I'm very new to this forum and I've appreciated the posts that I've read. I'm a 39 yo mom, I was diagnosed with a Stage 2 T2-3 Rectal tumor 5 cm from anal verge. I've elected to stop radiation because of the side effects. Everything still works as of now, no pain, just lots of running to the bathroom. I'm scheduled to have a LAR in 2 1/2 weeks and I'm terrified that I'm going to have terrible quality of life after. I'm a very active person. Everything that I read is about how awful it is afterward. I'm hoping that a few people are satisfied with their results, not just tolerating them. Looking for reassurance that life can be ok after cancer.
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on Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:26 pm, edited 1 time in total.
39 F - Mom of 3=14,12,9
Jan-May 2018-Rectal Bleeding
6-11-18 coloscopy/CT same day
Stage 2 rectal Cancer, T2N0
6-18 PET Scan, possible nodes
7-3-18 port placement
7-9-18 start rad & xeloda
7-17-18 decide rad isn't for me, stop treatment
7-25-18 get 2nd opinion
7-27-18 pelvic MRI w/contrast, nodes look clean
8/6/18 genetic results in
neg for colorectal cancer, positive for BRCA1
8-14-18 ULAR (no rectum left), temp Ileo
18 nodes clear, no Chemo!
9-25-18 ileo reversal, port removal