A Funny Thing Happened on the way to having Weight-Loss Surgery; or How they Found Colon Cancer
Posted on March 13 2012
In February 2005, I made a life-altering decision to undergo weight-loss surgery because I was experiencing multiple medical issues. I researched the pros and cons of having weight-loss surgery and made the decision that it was my last chance to get healthy. I made my appointment with a physician who specialized in weight-loss/weight control, went through the program that prepared you for your lifestyle change, my info was sent to my insurance company for approval, which was approved January 2006. My surgery was scheduled for May 2006. By April 2006, all my pre-op tests were done, but one week before my surgery I received a call from my physician; I was told that my blood test indicated that I was very anemic (my hemoglobin was 9) and she wanted me to come in to have an additional blood test done. I did as I was instructed, and continued to prepare for my upcoming surgery, then I hit a snag. The very next day, my physician called to inform me that she had scheduled an appointment immediately for me to have a colonoscopy. Unfortunately I was scheduled to have that done on the same day as my weight-loss surgery however, by now my weight-loss surgery had been postponed. I had my colonoscopy May 2006; my news was not good; I did have a benign polyp that had poked through the bowel wall. I was scheduled for a colectomy within 2 weeks. I was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. I underwent chemotherapy every 2 weeks for 6 months, which consisted of Oxaliplatin, Leucovorin, and Fluorouracil (5FU). I was 46 years old at the time of diagnose and I am 52 years old now and have been cancer free almost 6 years. The day that I found out I had cancer is a day I will never forget. I have to say that this has certainly been a very eye-opening experience for me and my family, but we got through it with a lot of positive thoughts and prayers. By-the-way, July 2007, I underwent gastric bypass surgery for weight-loss and the multiple medical issues I had before are gone; I have new medical issues now that is actually unrelated to the cancer and weight-loss surgery. That’s life.My personal advice to anyone who is dealt the cancer card is to keep positive thoughts. Cry if you want to, but never give up the fight. Ask your doctor questions and, if you don’t understand, let the doctor know so that it can be explained to you in a different way. Get involved with the course of treatment that is recommended to you. This is all about you and you are not alone.