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by NHMike
Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 208
Views: 22066

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

One thing that I've noticed post chemorad is that my body screams at me for calories if I'm under replenishment levels. My natural inclination is to be a little less than replenishment levels and I'm usually pretty good at that unless I'm under stress. But I get the jitters and sometimes a lot of ti...
by NHMike
Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:31 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Sometimes I just want a day off from all of this...
Replies: 11
Views: 204

Re: Sometimes I just want a day off from all of this...

I feel the same way. It's also the planning for the future. I'd love to take off a week or two and go someplace and relax but too many appointments coming up. I also have all of this home maintenance to do. I can imagine lots of folks with far bigger problems such as those caused by the recent hurri...
by NHMike
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Where did all the 'guests' go?
Replies: 3
Views: 423

Re: Where did all the 'guests' go?

I kept getting repeating email messages on a particular thread topic even though there were no updates. I've been away for a bit dealing with a lot of things that weren't done while I was in treatment and so haven't been here as much.
by NHMike
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:06 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 208
Views: 22066

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

Thanks for the suggestion. I hope my update works. I ran four miles and did strength training for two hours and it felt fantastic. I will probably pay for it today. I found strength losses of 10-25 percent for various exercises. That's not surprising for not doing a lot of things for a few months. T...
by NHMike
Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 208
Views: 22066

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

I felt weak and tired this afternoon and this evening. I bumped up the weights by 10-20 pounds and that might be it and I might not be eating enough. I guess I've always worried about gaining weight and doing maintenance calories is something that I've done for so long that it's hard to break out of...
by NHMike
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: ***News Stories Thread*** ONGOING 2017
Replies: 146
Views: 44301

Re: ***News Stories Thread*** ONGOING 2017

WSJ: A Question for Anyone Getting an MRI Patients need to know if the doctor plans to use contrast, or gadolinium, because it may leave harmful metal deposits; a new FDA warning Magnetic resonance imaging with a gadolinium-based contrast agent, called a GBCA, leaves metal deposits in the body’s org...
by NHMike
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Health insurance coverage
Replies: 6
Views: 307

Re: Health insurance coverage

I have United Healthcare Choice and it's been great. 2K max out-of-pocket (well, there are some copays that go over that but not a big issue so far). I suspect that healthcare plans vary by employer as I've seen numbers that are all over the place for copays, deductibles, etc. even on similar-soundi...
by NHMike
Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: After radiation side effects?
Replies: 4
Views: 117

Re: After radiation side effects?

The broken glass feeling went away one week after my last radiology treatment. My skin is still in rough shape though. I'm taking miralax a few times a week though I'm not sure that I need it.
by NHMike
Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 208
Views: 22066

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

This has been my best day since last Friday when I finished chemo and radiation. I got in about 20 minutes of working out in my office early this morning and played tennis for 55 minutes at lunchtime. The reason we stopped is that I had to get back to work - it wasn't because of tiredness. I'd say t...
by NHMike
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Dr. Neyla Melnetchouk surgeon at Brigham and Women's
Replies: 4
Views: 1044

Re: Dr. Neyla Melnetchouk surgeon at Brigham and Women's

She's going to do mine late October. I finished my Chemo and Radiation last week and will have an MRI in early October and a meeting a few days later.
by NHMike
Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:45 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 208
Views: 22066

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

My life seems to back to full-blown busy mode. I got up early yesterday and worked out for 45 minutes and felt great. 15 minutes of Yoga-type stuff (stretching and abs), then 60 minutes of dumbbell and barbell and bodyweight training and a 1-mile run. I got my heartrate up to 172 (just as a test) a...
by NHMike
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Meeting with liver surgeon tomorrow
Replies: 22
Views: 2487

Re: Meeting with liver surgeon tomorrow

I like the algorithmic style of chemo treatment.
by NHMike
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 208
Views: 22066

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

My life seems to back to full-blown busy mode. I got up early yesterday and worked out for 45 minutes and felt great. 15 minutes of Yoga-type stuff (stretching and abs), then 60 minutes of dumbbell and barbell and bodyweight training and a 1-mile run. I got my heartrate up to 172 (just as a test) an...
by NHMike
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: NEW-Need some positivity here.
Replies: 104
Views: 5742

Re: NEW-Need some positivity here.

I'm sorry you already have had a ct scan. My case was rectal cancer so things are a little different. I saw the surgeon the day after colonoscopy and he set up scan, and endoscopic ultrasound. My resection basically included taking most of the rectum and reattaching to sphincter muscle. My surgery ...
by NHMike
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:31 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: NEW-Need some positivity here.
Replies: 104
Views: 5742

Re: NEW-Need some positivity here.

I know most people on here suggest going to one of the big name cancer centers, but I prefer a smaller local one. I feel you get more personalized care at a local cancer center, because they do not have such a huge influx of people from all over the country. They all follow the standard of care bas...

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