Just a quick note to encourage - it is five years now since my diagnosis - actually kind of crept up on me this year. I've been off the board as a way for me to focus on life after cancer.
See my signature for the details and see my thousands of posts for information on side effects, treatment, and in particular my experiences with my takedown and colonic j-pouch.
Good luck to all.
Rectal Cancer @ 43, '08
Clinical: T3,N2a,MX (IIIB)
6 wks XELOX & radiation
LAR, colonic j-pouch, & temp ileo '09
Surgical: ypT3,ypN0,ypMX (0 of 20 nodes)
Ileo Takedown '09
SIL Dx 2014 - Rectal T3