An overview of my cancer journey
It started on January 2nd 2019 when I had my first colonoscopy at the age of 62, at which time I was told I had rectal cancer, stage 1. Just over 2 months later and after several different procedures I had my surgery at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie. Where they removed about 5 inches of my colon and removed all of my cancer, with no chemo and no radiation. About 10 days later I needed another surgery because nothing was coming out of my stoma and into the ostomy bag. Around April 9th I was released and taken home to Orangeville, where I was well cared for by a team of personal care workers from Bayshore. On July 2nd I returned to Royal Victoria Hospital for reverse surgery and was released about 8 days later. About 36 hours later I was taken to Headwaters Health Care Centre, because my colon was having trouble with real food. When I returned home again, I was very weak and needed help in my house, with help from family and friends staying on the main floor, then a brother arranged for me to stay at a retirement community for the month of August while regaining the strength in my legs and could return home.
I have managed very well since and am now waiting to have my next colonoscopy in September which I expect to be clean from what I have observed from my stool.