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Hello, I am a 34 year old single mother to one human child and 8 furry animals. If I filled this out one day sooner I could have said I am a survivor instead of fighter of cancer.. ah well onward and upward I guess. I was diagnosed with stage 3 anal cancer (Hpv18) in October of 2018(side note: hpv causes most, not all anal cancers, MINE was from hpv, vaccinate your loved ones), I had just turned 33 and purchased my very first newish car and started my career. I joined the sheet metal union which is a very physical job, so when I started to lose weight I thought it was due to how much exercise I was getting, much like when my tailbone started to hurt, I blamed it on something I’d done at the job. I kept going for probably 3 months then the pain got unbearable. Not having medical insurance thru my new job made diagnosis more painful and take so much longer. Alas diagnosed started treatments right away, chemo/radiation. Lots of mishaps along the way, from the start port placement pneumothorax, to too much antibiotics causing c-diff, red mans syndrome from pushing vancomycin too quickly, ah cellulitis leading to emergency removal of port, acute radiation proctitis, to pulmonary sarcoidosis 5 months after treatment, and Finally today... recurrence... not absolute on how it will go but, APR with total hysterectomy is most likely.... for now standby... colorectal doc on Monday to discuss.. never ever thought I’d end up with a colostomy, super devastated. (Thing is he wants to do surgery without having biopsy results back, Idk that I’m that trusting in my doc)

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June 24, 2020

Pittsburgh , PA

September 16, 1985

Cancer Info

Anal Cancer

Squamous cell carcinoma (scc) of Anal region

October 23, 2018

Stage 3

over 6.1

Yes

Everything

To slow down, and enjoy it all!

December 21, 2018

March 5, 2019

Mass noted on routine ct-scan, lit up on pet scan, biopsy preformed, most likely recurrence. 6-29-20

Tail bone pain, progressively got worse, couldn't sit. Anal pain. Rapid weight loss.

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