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by Gravelyguy
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:03 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Advice about resection and reconnection
Replies: 8
Views: 198

Re: Advice about resection and reconnection

This is such a tough one. All of us that have the surgery have different experiences. My tumor was less than 1cm from the anal verge and I expected to come out of surgery with a permanent ostomy but my amazing surgeon was able to somehow reconnect everything. For me, there was steady improvement for...
by Gravelyguy
Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Post Surgery Issues
Replies: 5
Views: 514

Re: Post Surgery Issues

Sorry you are going through this. Glad you still have your sense of humor. Unfortunately you will need it a while longer, but it will get better. Smaller meals more often seemed to help for me and I took extra probiotics during this phase and still do. For the back side I would suggest Dreft soaks i...
by Gravelyguy
Wed Mar 24, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer stage IV
Replies: 202
Views: 85958

Re: Rectal cancer stage IV

Awesome news! I am just over 3 years and am now down to going for yearly scans. It feels great!


Dave
by Gravelyguy
Sat Mar 20, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: deported
Replies: 8
Views: 1749

Re: deported

Congrats!

I couldn’t wait to get mine out. It rubbed on my seatbelt and always ached.

Dave
by Gravelyguy
Wed Mar 10, 2021 2:40 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Clear scan & deporting (stage IV)
Replies: 15
Views: 2176

Re: Clear scan & deporting (stage IV)

Welcome to the stage 4 extended surveillance club Rob!

Congrats!

Dave
by Gravelyguy
Mon Mar 08, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Chronic Abdominal Pain following Partial Colectomy
Replies: 10
Views: 1180

Re: Chronic Abdominal Pain following Partial Colectomy

Hi Ron, Sorry you are going through this. I am not sure I can be of any help but I have gone through some similar stuff. I had a gall bladder attack just over a year after my surgery. They ended up taking it out. It was very painful but up under my rib cage so higher than what you are experiencing. ...
by Gravelyguy
Mon Mar 08, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Moving to every 6 months, port removal
Replies: 17
Views: 2371

Re: Moving to every 6 months, port removal

NICE!!!

Congrats Amy! 6 month scans are great!

Dave
by Gravelyguy
Thu Mar 04, 2021 6:57 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colon cancer research study - $100
Replies: 4
Views: 894

Re: Colon cancer research study - $100

Thanks Gina for the heads up!

I also was interviewed. It was pretty painless and hopefully will lead to some help for those traveling this path in the future.

Dave
by Gravelyguy
Mon Feb 08, 2021 11:07 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1741
Views: 450376

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

Glad you got good reports on your scans and bloodwork Mike!

Radiologists do like to comment on different things. Once they mentioned a slight hernia by one of my incisions and o comments about it in the 3 scans since.

Dave
by Gravelyguy
Wed Feb 03, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Cured it is then !
Replies: 28
Views: 6725

Re: Cured it is then !

That is awesome news Stu! Congrats to your mom!

Dave
by Gravelyguy
Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:48 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Still losing weight and hair
Replies: 28
Views: 8516

Re: Still losing weight and hair

So sorry you are dealing with this but glad blood tests came back good.

Dave
by Gravelyguy
Tue Dec 22, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 4 “no cure without surgery”
Replies: 23
Views: 4379

Re: Stage 4 “no cure without surgery”

Hi Gina, Different but maybe helpful. When I had my liver surgery. They took out where they thought one of the tumors was 3 times. They couldn’t find it. The liver surgeon put in his notes that he could not rule out a complete response to chemo. You and I were both on the dreaded Vectabix. I really ...
by Gravelyguy
Sat Dec 19, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: A chemo break for Christmas!
Replies: 3
Views: 897

Re: A chemo break for Christmas!

That is a wonderful Christmas present Gina! Enjoy your holidays!!!

Dave
by Gravelyguy
Thu Dec 17, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 4 going to yearly surveillance!
Replies: 17
Views: 1983

Re: Stage 4 going to yearly surveillance!

Just wanted to update you that mom got an all clear on her CT today at Mayo...back in 6 months! The one thing that concerned me (just me of course) was her CEA rose from 2.4 to 3 but the onc said that she wasn’t concerned with it because it is still considered normal. To be concerned she would have...

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