We’re delighted that DJ DeProspero, a woman who’s just completed chemo and radiation for Anal Cancer, felt comfortable sharing her experience with our readers. She’s an inspiring person for so many reasons including her sense of adventure and her amazing kindness.
And Now For Her Story That She is Willing to Share
I was diagnosed with anal cancer as a result of a routine (age-triggered, I’m 56) screening colonoscopy. A tumor was found in my anus; it and two surrounding lymph nodes were biopsied and all were malignant. I had no symptoms, no expectations that this colonoscopy would be anything other than a somewhat bothersome test (the preparation really, not the test itself). Hearing that I had a tumor in my anus, that I probably had anal cancer was a bizarre experience. I had never heard of anal cancer. An early reaction, after the shock and terror passed, was “why couldn’t I just have breast cancer? How do I tell people have ANAL cancer?” When was the last time you said “anal” in public – or in private?