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Colon Cancer – A Year Later

It’s been a year since I found out I had colon cancer. I’m grateful to say that I’m nearly back to normal. Some minor side effects still linger, but I’m cancer free and enjoying life again. I’ve even passed my recent CT scan, blood work, and colonoscopy with no issues found. I’m extremely lucky that […]

Chemo Journey Complete

Today was a big day as I got my chemo port removed. This marks the end of my cancer treatment. Technically, I’ve been cancer free since my surgery in October, as they were able to cut it out. The chemo I’ve been going through since November is to reduce the chances of it coming back […]

My chemo journey is ending.

Today was my last chemo infusion! I still have chemo pills to take for two weeks, and some not so fun side effects to deal with, but this is the beginning of the end. In just a few weeks, side effects will slowly start to subside, and my body will just keep getting better. My […]

The not so fun side effects of chemo.

I’m writing this post mainly for myself, as it’s nice to get some things out of my head. I’m also trying to keep my chemo journey transparent in case there are others that find this when they’re going through something similar, and I want them to know what “normal” looks like for me. It’s not […]

I’m getting a chemo port for Christmas.

One of the recommendations from friends when starting chemo was to get a chemo port. However, in talking with our doctor, he said that I had good veins, and we didn’t have to go that route. In hindsight, I wish he would have pushed a lot more on the port as everything I hear about […]

I made it through the first week of chemo.

I’ve completed my first week of chemo, and chemo sucks. I never thought it’d be easy, but it’s also not quite what my doctor made it out to be. When we met with our oncologist, and came up with a plan, they said that it shouldn’t affect my day to day too much. I could […]

Chemo. Here we go!

We met with and oncologist this week, and we figured out details on my cancer and a plan going forward.  We found out I have stage 3b colon cancer, and they recommend chemo. The good news is that they should have gotten all the cancer removed in the surgery, however I’ll be starting chemo soon […]

3 Week Post Surgery Update

It’s been three weeks since my colon cancer surgery and, if you didn’t know, you probably couldn’t tell by looking at me that I even had surgery.  The only restriction I have left is lifting more than 20 pounds. I have another week of that, and then it should be removed. It was also suggested […]

A week after colon cancer surgery and I feel good.

It’s been about a week since my colon cancer surgery and I feel good! This whole process thus far has seemed to go quite smoothly, and I’m amazed at how quickly I’m recovering. The day of the surgery was the worst. Between the nerves going in and the pain afterwords, that was a hard day. […]

How did we find my colon cancer? By donating blood.

People have asked how I found out I had colon cancer. As I noted in my first post my warning signs were pretty minor. The only symptom I had was getting light-headed when standing. This isn’t too out of the ordinary and, even though it seemed to be happening more often, I just thought it […]