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by lauragb
Sun Apr 26, 2015 9:34 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Update on my wife nik
Replies: 52
Views: 4400

Re: Update on my wife nik

It sounds like you are doing great! Nothing can prepare you for the pain, but you are past the worst! The Toradol really helps things along since it doesn't add to the fog. Lidocaine patches are also nice for the more surface pain. Happy walking and healing today.
by lauragb
Sun Apr 12, 2015 6:39 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Urgent "Obamacare" (Marketplace) insurance questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1004

Re: Urgent "Obamacare" (Marketplace) insurance questions

I think different states have different costs too and I've heard California is one of the cheaper ones but I could be wrong, something to check into though. Good luck on your search.

You must be a Grateful Dead fan.
by lauragb
Thu Apr 09, 2015 10:04 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: FDA
Replies: 9
Views: 841

Re: FDA

This is so true. Items disguised as food are sold by the millions every day in stores. Let informed patients decide when they want to try something...
by lauragb
Thu Apr 09, 2015 10:01 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Radiology DR throws snit fit, kicks me out
Replies: 16
Views: 2049

Re: Radiology DR throws snit fit, kicks me out

Excuse me, but we all know radiation can burn the shit out of body parts and everyone reacts differently. No need for your doctor to be defensive..........that was uncalled for.
by lauragb
Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:38 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Wow..What your Oncologist is really thinking
Replies: 28
Views: 3190

Re: Wow..What your Oncologist is really thinking

I also think Dr. Chang is an A-hole and am glad he's not my doctor. This business model language leaves out the human factor and how much we still don't know.
by lauragb
Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:51 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Where to start? (and where to finish, most of all..!?)
Replies: 34
Views: 3846

Re: Where to start? (and where to finish, most of all..!?)

I am happy to see you on here, and hope to hear you have relief from your pain.
Sending you light and love.
by lauragb
Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:48 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: A post treatment question for women
Replies: 21
Views: 2836

Re: A post treatment question for women

You might want to ask your gynecologist about getting some Estrace cream to use a couple of times a week. This really helps with being able to tolerate the dilators and work your way to intercourse. In addition, keep using the moisturizer.

Hope this helps. It is a very tough side effect.
by lauragb
Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:43 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: BrownBagger Update (Update)
Replies: 46
Views: 5593

Re: BrownBagger Update

Sounds like a great plan. Good luck to you!
by lauragb
Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:41 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Almost died today! TRUE!!!! Still shaking!
Replies: 36
Views: 3862

Re: Almost died today! TRUE!!!! Still shaking!

Your story is so frightening just reading it! So glad you are still here. Best wishes on recovery for your husband. It just wasn't your time.

Laura
by lauragb
Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:38 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: The "E" word ... ENEMA
Replies: 6
Views: 1400

Re: The "E" word ... ENEMA

Melissa, I put about a quart and a half of water in "big red", just warm tap water, actually a little on the hot side. When I first started doing them, I used the clamp more to control the water when I was trying to hold water in longer. I do not wait for it to run clear but I do like a go...
by lauragb
Tue Mar 10, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Questions about CEA
Replies: 18
Views: 1683

Re: Questions about CEA

CEA is not a marker for me, 1.0 at diagnosis and now stays consistently at 0.6. My Onc orders the test anyway saying that he has seen CEA become a marker when there is s recurrence, not always, but also not that unusual. So I always have one for my follow-up appointments.
by lauragb
Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:59 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Sure in hell hope not
Replies: 23
Views: 3108

Re: Sure in hell hope not

I hope to read later that your results are clean and clear! I will never forget Traveler either...
by lauragb
Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:57 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: VATS tomorrow
Replies: 8
Views: 1209

Re: VATS tomorrow

Well, I sure hope it's neither. I am in the same situation, being rescanned next month. I have some stable nodules but then one that was described as suspicious for primary adenocarcinoma. My onc says it is not a CRC met but could be a primary. The difference in appearance from what I gather is that...
by lauragb
Mon Mar 09, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: My DH is gone
Replies: 27
Views: 4513

Re: My DH is gone

I am so saddened for you. Be gentle with yourself. And let those around you help you when you need it.
Love and light.
by lauragb
Mon Mar 09, 2015 10:08 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 8
Views: 911

Re: Newbie

Hi! I just wanted to say that I think it would a good idea for you to see an oncologist to get his or her opinion on treatment recommendations. Also, you will be finding out more from the surgical pathology report that will influence what your follow-up will be. If you haven't had a CEA blood test, ...

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