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by Lifes2short
Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:00 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Lifes2Short has left the building
Replies: 16
Views: 2543

Lifes2Short has left the building

Hello all. I know it is traditional for a surviving spouse to do this. Lynn died on November 16, 2009. Here is the obituary I wrote for her. I can be reached at joelaberge (insert appropriate symbol here) earthlink.net http://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=458725&fh_i...
by Lifes2short
Sun Oct 18, 2009 8:43 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Lifes2Short update
Replies: 28
Views: 2595

Lifes2Short update

Joe here - Just wanted everyone to know that Lynn has decided to end chemo. She's gone beyond curative efforts and has moved to hospice care, in our home. The doctors and nurses of the hospice team are trying to manage her pain and provide some quality of life in her remaining time. We do not have a...
by Lifes2short
Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:53 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Facial Hair, NE"A"D, Lombardi Cancer Center
Replies: 5
Views: 1089

Re: Facial Hair, NE"A"D, Lombardi Cancer Center

I've got the facial hair thing going too, but mine only started after I stopped treatment. My eyebrows have turned dark and thick, my eyelashes are thick and curly (they were always thin straight and almost invisible). It's wild. I kind of like the new eyelash look. I do have some fuzz on my face an...
by Lifes2short
Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:44 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: again...
Replies: 7
Views: 1276

Re: again...

Sue, I'm so sorry for what you are going through. I'm glad you are home, hope it helps you recover.
by Lifes2short
Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:00 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Life2short is home; struggling with paralysis, progression
Replies: 17
Views: 2213

Life2short is home; struggling with paralysis, progression

Hi all, Lynn (Life2short) here. Thanks for all the kindness and concern shown when my husband originally posted about my paralysis. It's been a rough couple of months. I was on Irinotecan and Erbitux last summer. A scan in early August showed that the treatment was working. I decided to take a month...
by Lifes2short
Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:41 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage IV husband now NED!
Replies: 12
Views: 1635

Re: Stage IV husband now NED!

That's so cool. Nice post. Thank you for your well wishes.
by Lifes2short
Sat Aug 15, 2009 6:51 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Lifes2Short Paralyzed - updated 9-17
Replies: 35
Views: 3301

Lifes2Short Paralyzed - updated 9-17

Hi, folks. This is the husband of Lifes2Short reporting. She had taken a chemo break after a scan showed that Erbitux and Irrinitecan had successfully stopped the progression and even shrunk some lesions. She was excited and decided to leave Utah and take the kids to the ancestral home of Vermont fo...
by Lifes2short
Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Drinking Alcohol and Stage IV?
Replies: 16
Views: 6650

Re: Drinking Alcohol and Stage IV?

My oncologist and my friend who is a cancer surgeon both say it's fine to drink. All things in moderation. I have liver mets, but one or two drinks doesn't hurt - I do not have any elevation in my liver enzymes or anything. I find that I can't drink more than a couple drinks - no desire to be hungov...
by Lifes2short
Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:59 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: A glimpe at a "normal" life, an amazing day!
Replies: 16
Views: 1835

Re: A glimpe at a "normal" life, an amazing day!

Kids are an awesome reason to live! I'm glad you had such a great day. I wish you many many more!
by Lifes2short
Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:34 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Has anyone heard from "JessiLeigh"??
Replies: 24
Views: 2476

Re: Has anyone heard from "JessiLeigh"??

Thank you for sharing some details about her battle and her life. She was lucky to have you. I am so sorry for your loss. Truly the hardest thing about this disease for me is the impact on my family and friends. I hate how much cancer hurts everyone, including our faithful four legged friends. My th...
by Lifes2short
Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:18 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Questions on Erbitux
Replies: 22
Views: 3794

Re: Questions on Erbitux

Guest, none of these drugs are a "cure". Not if you're stage IV anyway. The reason that Erbitux and is usually given with Irinotecan and or Folfiri is that clinical trials showed Erbitux to be more effective when combined with Irinotecan. (Or so my doc tells me.) I've been on the combo sin...
by Lifes2short
Sat Jul 25, 2009 1:38 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Osteoperosis in my jaw D/T chemo!
Replies: 13
Views: 1304

Re: Osteoperosis in my jaw D/T chemo!

It's common to be put on Zomeda or somthing like that if you have bone loss. (or bone mets). This will help offset the effects of the 5fu. But make sure you get your dentist stuff out of the way before starting Zomeda - they warn not to have any invasive dental work while on that med.
by Lifes2short
Fri Jul 24, 2009 11:06 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Osteoperosis in my jaw D/T chemo!
Replies: 13
Views: 1304

Re: Osteoperosis in my jaw D/T chemo!

Terry, talk to your Onc before having a tooth extraction or any major dental work. If you're on Avastin you have to worry about bleeding.
by Lifes2short
Sat Jul 11, 2009 11:10 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: please help
Replies: 4
Views: 952

Re: please help

Look into Erbitux and/or Vectibix. They only work if you have a certain type of tumor. They can do genetic testing to see if your father is a candidate for the drug. They typically combine it with Irinotecan - a good thing considering that your dad had a good response to Folfiri. Ask his doctor if t...
by Lifes2short
Fri Jul 10, 2009 1:39 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Caught my mom smoking!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 2246

Re: Caught my mom smoking!!!

I've never been a smoker and I'm not the addictive type, so I really don't understand the smoking thing. However, I know that it's extremely difficult for some people to quit and I understand that it is a stress reliever. Cancer is very stressful. Quitting is difficult, even physically stressful as ...

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