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by CAGirl
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Final Chemo Anniversary
Replies: 8
Views: 586

Re: Final Chemo Anniversary

Susan -- congrats on finishing chemo. Am sending NED vibes to you for fantastic news next week. (I can't believe you have to wait that long for scan results, though!)
by CAGirl
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Final Chemo Anniversary
Replies: 8
Views: 586

Re: Final Chemo Anniversary

Thanks NHMike!

Congrats on your port removal, too! I remember how good that felt for me. Like I could really move on without it.
by CAGirl
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Final Chemo Anniversary
Replies: 8
Views: 586

Final Chemo Anniversary

Hi Guys, This week marks my one-year anniversary of my final (12th) Folfox round. (Injection on the 12th, Disconnect on the 14th.) Damn, it's been a good year since! I mentioned to my sis and my husband, but it's not something you can really broadcast or celebrate. Yet, it feels profound. So, I want...
by CAGirl
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 3 After Treatment Plans?
Replies: 9
Views: 710

Re: Stage 3 After Treatment Plans?

And congratulations and welcome to NEDville. (Come on in, the water is fine!)
by CAGirl
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 3 After Treatment Plans?
Replies: 9
Views: 710

Re: Stage 3 After Treatment Plans?

Ah yes. I think about this daily. My oncologist wanted me to wait a full year between scans, since he says the risk of cancer from radiation is increased after 7 or 8 scans, and I've already had 4, and since I'm relatively young. However, people here have encouraged more frequent scans ("I'd ra...
by CAGirl
Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Scared I might have Cecum Cancer. 24 years old male.
Replies: 4
Views: 530

Re: Scared I might have Cecum Cancer. 24 years old male.

Do a colonoscopy. Absolutely no reason not to. (BTW, I had no symptoms except anemia when I was diagnosed. Felt pretty good, in fact. Gastro had even told me likelihood of colon cancer "extremely low".) There's a good chance you're clear -- and you ARE young -- so don't be scared premature...
by CAGirl
Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Recurrence, Surgery, and Post-Surgery CEA
Replies: 9
Views: 782

Re: Recurrence, Surgery, and Post-Surgery CEA

I can tell you I love my Oakland Kaiser oncologist -- Dr. Ashok Pai. I switched to him from another (female, same as yours, maybe?) oncologist at Kaiser who was absolutely HORRIBLE. Also, though, I think even within the same facility, they respect your decision to get a second opinion. Dr. Pai even ...
by CAGirl
Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Nervous: Where is My Period?
Replies: 9
Views: 833

Re: Nervous: Where is My Period?

Thanks, All! Docs seem confident it is not indicative of recurrence or another cancer... I'll have another CEA test in a month or so, at least. My newest problem: pain in the bottom of my foot. OUCH. (Plantar fascitis?) I really don't want more medical visits right now. Can't I pretend life is back ...
by CAGirl
Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Nervous: Where is My Period?
Replies: 9
Views: 833

Re: Nervous: Where is My Period?

Thank you, WarriorSpouse! Both my Oncologist and OB/GYN are saying the same. Onc said delayed hormonal response to chemo is likely. I just wonder why it was like this before diagnosis, then regular after tumor removal, now back to irregular. Coincidence? Nice to hear from others of a similar age, th...
by CAGirl
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Nervous: Where is My Period?
Replies: 9
Views: 833

Re: Nervous: Where is My Period?

Thank you both for your responses! I heard that too about Folfox but figured it would have affected me right away... not so delayed. Still no period. I wouldn't be thinking too much of it, since I am almost 47, but after my previous experience -- and having it go back to normal after surgery, I get ...
by CAGirl
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Worried about colonoscopy next week!
Replies: 4
Views: 579

Re: Worried about colonoscopy next week!

Let us know how the scope goes. Only thing I can tell you is a lot of us on here were pretty asymptomatic. I had anemia but didn't feel much different than I had for years. So, anemia and Stage 3C yet no blood apparent anywhere. (In retrospect, my stools were fairly "black and tarry", thou...
by CAGirl
Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Nervous: Where is My Period?
Replies: 9
Views: 833

Nervous: Where is My Period?

Hi Guys (Women, mostly), Okay, so the whole reason I was diagnosed when I was (Stage 3C) was because I'd skipped a few periods, after a lifetime of very regular cycles. Both my OB/GYN and regular doc said it was "peri-menopause", but that didn't seem right to me -- neither my older sister ...
by CAGirl
Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Losing the will to live
Replies: 16
Views: 4897

Re: Losing the will to live

Oh dear. This isn't a death sentence. Does she realize that? Especially since she was healthy prior to diagnosis. Although I am 30 years younger with two small children to live for, she can get through this and be on the other end of treatment, too! (Sorry -- I don't know much about MSI-high status....
by CAGirl
Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surgeon has me feeling horrible
Replies: 24
Views: 4116

Re: Surgeon has me feeling horrible

I also just want to add another "screw that doctor" to this thread. Had an initial consult with an oncologist who told me I had a 30% chance of being alive in five years. From this forum -- and other stories -- I picked myself up and got a second opinion and then chose yet a third doctor. ...
by CAGirl
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New Member here needs support !
Replies: 9
Views: 1110

Re: New Member here needs support !

SUPPORT is here! As others have said, the first couple of weeks after diagnosis are the scariest. I kept feeling like I was caught in an ocean wave and couldn't come up for air. You WILL feel better when you have a plan of action and notebooks to fill, etc. I was in your shoes a year ago. Actually, ...

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