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by teacher49
Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Scary times . . .
Replies: 74
Views: 14301

Re: Scary times . . .

I'm thinking of all of you during this time. All of you still in treatment, caring for a family member in treatment, and/or coping with young children at home...AND particularly and of you who are healthcare workers. I haven't been on this site for a long time...probably since my own health stabiliz...
by teacher49
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Looking for Stage II Updates for Colon Cancer Peeps
Replies: 25
Views: 6640

Re: Looking for Stage II Updates for Colon Cancer Peeps

I was Stage 2A rectal cancer diagnosed in 2011. Mine was ultra low so following chemo-rad, with 50% shrinkage of 4cm tumor I had abdominoperineal surgery with perm colostomy. I did adjuvant chemo to try to improve on the recurrence rate. So far all good. Only regret was that I didn't stop adj. chemo...
by teacher49
Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:05 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: To All
Replies: 23
Views: 3457

To All

My best wishes to all of you out there currently in treatment or just starting the journey. I don't come back too often to post since I'm 5 year out now and so far NED. But the sad news is that my dear husband, Mike, of 16 years was diagnosed last December with esophageal squamous cell cancer, Stage...
by teacher49
Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Love the people God has given you..............
Replies: 16
Views: 2771

Love the people God has given you..............

for He will need them back one day. To All: My dear husband Mike passed away yesterday shortly after noon. He was admitted to the hospital on Friday and had emergency surgery for colon obstruction probably due to peritoneal mets from his Stage IV esophageal cancer. They did a diversion and brought h...
by teacher49
Sun Jul 31, 2016 3:06 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Carcinogens
Replies: 11
Views: 1869

Re: Carcinogens

There are lifestyle/occupational/environmental/viral carcinogens, i.e. asbestos, benzene, HPV, etc. Every study that I see recently lists preventable risk factors for cancer (excluding hereditary factors) in this order: obesity, exercise, red meat, smoking, alcohol. Everything in moderation, I say w...
by teacher49
Sat May 28, 2016 9:40 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: An Original Member
Replies: 51
Views: 6773

Re: An Original Member

So sad....my heart goes out to Kenny and his family. I always enjoyed his slightly irreverent sense of humor. :cry:
by teacher49
Wed May 25, 2016 7:20 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: My kids' father has Stage IV thyroid cancer
Replies: 7
Views: 1268

Re: My kids' father has Stage IV thyroid cancer

If you are on reasonably good terms with your ex, I would encourage you to tell him to have another consult with a major cancer center....in my area that would be Mayo Clinic. Stage IV Thyroid cancer unless it is medullary cell type which is more aggressive or anaplastic.....does not generally have ...
by teacher49
Mon Apr 04, 2016 5:00 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Neuropathy after chemo
Replies: 8
Views: 1787

Re: Neuropathy after chemo

Same here. I finished 11/12 chemo - FOLFOX6. I had no symptoms until treatment 10, when my feet suddenly lost all sensation on the bottom sole of foot. Unfortunately, I was in the shower and I fell hard, gave myself a huge hematoma on by flank. Reduced oxaliplatin for tx 11 and only 5FU for last tx ...
by teacher49
Tue Mar 08, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: question about low wbc/neutropenia
Replies: 10
Views: 1500

Re: question about low wbc/neutropenia

I've had experience with low blood counts also from adjuvant chemo that I had in 2012. The counts that the ONC was most concerned with are: Platelets - 150,000 is low end of normal range.....but if it dips to 100,000 they may give a chemo break Absolute Neutrophil Count (ANC) - This is an overall co...
by teacher49
Sun Mar 06, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stoma question Again!! Dog surgery too so what's new
Replies: 7
Views: 1071

Re: Stoma question Again!! Dog surgery too so what's new

My stoma changes shape all the time. Sometimes the stoma ring/barrier gets shoved over into my stoma when I sleep on my side and, yes, I do sleep on my stomach sometimes. So I might end up with a little bleed and stoma looking like it was crushed on one side. I just try to repair the skin with zinc ...
by teacher49
Sun Feb 28, 2016 6:17 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Post CHEMORADIATION - When will I feel better?
Replies: 6
Views: 1375

Re: Post CHEMORADIATION - When will I feel better?

MDK, I know that pain. I finished 28 days of prechemorad in mid July 2011 and the two weeks after the end of treatment were the worst. I had to make sure that I took pain meds 15 min. before every bowel movement so that I wouldn't pass out from the pain. Had blisters etc. Silvadene didn't totally wo...
by teacher49
Thu Feb 18, 2016 6:48 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I'm starting Keytruda
Replies: 19
Views: 3768

Re: I'm starting Keytruda

Hoping for the best for you!

I have high hopes for Keytruda not just for any recurrence that I may have but for my DH who is now 1/2 way thru standard chemo & radiation for esophageal cancer.

It is not yet approved for EC either but available in trials after recurrence.
by teacher49
Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:59 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Our beloved Skypuppy
Replies: 55
Views: 9998

Re: Our beloved Skypuppy

So sad for us in the loss of a caring soul. Although I didn't know her well, she seemed to a be a true naturalist and reminded me of the philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. Rest in Peace.
by teacher49
Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:59 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Our beloved Skypuppy
Replies: 55
Views: 9998

Re: Our beloved Skypuppy

So sad for us in the loss of a caring soul. Although I didn't know her well, she seemed to a be a true naturalist and reminded me of the philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. Rest in Peace.
by teacher49
Sun Feb 07, 2016 2:36 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Cancer times two...............UPDATE
Replies: 6
Views: 1539

Cancer times two...............UPDATE

Dear colon clubbers: As I approach the 5 year mark on my diagnosis of rectal CA, I'm now on the caregiver side for my dear husband. My condition is NED. DH was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of mid-esophagus on Dec. 21, 2015. January was a blur of CT scans, EUS, PET scans etc. He has a Stage...

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