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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: 4962

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: 2221

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: 2849

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: 3769

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: 1409

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: 637

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: 8794

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: 4033

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: 1335

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: 1560

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: 1560

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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