These are the stories of anal cancer thrivers. We prefer to use the word thriver because surviving isn’t enough — we believe that every person with cancer should be empowered with the resources to thrive. We welcome you to read the experiences of others who have had anal cancer and encourage you to send your own stories to email@example.com. Please note that these individuals speak about their treatment plans. Speak to your doctor about what is right for you. ___________________________________________________________________________ This video is courtesy of Macmillan Cancer Support, who provide medical, practical, financial and emotional support for people affected by cancer in the UK.
Jan’s Story: My name is Jan and I live on the outskirts of London, in the United Kingdom. In February 2011, I was diagnosed at stage 3B anal squamous cell carcinoma.
Calvin’s Story: My name is Calvin, I am 53, and I was diagnosed with anal cancer on July 27, 2009. I had so much was going on at that time. Everything happened so fast. ____________________________________________________________________________
Florence’s Story: On October 28, 2010 I received a diagnosis of Stage IIIB anal cancer. This diagnosis was the farthest thing from what I expected, especially at this point in my life. I am a recently divorced 45-year-old female who regularly exercises, eats well, has never had a major illness and goes to the doctor regularly. (Contains Video). ___________________________________________________________________________ Karen’s Story: My name is Karen. My journey started in the early autumn of 2009, even though I had no idea I had begun a new chapter in my life. The small things, in hindsight (pun intended), are the telltale signs that life will never be the same. ___________________________________________________________________________ Marshall’s Story: I am a retired diplomat and university professor. In the spring of 2010 I was 65, and had never felt better! I took up exercise seriously several years earlier in preparation for a trip to Antarctica, and kept it up on discovering that I had gained 15 pounds in three years while working at a sedentary third career job. ___________________________________________________________________________ Martha’s Story: I am a 57 year-old female who, in May 2008 at the age of 54, began experiencing rectal bleeding with bowel movements while on vacation. Upon returning home, I saw my internist who diagnosed me with a bleeding hemorrhoid after performing a digital rectal exam. ____________________________________________________________________________ Michele’s Story: My name is Michele and I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Anal Cancer in February 2010. My current goal is to raise awareness for not only anal cancer but all cancers that exist “below the belt”. People need to be educated. Doctors need to be screening patients. My hope is that no one ever suffers from anal cancer and if they do they get early diagnosis and treatment. (Contains Video). ____________________________________________________________________________