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by Soccermom2boys
Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Newly diagnosed rectal cancer
Replies: 133
Views: 7946

Re: Newly diagnosed rectal cancer

Even better, buy a pill box that does a.m. and p.m. for the week. They are only a few bucks at pharmacy and for sure helps to see if you have taken it at both times during the day. I would then sit down on Sunday night and count out the pills for the following week.
by Soccermom2boys
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Take me away to that special place - Picture Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 11493

Re: Take me away to that special place - Picture Thread

Where to begin?!? All of these pics are awesome—thanks everyone for sharing! This is my favorite thread because it gives you such a neat glimpse in to our non-CRC lives. Seriously Peanut—those pups are beyond adorable—how can you not want them all?!? I am looking forward to sibling pics of Fonzie wi...
by Soccermom2boys
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Had my surgery...ended up with colostomy bag
Replies: 6
Views: 804

Re: Had my surgery...

Hi Cmarie—glad to hear your surgery came with clear margins—words you definitely want to hear! I am responding as someone who also had to have a permanent colostomy, although I was told in advance of the surgery I would need one as the tumor was butting up against my anal sphincters so it all had to...
by Soccermom2boys
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Newly diagnosed rectal cancer
Replies: 133
Views: 7946

Re: Newly diagnosed rectal cancer

Hi MeAndMine—welcome to a club of the most wonderful people for the most awful reason. I am four years out from my rectal cancer diagnosis and popped on and saw your message and thought of how I was in a similar situation exactly four years right this week. Everything you have from the dr who did yo...
by Soccermom2boys
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Can we please talk about colostomies/ileostomies?
Replies: 13
Views: 961

Re: Can we please talk about colostomies/ileostomies?

Hi TinaFish! Welcome to ColonTalk. :D I have a permanent colostomy (since December 2015) so I will answer your questions as best as I can from my own personal experience and I am certain that others with ostomies will as well, give them a little time. #1: There are items called “wraps” that you can ...
by Soccermom2boys
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Take me away to that special place - Picture Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 11493

Re: Take me away to that special place - Picture Thread

Also, BS—sooo happy to see Chloe still going at 16! :lol:
by Soccermom2boys
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Take me away to that special place - Picture Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 11493

Re: Take me away to that special place - Picture Thread

Yay! Loved seeing the picture posts from everyone on here—thanks, MOB for starting a new one. https://i.imgur.com/kWk4Ynr.jpg https://i.imgur.com/78lOdXq.jpg These are from a local orchard—we love our cherries and nothing as tasty as fresh picked cherries right off the tree, yum! I picked around 11-...
by Soccermom2boys
Thu May 30, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Chemo & Radiation BEFORE 1st Surgery - What to Expect?
Replies: 9
Views: 681

Re: Chemo & Radiation BEFORE 1st Surgery - What to Expect?

Silverwedding—good to hear you met Dr. Denstman and liked him and most importantly have a plan. Having a plan makes a huge mental difference for sure. You don’t have a signature so what stage is your husband’s cancer? And it sounds like rectal not colon because he is doing the chemo radiation, which...
by Soccermom2boys
Wed May 22, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Please help - Diagnosed yesterday and confused
Replies: 23
Views: 2435

Re: Please help - Diagnosed yesterday and confused

Oh good, your husband will be seeing Dr. Denstman. He has been in the business for a while as you saw and has performed quite a few surgeries so it does give you peace of mind. I told him he can’t retire for a long long time! :lol: I have a permanent colostomy and he did a great job with it. As for ...
by Soccermom2boys
Sun May 19, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Please help - Diagnosed yesterday and confused
Replies: 23
Views: 2435

Re: Please help - Diagnosed yesterday and confused

Silverwedding— Welcome to the group no one willingly wants to join! I am not a one-person support group, but I am from Delaware as well. I did all of my treatments through the HFG cancer center and while it may not be the most renowned, it does a good job. It also doesn’t hurt to get a second opinio...
by Soccermom2boys
Thu May 16, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Newly diagnosed and questions
Replies: 11
Views: 1193

Re: Newly diagnosed and questions

He is doing the XELOX regimen. The XELoda are the pills he takes for two weeks on, one week off. The OXaliplatin is the drug he is getting once every three weeks at the infusion center. Best of luck to him! How hard for the two of you being so far apart during his treatments.
by Soccermom2boys
Thu May 16, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: APR surgery for low rectal tumor
Replies: 16
Views: 1729

Re: APR surgery for low rectal tumor

I had to have an APR based on the location of my tumor butting up against the anal sphincters. I did the chemo radiation and my surgery was seven weeks afterwards, but not a complete response so I continued on with the surgery as planned. It is initially crushing to hear you will have a permanent co...
by Soccermom2boys
Tue May 14, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CEA dropped!
Replies: 7
Views: 815

Re: CEA dropped!

Don't tell anyone, but the 2 hour drive alone, the 3 hours in the chair with no one taking to me and the drive home was really relaxing!! :shock: Says the mother of 8! :lol: :lol: Soooo happy to hear the great response both numerically and physically, let’s hope that is the way it continues through...
by Soccermom2boys
Wed May 01, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Scared with Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1367

Re: Scared with Questions

I’m a little disappointed to hear that appointment might take weeks, though. Another deep breath. Just a little bit of comfort—even if it takes you weeks to get to a colonoscopy if that is the route you end up needing to go, take heart in knowing that it will not drastically alter your outcome if t...
by Soccermom2boys
Wed May 01, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Neuropathy improvement: individual experience
Replies: 25
Views: 2756

Re: Neuropathy improvement: individual experience

Has anyone used a Shaitsu foot massager and noticed improvement? I have a Homedics foot massager that I use regularly. Unfortunately I did not think to purchase it soon enough to make drastic improvements with my feet, but I do recommend it. Your husband finished his treatments only about six month...

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