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by NHMike
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1306
Views: 224888

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

So cool that you are training strenght! And I am glad I inspired you. In the Alps I lost my Suunto running watch and then I bought a Garmin Fenix 5s. It is measuring hearth rate, sleep, stress and has also some smart watch functions. Claudia I'm trying to decide on a 5 Plus or a 5X Plus. I like the...
by NHMike
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1306
Views: 224888

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

Yesterday was tough but I'm working on my control without the Imodium so that's to be expected. It was manageable but not fun. But I'm getting more sleep than before on the order of 7-8 hours. I ran a bit over 1.5 miles yesterday and did about an hour of weights and other exercises. The weight amoun...
by NHMike
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colonoscopy October 5th, Age 30. Freaked out.
Replies: 11
Views: 1097

Re: Colonoscopy October 5th, Age 30. Freaked out.

It's hard not to worry about what it might be but there are a of things that can cause rectal bleeding besides cancer. So one step at a time. I personally know several people that have had this and they had other conditions.
by NHMike
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Final Chemo Anniversary
Replies: 8
Views: 571

Re: Final Chemo Anniversary

It does feel like it goes on forever. Glad that you’re living a normal life a year out.
by NHMike
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer stage IV
Replies: 159
Views: 31816

Re: Rectal cancer stage IV

A little update: the CAT scan was clear and CEA is 1.6. I had a rectoscopy today and that was was also ok. Next scan in January 2019. Overall I feel fine, I am running, training strenght and working full time. Still avoiding meat, diary products and sugar as much as I can. Life after reversal is mu...
by NHMike
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Recuperation
Replies: 5
Views: 447

Re: Recuperation

Hi Mike, It is rear end pain (butt) pain where he removed the stitches. IHave called past two days the office does not get back to me. You have a reversal I don’t but then you say your rectum was removed It had been a month and I still feel sick. I have not had any treatments and I would think I sh...
by NHMike
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1306
Views: 224888

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

Yesterday I spent a lot of time in the toilet though it wasn't continuous. It started at 6:00 AM and ran until 9 PM but the intervals got longer and longer. In the evening I was in a moderate amount of pain and rather tired and sleepy. It was expected though - I wanted to see what happened in gettin...
by NHMike
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Recuperation
Replies: 5
Views: 447

Re: Recuperation

It sounds like you've had a very rough time. My rectum was removed as well though my treatment lasted about 13 months and I didn't have a colostomy - I had a temporary ileostomy and reversal. A colostomy was a possibility though. My understanding is that the colostomy means that waste is diverted in...
by NHMike
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: How Much Did You Sleep After Chemo? Chemo experiences :)
Replies: 7
Views: 499

Re: How Much Did You Sleep After Chemo? Chemo experiences :)

I've heard of cases where people sleep the vast majority of the day. I usually took a two hour nap in the afternoon after an infusion day. Responses to chemo vary widely.
by NHMike
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mop up chemo experiences
Replies: 192
Views: 47765

Re: Mop up chemo experiences

... My CT results were posted the same day (early morning CT). It was basically a very long pathology report on the portal which I read from start to finish as you'd expect. It may be that the pathology department wasn't very busy that day. I don't understand what you are saying at all. A CT report...
by NHMike
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1306
Views: 224888

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

It's six weeks minus one day. I did some stretching and bodyweight exercises yesterday (no abs stuff) and was a little sore in the legs and a little cramping so I took a Magnesium pill and 1 Nuun. I got in a quarter mile early this morning and it felt grand but I'm going to keep things very light fo...
by NHMike
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mop up chemo experiences
Replies: 192
Views: 47765

Re: Mop up chemo experiences

I am a little more than six weeks out from last Oxil, infusion round. I have a CT scan coming up on Tuesday. Picked up the lovely barium smoothy which I drink Monday night and an our before scan. They are doing chest, abdomen and pelvis. Trying not to get anxious. It's going to be a long wait until...
by NHMike
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1306
Views: 224888

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

For those that do abs exercises: how much time between reversal and when you started to do situps. Have you had an open or laparoscopic surgery? I have a recollection that even some people with laparoscopic surgery have managed to get hernias. It was just a reversal and it definitely wasn't open - ...
by NHMike
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1306
Views: 224888

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

For those that do abs exercises: how much time between reversal and when you started to do situps. The discharge instructions said "No Situps" for four weeks I think. I posted this before on another thread, but I'll post it again here, just in case: In my opinion, it would be good idea to...
by NHMike
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Peripheral neuropathy post chemo
Replies: 10
Views: 651

Re: Peripheral neuropathy post chemo

Mine kicked in after round 10. Round 12 we dropped the Oxi to 80% otherwise full dosage for the first 11 rounds. My oncologist said it would be a very gradual decrease in symptoms. I am now down to morning tingling and after a long day of being on my feet they feel like they are falling asleep. I t...

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