June 13th, 2016
| Survivor: Colorectal (Bowel) Cancer
In this age of google and the internet, you can learn more than you might want to know about potential side-effects of chemotherapy. Still, life has ways of surprising you, and some side-effects are completely unexpected, even the opposite of what you thought. But there are ways to find the strength to deal with whatever happens.
"You Look So Good!"
I heard that phrase many times during my chemo sessions for colorectal cancer. That's because my hair didn't totally fall out, and I didn't lose a bunch of weight. But that didn't mean that I was free of side effects – rather, they were just largely invisible to most people. And some of them surprised even me, who had (against the prevailing advice) read about all the nasty things that could happen from my particular drug cocktail, FOLFOX.
1. The drugs affected my blood adversely.
2. I didn’t lose my appetite.
3. Peripheral Neuropathy is more common than I thought.
So my journey through chemotherapy has required dealing with many new situations and sensations. Due to the loving care and support from my wife, our friends and families, and my medical team, I have been able to accept the twists and turns and to deal with them with patience, courage, and compassion.
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Christopher Liggett is a survivor of Stage IV Colorectal cancer. He lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife, dog, 4 cats, and 2 guinea pigs. Chris retired from the U.S. Forest Service after 37 years and enjoys riding his motorcycles and hiking with his dog. He has three children and one grandchild.