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by Val*pal
Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:47 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Peritoneal mets - Additional supplement plus chemo
Replies: 9
Views: 1288

Re: Peritoneal mets - Additional supplement plus chemo

My husband had peritoneal mets, and they are tricky to treat in that they don't respond well to chemo. I know that's being blunt, but peritoneal mets do not usually have good outcomes. Of course, there are always exceptions. HIPEC surgery can be done in hopes of slowing the progression, but it's an ...
by Val*pal
Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:25 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Michigan Support Groups?
Replies: 10
Views: 897

Re: Michigan Support Groups?

As Grouseman mentioned, I was active on this site while my husband received treatment for his stage IVb colon cancer at the University of Michigan Cancer Center. Unfortunately, he passed away two years ago. I still check in occasionally to see how everyone is doing. Since I'm in the Canton area of M...
by Val*pal
Thu May 12, 2016 1:25 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: How to cope with an "affair" when terminally ill (sorry, it's long)
Replies: 57
Views: 6456

Re: How to cope with an "affair" when terminally ill (sorry, it's long)

First, let me say that I can't begin to know how you must feel. Facing a terminal illness and also your husband's new friendship must be overwhelming. You need to put yourself first. I don't know what that means for you, but you do have to think of what will bring you peace. My first marriage ended ...
by Val*pal
Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:36 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Dogs/chemo? Accident prone during chemo?
Replies: 32
Views: 2301

Re: Dogs/chemo? Accident prone during chemo?

My husband had one minor but expensive car accident after he'd been on chemo for quite some time. Since the weather was fine that day, the traffic was light, and the road very well known to him, I always felt it was caused by chemo brain. He somehow managed to hit and go over a curb which wrecked th...
by Val*pal
Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:38 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: new member... this is hard!
Replies: 13
Views: 1356

Re: new member... this is hard!

Diana, I'm sorry that you have had to join CC, but you will get tons of support here. My one suggestion is to reach out to your co-workers for help. Believe me, I know how hard it is to ask for help, but you may become overwhelmed at some point later in your treatment cycle. I assume you are sharing...
by Val*pal
Mon Nov 30, 2015 1:06 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Pinch me, please...new primary
Replies: 4
Views: 1148

Re: Pinch me, please...new primary

Oh, I'm so, so sorry, Margarita! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your mom.
by Val*pal
Sun Nov 29, 2015 5:04 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surgery in am
Replies: 13
Views: 1404

Re: Surgery in am

Good luck. I'll be thinking of you tomorrow! I'm so glad you got to the point where they can perform surgery.
by Val*pal
Mon Nov 23, 2015 11:23 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: How much do you want to know?
Replies: 8
Views: 1253

Re: How much do you want to know?

This is just my humble opinion, but I think that most oncologists have a pretty good idea as to the likely outcome and timeline of most of their patients. It's true that no one case is totally predictable, so I think that's why most oncologists do not like to go into details, and rightly so. But, if...
by Val*pal
Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:55 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: The end of our journey...
Replies: 31
Views: 4484

Re: The end of our journey...

It often feels like not enough is being done for colon cancer, doesn't it? Your dad is being robbed of many years, but that won't affect the amount of love between him, you, and the rest of your family. I'm so sorry. My only advice to you as he enters hospice care is to suggest that when the end com...
by Val*pal
Fri Nov 20, 2015 11:48 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage I to NED to Stage IV in less than a year
Replies: 49
Views: 6723

Re: Stage I to NED to Stage IV in less than a year

Ms. Ogden, I'm so sorry you had to suffer the assessment of that @!**hole oncologist. My husband and I had a similar experience early on in his treatment, and I will never forget how awful it was. This guy was like a robot - he certainly had no human emotions or he would not have told my husband str...
by Val*pal
Fri Nov 20, 2015 11:27 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Liver and Peritoneal Involvement
Replies: 23
Views: 3004

Re: Liver and Peritoneal Involvement

Jortega: My husband had peritoneal mets. His colon cancer "skipped" the liver, though he did develop lung mets. Sadly, his peritoneal mets did not respond to the chemo in the long run. They were stabilized for a time with Folfiri/Avastin (his second line of chemo), but then began to rapidl...
by Val*pal
Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:19 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: RIP Golden 15 November 2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1028

Re: RIP Golden 15 November 2014

Thinking of you during these difficult anniversary days.
by Val*pal
Sun Nov 08, 2015 12:33 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Ablation Update
Replies: 36
Views: 3532

Re: Ablation Update

Hope all of your side effect symptoms are gone soon, BB.
by Val*pal
Fri Nov 06, 2015 7:09 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: NEW THREAD FOR LOVED ONES LEFT BEHIND ONGOING
Replies: 319
Views: 72309

Re: NEW THREAD FOR LOVED ONES LEFT BEHIND ONGOING

I know there is no one typical pattern to grief, and I'm sure the pattern of grief is different for the various people you lose. Recently, I have been feeling waves and waves of survivor's guilt. I did not feel this when my older relatives and mother passed, but I think it's because they had all liv...
by Val*pal
Fri Nov 06, 2015 6:58 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Señora Wu update
Replies: 18
Views: 2584

Re: Señora Wu update

I'm so glad your wife is doing well! She is one strong senora to be able to work with all she has been through. I teach adult ed classes part-time and always have to laugh when my 20 something students drag in complaining they are SO tired. They have no idea. . . So sorry about your job. I lost my f...

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