depression, am having difficulties moving on. I am so thankful,to,be where I am one year later, but how,do,you get out of this place of fear? I so much want my life back.

  4. Lyndsey, you are a strong lady and thank you for sharing for inspiring story!! One of my relatives was diagnosed this past July with stage 4 Bowel cancer, I am happy that she is cancer free. http://colorectalsurgeon.sydney/

  5. One of my friend diagnosed with Colorectal cancer recently. He has consulted the Colorectal surgeons in Sydney, Australia. The surgeons consult from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) Medical Centre, and if required organise procedures at RPAH and Sydney Day Surgery. http://colorectal-surgeon.com.au/

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