Want to share good news...May 2016 Five year scans of chest, abdomen and pelvis, NED. Just passed my five year anniversary as a survivor of Stage 3B colon cancer adneocarcinoma...Was not sure this anniversary would come, so grateful.
Like many of you experienced depression after treatments were over and I had to face reality... Started medication(took several tries to find right one), began therapy, then Left my stressful executive job 31 months ago, teaching college part time and in school full time, fulfilling one of my personal goals of obtaining a doctorate degree. Graduate in 9 days! Not much money but now in jeans and sneakers every day. I still see therapist monthly though we are now moving to every 6 weeks.
My oncologist and I had a laugh in April about my new "less stressful" lifestyle when I asked to delay scans until after my defense at university. I can sincerely advise others to talk with your doctor about medication and start counseling if you are experiencing depression. It is a real illness!
KeKeG age 58
Colon cancer - adneocarcinoma dx 5/2011
Stage III b
Rt colectomy 5/2011
Chemotherapy 6/2011 -2/2012
5FU, leukovorin, irrintocan
PET clear 2012
Lung nodules on chest CT 8/2012, unchanged 12/2012
CT 4/9/2013 NED, nodules unchanged
CT 4/2014 NED, nodules unchanged
CT 4/2015 NED nodules both lungs, unchanged size
CT 5/2016 NED 5 year survivor of Stage IIIB!!