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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): Was like a deer in the headlights. Place was packed full. When the woman next to me asked "What do you have? Mine is lung, I got about 6 months." I felt like I was talking to a prison cell mate "How much time you got?"
    Despite the cramped surroundings on the lower level with no windows, the nursing staff were absolute dolls. Very sweet.

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      TishaF

      I have stage 4 colon cancer since 2014. Have been through many trails, surgery and chemo. I am now back to the original chemo I started with. 5fu. My cancer has spread to my lung and liver and my rib. I find talking to everyone really helps me. Telling everyone to talk with their doctor about a colonoscopy. If my insurance would of paid for one, I probably wouldn't be where I am. Everyone needs to be educated, that's why talking with everyone helps me and hopefully prevent someone else from facing this horrible cancer. Be strong, fight like heck! Never give up

      about 2 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (liver biopsy): Biopsy revealed that the origin /type of cancer is colon and NOT liver. This was good news.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Implant chemotherapy port): Why my left? my seat belt goes right across my port and genuinely irritates it. I know this is petty, but I also now have to change a 38 year habit of carrying my purse on my left. what guides the doc's decision to go left or right?

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      I know the surgeon asked me if I was a righty or lefty. I am a righty and port implanted on the left. Bra strap irritated the XXX out of me so used to leave down and the seatbelt strap was just as irritating. I used to put a folded dishtowel between me and seatbelt. I had port for additional 6 months after chemo when had 2 clean scans at 3 n 6 months. When I went to local hospital for port flush during that time, they gave me a soft velcro strap to attach to seatbelt to buffer. Heads up the genie bra was ok as the strap was light and wide.

      about 2 years ago
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      My chemo port went on my right (I don't remember them asking but they probably did). I remember feeling the seat belt uncomfortably the first few weeks but since it healed up and the bruising went away it's been OK. A search on Google for "port implant seat belt" brings up some cushions that would probably provide relief from the seatbelt and maybe even a purse?

      With chemo I have found that it is all about managing these "little" things before they become big - getting control over the things you can control. The doctors and nurses really are the experts at managing all the chemo side effects and so far they have had a remedy for everything I encountered (except for the fatigue). So make sure you mention any problems or discomfort to them early. I made a mistake my first chemo week not wanting to bother anyone with a constipation issue and that was a painful mistake that the nurses helped me fix in the second go-around. Best of luck with your treatment!

      about 2 years ago
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    Oh No (Misdiagnosed): I went to the ER thinking I was having a gall bladder attack and preparing for emergency surgery. Came out with the knowledge I had malignant masses in my colon and liver. Absolute shock.

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      What a shock for you! I am also stage 4. Was originally diagnosed stage 2 and it spread to my liver 2 years later. I have had surgeries to remove both and am now cancer free. It's a rough ride, but there is hope.

      about 2 years ago
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