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by NHMike
Sun May 27, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stoma Reversal or Not
Replies: 5
Views: 195

Re: Stoma Reversal or Not

It all depends on how much rectum she has left and damage done during radiation. Every person is unique. I was back at work a month after my reversal surgery. I started seeing a pelvic physical therapist before my surgery and continued with her for several sessions afterwards. The tools she gave me...
by NHMike
Sat May 26, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 904
Views: 77347

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

I use a one piece solution and it takes me a minute to cut it, I just use a pen to make the oval shape and cut each time I need to change the bag (every other day). I have never tried the two pieces so it is difficult to figure out how it works. Claudia I would guess that a two-piece system would b...
by NHMike
Sat May 26, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 904
Views: 77347

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

Bag change was easy as there was no output. There was a tiny bit of stuff under the wager and a two small spots (2 mm) under the Hypafix tape. So there was a little leakage underneath the wafer but no stinging and no mess. Putting on the new stuff was a piece of cake - took about ten minutes which i...
by NHMike
Sat May 26, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Feeling really sad and in need of support
Replies: 31
Views: 615

Re: Feeling really sad and in need of support

the whole self identity is diminished into a statistics I don't want to hijack VeggieLvr's stream but I wanted to tell you that the sentence above really resonates with me. It's all about the damn statistics. But I guess those stats have gotten us some of the treatment we have. I try to remember th...
by NHMike
Sat May 26, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stoma Reversal or Not
Replies: 5
Views: 195

Re: Stoma Reversal or Not

It all depends on how much rectum she has left and damage done during radiation. Every person is unique. I was back at work a month after my reversal surgery. I started seeing a pelvic physical therapist before my surgery and continued with her for several sessions afterwards. The tools she gave me...
by NHMike
Sat May 26, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 904
Views: 77347

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

It's been eleven days since the last bag change and I just opened the boxes of the new stuff that arrived yesterday. Convatec made a design change to the pouches. There's now a second piece of plastic that starts just under the flange and goes up to the top. The bottom is open. My guess is that this...
by NHMike
Sat May 26, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Please! Read me...
Replies: 13
Views: 659

Re: Please! Read me...

The other comments express my sentiments better than I can articulate. I would just like to add our story. My husband went to a few different cancer centers at first. The first was our local cancer center which is very small (only 2 or 3 oncologists and none specialized in colorectal cancer). That ...
by NHMike
Fri May 25, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 904
Views: 77347

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

Wow you are impressive. Last round of chemo kicked my butt, motivation to exercise. I have been busy wrapping up schoolyear and outside house projects. We get summer temps over 100 regularly in June so need to get it soon. I am going to start back aggressively with yoga as it helps with bladder/bow...
by NHMike
Fri May 25, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Tumor neither shrink nor progressed to Chemo
Replies: 3
Views: 202

Re: Tumor neither shrink nor progressed to Chemo

I have a co-worker with lung cancer and he's been on chemo for two years. The chemo originally shrank the tumor by 50% which made things much more comfortable for him. Then it mutated and started growing again and they gave him another drug for the mutation which shrank it again to a certain level a...
by NHMike
Fri May 25, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 904
Views: 77347

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

I got in an hour of cardio this morning and it was nice, though painful (big toe, left foot). I trimmed the big toenail afterwards and it feels a lot better. I checked the bag in the office and found that I had some leaking. I'm not sure how it happened (I did do some running) but there's no stingin...
by NHMike
Fri May 25, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Scan scheduled
Replies: 24
Views: 1172

Re: Scan scheduled

My surgeon will not say the stage untill the tumor is completely removed, but obviously I'm stage 3. Because of lymph invasion but they just say no any time I ask,,,, I'm pat and hispatology results next Friday so will deffo know then, even still I will only b verbally informed,, they never let us ...
by NHMike
Thu May 24, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Scan scheduled
Replies: 24
Views: 1172

Re: Scan scheduled

Does anyone know if staging can be done with just biopsies and pictures from a sigmoidoscopy? Does a CT or MRI also need to be done? I ask bc my husband was diagnosed yesterday and the surgeon appointment will be Tuesday, yet there’s been no CT/MRI. My staging was done from MRI - the surgeon reques...
by NHMike
Thu May 24, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mop up chemo experiences
Replies: 109
Views: 10467

Re: Mop up chemo experiences

I have my previous scheduled appt. in three weeks. I will reschedule the fifth one. I guess I don't even take Xeloda during this time. Mike , you did or did not on your oxi break? They will call me if they have a cancellation but so long as it isn't really hurting outcome, honestly I don't mind the...
by NHMike
Thu May 24, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New Member here on the forum
Replies: 98
Views: 11974

Re: New Member here on the forum

Purpose Observational studies have reported increased colon cancer recurrence and mortality in patients with states of hyperinsulinemia, including type 2 diabetes, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and high glycemic load diet. Nut intake has been associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, metabol...
by NHMike
Thu May 24, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 904
Views: 77347

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

Spent an hour at the gym from 5:30 to 6:30 and it was good. I could only get in 45 minutes early this week because I had appointments Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. One thing that I discovered was the Optane 4700. I used the treadmills and was watching some rather fit people using this machine - it ...

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