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by Cmarie03
Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Pathology results are in
Replies: 5
Views: 782

Pathology results are in

I had my surgery 8/20/19 at Md Anderson in Houston. I was stage 3C rectal cancer. The tumor had grown into my posterior vaginal wall. Surgery consisted of APR (abdominal perineal resection), complete hysterectomy (was gonna keep these organs but when they got in there said it had to come out), vagin...
by Cmarie03
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Bladder retention after major surgery
Replies: 9
Views: 649

Re: Bladder retention after major surgery

Thank you all! It slowly seems to be getting better but I can tell I don’t have the same sensations for urgency and what not. I kinda just pee when I think I feel some pressure. I’m hopeful it’ll get better over next few weeks
by Cmarie03
Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Bladder retention after major surgery
Replies: 9
Views: 649

Bladder retention after major surgery

So I had major surgery (12 hours) done on 8/20 and my bladder is slow to wake up. They took Foley catheter out Thursday. I am peeing but just a little at a time. Any advice or how long did this last for anyone else that experienced it?? I’m worried I’m going to have permanent issues!
by Cmarie03
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Had my surgery...ended up with colostomy bag
Replies: 6
Views: 797

Had my surgery...ended up with colostomy bag

Had my surgery here at md Anderson in Houston on Tuesday. Lower anterior resection, vaginal reconstruction and hysterectomy. My surgeon explained to me I needed to be mentally prepared to have either permanent colostomy or temporary illeostomy. She wouldn’t know until she got in there. Apparently wh...
by Cmarie03
Sun May 26, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Whole rectum removed
Replies: 11
Views: 1596

Re: Whole rectum removed

So I just spoke with my surgeons PA about my surgery which is scheduled for 8/20. She informed me my whole rectum would be removed which was news to me. I do not remember getting that news. The surgeon said she should be able to hook me back up. I am spiraling about having the whole rectum removed ...
by Cmarie03
Fri May 24, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Vaginal stenosis - an issue for women with rectal cancer
Replies: 44
Views: 5379

Re: Vaginal stenosis - an issue for women with rectal cancer

I am a month out from radiation for rectal cancer and having a lot of brownish vaginal discharge. Is this normal?? I was told by my doc it was but it seems like a lot and I am worried. CMarie: I believe your physician is correct in lowering your alarm level with regards to the brownish vaginal disc...
by Cmarie03
Fri May 24, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Whole rectum removed
Replies: 11
Views: 1596

Whole rectum removed

So I just spoke with my surgeons PA about my surgery which is scheduled for 8/20. She informed me my whole rectum would be removed which was news to me. I do not remember getting that news. The surgeon said she should be able to hook me back up. I am spiraling about having the whole rectum removed b...
by Cmarie03
Tue May 21, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Vaginal stenosis - an issue for women with rectal cancer
Replies: 44
Views: 5379

Re: Vaginal stenosis - an issue for women with rectal cancer

I am a month out from radiation for rectal cancer and having a lot of brownish vaginal discharge. Is this normal?? I was told by my doc it was but it seems like a lot and I am worried.
by Cmarie03
Mon May 13, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Vaginal stenosis - an issue for women with rectal cancer
Replies: 44
Views: 5379

Re: Vaginal stenosis - an issue for women with rectal cancer

Thanks to this thread I was ready with lots of questions for my gyn oncologist today. Got the cream and will order dialators. Thank god for women helping women. I feel better equipped to at least fight the side effects. I am two weeks out from radiation.
by Cmarie03
Mon May 13, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New here - rectal cancer, very nervous about radiation (update: tell me about xeloda!)
Replies: 33
Views: 3416

Re: New here - rectal cancer, very nervous about radiation

I am sorry you have to go through this. I am a stay at home mom of a 3yo and 10mo. I was diagnosed stage 3 rectal cancer. Read the thread on here about vaginal stenosis. Search for it - good info and these women helped me a lot. Get a good set of dialators or stay sexually active (obv post surgery y...
by Cmarie03
Wed May 01, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Clustering advice
Replies: 9
Views: 1231

Clustering advice

I am one week out from radiation for rectal cancer. I’m experiencing clustering. Does anyone have any good advice? It has me in tears bc I have a 3yo and 9mo and it’s so hard to be tied up in bathroom. It’s always worst in mornings. My doctor told me it may go away, it may not. She suggested fiber c...
by Cmarie03
Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: For Stage III's: NED for how long now?
Replies: 759
Views: 277678

Re: For Stage III's: NED for how long now?

I wanted to pop on here and encourage those of you fighting this current battle with colon and rectal cancer that there is hope. I know that not everyone receives their healing from this horrible disease, but I am living proof that it can and does happen. 10 years ago I was given a 50/50 chance of ...
by Cmarie03
Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Thinking of you AmyG
Replies: 26
Views: 2524

Re: Thinking of you AmyG

Congrats Amy on your new addition!!! Best of luck with everything in the future!! I had to switch to formula when my girl was 5 months old bc of chemo. It sucks but your right..they need their moms cancer free more!!
by Cmarie03
Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Radiation induced menopause
Replies: 6
Views: 649

Re: Radiation induced menopause

CMarie: There are several options for low dose options for hormone replacement therapy that you can consider with your medical team, especially considering your mother’s history. And remember . . . Times have changed since your mother received HRT and medical opinions and thinking have evolved and ...
by Cmarie03
Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Radiation induced menopause
Replies: 6
Views: 649

Re: Radiation induced menopause

Hi. I underwent radiation and went into instant menopause. My periods just stopped, had instant hot flashes and couldn't sleep. My gyno and oncologist decided that it would be best if I went on hormone replacement and it has been a life saver. It is scary to think that it will all be instant but yo...

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