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Patients Colorectal cancer

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Hi! I am new to this site and this is my first post. A little back story on me......I found out i had colorectal cancer after an exploratory surgery was performed on me the day after i delivered my son. This was in September of this year. I had issues during my pregnancy and they were all blamed on my pregnancy and never looked into. During this surgery they found that my appendix had burst (where my cancer was found) and my right ovary had burst also (cancer was found attached to my ovary as well). They decided to wait a month and go back in again to take parts of my intestines and lymph nodes to see if the cancer had spread. Luckily that came back negative. I am cancer free as of right now. However, the oncologist i went to wants me to still do chemotherapy “just in case” for 6 months. I am a stay at home mom of 4 young kids that i am very active with. I am terrified of doing chemotherapy for many reasons. I am struggling with the decision of whether or not i should do chemotherapy if i am cancer free. I am going to meet with a second oncologist this week for his opinion but for now if anyone has any tips or suggestions for me i would greatly appreciate it. Any words of encouragement will gladly be accepted and appreciated too. Thank you for taking the time to read a short glimpse of my story. 

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I had colon cancer 2 years ago.  It was removed with good margins.  they told me that everything looked good and i could choose chemo or not.  Being who i am I declined.  They told me there was 10% chance Id get it back. so I took my chances.  This past July I had a colonoscopy and sure enough the cancer was back.  they say they got it all and lymph nodes look good.  I've been on  chemo since surgery.  I have a colostomy (a piece of my gut hanging out my stomach with a bag attached.  Thats how I poop now. praying that I get my strength back after another 2 months of chemo plus radiation'  I hate it all.  Chemo kicks me to the ground and the colostomy bag is not helping.  However if I want to LIVE I guess I have th do this.  I'm 71 and have a lot to live for.  I even got a second opinion from a very well known cancer center.  they said stay with the program.  you are way younger than  I am and lots more to live for!  God bless you and keep you and your family.  No one can hate this more than me.  BUT Im doing it because even a 10% chance doesnt sound so good any more.   Do what you have to do.  6 months in the scheme of things is a short period of time to put your life on semi hold