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Celeste’s Story (Colon Cancer)

blue-ribbonLast 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.

Celeste
California
Submitted 09/14/2016

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.

This story 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. Celeste is a beautiful mother,friend, & everything in between! An inspiration to all who know her.Always on my mind is her positive determination and passion for life,a sense of humor that is unstoppable,and of course her beauty shines.Celeste is a diamond.You can’t break her! Clearly everyone loves her and supports her through God’s will♡

  2. Celeste stay positive. I have stage 4 ovarian cancer, also had most of my lower bowel removed. It will be 2 year’s in October. The surgeon didn’t think I had a fighting chance to recover. Times it is rough I’m not going to lie. But I refuse to give into cancer. STAY STRONG ♡

  3. Celeste I will keep you in my prayers. At the age of 34, I went in for a consult due to constant pain , constipation and bloody bowel movements. My GastroEnterologist found 2 small polyps which he was able to remove completely during my colonoscopy they returned positive to be of a cancerous nature. My grandmother was diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer and other cancerous tumors in 1996 and battled a long hard fight until she passed away in 2001. Her primary symptoms had been bloody stools and constipation and a part of me didn’t want to take a risk of not having it looked into and I’m so glad I trusted my gut feeling.

    Stay strong ?

  4. I am going through something similar that requires a colonoscopy. I have said no for the second and final time as I cannot take the prep. There is something called cologuard rd that is approved by the FDA.

  5. Dear Celeste, stay positive. My friend was diagnosed with Colon cancer and he was going through the treatment from past 4 years at CSCS(www.colorectal-surgeon.com.au) based in Sydney. The doctors are very humble and kind, staff was super cooperative.

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