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by michelle c
Sat May 30, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Just got diagnosed - advice appreciated
Replies: 19
Views: 869

Re: Just got diagnosed - advice appreciated

Hi there, I was you in 2009 and I’m still here! I have not given up red meat, I love it and it is very nutritious. I don’t believe it causes cancer but that’s my opinion. Probably best to limit refined sugar and refined grains, vegetable oils (not olive oil) and trans fats if you want to change your...
by michelle c
Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:07 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: cutting chemo before 6 infusions
Replies: 14
Views: 1038

Re: cutting chemo before 6 infusions

Who does like chemo? To be honest, I hated chemo with a passion...every minute of it and the ghastly side affects that I encountered. However, I was determined to do my 12 treatments even after the first when I wondered how I would ever manage. It’s up to you with whatever you decide to do. I was te...
by michelle c
Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CEA Quesition
Replies: 4
Views: 662

Re: CEA Quesition

No!! No need to worry at all. It is normal to fluctuate. My onc told me that if I had blood drawn in the morning and again in the afternoon, the result would more than likely be different. Mine fluctuated between 0.7 and 1.6 or so.
by michelle c
Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I need emotional help
Replies: 13
Views: 1442

Re: I need emotional help

I hope that you get a second opinion very soon. Being told that our cancer has come back or that it’s growing must be devastating. A friend of mine is living through this but hers is renal cancer that has metastasised to her lungs. She is so courageous and living her life to the full - I am in awe o...
by michelle c
Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Advise.. I need to be more aggressive
Replies: 14
Views: 1213

Re: Advise.. I need to be more aggressive

Hi Nicole, I think that you should definitely seek out another opinion. It must seem overwhelming but I’m sure there are others here who could help you and give you direction about the best way to move forward with it. I am not in the US so I’m not really any help, unfortunately. Might be best to pu...
by michelle c
Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 33 years old, mucus, blood and nerves!
Replies: 9
Views: 1214

Re: 33 years old, mucus, blood and nerves!

Hello, Ok so it’s good that you are getting a colonoscopy. It is the only way to see what is actually going on in your colon. We are unable to speculate what is going on but there are other conditions that can cause your symptoms besides cancer. My only symptom was blood in my stool. I had a colonos...
by michelle c
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:48 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Finally staged at IIIc
Replies: 7
Views: 1131

Re: Finally staged at IIIc

I was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer 10 years ago. To be honest I don’t know if I’m a,b or c. I know that my cancer was low grade and I think that’s good. I believe my odds of surviving 5 years was 50%, according to some websites. I decided not to research any longer on google as it was only ...
by michelle c
Thu Dec 26, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Two days prep
Replies: 12
Views: 1937

Re: Two days prep

No! One day is bad enough! Ugh! Why two days?
by michelle c
Thu Dec 26, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I rang the bell today.
Replies: 16
Views: 2360

Re: I rang the bell today.

Yay!! That’s great news!! May 2020 be a much better year for you. Wishing you good health and happy times with your family :)
by michelle c
Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Clear CT results!
Replies: 19
Views: 2679

Re: Clear CT results!

Hopefully, it will be back to where it was at your next test. Oh no, your oncologist is leaving :shock: They get to know us and know our history, and we get to know them and put our trust in them when we are most vulnerable. Hoping that you are happy with your new onc and that they will look after y...
by michelle c
Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Folfiri and Nausea
Replies: 15
Views: 2192

Re: Folfiri and Nausea

Hello, I had 12 treatments of FOLFIRI and after the first one I wondered how I would ever get through 12. The nausea was terrible and it also gave me an odd sensation in my upper abdomen. My oncologist advised me that FOLFIRI it very hard on the digestive system and neutrophils. Unfortunately, no na...
by michelle c
Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Clear CT results!
Replies: 19
Views: 2679

Re: Clear CT results!

Hi Amy, I’m an old timer and don’t post much anymore but I do pop in here from time to time. Great news about your scan and I hope your slightly raised CEA is nothing to worry about. The times I worried about my raised CEA only to have it go back down with the next test :o Are you getting it checked...
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: 1334

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: 1334

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: 1034

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 ...

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