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First Name
Anne

Last Name
Jacobsen

State/Province
NE

Health Interests
Cancer, Digestive disorders, Women's health issues

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Mon, Jan 14 9:22am · Colorectal cancer stage 3c: Need positive feedback in Colorectal Cancer

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!

Mon, Jan 14 9:09am · Dealing with LARS (low anterior resection syndrome) in Colorectal Cancer

I am a 12 year stage 3 rectal cancer survivor. The first 2 years were pretty rough for me, but I know a lot depends on your surgery and how much rectum was removed. If you are on Facebook, I urge you to join a group there called “living with low anterior resection syndrome”. You can’t believe how many people are out there with this health issue. So many have suggestions and doctor recommendations and just general support. I wish you well and hope you get to a doctor ASAP.
Anne