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by Punky44
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: When is it my turn
Replies: 13
Views: 773

Re: When is it my turn

Just want to say thinking of you!
by Punky44
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surgery tomorrow! Need positive vibes
Replies: 18
Views: 887

Re: Surgery tomorrow! Need positive vibes

Yay—it’s out!

Yes passing clots are normal.
by Punky44
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surgery tomorrow! Need positive vibes
Replies: 18
Views: 887

Re: Surgery tomorrow! Need positive vibes

Sending you good vibes! Cya cancer!!
by Punky44
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: When do you feel back to normal? Surgery soon. NED? Please read Looking for insight
Replies: 5
Views: 422

Re: When do you feel back to normal? Surgery soon. NED? Please read Looking for insight

Oh sorry I missed that it was your husband in your signature. Is his tumor super low? My mom had short course radiation but got the temp ileo and got it reversed about 3 months later.
by Punky44
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: When do you feel back to normal? Surgery soon. NED? Please read Looking for insight
Replies: 5
Views: 422

Re: When do you feel back to normal? Surgery soon. NED? Please read Looking for insight

Hi! Your post caught my eye because your treatment plan seems identical to my mom’s who also had hers at Mayo. Will you be getting a temporary ileo? Who is your surgeon if I may ask? My mom was told she did not need additional chemo beyond the 8 neoadjuvant cycles of Folfox she received before radia...
by Punky44
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: T1 N1 Rectal Cancer
Replies: 5
Views: 354

Re: T1 N1 Rectal Cancer

Yes and no. The chemo/radiation she will receive before surgery is intended to shrink the tumor and the lymph nodes so ideally when you get to surgery, things will be much smaller or possibly not even there—they will then give you a final staging based on the pathology after the surgery but this is ...
by Punky44
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:42 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: T1 N1 Rectal Cancer
Replies: 5
Views: 354

Re: T1 N1 Rectal Cancer

Sorry you find yourself here. It’s very scary in the beginning waiting for tests and staging. This link helped me understand staging a little better: https://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/colorectal-cancer/stages. It looks like right now she is a Stage III A. Hoping for clear results on the chest CT!
by Punky44
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New member - scared & looking for tips
Replies: 35
Views: 2190

Re: New member - scared & looking for tips

Glad you have a date for your surgery! I know it is scary that it can run in families and that they found something in your brother but just think—it’s a good thing it was found so if it does end up being anything cancer related he too can get treatment. CEA can be a good indicator in some patients ...
by Punky44
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New Member, newly diagnosed
Replies: 22
Views: 1650

Re: New Member, newly diagnosed

Vent away! This is a great place for that and even more to get great information and great support. You will definitely feel more in control and less like a tornado once you have more info and a plan in place. Is your surgeon board certified in colorectal surgery? I think the term you might be talki...
by Punky44
Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: A Toast to 2020!
Replies: 10
Views: 674

Re: A Toast to 2020!

Cheers to you and congratulations! Lovely words!
by Punky44
Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Reoccurance Questions/Help
Replies: 7
Views: 1119

Re: Reoccurance Questions/Help

Tater, how are you and your wife doing?
by Punky44
Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:33 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Question on recovery from ULAR ileo reversal
Replies: 14
Views: 697

Re: Question on recovery from ULAR ileo reversal

Just an anecdote but 4 weeks after surgery my mom was able to travel 1.5 hours by car to a wedding and besides a few trips to the bathroom that evening, her night was basically normal.
by Punky44
Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New member - scared & looking for tips
Replies: 35
Views: 2190

Re: New member - scared & looking for tips

I am sorry you find yourself here but you’ve really found a great place for information and support on this journey. When my mom was diagnosed in Oct 2018 I couldn’t even think straight for days/weeks—you can read some of my first posts here to see. The fear doesn’t necessarily go away but once you ...
by Punky44
Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I rang the bell today.
Replies: 16
Views: 1567

Re: I rang the bell today.

Congratulations Amy! Great news!

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