Heh! loving your personal care process. I agree with all and will add to my own except for The Office. I'm into totally senseless cop shows and talk shows with artists, Ricky G included. I like him being spontaneous rather than scripted. My goal for walking is to get back to about 6 klms. Lately its only myself, a very elderly woman and a few gorgeous dogs on the path, due mostly to the low temp. When I get home I collapse in front of the heater and sleep for about an hour. This weekend I'm gonna shop for a heat pack. Fab idea. Diet has been one of the most difficult things I've needed to adjust. I've cut the amount by about 50% from prior to diag. Inflammation and internal pressure have been difficult to manage, however, if I eat small meals it seems easier. It still seems like i'm eternally hungry. The hard days? I have some strong pain meds which I refuse to take unless things get really bad. best regards Reenie
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Hi Lunabird. Sorry to hear about your close call and glad to hear you got thru it along with the colon mass. Well done you. Obviously you are strong and positive. I had some ablations last year and thought everything was good but then needed a resection due to the return of the tumors. It still required 8 days of hospital recovery then further recovery at home. Yes, I was concerned but just went with it. I was terrified in the pre-surgery room, I was shaking and think its why they had difficulty with the live blood pressure insertion. I experienced the obvious recovery effects of fatigue and digestion issues not to mention personal worry. Exercise got me thru. About 100 meters in the beginning (no medication), then got to 4 klms a day. Unfortunately, the little buggars came back again. So I recently had something called TACE. That was a pretty weird experience so far all clear. Im happy to share my TACE experience if you like, its quite a new technique so you'll find it everywhere online. Basically they take the chemo right to the location of the tumors and nuke them individually. My eyesight is largely diminished and extremely poor now. So far the nausea has gone and the most worrying after effect is dizzyness. There are others like fatique and lack of clarity so I'm hoping they will fade eventually. I hope this goes some way to help you continue to push. GBY Stirling
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Hi DJ, your post and in particular many of the replies brings many upsetting feelings to the surface for me. Although I'm not technically a survivor, everyday I wake-up I remind myself that I have survived another 24 hours. I no longer disclose my medical state nor any detailed personal history. Past relationship experiences have clipped my openness and honesty and I dump all obvious symptoms on my increasing age. Actually I look quite normal, whatever that is. Attempting to rekindle relationships with old buddies has been surprising and in a few cases really shocking. Some simply dont wont to go anywhere near a discussion and others already have their opinions. Seems that some even have more knowledge about me than I do. My general attitude is if you dont wanna friend me because I'm sick then your're not worthy of my friendship anyway. I hope everyone here is doing ok today and survive another day. My LOVE to you all.
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.