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  • #21
    Wrapping you up in Jingles & AO ~
    Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


    • #22
      sending best wishes, hugs, and jingles - as someone upthread posted, colon cancer is one of the 'better' cancers to get - but even then there are so many different types of colon cancer with their different treatments and protocols so until you (and your doctors) know more I prescribe good chocolate at least once a day, a good laugh every 2 hours, fresh air, equine therapy PRN.

      deep breath in. exhale. literally smell some roses every day - oh and keep posting here/stay in touch.
      please don't get sucked into the "battle" rhetoric. it's an illness just like Influenza is an illness, but at least the doctors have well tested procedural protocols in place for treating colon cancer whereas they don't for influenza.

      it's what one does when no one's looking.

      Losing ones long held historical privilege does not equal oppression.


      • #23
        Originally posted by Sannois View Post
        There, I said it. Cancer. And evidently I have it.
        It was suggested by folks on the Colonoscopy thread to start a separate thread.
        I was hesitant because it seemed to me that I was looking for sympathy. Nope, Just support from wonderful COTHERS. Who after 18 years are my virtual family.
        I would like to hear from anyone who has or has ever had cancer, or was close to someone who did, or does.
        It was discovered yesterday during a colonoscopy. Which was a piece of cake.
        I do not know what stage or anything yet. But it is not something that was just started. I am waiting to hear from the Docs office for the surgeon apointment. and CT scan.
        What I want most is to tell people who say it can never happen to me and I do not need to get tested, BS.
        I just turned 60, and I was the poster child for never going to the doc. Been healthy my whole life never an ilness or surgery. However, I had these odd symptoms that were mild and not bad for the last several years. I only made this appointment when things got painful this winter. Hopefully I can beat it..
        I used to say Ahh, 60 is old enough, I have no family, I have lived a good life. Well, not a good thing to say.
        I feel very different now.
        Like I said I have gotten some wonderful advise from the folks on the colonoscopy thread.
        The most important is to stop planning my demise before I have all the facts.
        I welcome all your comments info and experiences.
        And please please please. if any of you are thinking this will never happen to me, think again. the test is so not a big deal. Cancer is another story. Thanks for letting me vent.
        COTHERS have always been the most supportive bunch I know.
        I need to follow your lead. I haven't had a colonoscopy for 16 years and need to just do it.

        Thank you for inspiring me to schedule an appointment.

        I know you're going to beat this. Sending prayers and jingles your way.


        • Original Poster

          Originally posted by CanadianTrotter View Post

          Holy Crap!!!

          Sorry, couldn't resist...I'll shut up now.
          I know, Right?? The funny thing is, >I had not eaten hardly anything, for 2 days prior.
          Like I said in the Colonoscopy thread, Garden hose!


          • Original Poster

            Originally posted by jetsmom View Post
            Oh Sannois, what a shock. Sending virtual hugs to you and prayers of strength and healing. (Substitute jingles for prayers if prayers are offensive to you...its positive energy either way.).
            There was a cother here that had a long thread about rectal cancer...may be in favorites now. Was user name Blackmare, or little black Morgan or something likethat?
            Yes I was trying so hard to remember her name. I wonder if she is still with us. I cannot remember how long ago that was.
            Joanne, thank you for that, I will check it out!


            • Original Poster

              Originally posted by kathy s. View Post

              I need to follow your lead. I haven't had a colonoscopy for 16 years and need to just do it.

              Thank you for inspiring me to schedule an appointment.

              I know you're going to beat this. Sending prayers and jingles your way.
              kathys! As the old Nike ad said JUST DO IT!!
              Please, it is so easy, I wish I had not been such an ass for the last several years and done it sooner, but just the same, PLEASE get it done


              • #27
                Sannois, major virtual hugs to you. Pamper yourself. Champagne and bubble bath time. The most delectable light fiction you can find. Flowers in the kitchen.


                • Original Poster

                  It's funny, how the things you thought were important suddenly seem so dumb.
                  I wish the weather would improve so I could start doing some gardening. That is always therapeutic.
                  I also wish I would hear from the doc. Funny now that I know what "it" is. it actually is more bothersome.


                  • #29
                    Thirteen year survivor here, and thriving atm. I know so many people living with a dx, and actually hardly any who have died from it. It's likely going to complicate the heck out of your life, and generally be a giant pain in your arse for a while, and then it wont. Life will go on eventually, ime. Nonetheless, wrapping your brain around it all is truly hard. A million healing and soothing jingles headed your way.


                    • #30
                      Hugs from me
                      "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"


                      • #31
                        I know what you mean about coming here to this good group of friends.
                        Diagnosed with breast cancer 3 years ago. Lots in our family, but many got it when younger, so thought I had missed it. But the fact that I caught it early, then had genetic testing made all the difference. The testing found a not-so-great gene that suggested to my docs I needed to avoid some typical treatments.
                        I have an excellent prognosis.

