I’m very seldom sick, so being diagnosed with colorectal cancer and ultimately needing a total pelvic exenteration at age 48 took me by surprise.
I started having problems going to the bathroom in the fall of 2015. The constipation went on for two or three weeks, so I did the home remedy thing. But one day, I literally doubled over with stomach pain so bad that I had to leave work and go to an urgent care clinic.
Sometimes I forget that I have pancreatic cancer because I just don’t believe it’s going to kill me.
In fact, I’ve never felt healthier, thanks to an exercise program I’m participating in through a clinical trial at MD Anderson.
My pancreatic cancer diagnosis
Last summer, I noticed I was drinking a lot of water and urinating frequently. I also developed severe jaundice. At first, my doctor in Albuquerque, New Mexico...