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by Punky44
Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Screw Cancer, Hospice is Here
Replies: 19
Views: 880

Re: Screw Cancer, Hospice is Here

Thinking of you and hope your vacation is amazing.
by Punky44
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday
Replies: 118
Views: 10098

Re: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday

My mom’s port installation was the first surgery of her life and she was petrified but it really ended up being no big deal. Granted, the idea that something is installed under your skin is a weird thing to deal with, but the port really does make the chemo process a lot easier on the veins. You’ll ...
by Punky44
Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Newly diagnosed rectal cancer
Replies: 133
Views: 7948

Re: Newly diagnosed rectal cancer

My mom was also staged at T3N2M0.

Doesn’t it feel empowering to have a stage and know how you’re going to attack it? I remember it did for me with my mom.

Best of luck with your treatment!
by Punky44
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: second guessing everything right now . . .
Replies: 10
Views: 740

Re: second guessing everything right now . . .

I am sorry I don’t have an answer but I didn’t want to read and not respond—just hoping you get answers and can get out of panic mode bc we all know that’s the worst feeling. ((Hugs)).
by Punky44
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Liver has been chopped!!
Replies: 44
Views: 2787

Re: Liver has been chopped!!

Yay for a successful surgery! Hopefully the bladder setback is resolved soon and you can get out of there!
by Punky44
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Deciding between treatments?
Replies: 15
Views: 908

Re: Deciding between treatments?

One potential benefit to short course is not dealing with any side effects. My mom still says her 5 days of short course were the easiest part of her whole journey. (Btw, she did not need a permanent colostomy with short course—did they say why that would be the case in your situation?)
by Punky44
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 2 spots on liver, 7 months after chemo success
Replies: 10
Views: 895

Re: 2 spots on liver, 7 months after chemo success

I’ve seen a lot of stories on her where spots are found and turn out to be nothing of concern! I’ll be praying that’s the case for you!
by Punky44
Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Different treatment in Germany
Replies: 22
Views: 1247

Re: Different treatment in Germany

My mom did proton-beam radiation at Mayo.
by Punky44
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Just DX. looking for info.
Replies: 8
Views: 751

Re: Just DX. looking for info.

My mom has her chemo locally but was also advised to do TNT through Mayo, where she ultimately had her radiation, surgery and reversal. Folfox affects everyone differently but in my mom’s case, she really experienced no effects except the cold sensitivity and hair thinning and fatigue (toward the en...
by Punky44
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: NEW-Need some positivity here.
Replies: 578
Views: 144114

Re: NEW-Need some positivity here.

Sending you good vibes on Saturday!
by Punky44
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Had my surgery...ended up with colostomy bag
Replies: 6
Views: 804

Re: Had my surgery...

I am glad you had clear margins! I know the colostomy will take some getting used to but you got this!
by Punky44
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surgery did not happen
Replies: 13
Views: 774

Re: Surgery did not happen

I’m really sorry things didn’t go as planned and you are facing this challenge but I’m glad to hear they’ve got more options in mind—keep fighting.
by Punky44
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Newly diagnosed rectal cancer
Replies: 133
Views: 7948

Re: Newly diagnosed rectal cancer

Great CT results!! From my understanding, the CT is a great tool for finding cancer in the liver/lungs (which yours didn’t—yay!) and the MRI is a great tool for seeing the depth of invasion (T Stage) of the tumor as well as any regional lymph nodes that may be affected. My mom also had a CT first, t...

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