Dear Jack

Greg J

Active LifeList Participant

My name is Greg and I’m 26-years-old. I was diagnosed with Anal Gland Adenocarcinoma on August 12th, 2021, just three days after my birthday in what felt like a complete blindside. I was told from the start by my radiation oncologist and medical oncologist that my cancer was both rare and fairly aggressive and we would need to start an aggressive form of treatment quickly. Come September I began my first round of treatment which consisted of radiation five days a week and taking oral chemo twice daily during those five days. This lasted 6 weeks and was absolutely exhausting. In the days after finishing my first round of treatment, I contracted a skin infection which led me to be hospitalized for four days. After this hospitalization, my medical oncologist and I talked about the future of my treatment. He made it clear we would need to do another round of aggressive chemotherapy for about 4-6 months, and then we would most likely move to surgery. On November 30th I began my second round of treatment which consists of infusion every 3 weeks and oral chemo twice daily for the two weeks following infusion. (CAPOX) This will be my reality for the next few months until it’s time for what my team has described as part 3. The side effects have been absolutely brutal, between extreme cold sensitivity, nausea, and fatigue I spend most of my time resting in bed. 


Greg’s LifeList:

  1. Portable synth and case

  2. Video call with Andrew McMahon

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