Melinda's Profile

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February 20, 1973 - July 5, 2014

Biography

I am a single never married, colon cancer SURVIVOR! I was diagnosed with colon cancer at 35, but I am now post chemo 20 months and cancer FREE!!! What makes me unique is not only was the cancer stage IV, but I lost my bladder, colon, and vagina during a 12 hour surgery. I take each day at a time and waiting for the day I am totally healed from my surgery that I had on September 22, 2008. Oh did I mention that as of September 22, 2008 there has been no cancer, my 5 surgeons got all of the cancer with no lymph nodes involved. I am a believer and will be a fighter and an advocate for women under the age of 50 to have a colonoscopy so they can have early detection, and not have to wait like I did for almost six months to be diagnosed with colon cancer because I did not fit the age group! I officially completed all chemo and radiation! I am currently not showing any evidence of disease and will continue to be monitored every other month for any re-occurrence for the next 12 months and then switch to every six months for the following four years!!!!

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December 13, 2009

Fort Collins, Colorado 80525

February 20, 1973

July 5, 2014

Cancer Info

Colon and Rectal Cancer

adenocarcinoma

July 15, 2008

Stage 4

over 6.1

Grade 3

No

Fluorouracil (5-FU)

not being able to work

too live for each day!

Pray for continued healing of my body!

colon, pelvis, vaginal cuff, bladder

Cancer ribbons to advocate for CANCER AWARENESS

UT Cancer Institute, Germantown, TN; Texas Oncology in Tyler, TX

Remember that you do not have to suffer with the side effects. There are medications that will help and it might take a few tries to get the right combination.

You have to find a support system that is best for you! I have found that blogging on here has helped me because I am talking to people that have been there and done that! Most important is take it day by day or hour by hour when you have to and do not feel like you HAVE to do something for others, you are the one that is sick!

March 12, 2010

March 17, 2011

changes in stool, bleeding.

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