It’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.
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