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    Labrooksie asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Supplies

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    • Labrooksie's Avatar
      Labrooksie

      I haven’t had my reversal yet. But these are things I don’t use and hate to see them just sitting there when they can maybe help someone else. Hopefully my trip to reversal will start in 6 weeks!

      2 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      I donated my surplus supplies to a War Veterans Home. They were grateful to get them as quite a few of their patients had ostomies from being wounded.

      2 months ago
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      GregP_WN

      Someone can surely use them. I was getting low on HME stoma filters for my laryngectomee stoma and posted on a site for laryngectomees and someone offered to send me a couple of boxes until I could get my order.
      I really appreciated the help.

      2 months ago
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    Labrooksie asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Strawberry question

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    • Tspitzley63's Avatar
      Tspitzley63

      I also have a colostomy. But I eat seeds. I know it might be different with the ilostomy because I have the majority of my colon. I was fortunate enough to have a dietician and naturalopathic doctor at CTCA who helped me understand the nutritional part. Maybe your oncologist could refer you to s dietician or nutritionist.

      3 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      I have a colostomy and can eat strawberries just fine. With an ileostomy, you have to be a little bit more careful. I'd start off by eating just a couple and see how you do. And build up - like LoriK said, be sure to chew thoroughly.

      What you need to avoid is foods that are stringy, like coconut and asparagus, and foods with tough skins like apples and cucumbers. These can clump up and cause a blockage which might require a trip to the ER - during the COVID-19 crisis, you want to avoid that. So just take it easy.

      Here is the link to a really good chart from Memorial Sloan Kettering:
      https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/patient-education/diet-guidelines-people-ileostomy

      3 months ago
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      Bug

      It's not a crazy question.

      3 months ago
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    Labrooksie asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Food/Eating

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    • Michael_Holtz's Avatar
      Michael_Holtz

      Hi @Labrooksie. Like @JaneA I have a permanent colostomy and my body tolerates almost everything (the only part of my digestive system missing is my rectum and I've had a colostomy for almost eight years). That being said, I drink whey protein shakes -- as much because I lift weights as for getting enough protein/calories. I have learned over time that foods that are very high in fat or high in sugar, especially in combination, do not stay in my system very long. Also, I LOVE Mexican food. I also love buffalo wings.

      3 months ago
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      Iyana

      You can try different recipes of chocolate-cream smoothies, hot chocolate, fruit-cream smoothies, yogurt-fruit smoothie, etc. Corn is a high-calorie food. You can have cream corn or sweet corn. You can use nuts in any way you like with desserts, salads or just as dry fruits. You can also substitute normal butter with peanut butter. Peanut butter sandwiches provide a high number of calories too. Milkshakes, ice cream, chocolate mousse, puddings, etc are high-calorie desserts. Add butter and cheese to sandwiches, casseroles, gravies, curries, bread, and pasta. Use condensed milk, evaporated milk or sour cream to make desserts and other food instead of skimmed milk or normal cream.
      But it is best to consult with your doctor for the best advice he can suggest to you the food that is well suited for you while you're on treatment.
      Best of luck!

      3 months ago
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      Labrooksie

      I have an ilostomy. I tried Mexican food. I chose a restaurant known for not having really spicy food. The only thing I couldn’t tolerate was the cheese dip. It did taste to spicy. The things I am craving is stuff I shouldn’t eat. Mushrooms!!! All I want is fried mushrooms, stuffed mushrooms! I can’t wait for this to be reversed and I can eat normally. (I hope)

      3 months ago