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by Soccermom2boys
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Recuperation
Replies: 5
Views: 348

Re: Recuperation

Hi Gloria—oh man, I am so sorry to hear how rough your recovery has been. Naturally there is going to be pain and a decent recovery, but yours does sound like it is not the norm unfortunately. I had apr surgery with a permanent colostomy in December of 2015. I was home five days later and honestly w...
by Soccermom2boys
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I got to update my signature!
Replies: 16
Views: 1191

Re: I got to update my signature!

Congrats Gravelguy on both the NED status and the joy of being able to walk your daughter down the aisle. That has to be a feeling like no other given your initial diagnosis. Sooooooo happy for you! Enjoy every step of that walk with her! :D
by Soccermom2boys
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Peripheral neuropathy post chemo
Replies: 10
Views: 400

Re: Peripheral neuropathy post chemo

I would actually recommend you start exposing your feet to more stimuli—this was advice from Miss Molly to someone else a while back and unfortunately when I read her post I was well over a year out from finishing my chemo so the neuropathy was too far gone to ever fully fade away for me. But after ...
by Soccermom2boys
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 3b with ovarian met recurrence and healthy now
Replies: 13
Views: 1814

Re: Stage 3b with ovarian met recurrence and healthy now

Hi nynessie— Welcome to the forum, so glad you found us! Not a club anyone really wants to have to join, but you will find a wealth of information on here. While I cannot relate to your specific situation, I just wanted to reply to say welcome and I am happy to hear you have a better oncologist who ...
by Soccermom2boys
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surgery Tomorrow - 27th New Zealand Time
Replies: 41
Views: 1784

Re: Surgery Tomorrow - 27th New Zealand Time

Steve—I was happy to see you were posting an update, but then bummed to hear it has been a tough recovery for you, sorry. I had a ng tube for 48 hours after surgery and was going crazy, so I am feeling for you and truly hope your colon gets it’s act together soon so you can get rid of that tube. You...
by Soccermom2boys
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mop up chemo experiences
Replies: 192
Views: 22904

Re: Mop up chemo experiences

I told my husband it felt like a had a leave or something in my shoes. I also avoid being barefoot now. To this day, over two years out from my last treatment, when I have socks on with my sneakers, it always feels like the socks are all bunched up on the bottom, under the soles of my feet (even th...
by Soccermom2boys
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1277
Views: 115308

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

You really get to learn the small conveniences of bathrooms like a hook to hang up your jacket or bag, a table to put things on and someplace to put your supplies. So true, so true! I have been doing a fair bit of driving on the PA Turnpike this past summer and have thought the exact same thing, Mi...
by Soccermom2boys
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: STAGE 3 rectal cancer treatment without surgery
Replies: 25
Views: 915

Re: STAGE 3 rectal cancer treatment without surgery

I am thinking I would rather still have the surgery because my tumor literally was up against the anal sphincter and it didn’t shrink enough to warrant no surgery and I also therefore needed to have a permanent colostomy. I know, most people would try just about anything to not have an ostomy and I ...
by Soccermom2boys
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 3 After Treatment Plans?
Replies: 9
Views: 490

Re: Stage 3 After Treatment Plans?

I was able to get a CT scan at six months post treatment because my spleen was slightly enlarged after finishing chemo, but otherwise I am on the once a year for five years for the CT scans. Blood work: every 3 months for first year, now at every six months with visits to Onc office to review blood ...
by Soccermom2boys
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: The things people say to cancer patients
Replies: 44
Views: 2316

Re: The things people say to cancer patients

Here are a few basic need-to-knows about cancer: first, it’s NEVER fine. It is insidious, and a cancer diagnosis stays with you for life. Yes, you celebrate milestones of getting past it at its various stages, but the fear of recurrence is always with you; every second of every minute of every day....
by Soccermom2boys
Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colon cancer: my treatment and side effects
Replies: 40
Views: 3375

Re: Colon cancer: my treatment and side effects

Boxhill - I'm with you. I hesitate to even comb/brush my hair that much these days because it's so alarming to see all that hair. And, yes, in/after the shower is the worst. It just keeps coming - so many long strands. I wonder why this one side effect is so upsetting to me when I can choose so man...
by Soccermom2boys
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mop up chemo experiences
Replies: 192
Views: 22904

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: 869

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: 693

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: 192
Views: 22904

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...

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