Last year, at the age of 45, I was taken to the emergency room for what I believed to be extreme constipation with abdominal pain. Once in the emergency room, I was told that I needed to be admitted because I had a hole in my colon and was becoming septic.
I was rushed in for emergency surgery, and due to the size of the tumors and the fact that they had broken through my colon into my bloodstream, I lost part of my colon. I was given a colostomy and was told the cancer was stage 4, and I would have to begin radiation and chemotherapy immediately.
I completed 6 weeks of radiation, but it didn’t shrink the tumors. Next, I began the chemotherapy, but with 4 treatments still left, I began having complications and had to stop treatment. I had to have another abdominal surgery, this time involving a small bowel obstruction and another mass that was found.
I am currently recovering from the latest surgery, and as soon as I am well enough, I will again begin the chemotherapy to fight this and hopefully beat it.
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