It has been a while since I checked in on the board and wanted to share how I'd doing 8 years since my TAE surgery, and 7 years NED In short, all is good.
I left by Foirtune 50 Corporate life due to effects of chemo brain
, could not compete in the day to day high pressure, multitasking, needing facts on demand job.
Took time off, traveled across country for 9 weeks and then implement plans for an urban winery.
In past 2 years I run 1/2 marathons, 5/10 k races at least once a month.
If ever in Dunmore PA, stop by Space Time Mead & Cider Works. We will be making commercially a mead (honey wine) that I first made when I was under going chemo 8 years ago, FURC Mead, as in FU rectal cancer.
Here is update on health status, and some hope for all that they can have similar or better outcomes.....
I had chemo and radiation prior to surgery, transanal excision surgery, and post surgery chemo for my T3 rectal cancer.
Quality of life is pretty close to what I reported back in 2012:
-I have no side effects from the surgery; some due to chemo and the radiation.
-I have no eating or bowel issues other than I seem more sensitive to fruit and juices - i.e. next day frequent bathroom visits - manageable. I think due to the chemo. Otherwise same as prior to having colon cancer.
-Skin irritations at the radiation site - only an issue when using sandpaper toilet paper at cheap work and public place rest rooms!
The following improved a lot due to exercise, eating better, and meditation. Not in any ruthless fitness nut way, just simple changes. Stuff we should all do anyway, cancer or not.
-Still fighting some fatigue and chemo brain
(forgetfulness). I dumped a gallon of wine as someone was talking to me when I started to pump product and failed to close valve on vessel before pumping
- Red and white counts remain on low end, so prone to colds and naps
-Post cancer depression -- has been managed now that I changed jobs... I really believe mental health needs to be part of the cancer treatment journey. Sound mind and sound body - treat the whole person. Therapist thinks PTSD from going thru treatment. That has merit, but also think I had some depression issues for a long time prior. A case for baselining mental health as we do with physical healthc.I did get a cognitive evaluation and have effects from the chemo.. adjustment disorder due to cognitive impairment of the chemo. Confirmed my need to fine a new line of work.
-Some sexual dysfunction... radiation and chemo impact plus an issue with age, weight gain and lax exercise. Continues to improve with diet and exercise and dealing with stress/depression.
-Neuropathy in feet - rare, usually at night in bed.
For more of the back story, you can check these threads out.
year 5 checkin:http://coloncancersupport.colonclub.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=53560&p=424506#p424506
Year 2 checkin: http://coloncancersupport.colonclub.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=34910
Post chemo and back to work: http://coloncancersupport.colonclub.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=20059
Mid Chemo brain
Immediately after the surgery in 2010, and my rationale for the chemo/surgery choice I made (read all threads): http://coloncancersupport.colonclub.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=13877
If anyone has any questions ask here or feel free to PM.
I remain indebted to the people on this forum whom helped me thru this tough issue and I hope tho information can help others.
I wish you all the best - health, success, and happiness.