FINAL 2 DAYS OF TREATMENT......

SO tuesday and wednesday were my last two days...... i was dragging with exhaustion just to get there under my own power....the nausea was strong and my sleep was not solid/consistant.

the treatments came and went and HERE I AM.....CONPLETELY FINISHED WITH THE 30 DAY REGIME

MY RAD DR. SENT ME HOME WITH LOTS OF GOODIES AND LET ME KNOW TO CALL HIM IF I NEED ANYTHING

on the way to my van, i started crying with joy/a sense of relief/pain/god knows what

i got home and was completely worn out by 11am and thats the way its been for yesterday-thursday and today-friday.

the shear joy of not having to drive that 1.5 to 2 hour round trip is soooo damn relaxing.!:):):):):):)

the sitz baths have been fantastico..... i don't know the whys/hows they work but it seems to help dry up the weeping wounds and calms the stinging---ESPICIALLLY IN THE BUTT CRAKKY....THE ITCH BACK THERE IS MADDENING SOMETIMES

SUPPRISINGLY, THE FRONT GROINERY REGION IS DRYING UP AND I HAVE VERY LITTLE "BURNING" PAIN FROM IT..... I NICE THIN LAYER OF NEW SKIN HAS KINDA GROWN OVER THE RAW SKIN....THERE ARE JUST A COUPLE OF NICKLE SIZED AREAS THAT STILL NEED SOME WORK.

yes, i am happy that its over, but i still have to get thru this strange no-mans land of constantly trying to nap, doing my sitz baths, some nausea, headaches, and least i forget----------THE BURNING POTTY TIMES......LUCKILY THEY ONLY COME LIKE TWICE A DAY

AND ON THE 1-10 SCALE.... REACH A 7-8

I AM THANKFUL FOR ALL OF THE GREAT CHEMO AND RADIATION TEAM MEMBERS FOR TREATING ME WITH BABY BUTTOCKS GLOVES, THE DRS WHO WHERE ALWAYS THERE TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS AND HERE ON THE HOME FRONT..... MY WONNERFUL TENANTS-ESPICIALLY FRANCISCO AND HIS WIFE IVONNE WHO DID THE DOGGIE WALKING, FEEDING AND RUNS TO THE STORE--NON EMERGENCY AND EMERGENCY.  ALSO SEVERAL OF MY TENANTS WHO PITCHED IN WHEN I NEEDED THEM AND ALL WHO TOOK AN INTEREST AND CHECKED IN ON ME FROM TIME TO TIME.

MY BOSS WHO CHECKED IN ON MY DAILY AND CONTINUALLY ENCOURAGED ME KNOWING THAT I WAS AT MY WITS END...

******* Then yesterday evening my BIG boss called me and congratulated me on finishing and we talked a bit........ THAT WAS THE MISSING SPARK-THE FIRE WORKS BEING LIT...... HE PROBABLY WILL NEVER KNOW HOW MUCH IT MEANT TO ME!

BY BEST FRIEND CHUCK WHO ALSO CHECKED IN DAILY AND CHEERED ME ON WITH "HUMP DAY PICTURES" AND MY OTHER FRIENDS THAT POSTED ON THIS BLOG 

AND NOT LASTLY BUT FOR SURE---SURELY---- ALL OF YOU ALL ON THIS BLOG WHO EGGED ME ON AND ALWAYS BOOSTED ME UP

LIKE MY DR STATED----"DONT THANK ME RICHARD----U DID ALL THE HARD WORK-------

TRUE..... BUT ALL OF YOU GAVE ME THE EXTRA ENERGY TO CONTINUE THE CRUEL SLOG FROM DAY 1 TO DAY 30

 

time for a nap.

