Almost 4 years ago, I came here to learn as I had a wacko diagnosis... See my sig for that if you are interested. I was one of the fortunate ones. I was Stage 0. At that time, I kept very quiet because Stage 0's weren't exactly welcomed. Belle told me to continue to spread the word about screening, which I have. I'm so sorry to hear if her passing.
In just about 2 weeks, I'll have another colonoscopy. That will tell me how to move forward.
Thus board is a wonderful resource for people, but not for all people. Based on other's comments, I'm rich, greedy and horrible for supporting other causes rather than colon cancer. We are not rich or greedy. My husband is retired military and has a great job in aerospace engineering. I spend about 50 hours a week in a totally volunteer posistion for my college sorority and their philanthropy, diabetes. Two if my four daughters have a chromosome abnormality. We support that organization as well. We also tithe to our church, which in turn gives the money to the needy in our community, international relief and the Soutbern Baptist Men. Look them up sometime. They are there in disasters well before the Red Cross and stay longer. I'm a conservative, evangelical Christian with a good chunk of money set aside for retirement. We've also spent well over 70,000.00 for the two aforementioned daughters for adoption expenses. Can't even begin to list the things we have done for the other two daughters.
I'm hoping and praying that my upcoming colonoscopy tells me I continue to be NED. I hope that I won't need the info here, because I'm not accepted, I'm rich and I'm greedy. And I am certainly on the opposite of most of this board because I'm an evangelical Christian.
Thank you all for the knowledge I have gleaned from you and there are any who I will miss.
Dx Feb 2010 4 cm tumor, just inside rectum
EUS stated T3 tumor
2nd opinion, need better path
Mar 2010 transanal surgery. Surgery by board certified CRS found tumor only in lining
6 exams of surg site, 3 PET, 3 scopes laterNED.
Scope in Mar2015, clean colon
Next scope/test in 3 years