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by teresajj1
Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CEA jump from 2.8 to 33 in 6 weeks -- what to make?
Replies: 21
Views: 1660

Re: CEA jump from 2.8 to 33 in 6 weeks -- what to make?

At first when I had cancer only in my colon, my CEA never got above 1.9. 2 years later when it spread to my belly in 6 months it went from 1.9 to 447 :shock: . I had cytoreductive surgery 07/18 and since 03/19 its starting to creep back up...3.5, 6.8, 8.6. The CT scans show nothing & my oncologi...
by teresajj1
Sun Apr 21, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: My husband has passed
Replies: 22
Views: 2809

Re: My husband has passed

I am so sorry for your devastating loss. I hope he is at peace. Sending prayers to you & your children. ❤
by teresajj1
Sun Apr 21, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Need Support - Told today I'm on Palliative Care
Replies: 48
Views: 12519

Re: Need Support - Told today I'm on Palliative Care

Has anyone mentioned or suggested cytoreductive surgery as an option yet?
by teresajj1
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Question about necessity of CEA labwork
Replies: 31
Views: 3998

Re: Question about necessity of CEA labwork

CEA should always get done. Its just blood work so theres no reason not to do it. I was stage 3 and never had an elevated CEA. 2 years later, boom CEA 447. My CT a few months earlier showed nothing. I would insist on having it done as many times CT scans are not reliable.
by teresajj1
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 4 Hope
Replies: 30
Views: 4766

Re: Stage 4 Hope

Thank you Stu! Thats wonderful news!
by teresajj1
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Friends, i am struggling, news of cancer are awful
Replies: 16
Views: 3540

Re: Friends, i am struggling, news of cancer are awful

I recently went through the same thing. Were they able to remove all of the cancer in surgery? I just had cytoreductive surgery. Everything was removed but chemo does not help according to my doc. Is HIPEC an option?
by teresajj1
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New diagnosis and scared
Replies: 30
Views: 4321

Re: New diagnosis and scared

I am sorry for the stage IV dx. Dont lose hope! There are many Stage IVers out there who are NED! You are only in the beginning of the journey. Your body could respond wonderfully to treatment. Try and heal yourself in the process of treatment. Good food choices and exercise are just as important as...
by teresajj1
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Happy news
Replies: 9
Views: 1584

Re: Happy news

Thats great!!!! Oh happy day!!! :D
by teresajj1
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Need Support - Told today I'm on Palliative Care
Replies: 48
Views: 12519

Re: Need Support - Told today I'm on Palliative Care

I am facing similar circumstances. I've spent the day in bed crying scared and depressed. This is of course not how I want to live the last months or years of my life. I feel I am at a crossroads and my strength and positivity are slowly going away. Its not easy to seek the truth as you did. Most pe...
by teresajj1
Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Vent, anyone else need to?
Replies: 7
Views: 1260

Re: Vent, anyone else need to?

Yes I'm annoyed! I've literally been asked 10-15 times this week "how long do you have left to live?". It's very irritating and annoying. I want to respond with a smart ass answer like, "well how long do you have left to live?" or "doctor said Aug 5th at 12:05 so make sure y...
by teresajj1
Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: We Need Some Laughs Here: Reloaded 2018
Replies: 175
Views: 61129

Re: We Need Some Laughs Here: Reloaded 2018

A RETIREE'S LAST TRIP TO COSTCO!! Yesterday I was at Costco, buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my loyal pet, Owen, the Wonder Dog and was in the check-out line when a woman behind me asked if I had a dog. What did she think I had, an elephant? So because I'm retired and have little to do, o...
by teresajj1
Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Dad has just been diagnosed with stage IV
Replies: 6
Views: 1314

Re: Dad has just been diagnosed with stage IV

With such a serious diagnosis I would get a second opinion. No chemo does sound strange. Maybe it's too widespread for chemo to offer any benefits? Did they tell you how long hes expected to live with or without treatment? Or you can call a big cancer center like MD Anderson or Moffitt Cancer Center...
by teresajj1
Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Start tomorrow. So scared.
Replies: 43
Views: 8576

Re: Start tomorrow. So scared.

I was terrified as well. The thought of having toxic chemicals directly put into my chest was terrifying. It was no fun but I think most people are able to tolerate it relatively well. On Folfox I had chest pains, neuropathy, mouth thrush, diarrhea (although I think that was from resection not chemo...
by teresajj1
Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Scared I might have Cecum Cancer. 24 years old male.
Replies: 4
Views: 844

Re: Scared I might have Cecum Cancer. 24 years old male.

Don't let the doctor tell you that you are too young for any test! I got colon cancer at age 36. I never had blood in my stool, no diarrhea, no weight loss, only pain. Because I had no family history and my young age, I went 1 year mis-diagnosed by several docs. Finally, I got a 2nd opinion and he d...
by teresajj1
Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: My mom is dying
Replies: 24
Views: 7695

Re: My mom is dying

I am so sorry Sara! I have no words for what you are going through. Prayers and hugs for you and your mother.

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