Surgery prep day!

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Aqx99
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Location: Pfafftown, NC

Surgery prep day!

Postby Aqx99 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:10 am

Today is surgery prep day for me. To say I'm nervous about the surgery is an understatement. The hospital is going to call before 2pm with the time I need to be there Wednesday. Last I heard, my surgery is going to be the first of the day at 7:15am.

My wonderful brother got my mom a first class ticket for her flight up to NC from TX. I pick her up tomorrow around 4pm. She is staying until July 2nd.

I've paid the bills, cleaned the house, filled the car with gas (my mom's going to be using it), stocked up on groceries and did the dishes & the laundry. I think I am as ready as I can be!
Female, 39
Stage IIIB Rectal Cancer
T3N1M0
Diagnosed at age 39
2/21/17 diagnosis
3/23/17 - 5/2/17 Chemoradiation, 28 treatments
6/14/17 Robotic LAR with temp loop ileostomy, ovaries removed, 2/21 lymph nodes positive
CEA at diagnosis 0.9

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ANDRETEXAS
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Joined: Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:01 am
Location: Austin, Texas

Re: Surgery prep day!

Postby ANDRETEXAS » Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:42 am

You're going to stay positive.....and take charge. You're going to be glad the surgery is early in the day so you can get it over with. You're going to start recovery as soon as surgery is over. You're going to get out of the hospital as soon as possible and kick some cancer butt !
2014
2/10 - Colon resect
2/13 - DX- Stg IIIb
3/7 - Port placed
3/11 - FOLFOX (12 rds w/full oxi)
8/14 - Chemo finish
8/25 - CT- Inc
9/5 - clean PET
12/10- clean CT
2015
3/2 - Colonoscopy & port removed
3/4- clean CT
9/21- clean CT
2016
3/23- clean CT
2017
2/22- clean CT

ONE DAY AT A TIME !

[Ana & Alex]
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Joined: Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:14 pm
Location: Austria

Re: Surgery prep day!

Postby [Ana & Alex] » Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:30 am

I was SO nervous before my surgery. But when I woke up I had the biggest smile on my face and was SO relieved! It was the easiest for me until now - but I only realise that now.

Take a deep breath... And try to relax.
For me, I was dancing all night to Beyonce, Queens and Metallica in the hospital halls. It help my brain to calm down...

Wishing you all the luck in the world and a hell of colorectal surgeon!

Stay strong,
Ana
29 yo. Mum (20 Mo) & Wife. Working & Studying.

12/2016: Dx Rectum AdenoCa G2 4 cm ab ano. CEA 4.3
01/2017: RAS Wildtyp. MSS. IIIB.
01 - 03/2017: 28 RTx und CHT 2500 mg/d Capecitabine CEA 1.1
05/2017: TME/TAMIS + permanent Colostomy CEA 0.5
05/2017: ypT2N2M0 (4/15), limited response to RTx
06 - 11/2017: 7 Rounds CapOx w/ 3500 mg/d Capecitabine, Vit D3, Curcuma, Cimetidine

Aqx99
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Joined: Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:28 am
Location: Pfafftown, NC

Re: Surgery prep day!

Postby Aqx99 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:03 am

One thing that does set me at ease, is I have the best colorectal surgeon in the area. When my gastroenterologist came in the room to tell me about my tumor after the colonoscopy, without prompting he told me this was the guy he would go to or send his family to. In my dealings with various doctors since, they have all told me how great of a surgeon he is without me asking. My neighbor even told me how great he is, since he repaired her father's colon after it was perforated during a colonoscopy.

I also know the care at the hospital is top notch. It is a strictly surgical hospital. I had my tonsils out there 5 years ago and was very impressed.
Female, 39
Stage IIIB Rectal Cancer
T3N1M0
Diagnosed at age 39
2/21/17 diagnosis
3/23/17 - 5/2/17 Chemoradiation, 28 treatments
6/14/17 Robotic LAR with temp loop ileostomy, ovaries removed, 2/21 lymph nodes positive
CEA at diagnosis 0.9

[Ana & Alex]
Posts: 46
Joined: Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:14 pm
Location: Austria

Re: Surgery prep day!

Postby [Ana & Alex] » Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:11 am

You see! You got the most important variable outside your own body under control! Top notch surgeon means top notch surgery which will bring you the cure you deserve my friend!

The very best of luck!
Ana
29 yo. Mum (20 Mo) & Wife. Working & Studying.

