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by Jolene
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Coping at work while on rectal cancer treatments
Replies: 10
Views: 1387

Coping at work while on rectal cancer treatments

Hi all, Just want to discuss and find out how does everyone cope with life at work while on the various rectal cancer treatment ? I've just completed a 28 session chemoradiation which fortunately wasn't too disruptive to my work routine. I'm now dreading the surgery bit, the post surgery recovery ti...
by Jolene
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Managing erractic mood swings. Is psychologist the answer ?
Replies: 34
Views: 4437

Re: Managing erractic mood swings. Is psychologist the answer ?

Hi Jolene and welcome, I could've written your post myself, ten years ago (yikes!) or yesterday (haha!). I wish I could give you a hug! Before my cancer diagnosis, I had never seen a therapist. With all that you go through mentally and physically with a cancer diagnosis, I feel like it should almos...
by Jolene
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Managing erractic mood swings. Is psychologist the answer ?
Replies: 34
Views: 4437

Re: Managing erractic mood swings. Is psychologist the answer ?

Jolene: Be aware that the corticosteroids you receive as part of your chemotherapy infusions are likely a key component of your mood swings. Dexamethasone is the corticosteroid more commonly partnered with chemotherapy infusions. Dexamethasone has a long-half life in the body and has a strong effec...
by Jolene
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Managing erractic mood swings. Is psychologist the answer ?
Replies: 34
Views: 4437

Re: Managing erractic mood swings. Is psychologist the answer ?

Yup, the water's warm but no peeing in the pool, k? :D When you've gone through such intense invasive trauma to your body and have received a devastating diagnosis, you're entire world is flipped on its head! There is far more awareness these days of post-operative ptsd and resources, such as psych...
by Jolene
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Managing erractic mood swings. Is psychologist the answer ?
Replies: 34
Views: 4437

Re: Managing erractic mood swings. Is psychologist the answer ?

Hey Jolene, Mood swings/lashing out can be a sign of bigger mental health issues. Not saying that's the case for you. But I know a couple where the husband was very sick and the wife was the one with mood swings. Hers started prior to him getting sick, but seemed to escalate. It was wearing him dow...
by Jolene
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Managing erractic mood swings. Is psychologist the answer ?
Replies: 34
Views: 4437

Re: Managing erractic mood swings. Is psychologist the answer ?

Oh my word. Let yourself off the hook, Lady! Of course you are having erratic mood swings! (Come on in. The water's warm!) I have to tell you, almost immediately upon diagnosis two years ago, I called the Women's Cancer Resource Center and got the name and number of a therapist who specializes in c...
by Jolene
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Managing erractic mood swings. Is psychologist the answer ?
Replies: 34
Views: 4437

Managing erractic mood swings. Is psychologist the answer ?

Hello everyone, Am new to the forum and so glad to have found this place ! So grateful to everyone who shared their experiences and resources on this forum ! I got diagnosed with rectal cancer 2 months ago and feeling really anxious about all that is going to be unfold - surgery, stoma bag, reversal...

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