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My Follow-Up Procedure

July 15, 2014

As many of you may know my doctor did a series of tests and biopsies earlier this year to test for certain types of anal cancer and those test came back showing that I had advanced precancerous tissue and my doctor recommended that I get it treated sooner rather than later.

Well on July 2nd I finally had the treatment. Yes I know it was almost 2 weeks ago but at first I was just not ready to talk about it, and then with the 4th of July and going on vacation, I just lost track of the time.

Now I am finally ready to sit down and talk about it.

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First off, my family still knows nothing about any of it and I intend to keep it that way for now, at least. I see no point in making them worry about me any more than they have to.

The procedure was very awkward to say the least but it was not nearly as bad as I had been working myself up for. The doctor went in with some lidocaine cream to numb the "area," and after that had time to do its work I had to have a series of shots in the rectum. Those still hurt and stung like hell but it was bearable.

After all that had time to do its work, he went in and cleaned the infected areas with vinegar and iodine. Apparently the iodine has some kind of reaction with the cancerous tissues which makes them easier to see.

Once that was done, he went in with a laser of some kind and burned all the infected areas. That part was not as bad as it sounds but I think that was due to the numbing medicine he used and the fact that I was pumped full of adrenalin cause I was so nervous about the whole thing to begin with. After burning the areas that needed treatment, the dead tissue was scraped away and removed from my anal cavity.

The doctor also found some new areas that made him concerned so he decided to take even more biopsies and have them tested. I will not find out the results till probably September when I go back to have even more biopsies taken of the infected areas to make sure that they were all removed.

The after-effects were the worst. After the numbing meds had worn off, I was in a good bit of pain. I was given some Oxy and 800 mg IB to help with it all. It hurt to move, to go to the bathroom, to do much of anything really. I was told it was normal to have some pain/bleeding for up to a month after having this type of procedure done. As of right now I am having no bleeding but still pain, especially when I have a bowel movement. But as with anything it will all pass and hopefully it will all be over soon.

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Brian Ledford

Brian Ledford

This is my story of how I found out I was HIV-positive while still on Active Duty in the United States Marine Corps and how I have tried to put the pieces of my life back together through the good times and the bad. I am currently a full time student working on a degree in Information Security Technology, which seems to be taking forever. I want to help make a difference and erase HIV related Stigma in the South, where due to lack of education people still do not know that much about HIV. If my story reaches out and helps at least one person, then I have made a difference.

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