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by Soccermom2boys
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mop up chemo experiences
Replies: 172
Views: 19256

Re: Mop up chemo experiences

Hi Eleda— I too did eight rounds of FOLFOX. Not everyone does the Xelox regimen with the pills—I barely made it out alive taking all of those Xeloda pills during radiation, no way was I going to be able to do all that was needed for the Xelox regimen. As for the rebounding on your off weeks, I was p...
by Soccermom2boys
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:06 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: 678

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

You state that you had a sigmoidoscopy in 2011—that only goes up to the sigmoid so a large chunk of your colon went unchecked for several years until your endoscopy was performed and found the tumor. Generally an endoscopy is for the upper GI tract, I believe, so if that caught the tumor then that w...
by Soccermom2boys
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: All Looking Pretty Good
Replies: 12
Views: 569

Re: All Looking Pretty Good

Wow, that does indeed sound like GREAT news! No pain, no gain as they say! :mrgreen: Now that it’s behind you, you can appreciate what all you endured to get those results. Time to prepare for surgery, right? Good luck and keep us posted with how you’re coming along. :D
by Soccermom2boys
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mop up chemo experiences
Replies: 172
Views: 19256

Re: Mop up chemo experiences

How do you know it worked? Did you do any followup PET scan, MRI? Oncologist said just come back in 6 months. S First and foremost, CONGRATS on completing your tour of duty! Yay! It probably feels surreal right about now when you look back on what all you have been through this past year. I complet...
by Soccermom2boys
Wed May 30, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: NEW-Need some positivity here.
Replies: 445
Views: 41926

Re: NEW-Need some positivity here.

It’s been a terrible ride and I want to get off. Isn’t that the truth?! :lol: Definitely enjoy the good news, it was hard earned! I feel your concern with the lymph nodes, but many on here have had LN involvement and are NED many years out, so why can’t we be as well, right?! From one teacher to an...
by Soccermom2boys
Wed May 30, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: The Miseries - But 'Hey I have it pretty good...'
Replies: 35
Views: 2460

Re: The Miseries - But 'Hey I have it pretty good...'

And as from my 'autograph' I pray a lot. Currently with questions galore..!? Just a thought, but when I was first diagnosed in August of 2015 I stumbled across a book by Michele Cushatt—she was writing about her recent experience with cancer (tongue) in her memoir “Undone”. Michele is very steadfas...
by Soccermom2boys
Tue May 29, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CEA dropped!
Replies: 27
Views: 1077

Re: CEA dropped!

Woo hoo—party time! Totally reminds me of doing the Limbo: how low can you go?!

Seriously, Shana, soooooo happy for you and the hope this brings your way. :D
by Soccermom2boys
Tue May 29, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: The Miseries - But 'Hey I have it pretty good...'
Replies: 35
Views: 2460

Re: The Miseries - But 'Hey I have it pretty good...'

What has hit is the real bad miseries!????? Totally illogical BUT WOW pretty rough. There is nothing illogical about it—your brain and emotions have just caught up to you now that you are back home and taking a respite from active treatment. It is easy to see how people can suffer from PTSD after d...
by Soccermom2boys
Mon May 28, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Question about rectosigmoid cancer......
Replies: 6
Views: 311

Re: Question about rectosigmoid cancer......

Tomorrow is the appointment with the surgeon. We are both a nervous wreck! Yes, that appointment will be mentally exhausting, but also very important for the framework of your husband’s near future. I would recommend using your cell phone to record the visit (I definitely did for the early key meet...
by Soccermom2boys
Fri May 25, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 39 degree C temp.....(102 F) just 2 days after sigmoidoscopy....
Replies: 7
Views: 293

Re: 39 degree C temp.....(102 F) just 2 days after sigmoidoscopy....

Ugh, so sorry you are not only dealing with the shock of learning he has cancer, but also his wanting to just not deal with it. Obviously we can’t know him the way you do, but perhaps it is just a short-term coping mechanism and he will indeed go for the colonoscopy after he has a few days to take i...
by Soccermom2boys
Thu May 24, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Husband diagnosed with rectosigmoid cancer...overwhelmed!
Replies: 8
Views: 521

Re: Husband diagnosed with rectosigmoid cancer...overwhelmed!

Hi Daniellabella—welcome to the best club nobody ever wants to have to join! I see that you have posted on the tail end of a few threads as well as starting your own—always good to start your own thread like this when you want a lot of traffic to see your questions, etc. I am by no means an expert, ...
by Soccermom2boys
Tue May 22, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Clean Scan May 14- 7 year survivor, about 2 yr 7 month NED
Replies: 2
Views: 276

Re: Clean Scan May 14- 7 year survivor, about 2 yr 7 month NED

Aww, what an awesome post—thanks so much for sharing! Here’s to many more clean scans in her future! :D
by Soccermom2boys
Tue May 15, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Radiation / Chemo Treatment then a Stroke
Replies: 7
Views: 786

Re: Radiation / Chemo Treatment then a Stroke

I agree that painkillers are a necessity at times, just be mindful that they also can bring on constipation and with your radiation causing you so much pain, that is likely to exasperate it. Ask if there is something you can take for pain that will not affect your bowel movements too much. You have ...
by Soccermom2boys
Tue May 15, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 78
Views: 7800

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

You are cracking me up, SteveNZ, with your descriptions of dealing with bowel movements during radiation! Sadly I know all too well of your pain. Two tips to help ease the pain a bit: ask for a sitz bath, those were my “treat” several times a day during the last two weeks or so of radiation. Also, i...
by Soccermom2boys
Wed May 02, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Scan scheduled
Replies: 45
Views: 3374

Re: Scan scheduled

Good luck with your upcoming scan, Heiders! You are absolutely right, nothing at work is worth any excess stress—we have been through a lifetime’s worth of stress dealing with our cancer diagnosis, definitely puts the “little stuff” in perspective. I am two years out from finishing my treatments and...

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