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by michelle c
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: It’s that time again - CEA check
Replies: 16
Views: 752

Re: It’s that time again - CEA check

For me this never gets easier. CEA check on Monday. I’ve put it off, now it’s been 4 months instead of 3. I had a terrible bout of bronchitis for a whole month and am worried that will increase the number. I’ve also had major family health issues coming in hot from every direction. I have been so s...
by michelle c
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: It’s that time again - CEA check
Replies: 16
Views: 752

Re: It’s that time again - CEA check

You are not alone...CEA testing is my nemesis! It has never been stable since post surgery. I tried everything...from diet, exercise and yoga. The last rise, my cea went from 2.5 to 3.1. Even though my onc was not concerned, I was. I went on a plant based diet over the summer and found out that I h...
by michelle c
Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 7 1/2 years post Stage IV liver resection
Replies: 10
Views: 551

Re: 7 1/2 years post Stage IV liver resection

Oh wow Diane, I can’t believe it’s been that long....time certainly does fly. I’m so glad you’re doing well. It really is a roller coaster ride and sometimes we just don’t know where the next bump or turn will be. But then we also go up and never go back down that scary drop. I have just been to my ...
by michelle c
Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Talk me down..CT results...
Replies: 8
Views: 1438

Re: Talk me down..CT results...

This is slightly different but my son had a lump in his neck as a child. I could see it before he even noticed it. It felt like it was at least 1cm in size. The doctor wasn’t concerned and said it was an enlarged lymph node possibly due to him having a cold/flu. However, he didn’t have a cold or flu...
by michelle c
Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: O/T : I wish Brownbagger were here
Replies: 12
Views: 1087

Re: O/T : I wish Brownbagger were here

I “knew” Eric from here and he truly inspired me with his bike riding and his garden. He was very wise and reassuring much like you CRguy. I am very grateful for the wonderful people I have met here...when I was terrified, needing encouragement and just someone who understood. I found it all here. W...
by michelle c
Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 2 spots on liver, 7 months after chemo success
Replies: 10
Views: 1155

Re: 2 spots on liver, 7 months after chemo success

My initial scan showed a spot on my liver and an MRI confirmed it was a cyst. Your doctor will get your results before your appointment so I’m hoping he will call you especially if it’s good news. My doctor phoned me as soon as he got the results which was either the same day or the next day. Perhap...
by michelle c
Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: It was 15 years ago today
Replies: 13
Views: 1719

Re: It was 15 years ago today

Thank you for sharing your story. I love reading it every year. Please don’t stop.

I remember you being on here when I first joined about 10 years ago. I remember your little pic :D

I’m sure you gave me hope and comfort when I was first diagnosed and frightened.

Best wishes always ❤️
by michelle c
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Staging and treatment options.
Replies: 32
Views: 2750

Re: Staging and treatment options.

I was diagnosed with CC 10 years ago and had 3 lymph nodes affected. I did chemo - then it was 12 cycles over 6 months! My onc advised to do chemo to give me the best possible chance of survival. He said it was to kill off any rogue cells that might be floating around. Was I cured from surgery alone...
by michelle c
Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: If you want prayer stop in here!
Replies: 630
Views: 93862

Re: If you want prayer stop in here!

Oh my goodness.....I don’t come here too often anymore but still like to check in from time to time. Saw this post that was started by Terry.....miss her and Bev and John and Jess.....these people have sadly passed away :cry: Reading this post brought back so many memories of my dear friends and war...
by michelle c
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Currently in the ER...woo.
Replies: 56
Views: 4224

Re: Currently in the ER...woo.

Hi there,

Ooooo that sounds quite frightening.....wondering if it's due to Avastin. Best wishes and hope it resolves soon xx
by michelle c
Sat May 25, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Whole rectum removed
Replies: 12
Views: 2293

Re: Whole rectum removed

What?? :shock: I would want my surgeon to discuss the surgery with me in person. I would definitely get another opinion.
by michelle c
Thu May 23, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Please help - Diagnosed yesterday and confused
Replies: 23
Views: 2648

Re: Please help - Diagnosed yesterday and confused

Hello, I just wanted to reply as I understand your fear and to let you know a bit of my story. I was diagnosed ten years ago with colon cancer. Wow, it's gone fast. I had blood in my stools and was referred for a colonoscopy. Gastroenterologist knew straight away it was cancer when she saw the tumor...
by michelle c
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 80 year old mother
Replies: 7
Views: 931

Re: 80 year old mother

With stage III colon cancer there is a good chance that all the cancer was removed with surgery. Chemo is just "mop up" to kill off any stray cancer cells that "might" have got through via the lymph system. I had chemo because I was in my 40's and just wanted to have better insur...
by michelle c
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Weak and cannot eat post surgery..?
Replies: 10
Views: 1015

Re: Weak and cannot eat post surgery..?

Hello, My surgery was in 2009 but I can still remember that I was unable to eat much post surgery. I was on clear fluids initially and then a soft diet before moving to a regular diet. I love my food but I was unable to eat more than a few mouthfuls. I don't know why but I just felt full. It was qui...
by michelle c
Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Adjuvant Chemo
Replies: 8
Views: 1559

Re: Adjuvant Chemo

I was terrified of chemo but it was recommended as I was stage III. It was described to me as mop up chemo. I know there are no guarantees but wanted to do everything I could to stop it appearing elsewhere. I had 12 treatments over 6 months. I won't lie, I hated every minute of it but it really was ...

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