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by CAGirl
Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: right side pain under ribs
Replies: 9
Views: 560

Re: right side pain under ribs

BUT -- it could be any number of things!

Really.
by CAGirl
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: right side pain under ribs
Replies: 9
Views: 560

Re: right side pain under ribs

Do you have a history of IBD (Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's?) My CRC seems to have not returned, but unfortunately, after 22 years of "under control" Crohn's disease, I have just been diagnosed with PSC (primary sclerosing cholangitis -- bile duct disease) AND high-grade dysplasia in my bi...
by CAGirl
Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Managing erractic mood swings. Is psychologist the answer ?
Replies: 34
Views: 3388

Re: Managing erractic mood swings. Is psychologist the answer ?

Hey Jolene, I have a few years on you, but my "perimenopause" is basically just manifesting itself like a missed period here and there, which may even last for a couple of years, I hear. Don't let doctors blow off your concerns, but I also wouldn't assume that the day you end chemo you'll ...
by CAGirl
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Managing erractic mood swings. Is psychologist the answer ?
Replies: 34
Views: 3388

Re: Managing erractic mood swings. Is psychologist the answer ?

Oh my word. Let yourself off the hook, Lady! Of course you are having erratic mood swings! (Come on in. The water's warm!) I have to tell you, almost immediately upon diagnosis two years ago, I called the Women's Cancer Resource Center and got the name and number of a therapist who specializes in ca...
by CAGirl
Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New to this group
Replies: 5
Views: 1057

Re: New to this group

Also, keep in mind that not all chemo treatments are alike. Maybe some folks on here can speak to previous or subsequent cancers vs. CRC? I've heard Folfox -- one day infusion, two days with pump -- is more tolerable than chemo for other cancers. I got through 12 cycles. (Nine or so with the Oxalipl...
by CAGirl
Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Sadness (sorry for the blues)
Replies: 17
Views: 2943

Re: Sadness (sorry for the blues)

I found solace in When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron. I know it's helped many friends through tough times, as well. (And we weren't the "spiritual" types.) I even checked back in with the book last week, when I was sure my liver complications (chills, achiness, slight abdominal pain an...
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: 1062

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: 1062

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: 1062

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: 1355

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: 1355

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: 759

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: 10
Views: 1626

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: 1311

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: 1311

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...

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