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    Treatment 4 of 8....halfway done! I am so ready, have been battling depression a bit lately. Feeling so isolated stuck at home because my counts are low, and can't the things I want to do around my house because if the fatigue...my body says no. That's probably the hardest part of all of this for me, has anyone else ever felt that way?

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      Jayne

      Oh yes....and just know it will pass. Sometimes just going out into nature can help. Sit in a warm spot somewhere that's sheltered and just breathe, look at the sky and do a countdown towards the second half!!!! I had a tear-off sheet for my countdown....4 left 4 to go. You've got this!!!

      5 months ago
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    Celebration (Got to go home): I finally got to the point that I could take care of myself so was able to go home with home health (still had a wound vac on my abdomen)! I came through it all even though the doctors thought it unlikely I'd survive the septic shock and/or surgery or make it off the vent. I showed them! Woohoo! So now getting ready for my next round of chemo....blah

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      JaneA

      How long ago was this? You've really had a rough time. I'm so glad that you're home and okay - well as okay as you can be right now.

      7 months ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Colon surgery (colectomy or hemicolectomy)): The initial surgery went well (took out about a foot of my colon & did a full hysterectomy), it ended up taking almost 7 hrs because there was a lot of scar tissue. They reversed my colostomy but gave me a (temp) ileostomy so everything could heal. But the 3rd day after surgery I perforated my bowel & was rushed back in to surgery where they found a pin-sized hole that was missed (they closed up about 25 during surgery) & reinforced a few other areas. I woke up on a vent in ICU a few days later. They took me off the vent & my lungs filled with fluid so I ended up on a Bipap machine for a few days along with tons of other treatments & drugs, but fought my way out & was released from ICU after a week. I was then transferred to a rehabilitation hospital to begin physical therapy. So I was in the hospital for over a month & when I went in initially we were planning on 4 days to a week tops!

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      Xmintera

      Wow. That’s a lot to deal with. You’re a helluva a lot tougher than me. Good luck with recovery and treatments.

      7 months ago
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    Celebration (Cancer is shrinking): I responded extremely well to treatment, tumor had shrunk considerably in size!

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I was lucky enough to be able to take the oral chemo pills that 1st round. I took them twice a day on the same days I did radiation. The biggest side effect I had was terrible reflux, thank goodness for triple mix!

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    Radiation (External radiation ): I had 42 radiation treatments, done daily Mon-Fri. About an hour after treatment a massive wave of fatigue would hit me. The burns towards the end of treatment weren't fun to deal with...but hey! Less I'll have to shave! Ha!