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by Dori W
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Why do I torture myself? Signet Ring Cell Sigmoid Colon
Replies: 5
Views: 1063

Re: Why do I torture myself? Signet Ring Cell Sigmoid Colon

I did the same thing! Over and over again...I felt like I couldn't stop! It is so hard. I had a similar diagnosis: signet ring, stage 3c, 14 of 18 nodes affected. I recall my oncologist saying that if I made it to two years without a recurrence, she would feel much more optimistic. It's now been ove...
by Dori W
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Happy 14 year cancerversary to me
Replies: 19
Views: 5684

Re: Happy 14 year cancerversary to me

Thank you for sharing your story. After I was diagnosed, over ten years now, your story gave me hope. You make me want to write out my own story and share it.

Congratulations!

Dori
by Dori W
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Hormone Replacement Therapy
Replies: 13
Views: 861

Re: Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hi, My understanding is that HRT can be slightly protective against colon cancer, and while it can cause breast cancer, the risk is minimized if you stop treatment within five years. I had both ovaries removed in 2009 because of suspicious looking cysts that turned out not to be cancerous and I was ...
by Dori W
Fri May 18, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Ten years and I missed it!
Replies: 17
Views: 4190

Re: Ten years and I missed it!

Thank you for all of the kind comments. I really appreciate it. Best wishes to everybody!
by Dori W
Wed May 09, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Ten years and I missed it!
Replies: 17
Views: 4190

Ten years and I missed it!

Hi everybody, Yesterday marks ten years since I was first diagnosed with cancer on May, 8th 2008. How did I miss that?! I had surgery on May 15th 2008, followed by six months of FOLFOX chemo. I've been incredibly fortunate to still be here and to have never had a recurrence. Sometimes I ask the &quo...
by Dori W
Fri May 04, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: For Stage III's: NED for how long now?
Replies: 737
Views: 238262

Re: For Stage III's: NED for how long now?

I'm coming up on ten years. I was diagnosed on May 8th, 2008 and had surgery on May 15th 2008, followed by six months of chemo. I was stage 3c with fourteen positive lymph nodes and a particularly aggressive type of cancer (signet ring cell). I've never had a recurrence! I've had my ups and downs, b...
by Dori W
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: another anniversary
Replies: 11
Views: 969

Re: another anniversary

Congratulations on this big anniversary! I'm coming up on ten years in a few months. I can hardly believe it.

I'm sorry for your health struggles. It sounds very, very difficult.
by Dori W
Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: For Stage III's: NED for how long now?
Replies: 737
Views: 238262

Re: For Stage III's: NED for how long now?

Hi jsw,

I still get cea tests every six months, but I haven't had scans in a while. I think I'll be stopping my oncology visits and just follow up with my GP after it's officially been ten years.
by Dori W
Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I'm honored to be here with you
Replies: 11
Views: 1311

Re: I'm honored to be here with you

Congratulations on ten years! I am at 9.5 years myself. I was just remembering today how I felt at Thanksgiving dinner nine years ago, right after my twelfth round of chemo. Ugh. I think it's great for those with lots of NED time to come in and offer wisdom and support. I haven't been around at all ...
by Dori W
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: For Stage III's: NED for how long now?
Replies: 737
Views: 238262

Re: For Stage III's: NED for how long now?

Hi--I had stage IIIC signet ring colon cancer with fourteen positive lymph notes. I was diagnosed in May 2008 and had my last treatment just before Thanksgiving that year, so 9 or 9.5 years, depending on how you want to count. I still remember how lousy I felt physically that Thanksgiving. Ugh. I fe...
by Dori W
Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Liver Cyst After Chemo - Question
Replies: 9
Views: 1858

Re: Liver Cyst After Chemo - Question

I had a similar situation with a cyst that appeared on my liver. It looked benign on the PET/CT scan, but they did an ultrasound to be sure, and that confirmed that it was benign. I admit that I still wasn't completely reassured after the ultrasound, but it is now about 8 years later and all is well.
by Dori W
Fri May 19, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Help!! Newly diagnosed stage 3a signet ring cell carcinoma
Replies: 7
Views: 1514

Re: Help!! Newly diagnosed stage 3a signet ring cell carcinoma

Hi, It is so frustrating looking online for information on SRC carcinoma. I agree, all the information is depressing and not helpful! It is true that the treatment is the same as for non-SRC colon cancer, except that closer monitoring is a good idea. My insurance was willing to pay for quarterly PET...
by Dori W
Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Signet Ring Cell Cancer of the Sigmoid Colon
Replies: 19
Views: 6361

Re: Signet Ring Cell Cancer of the Sigmoid Colon

Hi, I'm so glad you are continuing to do well! I also had signet ring cell colon cancer in the sigmoid colon. I had 14 out of 18 positive nodes (stage 3c) and a few other factors working against me. I had my surgery in May 2008 and I have not had a recurrence. I know how terrifying it is to go from ...
by Dori W
Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Prep question
Replies: 10
Views: 1455

Re: Prep question

Thanks everybody! That gives me some ideas. Hi, Lee! I remember you from when I was first on here years ago. You were always super helpful and I really appreciate it. Ron, I hope that pathology report comes back okay! Thanks for your input. It's awesome that you are 20 years out from your diagnosis,...
by Dori W
Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Prep question
Replies: 10
Views: 1455

Prep question

Hi! I am so seldom on here anymore. I was on quite a bit until a few years ago, mostly under another, similar name, but I irretrievably lost my old login credentials...too much info? I will get to the point. For my next colonoscopy, still a few months out, I am going to be expected to drink 3 (THREE...

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