6 MONTHS SINCE THE DREADED DIAGNOSIS

actually six months and a few days.   i am feeling really good.  i think i might have a roid in there as it seems that i get a slight pressure pain when the poop is about to exit.....nothing i cannot not deal with....but i guess a roid is the least that could have happened.

the tingly feeling in the soles of my feet is still there.... again not a big deal as its noticed only when i get into bed and the sheets brush up against the soles.

the crappy cough is finally nearing it long awaited death.  

my energy is quite good and i am eating like if nothing had happened.

still not regained much weight... guess i should be thankful:):):)

having gone through this hell called treatment..... I AM FOREVER STUNNED AND AMAZED OF THE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE THAT SEEM TO BE DIAGNOSED EACH AND EVERY DAY.  if one hurts more than another..... it would be the kids that are stricken......but reading the other posts on here brings back the awful truth that its dreadful and hurtful and just sooooooo damned heart wrenching for any and all family members stricken and for those who care for them.

IT IS JUST MY WISH....MY HEARTFELT WISH THAT THIS XMAS BRINGS JOY AND HAPPINESS AND RELIEF FROM PAIN AND MUCH LOVE TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU ALL ON THIS BLOG.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.....richard cadena

Carol, Ajkeys threw a punch at your cancer.
3 people sent you a prayer.
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Thank u Richard for update and happy u are feeling good. I'm not quite there yet still fatigued and menopausal now I guess post radiation. Enjoy your holidays with your loved ones.
HUGS to you Richard, and wishing you a glorious holiday season. Every day is one more day away from treatment! On to 2019!
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Richard, I am glad that the side effects that linger are nothing you can't deal with. I am 10 years out of treatment and have never gained back any weight, still tipping the scale at 95 pounds. I'm okay with that, but I wish people would quit telling me I need to put on some weight or "I wish I had that problem." Oh, if they only knew what I went through that has caused me to be on the light side!

May you have a very Merry Christmas with blessing of love, friendship, and good health in the New Year!
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Thank you for such a nice post to all of us. You are one of us now, you've earned it unfortunately.

I hope our holidays are wonderful and you health continues to return back to normal. You will never be the same however, your appreciation for life will be awesome.
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Glad you are doing "well", six months out. It IS a road to recovery, but, positive thoughts and friend support (here!), contribute to healing tremendously!

The tingling sensation you are experiencing is, likely, neuropathy, from the chemo. Gabapentin can help. MY recommendation (and my dosage /routine isn't the norm and some docs may scoff, but I didn't like SE from higher doses/regimen--this was after a severe injury, before CA, but I developed neuropathy in my feet, post-CA. I discussed gabapentin with a Pharmacist. PRN (as needed) vs. a daily regimen, which is the norm.

ANYWAY!!... 100mg caps. 1-2caps, at bedtime, works. Rarely, a dose during the day, only 100mg, if nerve pain persists...with all-over body nerve pain (random, shooting and/or muscle spasms--mind you, besides cancer with chemo/rad, I have had a lot of musculo-skeletal injuries over the years...causing this crap).

Richard, are you using a stool softener? I KNOW that the risk of diarrhea vs constipation, BOTH causing grief, is a "fine art", as I call it. But, once or twice a week, to ease BM passage (to avoid the horrific pain of "pooping glass",) is important. I STILL, 7+ years out, keep an anti-diarrheal and stool softener on hand... Like toilet paper... I would rather have a good supply of TP than food!

Forgive me if this is too much info, but, I have "been-there-done-that." As many here have. Blessings!!


Carol P.
Wishing you a healthy and happy new year!!
Glad to hear you'r doing so well, Richard. I too have a hemorrhoid, a major one. As much as I wish it could be removed, my doctors tell me no obviously because it would be very difficult for that radiated tissue to heal.

One of my fellow cancer residents at Hope Lodge was a guy who also had AC. It was discovered during a hemorrhoidectomy!!
Merry Christmas!
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July 10, 2018

Los Angeles, California 90005

February 6, 1951

Cancer Info

Anal Cancer

squamous cell carcionoma

June 4

Stage 2

4.1 - 5.0 cm

Negative

No

Fluorouracil (5-FU)

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

always learning, that its all around us....its not till it hits you that you realize how common it is

stay positive with me. stay in the now.

not as of 6/04/2018

WEST LOS ANGELES V.A. MEDICAL CENTER-WESTWOOD

during treatment.....try your hardest not to give up on your treatment.....yea- it almost felt like it was killing me but here I am

believe in yourself and/or in your beliefs/god/etc

September 5

1st MRI NOV. 5 2018--NO SIGN OF TUMER/GROWTH....2ND MRI--NO SIGN OF TUMER/GROWTH

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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