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by Magnolia
Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:23 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Please help - Scared 22 year old :(
Replies: 69
Views: 22820

Re: Please help - Scared 22 year old :(

We need some way to cover those people I was caring for in the free clinic. They need healthcare too. I met a homeless man the other day, in his fifties, who was having rectal bleeding. He's too young for Medicare. He's toast if it's not hemorrhoids. He can't even afford a room for the night and a m...
by Magnolia
Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:53 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Misconceptions about chemo
Replies: 14
Views: 1340

Re: Misconceptions about chemo

I looked really good when I was on chemo too. I felt bad at times, but looked great. There were times I wished I looked like crap so I could sit down on the subway such things without a lot of story. My sister suggested I shave my head and wear a scarf. I'd at least look the part. I DID eventually l...
by Magnolia
Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:38 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Please help - Scared 22 year old :(
Replies: 69
Views: 22820

Re: Please help - Scared 22 year old :(

I'm 100% behind healthcare reform in the US, but I cringe when people hold up the UK and Canada as the perfect system. They have problems too. We need something in between the two. I used to work as a clinician in a free clinic where homeless people got their only care at the whim of wealthy donors....
by Magnolia
Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:09 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Misconceptions about chemo
Replies: 14
Views: 1340

Re: Misconceptions about chemo

Helen, you lost the 40, but I think I found 30 of them!
by Magnolia
Sun Mar 29, 2009 6:47 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Please help - Scared 22 year old :(
Replies: 69
Views: 22820

Re: Please help - Scared 22 year old :(

I don't think in the UK, with National Health, patients can always get what they want when they want it. We don't always get it here, and it's even harder there because it's all government funded. But persistance may be useful. Keep asking, demanding, and being a pain in the rectum until you get wha...
by Magnolia
Sun Mar 29, 2009 4:05 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: vman passed away
Replies: 32
Views: 3434

Re: vman passed away

I'm so sorry to hear this. It took a little while to figure out who "Kevin" was when I saw the Facebook post. I'm getting very, very tired of this.
His family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.
by Magnolia
Sun Mar 29, 2009 4:02 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Please help - Scared 22 year old :(
Replies: 69
Views: 22820

Re: Please help - Scared 22 year old :(

BTW, colon cancer IS rare in your age group, but not unheard of. It CAN happen. Tiredness is NOT normal. Push back. Get it checked. If you have to, get a copy of the Colondar and show it to your doc. Lots of stories of young people with cancer. But remember, colitis is a possibiliy as well. Nasty, b...
by Magnolia
Sun Mar 29, 2009 3:58 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Please help - Scared 22 year old :(
Replies: 69
Views: 22820

Re: Please help - Scared 22 year old :(

There are many reasons for blood in stools. Not all are serious, and even some of the serious ones are not cancer. Cancer is one possibility. Several inflamitory bowel diseases could be involved, which can be controlled, but could put you at risk for cancer later. Something as simple as hemorrhoids ...
by Magnolia
Sun Mar 29, 2009 6:57 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Alli and CC
Replies: 4
Views: 711

Re: Alli and CC

Weight Watchers is a good, healthy program. I like it.
by Magnolia
Sun Mar 29, 2009 6:56 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Wii Fit
Replies: 13
Views: 1163

Re: Wii Fit

Too funny!
by Magnolia
Sat Mar 28, 2009 11:32 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: C3 Congressional Butt-in!
Replies: 3
Views: 736

Re: C3 Congressional Butt-in!

Bumping this up. time to make that call!
by Magnolia
Sat Mar 28, 2009 11:21 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Alli and CC
Replies: 4
Views: 711

Re: Alli and CC

The side effects would have kept me off of it if nothing else. I had enough trouble regulating myself. It took over a year after treatment to get anywhere NEAR normal. I still have low Vit D and E levels. Both fat solubles. Messing with fat processing can't be good for that. Vit D deficiency is a kn...
by Magnolia
Sat Mar 28, 2009 10:52 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Call on Congress - March 2009
Replies: 4
Views: 636

Re: Call on Congress - March 2009

I'M in DC. I live here.
by Magnolia
Sat Mar 28, 2009 10:48 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Wii Fit
Replies: 13
Views: 1163

Re: Wii Fit

I like my Wii Fit. It's not a heavy workout, but you may not want much while you're on chemo. If you want a bit more, you can do something like hula hoop or boxing over and over. If you don't like being scolded about being overweight, and I certianly don't, just skip the body test part until you kno...
by Magnolia
Sat Mar 28, 2009 10:36 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Misconceptions about chemo
Replies: 14
Views: 1340

Re: Misconceptions about chemo

It varies from person to person, but a lot depends on the disease and the drugs as well. Our CRC drugs don't tend to cause much hair loss, but can cause some. I have thin hair at best, so I lost enough to matter. I gained weight, partly because of Decadron, I think, which can increase appetite while...

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