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You are a true warrior! Big hugs!
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pretty beat up and dragged along the gutter warrior..... but I am still here
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Richard, I was Stage 3a SCC and I am two years post treatment. I have not been very active on BFAC for over a year, but obviously am here today. Thank you for your post! I'm so glad the treatment is over for you, and I don't know how you managed that LONG DRIVE EVERYDAY! You are a true warrior. It'll be difficult for a while but if you got through the treatment, you'll get through recovery. Just be patient. Keep posting on your progress and follow-up.
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fantastic that you are 2 years post treatment.... I hope you are doing FANTASTICO!!!!
Congrats Richard! U are a champ and a true warrior! U inspire me to keep on trekking!
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I HAD TO ....... AND YOU HAVE TO...... THERE IS NO OTHER WAY ...... FIND ANY AND EVERYTHING TO HOLD ONTO EVERYDAY....... BE SILLY..... JUST REMEMBER ITS ONLY 30 DAYS
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Woohoo- let the healing begin!
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Richard 00 so glad you are done with treatment and can now heal and get on with the rest of your life! WooHOO you did it with humor and an awesome attitude. I am so happy for you and glad we could help out, butt you were definitely the heavy lifter in this arena. Lisa
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THANKS......
BUTT IS THE CENTER OF ALL OF MY ATTENTION CURRENTLY..... and its not cause its sexy!!!!!
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WOO HOO! Amazing looking back how quickly it goes. NOW to recover and restore! There is still something of a roller coaster ahead but every day past that last treatment gets you closer to the goal. Keep on posting please!
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thanks Helen...... in hind site....the whole 30 days went very quickly
IT WAS EACH INDIVIDUAL DAY THAT DRAGGED ME ALONG AS SLOWLY AS I WALK NOW!!!
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Hind site...Love that!!!

One Day At A Time. The New Normal is different from the Old Normal, but it's good to be there.
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YOU ARE CORRECT.... THE NEW NORMAL WILL DEF BE DIFFERENT

I WAS FANTASIZING LAST NITE ABOUT WHAT I WOULD WANT TO HAVE AS MY "1ST" CELEBRATION MEAL...
AND I COULD NOT THINK OF ANYTHING..........THOSE THAT KNOW ME SHOULD BE
VERY WORRIED ABOUT THIS!!!!

I do not know when or how I will recover my appetite...
It will come back. Takes time. You are just beginning your recovery ride!
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Congratulations, your posts have certainly been such a help to me.. I wish you all a speedy recovery so you can put this behind you for good!
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RIGHT NOW ITS THE "BEHIND" THATS TAKING ALL OF MY EFFORTS....THE FRONT SIDE IS HEALING EASIER PROBABLY BECAUSE ITS OUT IN THE OPEN??!!
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Congrats Richard!! I'm so happy for you! Yahoo!!! :)
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YOUR WELKY!! GOOGLE!!!:):):)
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Richard, glad you made it to our side if the fence! There are no end to butt jokes to help you through this.
But seriously, just rest up and recover, both inside and out. You’ve been through so much and this messes up your mind too don’t forget.
You must be so relieved that the treatment is over!
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according to those that know me....... THEY DON'T SEEM TO NOTICE ANY DIFFERENCE MENTALLY???
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I remain in awe how you drove yourself every day, especially that long drive! I remember a cross between exhilaration and exhaustion at the end. You have nailed it Richard, and I have no doubt you will continue until healing is complete. It will get a bit more painful, sorry to say, as the radiation continues to work, but make sure to keep those poops soft, and keep drinking that water! Constipation at this stage is NOT allowed, or we will all cry!
You are a wonderful inspiration, so please continue to share. Sending a huge virtual HUG!
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THANKS SOOOO MUCH Tyndall for your support
week 5 was the only week that floored me....it was that danged mytomycin
I am being very AWARE OF THE STOOL makeup
hope you and your are enjoying this wonderful Sunday
I'm so glad your treatment is finished! You have really been through the wringer, but took it all on like a champ! Now, I hope you will get some rest and some TLC from your local friends, who sound like the best kind of friends to have. All of your BFAC friends will continue to support you as well as you recover. I wish you swift healing!
Oh what a wonderful feeling to finish treatment! Now recovery begins. Sending you love and hugs. It all gets better from this point on
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July 10, 2018

Los Angeles, California 90005

February 6, 1951

Cancer Info

Anal Cancer

squamous cell carcionoma

June 4

Stage 3

4.1 - 5.0 cm

Negative

No

the fears associated with it, the unknown, the WAIT FOR THIS TO START

always learning

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not as of 6/04/2018

WEST LOS ANGELES V.A. MEDICAL CENTER-WESTWOOD

a week after having completed my PSA and urine tests(5/22/18), i noticed blood in the toilet and completed the F.I.T--fecal immunochemical test.... I forgot to mail it in and drove to the VA and had them give me another one, did it and that afternoon i returned it...two days later i received a call to schedule a colonoscopy for June 04, 2018. results came back positive for a ployp that was excised and also a 4-5cm malignant growth on the dentate line of the anus--right smack in/around my spinchter muscle. T3N0M0...prognosis seems to be really good as it has not traveled nor gone into nodes. scheduled to start chemo/radiation with 5-FU and mitomyacin first 4 days and last 4 days using a PICC line.

AM NOT USING THE 5-FU....INSTEAD ITS CAPECITABINE 500MG

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