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by Ragman
Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:44 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: My Viewpoint on My Stage IV Personal Life in the Philly Inquirer
Replies: 10
Views: 2023

Re: My Viewpoint on My Stage IV Personal Life in the Philly Inquirer

What a fantastic post, DK37. Your thoughts, energy, and attitude are an example and inspiration to us all.
by Ragman
Thu Jun 16, 2016 9:39 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Maryland Support Groups?
Replies: 15
Views: 2319

Re: Maryland Support Groups?

Sorry - double post.
by Ragman
Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:47 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Maryland Support Groups?
Replies: 15
Views: 2319

Re: Maryland Support Groups?

Thanks so much for the update and diligent work, L2saint!
by Ragman
Mon Jun 13, 2016 9:01 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Last Chemo Today!
Replies: 10
Views: 854

Re: Last Chemo Today!

F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!!!!! Congratulations for your DH! And for you! Getting through chemo is huge! Keep in mind that the physical/emotional side-effects will not dissipate over night, however. At least for me, coming off my chemotherapy regimens were always a mixture of joy, anxiety, and adjustment. Co...
by Ragman
Tue May 31, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Maryland Support Groups?
Replies: 15
Views: 2319

Re: Maryland Support Groups?

Hello L2Saint,

I live in Towson. I am interested in starting/participating in a support group. I've been kind of on the fence about it since I've never participated in a support group. But if we get some momentum I'm open to participating.

Thanks for reaching out!
by Ragman
Tue May 31, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: How to cope with an "affair" when terminally ill (sorry, it's long)
Replies: 57
Views: 7648

Re: How to cope with an "affair" when terminally ill (sorry, it's long)

Hang in there, Orissia! Keep working at it with your husband. Stay strong and full of love.
by Ragman
Tue May 31, 2016 10:22 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Gas!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 1472

Re: Gas!!!

Quite literally, the only good thing about having my colon completely removed back in February is that my gas isn't as bad as it was for the 9 months after my initial resection. I really thought my kids were going to disown me! It was like a national emergency every day there for a while.
by Ragman
Tue May 31, 2016 10:18 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I need a suggestion
Replies: 11
Views: 1254

Re: I need a suggestion

Any doctor who is not willing to prescribe anti-anxiety meds when a cancer patient requests them needs to have their medical license revoked in my opinion. Whether you are just having one surgery, or going through a year-long chemotherapy grind, it doesn't matter -- medications are justified. Person...
by Ragman
Tue May 31, 2016 10:05 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Huge respect for you Northern Hemisphereites
Replies: 6
Views: 1223

Re: Huge respect for you Northern Hemisphereites

Thanks, Aussie. This message really resonates with me. I live in Baltimore, Maryland in the USA and had a lot of my chemo in the winter. The cold sensitivity to Oxaliplatin was probably the worst side-effect I experienced. The cold air wasn't pleasant but like jhocno197 mentioned finding something t...
by Ragman
Thu May 19, 2016 8:17 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Survey on bad habits
Replies: 34
Views: 5297

Re: Survey on bad habits

I was exposed to second-hand smoke for 21 years. Never really smoked cigarettes except for one or two at a bar when I was in college. I smoked a lot of weed but not so much for the last 10 years before diagnosis. I definitely drank too much before diagnosis. Didn't eat very much red meat at all. Was...
by Ragman
Fri May 13, 2016 1:37 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Finally done!
Replies: 7
Views: 1032

Re: Finally done!

Congratulations, Lisa!!!!! Hang in there - you are a real trooper and an example to us all. BTW - I received your PM but the system will not allow me to respond -- you probably have Private Messages toggled off on Board Preferences. Shoot me another quick message when you've changed it and I can wri...
by Ragman
Fri May 13, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Newly Diagnosed from overseas. Moving back to the US
Replies: 13
Views: 1731

Re: Newly Diagnosed from overseas. Moving back to the US

Hello Catherine G, I am so sorry to hear of your diagnosis. I second the advice of Cowgirl1918 and Sams Wife. Since you have already had surgery, it is not clear to me from your message whether you will need surgery again or not. But if you do need surgery, finding a top-notch surgeon is in my view ...
by Ragman
Thu May 12, 2016 3:12 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: How to cope with an "affair" when terminally ill (sorry, it's long)
Replies: 57
Views: 7648

Re: How to cope with an "affair" when terminally ill (sorry, it's long)

There is a lot of sage advice here and, Orissia, this is a brutal, terrible situation you are in. No doubt about it. I don't have any answers, and it is really hard for outsiders to give advice when they don't have a good handle on the real situation. Nevertheless, I wanted to put forward one or two...
by Ragman
Thu May 12, 2016 9:47 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Cancer Causes
Replies: 13
Views: 2402

Re: Cancer Causes

I definitely drank too much, especially leading up to diagnosis, probably because I was using alcohol to help numb the pain in my stomach and other stresses in my life. Was it the alcohol? Very well may have been, although I have friends and relatives who drank a LOT more than me that haven't gotten...
by Ragman
Tue May 03, 2016 10:16 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I'm scared
Replies: 12
Views: 2054

Re: I'm scared

That is great news indeed! Yes, I too have a nodule on my lung. It is stable and they didn't even mention it until a couple of scans ago. They have to watch it but it appears that it is not cancerous (knock on wood). I am glad that yours is stable too! Hang in there and get through that Adjuvant che...

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