Dixie’s Survivor Story – An Ulcerative Colitis Patient
My journey to remission began with my diagnosis on 6/9/2015, Stage IV Colon Cancer. On July 24 I was scheduled for a complete colectomy with permanent ileostomy. At that time, it was identified that the cancer was in 5 lymph nodes with 6 lesions metastasized to my liver. Not a great prognosis per my surgeon. I began Chemotherapy on August 25thand completed 5 rounds of chemo, followed by a CT scan to determine the effectiveness of the chemotherapy. If it looked like progress was being made, I would be scheduled for a combination liver resection and ablation. The CT scan showed considerable progress with one liver lesion gone entirely and the remaining five about half their original size. The surgery was a go. They gave me one more chemotherapy infusion prior to the surgery, making it six in total, or half of my expected twelve treatments. I had the liver surgery/ablation on December 9th. Because of the location of my lesions and the severity of having so many, my surgical and radiology team made the decision to do a full surgical opening rather than laparoscopic incisions so I have a “beautiful” scar that resembles the stitching on a baseball all across my upper abdomen. A small price to pay for the end result. They were able to entirely cut away two of the lesions and did a heat-based ablation on the other three. This surgery was followed by the final six chemotherapy infusions. Six weeks after completing chemotherapy I had another CT scan, which showed that I was entirely cancer free. Imagine my joy! The message I want to convey is, if you have Ulcerative Colitis, to never be late for your surveillance colonoscopy. I hope that my positive results will be uplifting to others on the same journey.
Best regards, Dixie Rogers