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by MissMolly
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 19 mm sessile polyp found in 88 year old
Replies: 7
Views: 158

Re: 19 mm sessile polyp found in 88 year old

Richelen: I think our medical system fails by not respecting the natural life process, birth to death, and promoting increasingly invasive procedures and advanced life support where Palliative Care (care and comfort) and letting people that they are loved and cared for is the more realistic and pref...
by MissMolly
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Possible stenosis at anastomosis
Replies: 7
Views: 184

Re: Possible stenosis at anastomosis

Susie: Stenosis of your anastomosis site may be amenable to a type of balloon dilation. Balloon dilation is pretty much as the name implies. A thin canula/tube (with a small deflated balloon/air pillow at the distal tip) is inserted through the anus and advanced to the area of intestinal narrowing. ...
by MissMolly
Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Goodbye
Replies: 24
Views: 1956

Re: Goodbye

It has been just over 2 weeks The sadness and emptiness is profound, but partially thanks to your comments and partially thanks to follow up from bereavement counselors and my DW's health care team, I am understanding that I did my best for her, and the main thing was helping her feel comfortable a...
by MissMolly
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Hormone Replacement Therapy
Replies: 13
Views: 353

Re: Hormone Replacement Therapy

I have complete pituitary failure - total loss of all pituitary hormones. Hormones are more than estrogen, progesterone, and testerone. Hormones are potent chemical messengers that play key roles in the regulation of the body’s many organs and systems. A low level of estrogen is produced by adipose ...
by MissMolly
Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: stubborn like a mule
Replies: 6
Views: 408

Re: stubborn like a mule

Frank man: Yout father’s delay in accessing medical care due to inafforadability of insurance is a testament of the dire straights that face many in this country. I am sure that you are relieved that your father now has medical insurance coverage through Medicare. You will want to explore options fo...
by MissMolly
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: O/T....anyone had hip bursitis and had cortisone shot?
Replies: 16
Views: 308

Re: O/T....anyone had hip bursitis and had cortisone shot?

Cortison/corticosteroid injections have mixed results. They are not a panacea for everyone. Corticosteroids given as epidural injections for buldging discs have an uneven success rate. The clinical literature suggests that epidural corticosteroid injections have limited effect but more physicians ar...
by MissMolly
Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: PERMANENT COLOSTOMY/VS RESTRUCTURE
Replies: 9
Views: 321

Re: PERMANENT COLOSTOMY/VS RESTRUCTURE

Gloria: A former colon club member, Belle Piazza, wrote a heartfelt personal essay about her decision to undergo a permanent colostomy due rectal cancer. I mentioned Belle’s 3 part writing, titled “Colostomy Colundrum,” in an earlier post to you. Belle’s writing is powerful in her first person narra...
by MissMolly
Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: PERMANENT COLOSTOMY/VS RESTRUCTURE
Replies: 9
Views: 321

Re: PERMANENT COLOSTOMY/VS RESTRUCTURE

Gloria: The MRI finding of cancer cell intrusion into the left anal sphincters (internal and external) would be best addressed by a permanent colostomy. The anal sphincter finding is a “game changer” from other low rectal cancers without anal sphincter involvement. An attempt at reconnection (with a...
by MissMolly
Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Just Diagnosed
Replies: 44
Views: 1579

Re: Just Diagnosed

Gloria: Yes, your surgeon is being truthful in presenting the need for a “Barbie Butt” (surgical closure of one’s backend) if indeed your internal and/or external anal sphincter’s have evidence of cancer infiltration. A small residual rectal cuff (without surgical closure of one’s backend) is feasib...
by MissMolly
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 4 more days until reversal for mom..
Replies: 9
Views: 260

Re: 4 more days until reversal for mom..

Stacy: Remember that whatever volume of food your mother has in her digestive tract at the time of the reversal will need to be processed through after the reversal. The intestines tend to be slow in motility with any surgical handling, a type of stress response to the intestines being handled and m...
by MissMolly
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Just Diagnosed
Replies: 44
Views: 1579

Re: Just Diagnosed

Gloria: A good quality of life coexists with a colostomy. The temporary loop ileostomies that those with rectal cancer deal with are challenging. Loop ileostomies are sited at a higher level of the small intestine than an end ileostomy, and are know for being “high maintenance.” Liquid fecal output,...
by MissMolly
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Just Diagnosed
Replies: 44
Views: 1579

Re: Just Diagnosed

Gloria: IF it is determined that a colostomy is recommend by your medical team, do not despair. Negative stereotypes of ostomies abound: Portraying people walking around with full “bags” of fecal matter attached to their abdomens; reserved only to the aged and elderly; wearing unsightly “bags” that ...
by MissMolly
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Daily Enema Therapy for LARS
Replies: 7
Views: 394

Re: Daily Enema Therapy for LARS

Last, she suggested something she had no personal experience with - you get a port put in and you use a syringe to flush yourself with warm water every other day. I would have done this, even though it would mean having an appliance installed, but then I started daily enemas, and my LARS has been m...
by MissMolly
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Salami
Replies: 33
Views: 1321

Re: Salami

mpbser: ! Wow ! What a harrowing year you have endured, on several fronts. You have demonstrated resounding resiliency. You have been a fully present and caring spouse to your husband. Your posts shine with your deep commitment to him in accessing the best care possible and in supporting healthful l...
by MissMolly
Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Leakage.....
Replies: 3
Views: 361

Re: Leakage.....

Daniella: Anal leakage can be emotionally exhausting to deal with. Messy, oozing, foul in odor. I use a pad specially designed to address anal discharge. The name of the product is “Butterfly Pads.” The pad derives it’s name from it’s shape/configuration. It has the shape of a butterfly, with two ex...

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