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by BrownBagger
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: O/T further adventures of BrownBagger
Replies: 8
Views: 1632

Re: O/T further adventures of BrownBagger

Thanks, all. It's been a very busy past couple of months. It started in Pennsylvania (work) then on to Manhattan (medical) then up to Maine (work), then to Wisconsin (work/family), immediately followed by a week on the road to and from Sweden. The garden is looking great--among the best ever. A nice...
by BrownBagger
Sun May 21, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: O/T... BrownBagger's latest toy !
Replies: 20
Views: 3275

Re: O/T... BrownBagger's latest toy !

In regards to forklifts, bigger is always best. Just say'n
by BrownBagger
Sat May 20, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: O/T... BrownBagger's latest toy !
Replies: 20
Views: 3275

Re: O/T... BrownBagger's latest toy !

Thanks, CRG for posting that. I've been too busy for the past week. He's right, this is what I do for fun. The trade association I work for puts on an annual equipment exposition, and I'm in charge of the freight handling. This is one of the five machines (the one I use, since I'm the boss) that we ...
by BrownBagger
Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Painful sex after surgery and radiation? Anyone else suffer with this?
Replies: 7
Views: 1371

Re: Painful sex after surgery and radiation? Anyone else suffer with this?

I had pain during sex during radiation treatments. So much pain that I had a vocal response--unusual for me. My wife said, "It's good to see you expressing your pleasure verbally for a change." I'm like, "It's pain, not pleasure." And then......she didn't want to do it anymore. I...
by BrownBagger
Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Pete-lost-at-sea, Peter Trayhurn
Replies: 10
Views: 2417

Re: Pete-lost-at-sea, Peter Trayhurn

All the best to Pete as he nears the end of his journey. Guy has (had) some balls and determination. I always admired that.
by BrownBagger
Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: How to fight fatigue caused by Xeloda?
Replies: 2
Views: 1186

Re: How to fight fatigue caused by Xeloda?

I found that once I broke through the "I don't want to do this" barrier that all exercisers feel at first, I had plenty of energy on Xeloda and was able to carry on with an active life. 136 rounds later, I'm still on my feet, but obviously, less blessed with energy. But I do what I can. Ju...
by BrownBagger
Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Medical expenses - tax deduction question
Replies: 12
Views: 1953

Re: Medical expenses - tax deduction question

Isn't Cynthia right though - can't we just deduct amounts that exceed 7.5% of our total income for the year? It's now 10% I believe and while some things can be directly deducted, some, like the hotel charge and meals, are subject to IRS finagling. I just sort out all the receipts, write down the t...
by BrownBagger
Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Medical expenses - tax deduction question
Replies: 12
Views: 1953

Re: Medical expenses - tax deduction question

I hope everything is OK with your son!

I have $20K in dental bills to throw on the medical bill pile this tax year, plus my copay out of pocket, which maxed out early at $6K.
by BrownBagger
Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Medical expenses - tax deduction question
Replies: 12
Views: 1953

Re: Medical expenses - tax deduction question

But remember, you may only deduct those amounts that exceed 7.5% of your total income for the year. It's up to 10% this year, but I've got that blown away by 4 or 5x. Big box of receipts and other documentation on top of the fridge waiting to get sorted out. My accountant told me that the current m...
by BrownBagger
Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Medical expenses - tax deduction question
Replies: 12
Views: 1953

Re: Medical expenses - tax deduction question

Yes you can deduct some of you hotel expenses. Also you can deduct a percentage of you food, gas, parking, airfare ect. Anything related to you medical visit. Keep all your food and gas receipts, they add up much more than what you think they would. Also the mileage you travel each time you go for ...
by BrownBagger
Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: DK37 Personal/Trial Update - In Case of Emergency Break Glass
Replies: 10
Views: 1769

Re: DK37 Personal/Trial Update - In Case of Emergency Break Glass

Good luck with the systemic chemo, DK. The HAI pump, if you can get on it, has proven to be pretty effective.
by BrownBagger
Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Going for It
Replies: 27
Views: 3651

Re: Going for It

I'm going to Jonkoping for a forestry fair. I've been there before for that same event, and it was quite beautiful. I was up in Umea once in the winter, and then traveled farther north. Good thing for saunas!

I have to say, Sweden is the most civilized country I've been to. Finland is close behind
by BrownBagger
Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Paranoid!! Please read :(
Replies: 6
Views: 1542

Re: Paranoid!! Please read :(

You need to talk to a doctor, not an online forum. Nobody here is qualified to diagnose anything. The only way to definitively rule out colon cancer is with a colonoscopy. If your sigmoidoscopy came up clear, then you've probably ruled out rectal cancer. But a routine colonoscopy will determine the ...
by BrownBagger
Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Going for It
Replies: 27
Views: 3651

Re: Going for It

The HAI pump has "cured" a good number of people on this board, Mike. They don't all post anymore, but it's an impressive number. Just ask Juliej, among others. If Kemeny gets her hands on your case, you'll probably live a good long time. Getting your head straightened out after dx is toug...
by BrownBagger
Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Going for It
Replies: 27
Views: 3651

Re: Going for It

Love your attitude, Deb. Identical to mine: Live your life like you don't have Stage 4 cancer.

I bet that's one of the reasons we're both still here.

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