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  • 19 Sep 2011 - 17:51
    VLASTA's picture

    Hu, still weak, still tired but getting there ..... had my last chemo..... it's over Smile

    Is it?

    First check up in three weeks with my chemo oncologist, in another three weeks seeing my surgeon and then in another three weeks seeing my radiation oncologist and so on and on and on ..... ??????
    It doesn't sound real but it is, it's my life from now on ..... never was very simple and for sure it is never going to be.

    I am used to fight for my life and again I'm a SURVIVER ...... Smile))))))

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  • 19 Sep 2011 - 04:35
    johnrp1964's picture

    Am staying at my parents place for a few days just to escape everything for a while and relax. Went fishing with dad and a friend yesterday and got 15 fish which was fun. Was worn out by the end of the day and slept all the way home. Don't know whether its the worry wearing me out or what, but simple tasks seem to take their toll on me and I get tired a lot quicker these days. The results of my colonoscopy and gastroscopy came back all clear which is good so the cancer hasnt spread there. Am going back home in a couple of days and have an appointment to see the oncology team on the 28th sept.

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  • 18 Sep 2011 - 22:03
    benbravery's picture

    Chemotherapies are not all the same. They can be as individual as the cancer they are treating.

    I have my PICC 2.0 and just started a chemotherapy called Folfox4. Cool name.

    Get foxy

    Chemotherapy is often a combinations of drugs. There is the specific cytotoxin that attacks cancer cells and then other drugs and substances added to support this. Folfox4 is specifically for Stage III coloretcal cancer. It has friends treating other colorectal cancers that go by the names Folfiri, Folfoxiri, Folfox6, Folfox7, Fuox, Fufox, Xelox, and Flox.

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  • 18 Sep 2011 - 18:26
    pimbok's picture

    I had a stroke (TIA) the day after my last day of radiation 1 month ago. My family went into total panic mode, very protective and I couldn't drive for the month (legal condition). I know I have it so good compared with so many others but right now just need to vent a little. Am so pissed off with the TIA - it was like an incredible double whammy. The burns from the radiation continued to get way worse while I was in hospital with the TIA and for a week and a half after finishing the radiation before turning the corner and beginning to heal. Today they are great.

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  • 16 Sep 2011 - 17:39
    maddie86's picture

    just wondering if anybody has used this essiac treatment before?

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  • 15 Sep 2011 - 10:30
    maddie86's picture

    hey all.. havent been on here in a while...

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  • 14 Sep 2011 - 17:38
    johnrp1964's picture

    Hi there again all, finally got my diagnosis today. Its lung cancer and it has also spread to one of the lymph nodes in my neck area as well, so they haven't caught it early Sad They are doing more tests today on the tissue they took in the biopsy last week. Tomorrow I go in for a colonoscopy and a gastroscopy to see if anything is there as well or evidence of a primary to see where it may have started. I am reacting to the news better than I thought I would. I dont think it has hit me fully yet and I am maybe still in shock.

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  • 13 Sep 2011 - 18:57
    benbravery's picture

    My ultra low anterior resection was an 'open surgery' because the surgeons needed a good look and lots of light, a better look and more light than if it had been laparoscopic.

    Laparoscopic versions of my surgery leave you with four small holes and a small cut near the pubic bone where the actual tumour and colon is pulled out.

    My open surgery left me with a 33 cm incision and 47 staples. Oh, and I lost my belly button because the incision went right through it, rendering any 'button' unrecognisable.

    Staples are usually made of titanium mixed with a bit of nickel.

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  • 13 Sep 2011 - 11:13
    johnrp1964's picture

    Just got a letter in the mail to say I have an appointment with the specialist tomorrow at 10:30am. I guess I will find out tomorrow whether I have cancer or not and I feel absolutely terrified Sad

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  • 12 Sep 2011 - 00:10
    Annie333's picture

    Hello all again.

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