Spazzyjanet wrote:...If it helps at all, my tumor was grade 2, moderately differentiated, didn't perforate, but was sunk into the tissue and the MMR didn't show any genetic mutations resistant to standard drugs,
I don't have any experience with lymph node involvement, but I would say that it would really help if you were to create a signature to go at the bottom of each and every one of your posts.
If you are looking for support that would be specific to your situation, then a Signature would help to show the basics of your diagnosis, staging, and treatment regimen, as well as a sort of brief history of all of the tests, procedures, etc. that have been done so far and those that are yet to come. This is so that persons who read your current post (and any of your future posts) can determine whether or not they have anything relevant to say -- and readers do this by comparing their own situation with what you have listed in your signature.
It is important to note that the details that you put in the body of your first messages need to be summarized and copied over into your signature, because within a week or two your initial posts will be so far down in the message board archive that people won't be able to find them easily and they may not even know or remember that you ever posted this kind of detailed information in your earlier messages. If you want to receive relevant replies to your current and future posts, you need an up-to-date signature so that each time you post something new the readers will be constantly reminded of your current situation.
Remember, the best kind of feedback usually comes from people who are in the same situation as you, but readers won't know if they are in the same situation as you unless you put your details in your signature.
It can also help if you put your stage (e.g. Stage IIIc) in the title of your posts so that readers that are just scanning the titles can focus in on your current situation by clicking on your post title. For example, in my opinion, it would have been better if your first post had been entitled, "New Stage III-C diagnosis and scared" because it would attract the right kind of readers from the outset.
A link for creating your signature is given below. It doesn't take long to set up a signature, then you will have a short summary of your situation that can be displayed at the bottom of all your future posts. (You can always go back later to update it in case the need arises.)
Here's the direct link for creating your signature:http://coloncancersupport.colonclub.com/ucp.php?i=ucp_profile&mode=signature
And here are some tips Signature tips
Also you should try to post more messages, because you need to have a certain number of approved messages before you can be be promoted from the status of 'Newly Registered User' to a higher rank with more privileges.