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by Joy
Wed Nov 11, 2015 11:22 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Chemo - the gift that also (like radiation) keeps on giving
Replies: 56
Views: 7711

Re: Chemo - the gift that also (like radiation) keeps on giving

The good news is I am alive and will celebrate my 70 birthday this December. The bad news severe neuropathy in legs and feet. (caused by chemo) Swollen legs...making walking difficult (caused by chemo) Incontinence... poop in pants frequently (caused by radiation/chemo) Diagnosed with Chronic Kidne...
by Joy
Tue Aug 11, 2015 3:55 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Lost touch
Replies: 0
Views: 1594

Lost touch

Haven't heard from Vancouver Eve for months. Anyone know if she is doing o'k?
by Joy
Sat Apr 25, 2015 2:09 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Vancouver Eve
Replies: 6
Views: 1521

Re: Vancouver Eve

I really miss "talking" to Eve. We have supported each other from the get-go! I am considered Colonrectal cancer free, but unfortunately I have other "issues". 3 years out after completion of chemo for Colonrectal I was diagnosed with Chronic Lymph leukemia and MDS (bone marrow f...
by Joy
Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:59 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: The Grim Reaper took another swipe at me !!
Replies: 1933
Views: 263685

Re: The Grim Reaper took another swipe at me !!

No joke....the honest truth... Canadians are only allowed to stay in the USA for 6 months per year. They have to come home to Canada to dry out after consuming all the cheap booze in the USA :D (We live in Naples Florida during the winter and hubby gets so excited with the $14 for 24 beer specials.....
by Joy
Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:52 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Vancouver Eve
Replies: 6
Views: 1521

Vancouver Eve

Does anyone know if Eve is doing o'k?

I have left a private message in her box and she hasn't picked it up.
We have been corresponding since day 1 and it is not like
her to not pick up her mail

Hope she is just off somewhere enjoying life :D
by Joy
Wed Jun 18, 2014 9:03 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: For Stage III's: NED for how long now?
Replies: 759
Views: 277952

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

Oncologist has cut me loose. No more CT scans...she did not say "cured" but she did say that the chance of a recurrence was not great for colonrectal. Sadly, I am not "out of the woods"...I was diagnosed with CLL (chronic lymph leukemia), and MDS (anemia)..MDS probably caused by ...
by Joy
Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:39 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Outrageous "October Pink" phone call
Replies: 21
Views: 2243

Re: Outrageous "October Pink" phone call

I was stopped on the way into the Sear's store and asked " do you want to have a "free" makeup application?" I was directed to go over to the cosmetic counter to pick up my "free" ticket. The young lady at the counter smiled sweetly and told me "the tickets are $5 ...
by Joy
Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:55 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Outrageous "October Pink" phone call
Replies: 21
Views: 2243

Re: Outrageous "October Pink" phone call

Jaynee. I've told this story many times but "pink October" seems like a good time to do a repeat performace. I was in treatment sitting in a crowded waiting room. A woman across the room pointed and yelled at me...."breast cancer ?" Well the devil made me do it I said" NO as...
by Joy
Sat Aug 24, 2013 4:02 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Your stories - Anyone with Stage 3 decided against chemo?
Replies: 28
Views: 3178

Re: Your stories - Anyone with Stage 3 decided against chemo

Chemo is a 2 edged sword. I continue to suffer from neuropathy, I have kidney damage, I have Anemia caused by bone marrow damage, I was subsequently diagnosed with CLL. Do I blame Chemo for all the damage...YES!! Would I do it again YES!! I did what I had to do and I have survived to tell the story ...
by Joy
Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:00 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Family rant
Replies: 10
Views: 1868

Re: Family rant

I did not visit with my Mom during my treatment. I didn't even tell her that I had cancer, she somehow found out from someone who saw me at the cancer clinic. The problem I had with my Mom was that she took everything as "personal ". I believe that she loved the sympathy she got from telli...
by Joy
Sat May 18, 2013 11:45 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: GOOD NEWS....MAYBE NOT!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 1292

Re: GOOD NEWS....MAYBE NOT!!!

Hi Guinevere..Thank you for the encouragement. I am usually able to "pull-up-my socks" and get on with it. This time I just "lost it" and went into a full blown "pity-party". To-day I phoned and made an appointment for a pedicure with my daughter and grand-daughter, lun...
by Joy
Sat May 18, 2013 8:49 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: GOOD NEWS....MAYBE NOT!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 1292

Re: GOOD NEWS....MAYBE NOT!!!

Thanks folks....I was so shocked when she called me at 6pm. I have no idea what my CEA number is. I was so taken aback that I didn't even ask her. I did not have a CEA done prior to treatment (long story) so there was never a "normal" base number for me. I have been having blood work done ...
by Joy
Fri May 17, 2013 10:18 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: GOOD NEWS....MAYBE NOT!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 1292

GOOD NEWS....MAYBE NOT!!!

I posted my good news report on 29th April This is the latest update..... I could cry....I received a phone call to-day from my oncologist. My last blood work showed that my CEA is "slightly" elevated. I guess she looked at my CT scan and it looked good so she didn't look at my blood work ...
by Joy
Fri May 17, 2013 8:17 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Good news.
Replies: 12
Views: 1264

Re: Good news.

Good news......not! I could cry....I received a phone call to-day from my oncologist. My last blood work showed that my CEA is "slightly" elevated. I guess she looked at my CT scan and it looked good so she didn't look at my blood work too closely. I have to go and get blood work done agai...
by Joy
Fri May 10, 2013 4:52 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stupid things ppl tell you...
Replies: 58
Views: 5632

Re: Stupid things ppl tell you...

I guess the one thing that bothered me the most, and it just shows a lack of awareness, are people saying "You have cancer? What kind? BREAST???" as if that's the only cancer women my age get. And, I'm not taking away from the breast cancer movement, but they've got such a machine behind ...

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