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by ANDRETEXAS
Fri May 25, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Feeling really sad and in need of support
Replies: 53
Views: 10455

Re: Feeling really sad and in need of support

I would never say "I know what you're going through" because I don't. Every single person's side effects are different for different drugs and different amounts of drugs. I can only say that I have experienced going through 12 rounds of FOLFOX with full oxi. It is not easy. But from the be...
by ANDRETEXAS
Sun May 13, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Xeloda+Oxaliplatin questions
Replies: 8
Views: 894

Re: Xeloda+Oxaliplatin questions

I can say that I did 12 rounds of FOLFOX, all with full oxaliplatin. If I had to do it all over again - I would. While there are many side effects, many of them can be controlled, so it should not dissuade anyone from using it if it's recommended to help. Andre
by ANDRETEXAS
Fri May 11, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Question: Friend with Stage 4 rectal cancer
Replies: 4
Views: 1149

Re: Question: Friend with Stage 4 rectal cancer

Damn this cancer. My friend was rushed to the hospital early yesterday morning with low sodium levels. I saw her last night and this afternoon, but she was sedated and asleep from one visit to the other. The oncologist told the family yesterday that there was nothing left that could be done. A few h...
by ANDRETEXAS
Mon May 07, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Newly Dx Colon Cancer Stage III
Replies: 5
Views: 1019

Re: Newly Dx Colon Cancer Stage III

Hi....and welcome. I am glad that you had a successful surgery and are able to begin chemo so soon afterward. As you can see below, I was on the 12 rounds of FOLFOX. To this point, four years later, it has been a success. Everyone who takes FOLFOX will usually have some differing side effects. But g...
by ANDRETEXAS
Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: The Grim Reaper took another swipe at me !!
Replies: 1933
Views: 258186

Re: The Grim Reaper took another swipe at me !!

Diane - Thanks for stopping by and giving us an update. So happy you are doing things that please you and that you enjoy. Looking forward to the pics. Keep us posted when you can. Andre
by ANDRETEXAS
Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: question from a new member
Replies: 3
Views: 884

Re: question from a new member

I had a colonoscopy in 2008. The doctor who performed it said I was clean as a whistle and come back in 10 years (2018). I went to the ER is 2014 for an entirely different matter (which turned out to be nothing) but the doctors found out that I had anemia. Another colonoscopy was performed, and a FL...
by ANDRETEXAS
Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Question: Friend with Stage 4 rectal cancer
Replies: 4
Views: 1149

Re: Question: Friend with Stage 4 rectal cancer

Thank you CRguy. I will be calling her later today, and maybe get some more information. Thank you for your help. There is always hope !
by ANDRETEXAS
Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Question: Friend with Stage 4 rectal cancer
Replies: 4
Views: 1149

Question: Friend with Stage 4 rectal cancer

I have a friend who was diagnosed with rectal cancer around the same time I was diagnosed with colon cancer. She unfortunately was unable to heal after surgery and was unable to start further treatments. She eventually started Xeloda, and the cancer spread forming two nodules on her lungs. She has t...
by ANDRETEXAS
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Follow-Up Colonoscopy Tomorrow
Replies: 1
Views: 532

Re: Follow-Up Colonoscopy Tomorrow

Think positively......and hang in there. Worry is wasted energy. If there's any problem, you'll work on fixing it. If there's nothing, your worry will be wasted, You'll do well. You sound like a guy that can make things happen. If so, just keep on keepin' on. :D Andre
by ANDRETEXAS
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Last Folfox (#12) on Friday!
Replies: 2
Views: 634

Re: Last Folfox (#12) on Friday!

Congratulations. I managed 12 rounds of FOLFOX. It wasn't easy, but I learned to take one treatment at a time and to try to keep the side effects to a minimum as much as I could. I generally tried to put myself in a state of mind that didn't allow me to think about it. I kept working for the most pa...
by ANDRETEXAS
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Four years clean
Replies: 14
Views: 2186

Re: Four years clean

Thank you everyone. I tell friends the words "normal" and "stable" are great words to me. I have a few friends with cancer still trying to get to that point. Another thing I've learned - Don't sweat the small stuff. The many problems we face before diagnosis become inconsequentia...
by ANDRETEXAS
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Four years clean
Replies: 14
Views: 2186

Four years clean

Just completed my four-year post surgery CT scan and colonoscopy. All clear. I know I am not out of the woods, but getting past each milestone has been an accomplishment. I want to thank BrownBagger, cw2sage, tdsamal, tammylayne, Vox66, justin case and pmterra who welcomed me on Valentine's Day 2/14...
by ANDRETEXAS
Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Scared of having CRC
Replies: 4
Views: 841

Re: Scared of having CRC

Firstly....." a little bit of blood in your stool after the procedure (a colonoscopy) is normal. However, call your doctor if you continue to pass blood or blood clots, experience abdominal pain, or have a fever over 100°F. If your doctor removes tissue or a polyp during a biopsy, they'll send ...
by ANDRETEXAS
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Chemotherapy Journey
Replies: 59
Views: 6217

Re: Chemotherapy Journey

My life saver was room-tempearture Pellegrino.......especially when I wanted water (water began to taste bad) Hot tea, hot coffee, broth, soup, stew...anything that would keep my throat from closing. Hang in there !!
by ANDRETEXAS
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: NEW-Need some positivity here.
Replies: 556
Views: 134186

Re: NEW-Need some positivity here.

DH..of course you can do this......Was there any question? :D I had my port on the right side and becasue I sleep on my right side...that way I could just let the port lie on the bed next to me with a pillow over it so the intravenous line didn't tangle up when I was sleeping. Stay positive....stay ...

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