                        Also made a difference, when local "good" hospital/one-stop-medical-clinic fumbled the ball by having less than adequate plans, coordination. I quickly went to big cancer center and instead of the long faces "oh, you have cancer..." I found those on top of the game, with a forward thinking mentality, and the knowledge that is a comfort when wondering what's next.

                        Need to get to work, so won't write much more except to say (((hugs!))) and here's to the best treatment, and outcome possible. Glad you checked in here, too.
                        But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson


                        • #32
                          hugs for you. wishing you peace until they are able to provide you more information; try not to worry too much. As others have said; very treatable! I am a firm believer in the power of positive thinking so wishing all of that to you!


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                            • #34
                              Sorry you are going through this. I had a different cancer. But IME, this is one of the most stressful times. You know there was cancer but you dont know how much, if any is left, etc. I hope you can get your answers very soon.

                              Be careful with your internet surfing. There are some wonderful, supportive sites. But there are always people who spout worst possible outcomes and prognosis. Not to mention the "its because you didnt eat this wonderful diet!" folks and the "snake oil" salesmen.

                              I just had lunch with my friend who is another cancer survivor. I am 13 years out from a cancer that, according to the statistics I found at the time had at best a 50% 10 year survival rate and no effective non-surgical treatments. Yeah, internet surfing was not good for me!


                              • #35
                                ((Hugs)) and plenty of healing juju, jingles, prayers, well wishes, whatever your particular fancy.

                                A friend, former employer and currently our officiant for our wedding lost his wife to colon cancer several years ago, but it was discovered very, very late and she was virtually asymptomatic. She had a strong genetic family history of cancers so IIRC the doctor's do believe that it progressed so rapidly in part due to that. So for this reason I am glad you had symptoms, because they at least tell you something is wrong. As a whole, colon cancer tends towards being very treatable compared to other cancer types.

                                Do not get sucked into WebMD'ing. Hopefully you have a good doc that you have a close relationship with, it makes all the difference. In the mean time try not to borrow troubles, and certainly stock up in the self-love and self-care department.
                                Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not. Remember that what you have now was once among the many things that you only hoped for.


                                • #36
                                  One of the guys that worked here was diagnosed with colon cancer in his late 20s. It was a bit advanced as he was young and a redneck sort of guy that didn't go to the doctor. He had been having "stomach/bathroom issues" for quite a while before it got bad enough for him to go in to the doctor.

                                  The guy did have to have surgery and he had a colostomy for a brief period of time. He did chemo and even worked through his treatments- construction, not an office job. After treatments were over and everything checked out, his colostomy was reversed and he's been clean ever since. That was over 5 years ago.

                                  As others have mentioned, as far as cancers go, I've heard that's a "good" one to get because of the high rate of successful treatment. One of our clients at the time when my co-worker was diagnosed was retiring from over 20 years of doing cancer research at MD Anderson, and that is what he told the co-worker. Three co-workers were all diagnosed with cancer, at least 2 in stage 4, during that time period and all three handled treatments easily and have been clean and clear since. One was even diagnosed with 3 different forms of cancer. It's pretty amazing to see the advancements that had been made then, and now, 5 years later, I can't even imagine the progressed that has been made.
                                  Rhode Islands are red;
                                  North Hollands are blue.
                                  Sorry my thoroughbreds
                                  Stomped on your roo. Originally Posted by pAin't_Misbehavin' :


                                  • #37
                                    Sending support, strength, prayers, hugs, and jingles your way. Try not to be consumed by this while you're waiting. Do you have any hobbies other than gardening that can keep you occupied and distracted? Go for a hike, run, kayak (for real kayak, not the COTH kayaking. Well, that too if you prefer. ) We love you and we're going to wait for those results right along with you. Kick on.


                                    • #38
                                      Hubby diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer 4 years ago. Surgery, 3 months of chemo and fine ever since. He participated in a study that lasted 3 years. With that, has had a ton more follow up than normal. Luckily, it is so slow growing that the chances of catching it in time are high. Fingers, toes & eyes crossed for you.


                                      • #39
                                        Sannois, many hugs and jingles for you. Thank you for taking the time to tell people how important diagnostic tests are to catch things early.

                                        We are and will be here for you!
                                        "So relax! Let's have some fun out here! This game's fun, OK? Fun goddamnit." Crash Davis; Bull Durham


                                        • #40
                                          Hugs from me! I hope your doctor is able to get back to you quickly. I am SO glad that you decided to go for the testing. And, I second the suggestion that you do not go web surfing.

                                          They have made such advances in treating cancer these days. I have a cousin who was diagnosed with very advanced breast cancer because the clinic she went to for her yearly mammogram missed the tumor and it went untreated until a year later when she went to a different clinic for her yearly exam. In spite of that, she underwent a successful treatment, and just celebrated her fifth year of being cancer free.
                                          If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
                                          Desmond Tutu