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Carol

Carol
Bio: Updated: 06/02/2020--I am 57 y/o female. 05/09/2020 was my 9 year Cancerversary!!! I am blessed-especially, when I learn that we lost another Warrior (Patty, 2019) who was Stage II anal cancer, as was I. What was different? I had surgery (that is how my cancer was found. Also, I just reread her profile. No Mitomycin was…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell carcinoma of the anus
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Chronological order: Blood-tinged drainage for months, then heavy bleeding with BMs-which I "hoped", for months, would go away. A hard skin tag, change in stool appearance, increased difficulty defecating. PAIN!
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 02/17/11: Anal fissurectomy with lateral sphincterotomy. Only SE was pain. Now, I can poo w/o pain for the first time in MONTHS. It still looks weird (TMI.) This found the CA. 07/03/12--anal/rectal biopsy of suspicious tissue found during a DRE. Thankfully, it was only scar tissue.--I hurt like hell for 3 wks after though!! :/
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Mitomycin and f5u-begin 4/12/11. . . . I was EXTREMELY tired and became EXTREMELY short-of-breath (ended up with bronchitis, but I have asthma.) One of the meds, Mytomycin, I think, can adversely affect the lungs. My thyroid got messed up so I now take meds. Nodules on lungs, on CT . . . monitoring those.

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Laurie

Laurie
Bio: I was diagnosed with cancer Dec. 2008. I thought I just was going thru the change of life. I also never went to the doctor and tried to hide what was going on. My cousin finally dragged me to the gynecologist. I owe her my life :)
Cancer Type: Endometrial-Uterine Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Symptoms: bleeding, clots, cramps, anemic.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: total Hysterectomy

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Cindy

Cindy
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Anal cancer squamous cell
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Anal skin tag...burning..itching...cramps....constipation ....tired
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Two groin nodes removed July 2, 2012 Anal skin tag removed Aug, 2012
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Starting Aug 27th 5FU and Mito C

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Sabina

Sabina
Bio: I was just diagnosed with vocal chord cancer stage 2 so far
Cancer Type: Larynx Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Vocal Chord
Larynx Cancer Symptoms: sore throat burning and ears hurting

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Debbie

Debbie
Bio: I am a photographer who is beginning a second career as a writer.I also have a line of cancer awareness jewelry that I make for every type of cancer. I noticed when I was diagnosed with breast cancer that almost everything I owned was available in pink or had a pink ribbon attached, My message is that cancer is…more
Cancer Type: Endometrial-Uterine Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: DCIS in summer '08 and Endometrial in summer '09
Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Symptoms: lump under arm sent me for my 1st mammogram at age 52. DCIS was found at stage zero. (The lump is still there...it's fat) Endometrial cancer diagnosed 1 year later from constant spotting that was daily from Easter weekend until biopsy on Aug.2
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Mastectomy in Aug.'08 because dcis was in 2 places. Lumpectomy not an option and besides, I didn't have to have chemo or any other after treatment. Endometrial cancer caused complete hysterectomy in August '09. I am just now finished with 6 months of chemo and 28 radiation treatments. Both were hell. Chemo put me in the hospital the…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: See Surgery Description> apparently I cannot follow directions

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Kiwifestor

Kiwifestor
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3 cancer
Breast Cancer Symptoms: I had a lump that grew, nothing else was wrong
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Double masectomy 11/10/2011 Transflap 5/2012
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: I've been in chemo since june 2011. I was taking 3 different kinds every three weeks but now have gone to just one kind. the initial treatments caused heartburn, hair loss, vision loss, hearing loss, skin discoloration, skin burns, nausea and vomiting, dizzyness, hot flashes, chemo induced asthma, chemo induced menopause, bone pain, I was not able to…more

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MIchelle

MIchelle
Bio: Mother of two young girls. Journalist and editor for over 20 years. Former rock musician; avid foodie; love to travel. I am sassy (when not scared out of my mind by waiting for test results and icky medical procedures) and plan on not going anywhere without a serious fight. ;)
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma & Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
Breast Cancer Symptoms: None. I found my evil lump while showering, and even after I and my doc could feel it, the mammogram was "clear." It was then seen on ultrasound and MRI. NO family history. Genetic tests (BRCA 1 & 2) negative. During routine scans after breast cancer dx, a mass was found in my head. Turns out in addition to the bc, I…more
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Excisional biopsy of left breast 11/23/10 (1.1cm tumor) Re-excision to get clear margins and do sentinel node biopsy 12/21/10
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 4 rounds of taxotere & cytoxan every 3 weeks. Started 3/3/11. Second round completed 3/24/11; had allergic reactions to both drugs. Third round done without reactions (super slow drip) on 4/14/11. Fourth & FINAL round completed 5/5/11, and grateful for being finished!!

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Rachel

Rachel
Bio: Mom of two boys---going through second cancer diagnosis of 2010. Was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer in Feb 2010, went through radical hyst--completely clear, diagnosed with IDC in July 2010. Doc indicates chemo/radiation. Struggled with my diagnosis but feeling a little better now that I am on the path to treatment. 2010 has turned out to be a crap year--looking forward…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Grade 1, Stage 2; Cervical Cancer Stage 1B
Breast Cancer Symptoms: Breast: Found lump in right breast--Doc couldn't feel it but was caught on Ultrasound. Some discomfort on right breast. Cervical:Lower back pain and discharge
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Radical Hyst -- May 10th Partial Masectomy, Sentinel Node Biopsy--July 19th
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Protocol: FEC-T (4 months/every 3 weeks) FEC-T :Epirubicin/Fluorouracil/Cyclophosphamide cycles 1-3, then add Docetaxel for cycles 4-6 Finished chemo November 24/2010

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Cathy

Cathy
Bio: Cancer caught me by surprise. I was always the healthiest one in my family and was very athletic growing up and have always had a love for sports. After I married in 1993 I had two wonderful, healthy children and became involved in their pursuits. My daughter is a competitive dancer and cheerleader; my son is artistic, creative…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
Breast Cancer Symptoms: Increased hot flashes, breast enlargement, breast area warm to touch. Also--strange rash developed around groin about two months prior to diagnoses and breasts were also itchy.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: I have had two surgeries-lumpectomy and reincision to get the rest of lump and port installment.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Started 06-20-Nausea, constipation, severe headahces, body aches, fatigue, dizziness, hot flashes, grumpiness. 07-05-some Nausea, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, port became infected.

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J Michael

J Michael
Bio: Diagnosed in 2009 but in reality was told I had Bladder Cancer for many years!My story is very unique, my Doctor tells me that in the 30 years of practice he has NEVER seen this type of case! You see I was given 3 to 6 months at the very most (stage 4 Bladder Cancer)and of this date (11/24/12)i have been…more
Cancer Type: Bladder Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4 cancer
Bladder Cancer Symptoms: Bleeding in your urin, blood clots in your urin

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August 8, 2012

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

September 14, 1982

Cancer Info

Breast Cancer

October 18, 2011

Stage 2

Grade 2

Yes

The fear it instills into people. Chemo & how life changes with one word.

There are so many good people in the world. So many angels.

Spread the word about breast cancer & to be positive.

Just being there. A phone call, a visit even if I don't seem in the mood.

Anna Laberge

Sleep, water, and I had really bad taste in my mouth and the best thing was having Freezies in the freezer.

CRY! Never hold in your emotions. even if you need to just get in a shower and cry your eyes out. Also, talk to someone when you need to.

May 14, 2012

A lump in my left breast the size of a ping pong ball.

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