Merrill's Profile



I was diagnosed with Stage 3A anal cancer in September 2008, caused by HPV. I'm an artist and museum director (day job). I have a remarkable husband, who supports both my spirit and my flesh. My cancer journey continues to be supported by my medical team at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. I also credit several dear friends for their loyalty, medical expertise, and doggedness in getting me though the worst times.

Vital Info


June 26, 2012

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 10130

July 15, 1949

Cancer Info

Anal Cancer

Stage 3A

over 6.1


Fluorouracil (5-FU)

It's dark shadow.

To smell the roses.

Give me practical advice and send me good vibes

Still trying to eat lots of veggies despite treatment induced diarrhea

5FU = mucositis. Mytomycin = neutropenia

2 lymph nodes near the original tumor

Companionship, understanding, cooked meals

Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia

Sleep as much as possible. Take all the helper drugs you're offered; pain meds, anti-anxiety meds, etc.

Find a great counselor or therapist. Even when I was too sick to go to appointments, my therapist and I had phone sessions. Therapy was a crucial resource for me.

December 7, 2008

Rectal pain and bleeding. Told it was a hemorrhoid. Fortunately, I kept demanding to see the doctor.


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