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by Phuong
Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:22 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Another newbie
Replies: 17
Views: 1980

Re: Another newbie

Jean, I got a port and it was the one of the best decisions I made. I got an infection shortly after it was put in, but after some antibiotics it's been wonderful. I've always had a problem with IVs - they're especially painful for me - and the port is great. No pain except when they access it (stic...
by Phuong
Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:14 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Back home from surgery
Replies: 18
Views: 2180

Re: Back home from surgery

So glad to hear such a great pathology report. Rest up and take it easy!
by Phuong
Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:09 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Another newbie
Replies: 40
Views: 4258

Re: Another newbie

Ditto. Anna, you'll also find that people will do everything that they can to help you. If you are required to be in school in order to keep your insurance, talk to the school and the professors. I have worked full time (and then some!) throughout all my treatments (3 years now) using technology and...
by Phuong
Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:55 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Recurrence.... Surprised? Or did you know?
Replies: 9
Views: 2176

Re: Recurrence.... Surprised? Or did you know?

I was completely floored. I felt fine and only found out because of CEAs and follow up CT scans. Be agressive in the follow ups, but try not to worry about all the what if's. A friend of mine shared his perspective with me about running scenarios through his head. You can run through a thousand of t...
by Phuong
Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:10 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Compazine Vs. Ativan?
Replies: 16
Views: 5826

Re: Compazine Vs. Ativan?

Zofran gave me wicked headaches, so it was Compazine for me. I used the Ativan for the hypersensitivity I got with treatments. Very strange things would bother me. One day it was the smell of paper, the next day it was the way a piece of chicken looked on my plate. I actually made my husband eat it ...
by Phuong
Sat Jul 31, 2010 1:48 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Diagnosed in February 2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1072

Re: Diagnosed in February 2010

Sorry you had to join, but welcome to the board! When you're having your port accessed, ask for the cold spray. The nurses don't automatically use it and you sometimes have to ask for it, but it helped me a great deal. It still hurts a bit, but it's so much easier. Also, take a deep breath right bef...
by Phuong
Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:52 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Needle Biopsy Scheduled
Replies: 60
Views: 5643

Re: Needle Biopsy Scheduled

Well said CRGuy!
by Phuong
Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:43 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Silly Sayings & Slang thread
Replies: 93
Views: 44052

Re: Silly Sayings & Slang thread

Craps - A gambling game that we all play (albeit involuntarily). Rules are simple - see if you can make it to the bathroom in time. Crap Shoot - What happens when you lose at Craps. I entered the tournament tonight. Made the mistake of having a salad for dinner. Round 1 - the restaurant to the groce...
by Phuong
Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:22 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New Plan to Take on Recurrence
Replies: 5
Views: 942

Re: New Plan to Take on Recurrence

So add our voices to those here who strongly recommend second opinions. Absolutely! My sister recently called me to tell me about a friend that she just met. They connected immediately because this person was telling her that she was just diagnosed with cancer and that the doctor basically wrote he...
by Phuong
Thu Jul 29, 2010 1:43 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Why is it always good news/bad news?
Replies: 3
Views: 676

Why is it always good news/bad news?

Got my scan results back yesterday. Good news: the PVE worked and the left lobe of my liver has increased from 30% to 35% volume. Bad news: the lesion has grown from 1.5 to 2.4 cm. More bad news: there's a new one - 1 cm. More good news: it's on the right lobe of the liver which is the side that was...
by Phuong
Thu Jul 29, 2010 1:26 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Hello...I'm new here
Replies: 31
Views: 3557

Re: Hello...I'm new here

Welcome Eric & David. I'm a relatively new member, but you'll quickly find everything that you're looking for here short of a cure. Aside from a wealth of information, you get love, patience, understanding, people to cry with, and people to laugh with. Best of all, it's with people who have been...
by Phuong
Thu Jul 29, 2010 1:17 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: it's just my 19th nervous breakdown
Replies: 25
Views: 3511

Re: it's just my 19th nervous breakdown

It was well deserved and you have nothing to feel bad about. It sounds like the guy got what he deserved regardless of chemo or not!
by Phuong
Wed Jul 28, 2010 2:31 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surgery is postponed because my doctor WHAT?!?
Replies: 10
Views: 2317

Re: Surgery is postponed because my doctor WHAT?!?

I love horseback riding too, so I can't blame the guy. Although I'll have to admit - I didn't see him as the horseback riding type. The worst of it truly is the waiting though. You psyche yourself up and start the countdown to D-Day and then it kind of takes the wind out of your sails. At least it h...
by Phuong
Wed Jul 28, 2010 2:09 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: i need to hear the "5 day rat" story
Replies: 10
Views: 1229

Re: i need to hear the "5 day rat" story

This happens not to be done with a lava lamp around - although that would make the Onc room a bit more fun.


What a GREAT idea! Now I'm going to have to get one for ours. :D
by Phuong
Tue Jul 27, 2010 12:33 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surgery is postponed because my doctor WHAT?!?
Replies: 10
Views: 2317

Surgery is postponed because my doctor WHAT?!?

Yup. Fell off a horse a few weeks ago and cracked a couple of ribs. Why couldn't he be like the other doctors and just play golf? His NP called me on Friday and said soooo, you're *supposed* to have surgery on Thursday, right? Well...we're going to have to postpone a couple of weeks. I could be refe...

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