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Colorectal cancer stage 3c: Need positive feedback

Colorectal Cancer | Last Active: Jul 10 12:13am | Replies (65)

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@annejacobsen

I am a 12 year stage 3 rectal cancer survivor. I was 39 yrs old at diagnosis with no family history. Talk about “who woulda thought”!! Nothing short of a miracle I even found it. I went through surgery, chemo, radiation, then chemo again. I had a temporary ileostomy for 6 months. Chemo was crazy rough on me. At my 5 year cancer free mark, a PET scan showed stage 1 triple negative breast cancer. There aren’t words to describe what hearing that diagnosis was like. So, after a few weeks of being devastated, I put on my big girl panties and began my second battle. Lumpectomy, chemo, radiation. Lost my hair and eyebrows and eyelashes with this chemo. I will be a 7 year survivor this July. So my message to you is…it’s rough. Definitely not for sissies. 😉 But the battle is worth the survival. Take things one day at a time. If you can’t do that, take them an hr at a time. If you can’t do that, take them a minute at a time. I wish you the best!

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Hi @annejacobsen, please accept my tardy welcome to Connect. We've had a few members, like @travelgirl, who were diagnosed with 2 primary cancers. Several members have spoken about the possible connection between colorectal cancer and breast cancer here:

– Connection between colon and breast cancer https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/connection-between-colon-and-breast-cancer/

I can imagine you have to take one day at a time, even one minute at a time getting through the treatments of not one, but 2 cancers. But you're here 12 and 7 years later to tell your story. Thank you!

Hi Anne , I feel encouraged to read this . Did your doctor commence gnrh for ovarian protection before chemo . My cousin is 35 with stage 3 bowel cancer .

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