12/2016: Dx Rectum AdenoCa G2 4 cm ab ano. CEA 4.3
01/2017: RAS Wildtyp. MSS. IIIB.
01 - 03/2017: 28 RTx und CHT 2500 mg/d Capecitabine CEA 1.1
05/2017: TME/TAMIS + permanent Colostomy CEA 0.5
05/2017: ypT2N2M0 (4/15), limited response to RTx
06 - 11/2017: 7 Rounds CapOx w/ 3500 mg/d Capecitabine, Vit D3, Curcuma, Cimetidine

Aqx99
Posts: 49
Joined: Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:28 am
Location: Pfafftown, NC

Re: Surgery prep day!

Postby Aqx99 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:49 am

It's official, I have to be at the hospital at 5:30am tomorrow for my 7:15am surgery.
Female, 39
Stage IIIB Rectal Cancer
T3N1M0
Diagnosed at age 39
2/21/17 diagnosis
3/23/17 - 5/2/17 Chemoradiation, 28 treatments
6/14/17 Robotic LAR with temp loop ileostomy, ovaries removed, 2/21 lymph nodes positive
CEA at diagnosis 0.9

C2WAVE2
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Joined: Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:22 pm

Re: Surgery prep day!

Postby C2WAVE2 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:58 am

Aqx99,
Best wishes on your surgery. Nice to have your
Mom around when you get home. Let us know
How ya doing, Chuck
4/24/17. 55yr Male, Dx RC near Retcum/Sigmoid junction
O4/28/17 Ct
O5/04/17 MRI
Prelim. T1 N0 M 0 CEA 3.2
O5/23/17 Surgery, LAR 4.5" incision to remove tumor Temp Ileostomy
6/1/17 Pathology report 6.5 x 4.3 x 1.7 cm tumor, Adenocarcinoma,
Moderately to Poorly Differentiated , 0/27 Lymph, T2N0M0

benben
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Joined: Fri Apr 28, 2017 3:18 pm
Location: Washington State

Re: Surgery prep day!

Postby benben » Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:51 am

Sounds like you are in good hands.
I'm sure you'll do fine. In fact you've already done the chemo-radiation.
This surgical part, while not easy, might seem like a walk in the park in comparison to the chemo and radiation.
----------------------
3/29/17 diagnosed CRC - 44 y/o Male
4/17/17 LAR - 8" section removed - 2" rectum/6" sigmoid colon - Straight anastomosis - no temp ostomy.
Pathology - Stage IIIb / 1/28 lymphnodes - well differentiated
5/3 med port install
5/22 folfox - first treatment.
6/6 folfox - second treatment. WBC=ANC 1050 after first treatment.
6/18 & 6/19 Granix shots to boost WBC
6/20 - 3rd treatment delayed WBC-ANC 420

Scheduled
6/22 folfox - 3rd treatment retry - Reducing folfox 10%

Lee
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Joined: Sun Apr 16, 2006 4:09 pm

Re: Surgery prep day!

Postby Lee » Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:27 pm

All the best with your surgery tomorrow. Remember to walk, walk, walk, those halls. Bring a wrap around robe and good walking slippers.

Post when you can. Remember, you can do this.

Lee
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 10 years and counting!

tarheelmom
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Joined: Mon Mar 07, 2016 5:55 pm

Re: Surgery prep day!

Postby tarheelmom » Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:00 pm

Good luck. What hospital in NC?
52 y at dx, mom to 4
DX: RC on 2/22/2016
Stage I, T2N0M0, 0/32 LN
23 mm x 7 mm moderately differentiated invasive adenocarcinoma
3 cm from anal verge
4/12/16: ULAR, TME, & temp ileostomy
6/14/16: ileo reversal

Aqx99
Posts: 49
Joined: Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:28 am
Location: Pfafftown, NC

Re: Surgery prep day!

Postby Aqx99 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:16 pm

Medical Park Hospital in Winston-Salem. It's the small surgical hospital across the street from Forsyth Medical Center.
Female, 39
Stage IIIB Rectal Cancer
T3N1M0
Diagnosed at age 39
2/21/17 diagnosis
3/23/17 - 5/2/17 Chemoradiation, 28 treatments
6/14/17 Robotic LAR with temp loop ileostomy, ovaries removed, 2/21 lymph nodes positive
CEA at diagnosis 0.9

DarknessEmbraced
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Joined: Sat Nov 01, 2014 4:54 pm
Facebook Username: Riann Fletcher
Location: New Brunswick, Canada

Re: Surgery prep day!

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:40 am

I hope your surgery goes well!*hugs*
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
0/22 lymph nodes
No chemo, no radiation
Clear Colonoscopy 04/29/15
NED 10/20/15
Ischemic Colitis 01/21/2016
NED 11/10/16


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