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by KimT
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Symptom Question/Colonoscopy Results
Replies: 3
Views: 148

Re: Symptom Question/Colonoscopy Results

We ar not doctors. We are colon cancer survivors or loved ones of survivors. It would be irresponsible for us to speculate a diagnosis. You have done the right thing in consulting a doctor and getting a colonoscopy. You will find out the results that day although biopsies will take a few days for fi...
by KimT
Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Upcoming Colonoscopy - Please Comment
Replies: 2
Views: 224

Re: Upcoming Colonoscopy - Please Comment

We are not doctors. It would be irresponsible for us to guess on the likelihood of your having cancer. You have done the right thing in seeking the help of a physician and getting a colonoscopy. Best of luck to you.
by KimT
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Hormone Replacement Therapy
Replies: 13
Views: 360

Re: Hormone Replacement Therapy

How long did it take before you started to feel normal? Now often do they check your levels? That's a great idea about seeing a pharmacist. I felt better within 30 days. It was discovered when we did the initial lab tests that I was hypothyroid so I started medicine for that at the same time as sta...
by KimT
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Hormone Replacement Therapy
Replies: 13
Views: 360

Re: Hormone Replacement Therapy

Excuse me while I step on my soapbox. I am on hrt following ovarian cancer. I had to fight for it. I have found in general that oncologists are terrible when it comes to dealing with post chemo side effects. They just don’t deal with it. The attitude I got from oncology and a lot of doctors is that ...
by KimT
Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 23 Years Old - Rectal Bleeding
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: 23 Years Old - Rectal Bleeding

We are not doctors. We are cancer survivors or loved ones of survivors. Any concern about your health should be addressed by the appropriate medical professional and not on a message board. Best of luck to you.
by KimT
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CHEMO? Any Stage 2a or 3 Rectal Cancer survivors that didnt do Chemo?
Replies: 5
Views: 318

Re: CHEMO? Any Stage 2a or 3 Rectal Cancer survivors that didnt do Chemo?

I did not do chemo and I’m now 8 years out. No reoccurrence. No regrets. I did do chemo in 2012 for ovarian cancer. I have permanent neuropathy from it but the kind of ovarian cancer I had left me no choice in doing chemo.
by KimT
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Is it possible for a rectal polyp to grow to 10cm aggressive T4 advanced tumour in 3 years?
Replies: 16
Views: 688

Re: Is it possible for a rectal polyp to grow to 10cm aggressive T4 advanced tumour in 3 years?

I am a nurse and from my understanding of diverticulosis, it is possible you misunderstand what the doctor was saying after your scope where you thought he said there was a cluster of polyps. Diverticulosis is the presence of small pouches or pockets in the intestinal wall. They are not harmful but ...
by KimT
Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: [Update] Posted on here before asking about symptoms, wanted to update my symptoms since time has passed and ask again
Replies: 3
Views: 379

Re: [Update] Posted on here before asking about symptoms, wanted to update my symptoms since time has passed and ask aga

We are not doctors. We are colon cancer survivors or loved ones of survivors. You are not going to get a diagnosis here. You need to schedule an appointment with the appropriate doctor to find out what the problem is.
by KimT
Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Age 19, colon cancer, did everything t get diagnosed ?
Replies: 6
Views: 892

Re: Age 19, colon cancer, did everything t get diagnosed ?

You have had all the tests and you got good news. You don’t have cancer. Lay off google and move on.
by KimT
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Vent, anyone else need to?
Replies: 7
Views: 720

Re: Vent, anyone else need to?

The reality is that life goes on, even with cancer. Children still need to be fed and clothed. Having cancer doesn’t lesson our responsibility as parents. I went through cancer twice in an 18 month period. Having cancer didn’t make me any less of a mother. Dinner got cooked, laundry got done and I o...
by KimT
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: No, we don't have the best healthcare system
Replies: 24
Views: 1333

Re: No, we don't have the best healthcare system

My cousins wife is a pathologist at a university hospital near me. She explained why healthcare billing is the way it is. It’s all about what the insurance will pay. A hospital will make their rates, and insurance companies come back and might declare, we will pay 30%. A year later they might decide...
by KimT
Sun May 20, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: A Question for Caregivers
Replies: 20
Views: 847

Re: A Question for Caregivers

I am a survivor as well as a caregiver for my mother before she passed. Being a caretaker was by far the harder role.
by KimT
Thu May 17, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: How can I help my family watch me die?
Replies: 20
Views: 1575

Re: How can I help my family watch me die?

Nothing is going to make it easier for them. Seeing a loved one suffer is still infinitely easier than not seeing them at all. My mother passed 10 months after being diagnosed with leukemia. It was a hard 10 months but we packed a lifetime of love in those months. Don’t cheat your family of a single...
by KimT
Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Still scared after colonoscopy
Replies: 12
Views: 1082

Re: Still scared after colonoscopy

Hemorrhoids can cause bleeding. You had a clear scope and a perfectly reasonable explanation for the blood in your stool. Maybe you need to consider changing therapists or seeking other treatment for your anxiety. Good luck.
by KimT
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Looking for Stage II Updates for Colon Cancer Peeps
Replies: 25
Views: 2302

Re: Looking for Stage II Updates for Colon Cancer Peeps

Stage 2a. 10cm tumor in the cecum. No chemo. No reoccurrence in 8 years.

I did have a second primary cancer 18 months after my colon cancer diagnosis. The second primary was ovarian and I did do chemo for that one.

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