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by AppleTree
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Folfox protocols
Replies: 9
Views: 409

Re: Folfox protocols

I am not sure, but I attribute my lack of neuropathy to knitting. I just knit square, cotton dishcloth mostly while on Folfox. I did 12 rounds. Just the very tips (1/4", now about 1/8") of my finger tips got numb. I also walked the dogs just about every day. I stomped my feet, like a march...
by AppleTree
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Possible Third Diagnoses
Replies: 9
Views: 412

Re: Possible Third Diagnoses

I was devastated to be diagnosed. But I have fought every step of the way. And here I am...Stage IV to NED. Not that everything is rosy. It is not. I am having an extremely long recovery. I struggle to keep my weight above 102 so I can have the energy to have fun with my son. Screens now hurt my eye...
by AppleTree
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CT scans on Wednesday
Replies: 8
Views: 890

Re: CT scans on Wednesday

Waiting for the results is so stressful, at least for me. It could be the bleeding is a result of the asperin... I always try to alleviate my stress by thinking what else it could be, but that is so hard, isn't it? Every common thing. For example, I seem to have constant headaches. My oncologist ord...
by AppleTree
Sun Nov 25, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: My teenager is mad
Replies: 6
Views: 1330

My teenager is mad

What to say? My son is so worried and treats me like a toddler...always shooing me to bed. Always on alert if I need anything. Goes to bed after me. He goes to Boy Scouts to be a kid and guitar lessons, which he loves and helps him relax. He will often pick up the guitar and practicr. He would dearl...
by AppleTree
Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Found mass at husbands first colonoscopy today
Replies: 19
Views: 1384

Re: Found mass at husbands first colonoscopy today

One day at a time. And breathe! Sounds like you already have things sorted with the house, which is good. I would hate to move mid-treatment!
by AppleTree
Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Need prayers
Replies: 30
Views: 1966

Re: Need prayers

I just saw this so I did not have to wait with you. I saw your results in your signature line. Congratulations! Now I wish you a deep sleep! I always toss and turn and just do not sleep well until I get my results! So happy for you AND your family. Hugs.
by AppleTree
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Port Removed - 1.5 years later.
Replies: 11
Views: 725

Re: Port Removed - 1.5 years later.

Yip! Yip! Yip! Congratulations. My Dr want me to keep mine 18 month -2 years. It does not give me any issues. But I feel like it will be a big release when they take it out!
by AppleTree
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Found mass at husbands first colonoscopy today
Replies: 19
Views: 1384

Re: Found mass at husbands first colonoscopy today

Are you having 2nd thoughts about the house? If one of the conditions is bank financing...IF that date has not passed, you could tell the bank that you may not be able to make the payments. If you are within the time limits, you should be able to get your money back.This varies by state. It also var...
by AppleTree
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving Stage IV Colon Cancer after Failed Surgery/Chemo/Radiation
Replies: 12
Views: 2863

Re: Surviving Stage IV Colon Cancer after Failed Surgery/Chemo/Radiation

When I first was diagnosed, I went off Facebook. I did not want people telling me chemo is poison. I did not want to hear I should go to India, stand on my head and drink yak milk, I did not want to hear I should stop eating all sugars and just drink pureed vegetable juice! I am still off Facebook. ...
by AppleTree
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1410
Views: 267123

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

Mike, glad to hear you are psychologically feeling good too. The household I live in is very political and all the stress really got to me. At 5'8" I was down to 102...but I got a house sitting "job" for my son and myself temporarily and after 1 week I have gained 5 pounds and slept a...
by AppleTree
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Foods to avoid during chemotherapy
Replies: 16
Views: 1691

Re: Foods to avoid during chemotherapy

Keep an eye out for thrush in the mouth. Boy, I got that alot and had to have a special mouth rinse. I liked those pudding cups and little snack packs of peaches...because you do not have to refrigerate them. Room temperature Gatoraide. Cold protein drinks I would add powdered milk to and boiling wa...
by AppleTree
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Feeling good. So why am I worried?
Replies: 6
Views: 903

Re: Feeling good. So why am I worried?

I have had alot of ups and downs. Cancer has been cruel to me financially as well as physically. But I keep chugging along...like the little engine that could. My son is now 15 years old and he is my #1 reason to keep standing. One thing I did that really helped...I bought a journal with a page for ...
by AppleTree
Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: A touch of neuropathy
Replies: 11
Views: 800

Re: A touch of neuropathy

I too am a knitter. During Folfox I had to give up socks. But I slowly kept doing it on bigger needles. I made a ton of dish cloths and some scarfs. I credit my "finger gymnastics" as to why my neuropathy did not get severe in my hands. I walked the dogs every day. When I could not feel my...
by AppleTree
Sun Oct 28, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 23 years old with stage 4 colon cancer
Replies: 12
Views: 2346

Re: 23 years old with stage 4 colon cancer

Even if it does take time to get set up with a 2nd opinion. I would do it. It can't hurt. A 2nd DR may be able to explain things better to you so you have a better understanding. And personally, I think people feel better with a plan in hand. I am sorry you are going through this. You really have to...
by AppleTree
Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colon cancer: my treatment and side effects
Replies: 72
Views: 20744

Re: Colon cancer: my treatment and side effects

Toward the end, my treatments were every 3 weeks because my platelets were too low. I am almost positive in Europe you get 8 treatments of Folfox. I keep thinking this because when I was in Austria I am pretty sure they were talking about 8. I came back to the USA. Once I passed 8 I felt a little mo...

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