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by Phuong
Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:14 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Most Embarassing Moments?
Replies: 8
Views: 1097

Re: Most Embarassing Moments?

Helen, that is impressive. I'm with Ivona - it took me about a week. I told my husband about my post and he said that he would have guessed a different moment which I guess I should share since it had me laughing so hard last night I cried. Around day 4 or 5 of my 1st resection, I was allowed to eat...
by Phuong
Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:46 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Doctors giving patients cancer diagnosis
Replies: 16
Views: 2894

Re: Doctors giving patients cancer diagnosis

My GI didn't tell me I had cancer after my colonoscopy. He made my husband tell me! Then not knowing the kind of person I am, he decided that it would be a good idea to tell me the cycle of emotions that I would go through. My husband just turned to him and said "do you mind NOT going through t...
by Phuong
Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:35 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: July 2010 exercise/failing to lose weight thread
Replies: 22
Views: 2622

Re: July 2010 exercise/failing to lose weight thread

A friend of mine is a chef and has catered for celebrity events. Recently she has been posting healthy versions of her various recipes and they always great. She also posts things on not only what works for her, but why. Check out her blog and I hope you find recipes you like. http://mailihealthyrec...
by Phuong
Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:05 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Most Embarassing Moments?
Replies: 8
Views: 1097

Most Embarassing Moments?

OK, I'll start off... The quickest way to getting over any pride/shyness is a hospital stay following a surgery. When you are relying on bedpans and the nurses to clean you up, you soon stop caring if your nurse is male or female. I spent the 1st Thanksgiving away from my family and my 1st wedding a...
by Phuong
Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:40 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: loss of appetite question
Replies: 14
Views: 5116

Re: loss of appetite question

I've always been light (normal for me was 105), but I was down to 80 lbs when I was dx'd. I had a real uphill battle to fight and I HATED protein shakes because they taste so awful. My husband tried everything with them, including ice-cream in the shakes. It was still horrible. So when a friend of m...
by Phuong
Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:24 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: First chemo tx tomorrow and FREAKING!!
Replies: 18
Views: 2224

Re: First chemo tx tomorrow and FREAKING!!

It might help for you to journal how you feel each day. I would get migraines with one of my treatments, so I started watching when I would feel the symptoms and then would preempt them. Disconnect from the Chemo pump Friday, migraine Saturday afternoon. So Saturday morning I get up to take a hydroc...
by Phuong
Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:19 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Battle #1 done!
Replies: 28
Views: 2878

Re: Battle #1 done!

I've had the epi with each of my surgeries and had the same thing happened to me. It has to do with where the needle is placed. The anesthesiologist can adjust it, but removing the bandage was no fun. It did make it easier for me to walk though, and ultimately the sooner you walk and the more you mo...
by Phuong
Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:13 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I'm new here...
Replies: 34
Views: 3774

Re: I'm new here...

Sorry about your Dx, but don't forget to laugh too. Like you I'm young with no family history and healthy habits - yet here I am with stage IV. My husband and I have gotten through all this by staying informed and with lots of humor. It's important to have trust in your doctors and to be able to dis...
by Phuong
Fri Jun 18, 2010 6:43 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: The whole story of how this happened.......
Replies: 5
Views: 1418

Re: The whole story of how this happened.......

It's never easy when it comes back - especially when it's a surprise. The first time it came back for me I was at the airport - literally 5 minutes to boarding for a business trip. I was leveled. I called my husband and cried. Then I had a decision to make. I could cancel my trip and go home to wait...
by Phuong
Fri Jun 18, 2010 6:43 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I'm Home!
Replies: 2
Views: 642

I'm Home!

Thanks to everyone who posted replies to my previous question. I had a portal vein embolization on Wednesday and it went so well! I watched the whole procedure on the screen and was completely facinated. They kept offering me drugs - sedatives during the procedure and pain meds after. I didn't need ...
by Phuong
Fri Jun 18, 2010 6:38 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: The Weird Things People say.....
Replies: 56
Views: 8824

Re: The Weird Things People say.....

Too many non-so-fun ones here and I'm sure we've all got a ton of stories, so I'm picking one that is funny. I was having my port put in and the nurse gave me the sedative. After about 10 minutes I told her that I wasn't feeling any effects. She said I would soon and she couldn't give me anything el...
by Phuong
Fri Jun 18, 2010 5:55 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Gradumacation Day
Replies: 36
Views: 4038

Re: Gradumacation Day

So happy for you. Congratulations!!!
by Phuong
Wed Jun 16, 2010 1:17 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CT scan-all clear!
Replies: 11
Views: 1340

Re: CT scan-all clear!

Congratulations!!!!!!!! What a great way to kick off the week.
by Phuong
Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:26 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: A Noob with a Question
Replies: 9
Views: 1571

Re: A Noob with a Question

Thank you for all the responses!!! It's so helpful to see what others are doing to see what might be right for me. I eat pretty healthy anyway, so it sounds like it won't be too much of a transition for me. The only red meat that I really crave would be an occasional rack of lamb. I don't really go ...
by Phuong
Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:27 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: A Noob with a Question
Replies: 9
Views: 1571

A Noob with a Question

Not new to having cancer, just to this forum... I am a 31 year old with stage IV met. I was originally diagnosed at stage IIC in the Summer of 2007 (my 3 year comes in 3 days) after being misdiagnosed with IBS. I've gone through radiation, chemo (folfox, folfiri, and irinotecan) and surgeries (recta...

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