There are several different ways to perform this surgery and some are less radical then others.
I have been thinking about relocating to the Myrtle Beach area but this has kind of put that on hold. I hope that the chemo/radiation will shrink the tumor enough for successful surgery.
I can understand your fears about having to have a colostomy if that is not possible. Once you get through this rough patch, I hope you will be able to get your life back on track and make that move to the beach. I am a 51 year old male post rectal cancer with the colostomy.
I recovered each time with a new found outlook and strength.
In between I chased (and continue to) grandkids around baseball fields and hockey rinks, attended beautiful weddings and fun events to celebrate family and friends, I went back to college at 55 years old and will graduate this December, I do volunteer work in my community,and have taken several fun vacations as I have made "enjoying my time in life" a top priority.
I have never known anyone with a colostomy before so I really don't know what one is or the effects it has on a person's life. I more than likely will be emailing you because you have gave me hope with a positive attitude. Thank you so much, Martha for getting back with me. The waiting for the doctors to decide on treatment is the worse. Hopefully this Friday they will decide how to treat it.
I have 3 doctors working on this and not a one agrees on treatment. The only thing they have agreed on is that I have a long road a head with treatment. One of the bloggers reported about a melanoma anal ca survivor she knows through a ca survivor group. Hi, I am so sorry you have found this new challenge in your life....in answer to your question about life after cancer, yes!!!
I do not have a colostomy, but there are some people on this site who do. I also can understand your uncertainty about your quality of life post-treatment and surgery. However, you have a lot ahead of you with treatment and surgery, which you must get through first. I wish you all the very best and hope you'll let us support you through this. Happy to report that there is a great life after cancer.
If it were me, I would try to focus on that right now. When we get the bad new our mind has a hard time processing it and has some weird ideas. All the best, Laz Thank you, Laz, for getting back with me.
I so far have been at this for over 2 months and hopefully Friday they will come up with a treatment plan. I have accepted the fact of having cancer but have no idea what I am facing. I appreciate you taking the time and getting back with me. Thank you again for taking the time to answer my questions and being giving mea positive input. This melanoma survivor had metastasis but reports being cured with Keytruda. While we are all different and so each react and recover in our own way, for me, I have been known to say that my life is better now than it was pre-cancer and the only way I would have got to this point is by the path I took!!
Having a colostomy really scares me because I don't know anyone who has one. If you wish to contact this blogger contact me through CSN email. I would love to contact the blogger because the doctor's I am seeing have never seen a case of it. I just had a port put in and will start radiation soon. I was dx and treated for anal cancer Stage 3b in 2011.
In my defense, he had asked me why I was still single if I’ve lived in this area my entire life.