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    One and Done with a Thank You

    First and hopefully last post. Several months ago, started seeing mucus in my stool. A month later, had a positive FIT test and was referred to a specialist. Lost my Dad to liver cancer and Mom is currently battling pancreatic cancer so of course my mind immediately goes there.

    So I start the inevitable Dr Google search and one of the places I found was here. My initial purpose was to see what I might be up against, treatments, resources, etc. Of course I found all that and more but you know what else I found that was totally unexpected? A group of some of the most amazing people I've ever come across. Some of your signature lines read like a who's-who of procedures, drugs and doctors and yet here you are offering hope, strength, comfort and advise to total strangers. You really are a testament to the unbelievable generosity and resiliency of the human spirit. I think I ended up reading every post for at least the first ten pages not really for the information but for the inspiration.

    So I finally had my colonoscopy Wednesday and all was clear. Most likely culprit is IBS-C. So while I am grateful to hear nothing serious, I can't help but think this is one of those times that will have a fundamental impact on my path forward. Talk about gaining perspective. You just see how stupid it is getting jazzed about a bad hair day or an untimely red light when compared to some of your struggles.

    Hopefully this post doesn't sound over the top and trust me, from my perspective it is not. I wish I could meet some of you in person to shake your hand and say thank you. You are some truly exceptional folks and you probably touch more lives than you realize. Count me in as one of those and again, please expect my heartfelt thanks and best wishes on all your life's journeys.

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    Thanks for taking the time to post your experiences.

    It is very much appreciated and I am sure will put some perspective on things for other people who find themselves here having done an internet search because they are worried that they might have cancer of the colon.

    Take care, and I am glad that you can get on with the rest of your life having had the all clear.

    Nick
    Age 1/2 way to 120 plus 1. Symptom of blood in stools May 2011. Colonoscopy June 2011 confirmed rectal cancer. CT scan June 2011 showed no spread to other organs. Anterior resection July 2011 plus 50% bowel removed due to thickening observed during operation. Biopsy confirmed stage 2 in rectum only. Completed 8 cycles of precautionary capecitabine (4600mg Xeloda). Returned to horse riding 6 weeks post op, jumping 2weeks later and first competition 2 weeks after that. July 2012 - CT scan clear. June 2014 - CT scan clear. December 2014 - Colonoscopy clear. July 2017 - 6 year CT scan clear.

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    Super Moderator Top User Baz10's Avatar
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    You have already shaken our hands I assure you by receiving a negative cancer diagnosis.
    This in itself is both pleasing and inspirational to many who come here with similar symptoms and concerns.
    We only wish all who join us can have such a successful outcome.
    Wonderful news.
    Barry
    Diagnosed stage 3 March 011
    Radical resection April 011
    Restaged 2b April 011.
    12/09 Colonoscopy clear but picked up hospital infection.
    Aorta & femoral arteries occluded.
    Clot buster drugs put me in ICU with internal bleeding. 9 blood units later they got it under control.
    Aortobifemoral surgery 5th May. yughh.
    PET scan indicates clear
    DEXA bone scan clear
    13/5 CT showed "unknown" but no concern from docs.
    Inguinal lymph nodes and severe groin pain.
    Ultrasound and MRI show no nasties. Pheww
    Groin pain and enlarged lymph nodes still there.
    October -still the same pains but under semi control.
    Additional chest CT scan ordered for 11th November prior to surgery.
    Sinus surgery done and dusted.
    July 2014 PSA at 5.10. 2months of antibiotics in case of UTI, jan 2015 PSA at 7.20, 23/08 now 8.2, current 8.1
    Prostate Cancer confirmed Gleason 3+Marginal 4.
    Active surveillance continues.
    PET CT Aug 2017 indicated lung nodule changes
    CT Guided biopsy 7/09
    November 1 Vats Wedge section pathology Glomulated previous infection
    no Cancer.

    Not all's rosy in the garden, but see following.
    Stop grumbling Baz, your still alive and kicking so far.
    Age and illness doesn't define who we are, but more what we are able to do.
    Motto
    Do what I love doing, when I can until I can't.
    and dodging bullets in the meanwhile, too many bullets at moment.

 

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