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by lauragb
Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:45 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Checking In; BrownBagger Update (w/photos & drone video)
Replies: 39
Views: 5230

Re: Checking In; BrownBagger Update (w/photos & drone video)

I, like many folks check in from time to time and I'm glad to see you're still doing what you love. I have heard some good stories about immunotherapy so hope to read you're on that successful path soon. You've been through enough recently...... Anyway, love the garden! I have become a gardening man...
by lauragb
Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:11 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Reversal Log: Experience,Problems, Q & A's
Replies: 436
Views: 92506

Re: Reversal Log: Experience,Problems, Q & A's

Hi all! I just opened up this thread after responding to a couple of other posts about bowel issues. I just want to say I am still using the daily enema and am happy with my quality of life as a result. It is a choice that many of us make. I too, like to control when I go so I can go about my life w...
by lauragb
Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:54 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: It just keeps on Giving!
Replies: 9
Views: 2186

Re: It just keeps on Giving!

One more thing. About the hernia, Tammylayne who I mentioned in the last post also had the hernia issues and had surgery so she could relate to both of your problems.

Sorry for all you are going through.
by lauragb
Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: It just keeps on Giving!
Replies: 9
Views: 2186

Re: It just keeps on Giving!

Hi! Many of us have been in the same boat as you and some of us have opted for the use the daily enema to give us quality of life. I had the same issue as you, the hours of clustering and straining along with it. I started getting a weird abdominal muscle spasm from straining. Anyway, I have been do...
by lauragb
Thu Apr 28, 2016 8:42 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Enema therapy
Replies: 9
Views: 2340

Re: Enema therapy

Good luck on starting the enemas. If you need advice, let us know. I hope you have success, it can be so freeing to not worry about going to the bathroom all day long.
by lauragb
Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Ground Glass Nodule
Replies: 11
Views: 2520

Re: Ground Glass Nodule

It's good to keep an eye on nodules, although many times they are not cancer. I have three that I think we are finally finished watching, one is a 1.4 cm ground glass, another solid, and yet another spiculated. It is unnerving but often nothing. Doctors will watch for changes and if there is growth,...
by lauragb
Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:14 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 4th year cancerversary
Replies: 9
Views: 1377

Re: 4th year cancerversary

Congratulations!! And to good quality of life!
by lauragb
Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:10 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Enema therapy
Replies: 9
Views: 2340

Re: Enema therapy

Hi! I am one of the people on here who uses the daily enema. My issues are constipation and the lack of urge to go. When I do go, on my own (no enema), I experience hours of clustering and never feel emptied. So, I use enemas. I have posted in other threads about the process. I use a standard red ba...
by lauragb
Fri Mar 18, 2016 6:28 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Low Anterior Resection Syndrome: Do you have it?
Replies: 79
Views: 42392

Re: Low Anterior Resection Syndrome: Do you have it?

Hi Vince, I just saw your post. And things are still about the same for me so I am still using enemas to go. Unlike people with diarrhea LARS symptoms, I am able to eat raw veggies and fruits in large quantities and need to in order for the enemas to work. Foods I don't eat, white or whole grain pas...
by lauragb
Fri Mar 18, 2016 6:13 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Blockage Question
Replies: 5
Views: 1160

Re: Blockage Question

Hi! I had one blockage that cleared at home 3 weeks after reversal, then another but not until five months later. It was a total blockage that was a kink caused by adhesions. I had surgery to lyse (cut) the adhesions and release the blockage. I have been okay for over 3 years. I have a couple of tim...
by lauragb
Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:24 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: MARCH Scans and blood work/ etc.
Replies: 24
Views: 2573

Re: MARCH Scans and blood work/ etc.

Diane, we have almost the same schedules. Blood work and 6 month CT of lungs only, March 25. Onc appt, April 1. I only get the full scans once per year. The 6 month lung CT is to look at existing lung nodules that they have been watching for slow growing lung cancer, (hopefully, nothing). Good luck ...
by lauragb
Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:18 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Celebrating Seven Years
Replies: 65
Views: 8226

Re: Celebrating Seven Years

Doing more than most people without cancer. Keep up the inspiration!
by lauragb
Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Need Best Colorectal Surgeon in US-Anthem case manager
Replies: 15
Views: 2232

Re: Need Best Colorectal Surgeon in US-Anthem case manager

If you go to Cleveland Clinic, ask for Dr. Remzi. He is amazing, successfully fixes otger's mistakes. Go to the site and watch his video.

Good luck!
by lauragb
Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:53 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Brand new, and lost
Replies: 14
Views: 2043

Re: Brand new, and lost

The sooner you can get through the testing, the better you'll feel. It's difficult when things are up in the air. Was there anything of particular concern to your oncologist? Like you, I had a large, low rectal tumor. At MDA, they should have good protocols in place to help you deal with the side ef...
by lauragb
Fri Feb 12, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Not sure why this happened
Replies: 23
Views: 4198

Re: Not sure why this happened

I have never posted in detail about my leak test experience for fear of scaring someone before getting one. My experience was unusual and also traumatic. The pain and nausea were excruciating during the test. I was better for a while afterwards but kept needing to release mucous and hard stool. The ...

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