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Raven’s Story (Colon Cancer)

Raven's Story Colon CancerI am 32 years old. I found out I had stage 4 colon cancer that had spread to my liver. Finding out was not easy for me. I went to the ER due to stomach pains and excessive vomiting. Turned out, I had a big mass of cancer blocking my colon, making me unable to make a bowel movement, which was why I was vomiting. I don’t remember anything, but all I know is what I was told.

After getting to the ER and being admitted, two days late, I was scheduled for a biopsy. I left for the biopsy, and that’s when things went wrong. They decided to go another way, which made me perforate. So then I went into emergency surgery, where they had to resuscitate me twice. This led to the doctors having to leave me open for 2 days because I was not well enough for the surgeries to keep going. They told my family that I was VERY sick and was likely not going to make it, so if anyone wanted to see me, they should. I had no idea what was going on. I was on life support for 2 weeks, and when I woke up is when I learned what had happened. I only remembered going to the doctor, nothing else.

I finally was well enough to leave the hospital with a walker. I was able to walk when I went in. I was healthy, I thought. But the month I was in there, it felt like I lost everything. I could not feed myself, walk, or barely talk. I lost 50 pounds during my stay.

Then came the chemo, of course, after they thought I was well enough to start. I’ve been doing chemo every other week for the last 5 months. The doctor says I will do chemo forever. Does not sound fun. But I have 5 kids and a husband to live for. I found out a few appointments ago they expected me to die before making it to the follow up appointment. I thought they were going to let me die at home and not say anything to me. But I’ve made it, and even though I’m no longer the independent shipman I used to be, I am happy to be here with my family and thank God that I have a loving husband that is willing to take over my duties when I’m down.

Raven
Missouri
Submitted 07/08/2016

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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9 comments

  1. Wow Raven.. Thank you for sharing. Thats one heck of a story, and I think its amazing you’re staying so positive. I am wishing you the very best.

  2. You are an incredible woman Raven. Even though you have to face this head on for a long while …. You will be with your loving family. Who knows…. New and improved health discoveries made all the time. One may come to light for you!!! Keep the faith amazing lady. Hugs and love to you!!!!!

  3. Wow! What an amazingly steong lady you are. Sending you much love. I came across a youtube clip a week ago about scientists discovering that Nitrobenzaldehyde and ultraviolet make tumours “commit suicide” … not sure how far this is developed, but found it really interesting. Wishing you and your family so much love and sunshine! Keep fighting. My kids were my motivation to never stop! Xx

  4. Reading your story really hits home for me, because I’ve been through
    a lot of the same obstacles as you. I’m 34 and have stage 4 colon cancer. I too fight for my husband and 3 kids and I pray your fight gets easier!!! Stay strong, keep fighting and remember you are never alone!!

  5. Im also a colon cancer survivor almost the same story tho .. My doctor was a bit carefull they prepared me for the emergency operation ,blood transfussion and all before proceeding to their major operation .. Happy now that im cancer free ??

  6. Thank you all! I try to keep my head up.

  7. Dearest Raven !
    Sending you lotsa of love from Canada you pretty thing ♡♡
    Remember, Raven you might have cancer BUT it certainly does not have you !
    Love your strength, ♡♥♡♥♡
    Brigitte xx

  8. Thanks Raven for sharing your story !! One of my relatives was diagnosed this past July with stage 4 Bowel cancer. http://colorectalsurgeon.sydney/

  9. April Comstock

    This is Raven’s mother. Just found this story of hers. Thanks for the comments.
    Raven did loose her battle due to this cancer.
    She past June 20th 2017. We all miss her so much..

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