Thank you for the warm welcome here. I am a colorectal survivor first diagnosed 7 years ago right after turning 40. The cancer was found about an inch past the end of my rectum. We decided to do intense radiation and chemo, surgery and then more chemo. Thought I was done with cancer and never looked back until it reared its ugly head three years later. I immediately said lets take it out which meant removal of my rectum and a good portion of my colon. This, or course, resulted in my having a stoma and pouch. Today is four years since my surgery and I am going strong. I have been reading through the posts here and so overwhelmed with the outpouring of support. Very happy to be a part of this forum and looking forward to getting to know you all too.