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by erins
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Positive fecal occult test
Replies: 15
Views: 1181

Re: Positive fecal occult test

Hi I'm new to this form I had a positive fecal test couple months ago supposed to get a colonoscopy this week I'm showing no signs of anything at all as far as cancer or anything else really so I'm almost thinking about canceling the appointment any opinions? There is no history of colon cancer in ...
by erins
Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Reversal post-op nightmare :(
Replies: 14
Views: 1608

Re: Reversal post-op nightmare :(

I did a quick search on ileus, and there may be a few helpful tips in several of the threads: http://coloncancersupport.colonclub.com/search.php?keywords=Ileus&terms=all&author=&sc=1&sf=all&sr=posts&sk=t&sd=d&st=0&ch=300&t=0&submit=Search Hope things get b...
by erins
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colonoscopy Scheduled but nervous and looking for advice/talking off the ledge
Replies: 4
Views: 826

Re: Colonoscopy Scheduled but nervous and looking for advice/talking off the ledge

Everyone’s symptoms are different, unfortunately—the big thing is that they’re affecting your quality of life, so it’s only natural to get it checked. Butt seriously, good on you for getting checked (and to your doctor for taking it seriously). Colonoscopies can be really helpful in figuring out wha...
by erins
Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CT Scan contrast injection and kidneys, advice, please
Replies: 13
Views: 2053

Re: CT Scan contrast injection and kidneys, advice, please

I have Polycystic Kidney Disease, so my nephrologist has me drink lots of fluids beforehand, and does bloodwork about a week after a scan. My kidney function is normal right now, and I didn’t have to do chemo, so my overall kidney load hasn’t been bad. I do have to get IV contrast for my CT scans. T...
by erins
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: newly diagnosed stage 2a @ 38
Replies: 12
Views: 2753

Re: newly diagnosed stage 2a @ 38

Sorry for not updating! My scans came back clear, and my Bloodwork looks good as well. I did two iron infusions, which helped a bit with my anemia, but my Oncologist and I think it’s more of a feature than a bug in my case. I also did a round of fertility preservation, which also went well. I really...
by erins
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: First colonoscopy so what do I ask and expect
Replies: 13
Views: 1698

Re: First colonoscopy so what do I ask and expect

Definitely don’t cancel—your kids will have more basketball tournaments. They’ve only got one mom. You owe it to them to be proactive about your health, not only to be there for many years to come, but also as an example to them that being healthy is a priority. You should ask about the breastfeedin...
by erins
Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Genetic link
Replies: 5
Views: 863

Re: Genetic link

Hi again, Yet another question (sorry). Is it still possible to get colon cancer even if No one else in your family has ever had it? Thanks J x Just want to add—you can use your abnormal colonoscopy as an excuse to push your family members to get scoped as well. We don’t know all genetic or environ...
by erins
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Biopsies clear
Replies: 5
Views: 868

Re: Biopsies clear

Yay! Thanks for sending along the good news!
by erins
Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Liver ultrasound tomorrow! Update!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1457

Re: Liver ultrasound tomorrow! Update!!

Happy for you and the little one (also, they’ll be able to make AWESOME ‘ides of March’ birthday jokes...we’ll, likely their siblings will :P )
by erins
Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Hello please help.
Replies: 36
Views: 6912

Re: Hello please help.

First off I am so happy for your staging results—seriously, that’s GREAT news! I had the “what do you mean old blood?” Freakout too—it turned out to be normal (or at least, not a bad thing) as they said, but it was terrifying. My tumor was higher up, so I didn’t leak as much as have to scramble to t...
by erins
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Young person struggling to schedule a colonoscopy
Replies: 5
Views: 1445

Re: Young person struggling to schedule a colonoscopy

Ok, I’m a bit older, but had some similar symptoms (including the ‘slight’ anemia) What worked for me was that I went to an urgent care clinic and directly asked for a referral to a GI doctor. Sometimes your GP will try to see the best case scenario—urgent care doctors tend to see just the symptoms....
by erins
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage II but puzzle with the chemo.. : (
Replies: 42
Views: 6009

Re: Stage II but puzzle with the chemo.. : (

My oncologist used some of the same numbers for me, but I was negative for LVI (T3N0M0, G1-well-differentiated) tumor, sigmoid colon). He said that it was an even choice, but I have serious underlying kidney issues, so the reduction in recurrence risk wasn’t worth the risk of renal failure. Side eff...
by erins
Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Chronic Pain Management issue regarding nausea
Replies: 3
Views: 1092

Re: Chronic Pain Management issue regarding nausea

I’m super sensitive to opiates, so any amount makes me nauseous. I found two things work well for me 1) pressure wrist bands, usually called motion sickness bands like Seabands or Psibands. It’s basically acupressure that helps trick your brain out of nausea. It helps me with both motion sickness an...
by erins
Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Supplements post treatment
Replies: 4
Views: 945

Re: Supplements post treatment

Thanks for this topic! I’m trying to figure out which suppmemts to add as well—I’ve heard Curcumin & Vitamin D, as well as that tree nuts are good starting points, but there are so many varieties of each that I can’t figure out how to select which type to take.
by erins
Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New and scared...
Replies: 8
Views: 1364

Re: New and scared...

I’m also 38, and very small and skinny, and had no issues with my colonoscopy (well, other than what they found :wink: ). I asked about the risks, since I had known hemorrhoids and thought that’d make things riskier, buty my GI said it was extremely low risk. The only big tip she had was to be nice ...

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