I was going to ITT Tech in the spring of 2010 and things were really beginning to look up. I had made the Dean’s List and had perfect attendance. Little did I know that my world was about to be turned upside down.
I had developed a pain in my left side that kept getting worse and I had no idea why. I couldn’t sleep on my left side and when I laid on my right side I could feel something pulling my insides. I tried to ride the pain out because I had no time to be sick. Finally, the pain won and I went to urgent care to get it checked out. They examined me and immediately sent me to the hospital.
I had a CT scan and was told that I had a “thickening” in my intestinal wall. I was scheduled for a colonoscopy ASAP. After the colonoscopy I was told that they couldn’t complete the procedure because there was a blockage. My next step was a surgical consult. That’s when I was told I had cancer. After that everything went so fast that the reality didn’t have time to really sink in. I had a colon resection on October 18, 2010. My surgeon had told me he would do the surgery laproscopically and I would only have four port hole and a 4 inch incision. The first time I saw the incision I was really surprised because it was NOT 4 inches long, I was 12 inches long and I only had 2 port holes! I asked the surgeon what happened and he told me that he needed every bit of that 12 inches to remove my tumor. The tumor turned out to be 11cm by 9cm by 2cm! I had stage II colon cancer. I started chemo in December of 2010. Every 2 weeks for 6 months. On May 18, 2011 I was declared cancer free!
Every subsequent CT scan, colonscopy, and chest x-ray has come back clean!
This coming October it will be 3 years since the surgery and even though I had to quit school, my life hasn’t ever been better. My priorities have changed a lot! The words “I love you” come much easier to my family and everything I thought was important before the cancer doesn’t even register on my importance scale anymore.
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