Another Stage 2a here. Just had Onc checkup today......all lab values good. CEA 0.3. No complaints except persistent neuropathy. I can drive OK, it's only the bottom of both my feet that have a tingly feel. Gabapentin did not improve it and so I stopped taking it because it made me dizzy.
As I feel relief for good check today......I am saddened by the destruction in Moore, OK today. I remember 2 years ago when I was diagnosed in May 2011 and the terrible tornado that tore thru Joplin, MO that same day.
As I was crying about my diagnosis and uncertainty of all the treatment to come........I was humbled by sudden lives taken in that tornado....in the blink of an eye and I told myself to shape up and deal with it. There will always be worse disasters than what you have to endure.....
So, I'm 2 years out from initial dx, RC, 2a, mod diff. Had 5.5 weeks of chemorad. Rad was brutal towards the end. Then 10 weeks break before surgery in Sept. 2011. Those were the worst for me.......contemplating major surgery - APR. I asked my husband if I could just forget it and say no. Recovery rough. Then 11 rounds of Folfox6. Done in June 2012. Colonoscopy at 1 year was clear. All CEA/Liver enzyme are good......No bowel blockages ever.
Looking forward to getting to 3 years past surgery and chemo tx.