Search found 203 matches

Go to advanced search

by alphagam
Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:56 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: similar board for CML/Gleevec responding cancers (GIST)?
Replies: 4
Views: 1106

Re: similar board for CML/Gleevec responding cancers (GIST)?

I can't say much about that specific cancer but will tell you that my father-in-law took Gleevec for his CML. it was like a magic bullet for a number of years. It only quit working when he decided not to take it anymore. Good luck on finding support!
by alphagam
Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:31 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Possible colon cancer?
Replies: 6
Views: 1129

Re: Possible colon cancer?

It could be many different things. The only way to know is to get a colonoscopy. Please go see your doctor!
by alphagam
Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:48 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Retirement adventure planned – looking for activities
Replies: 9
Views: 1101

Re: Retirement adventure planned – looking for activities

Cultural differences are very, very real. I'm a fourth generation Californian and left for Texas as soon as I could. For 20 years, I lived all over the country with my Air Force husband. He retired and we moved to Arizona. Hated it. We are back in Texas where I am among people who think like me from...
by alphagam
Fri Mar 01, 2013 3:49 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 2013: Survivor stories
Replies: 20
Views: 7207

Re: 2013: Survivor stories

In February of 2011 I finally gave in and had a colonoscopy at age 56. I'd had symptoms for years, but was so afraid of the procedure after my husband had a bad experience. Well, I woke up to be told that there was a mass very low in my rectum. The next month was a blur of scans and tests. A rectal ...
by alphagam
Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:23 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Thank you
Replies: 1
Views: 437

Thank you

Two years ago I was in the midst of tests, scans and more tests. From going into a screening colonoscopy, which I had put off for 6 years due to the colon perforation my husband had gone through during his first scope, to the PET, to the rectal ultrasound (T3 rectal tumor detected and APR recommende...
by alphagam
Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:37 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: hate going to funerals of cancer victums when I survived
Replies: 2
Views: 670

Re: hate going to funerals of cancer victums when I survived

The morning of my surgery I received word that a beloved member of our Sunday School class had died from Stage 4 Rectal Cancer.. That was not easy, it was Wednesday . On Friday, I got the unbelievable news that I was Stage 0. Chuck's funeral was Saturday. I was so glad to be at his funeral, to carry...
by alphagam
Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:17 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Time Magazine Article
Replies: 33
Views: 3126

Re: Time Magazine Article

The costs are astounding. I honestly don't know the answer. However, I do know what government healthcare is like. We have had military healthcare or over 35 years. When my husband was 50 the PCP recommended a screening colonoscopy. We were stupid and he agreed to the colonoscopy with a general surg...
by alphagam
Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:05 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Follow up stage 0
Replies: 3
Views: 592

Re: Follow up stage 0

I am just about 2 years out from dx. Had a scope last year, will have a digital exam on 1 Mar. My tumor was so low that he can check it with the digital exam. I also had a transanal excision due to location. I have always gotten yearly PAP tests and yearly mammograms. Nothing changed there. If all g...
by alphagam
Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:32 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stuart Scott
Replies: 53
Views: 9730

Re: Stuart Scott

One of the female colon cancer survivors I find that it does annoy e that so many obituaries of "young" people do not mention one word about the cause of death unless it is breast cancer. Why are so many families afraid/shy about the cause of death? Drives me nuts.
by alphagam
Sat Dec 29, 2012 5:11 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New Year Exercise/Weight Loss Goals
Replies: 36
Views: 4416

Re: New Year Exercise/Weight Loss Goals

I have given up weight lost goals. I am 58 and it is now hard to raise my heart rate at a 15% incline at 3.5 mph on a treadmill. I use weight training twice a week and Master's Swimming (about a mile and a half in one hour) to keep fit and my body is changing from fat that jiggles to lean and strong...
by alphagam
Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:10 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: VIRTUAL COLONOSCOPY...not invasive method??
Replies: 10
Views: 1341

Re: VIRTUAL COLONOSCOPY...not invasive method??

I put off my first colonoscopy until age 56 because my husband had a perforation with his at age 50. We have learned so much. His was done by a military surgeon who had only done one other while on active duty. If I had not been strong armed by my civilian GP, my rectal tumor would have been much mo...
by alphagam
Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:42 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Survival Stats on Deceased CC Members
Replies: 47
Views: 4747

Re: Survival Stats on Deceased CC Members

I am one of those who so far was "lucky" to have caught my rectal tumor early. I had to have a transanal excision and I was given a staging of Stage 0. Yes, I was fortunate, especially after being told after a rectal ultrasound that I had a T3 tumor. Almost 2 years later, my CEA is .01' PE...
by alphagam
Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:18 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Concerned over my friend...how bad is this?
Replies: 10
Views: 1335

Re: Concerned over my friend...how bad is this?

One of the hardest things I have ever done as a friend was to shut my mouth. I could tell my friend's husband was sick. He was a walking skeleton and was in tremendous pain. They believed the back pain was from a bad mattress. One time I asked if Stephen had seen his doctor. I was told that it was t...

Go to advanced search