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Updated: 09/24/17--I am 55 y/o female. ** Updated 12/13/2015--- I am now 4.5 years post Dx and Tx. The following information was the beginning of my cancer journey. Currently, I am NED. I do have side effects from the chemotherapy and pelvic radiation. My thyroid got messed up, but I am on Rx, and doing fine in THAT dept. I have lung nodules on in both lungs--<10mm, which are usually benign. Mine are, so far. And, pelvic weakness. Not ALL the time, but REGULARLY RANDOM... LIke, I lose strength and can hardly stand up. Once I am ''up'', I am okay. It takes several minutes though. I have Neuropathy in my feet-especially the left, and I have poop accidents. As with many here on BFAC who had Anal or Anal/Rectal Cancer, we FEAR FARTS!! ..... 'cause we might get a surprise, and that is awful..... This all said, I am alive, working, relatively healthy. And, GRATEFUL! *** MY BEGINNING WITH CANCER: I had had sero-sanguinous-type drainage months ago. Then, smelled first, blood in the stool. Then started to have fairly large amounts of blood. Hoped it was a hemorrhoid gone awry. I was paying lots of medical/dental bills for myself and one son at the time, and didn't want another dr. bill. Finally, I decided to LOOK at a skin (tag) I'd been feeling for months. It was UGLY. I called the doctor the next day (I also had increasing difficulty having a BM) I had surgery for an anal fissure on 02/17/11. A tumor was biopsied and found to have squamous cell carcinoma. I found out yesterday. Plan is to see an Oncologist and start chemo/radiation. I am a nurse, so I've seen the end-stage (no pun) of rectal cancers, etc. ANYWAY, I am researching as much as possible and discovered this blog. I will pray for all of you. The cost of this makes me ill, but my kids want me to try treatment. I don't know the stage yet.

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February 24, 2011

Sierra Vista, Arizona

July 20, 1962

Cancer Fighter

Cancer Info

Anal Cancer

squamous cell carcinoma of the anus

February 23, 2011

Stage 2

2.1 - 3.0 cm

Negative

Negative

No

No

Difficulty going to the bathroom; telling my kids. Worrying about how to pay for tx. Seeing all the young people here.

REALLY be a support for others/fight for my kids

Prayer, listen, feedback.

Orange Juice! (I craved it); steak; homemade vanilla pudding.

Patience, an ear, chocolate . . .

Western Washington Oncology 2011-2012. Switched to VA in 2013, to save $$.

If you have a choice, get a port. Exercise through treatment, if possible. It helps.

Take every day head on. Prayer, whatever, too.

May 19, 2011

October, 2011

No, as of 09/24/2017. However, a sigmoid polyp--1st one, was discovered and removed 06/2015.

Chronological order: Blood-tinged drainage for months, then heavy bleeding with BMs-which I "hoped", for months, would go away. A hard skin tag, change in stool appearance, increased difficulty defecating. PAIN!

I give to various charities: St. Jude's Children's Hospital and Ronald McDonald house,cancer charities; multiple fund-raisers. I am too tired and lazy to organize a fund-raiser. Mostly, my emotions are shot. Gone. Just...gone.

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