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threeedogmedia
12-06-2008, 11:37 AM
I just got the horrible news that I have rectal cancer last week. I'm only 56.... This shouldn't be happening! I'm still in a fog and really need to start some more research so I become educated with everything that will be happening. The worst information was that the tumor is so close to the muscle that I will most likely have to have a colostomy. I haven't cried this much in my life. I begin 6 weeks of chemo and radiation next week and then will have surgery sometime 8 to 10 weeks later. I've decided to let the surgeons do a total hysterectomy at the same time so it can't come back there..... Do any of you know of any web sites that might be of benefit for me to look at regarding rectal cancer or colostomy procedures? I am so scared.

I have been having a colonoscopy every three years for the last 9 years. They have removed little polyps each time I've gone in and all in the past had been fine. This tumor wasn't there the last time so I can't begin to stress the importance in getting checked. I was due for my 3 year recheck and noticed bright red blood on the outside of the stool and had thought that it might be an internal hemorrhoid. GET CHECKED if you have problems. My PET/CT scan shows that it has moved to other organs yet and they gave me a number of T2 for depth of the tumor. We still don't know if the lymph nodes are involved and won't know for sure until the surgery. If they are, then I begin chemo again after the surgery.

Any information that you provide would really be appreciated. I know I have a great team of Doctors but if I don't become educated, I won't really know what to ask them.

Thanks in advance
Karen

peace4
12-06-2008, 12:01 PM
Dear Karen, I know my information may be ignored at this time, but I just can't help saying that there IS cure for cancer, and it's not found in conventional medicine. I know you trust your doctors now, and I do hope you'll be cancer-free very soon. Anyway, if anything goes wrong with the 'treatments' they offer, just don't lose hope, don't give up (and I'm sure you won't!). Just go alternative. There are, for example, treatments with iodine, sodium bicarbonate, etc. I know this can sound outrageous to many doctors, but I also know how much cancer patients need real help/cure when conventional medicine fails. So just keep in mind that THERE IS CURE FOR CANCER, no matter where it is!

idunno
12-06-2008, 03:07 PM
Hi karen,
I was dx with st3 colon ca at age 48. It was very aggressive and into 6 lymph nodes. I had suegery and a year of chemo. Next month will be the start of year 12 ca free. It can be beaten,best wishes Ron.

Nassau one
12-06-2008, 04:03 PM
Hi Karen, I am sure Ron will have encouraged you. My husband too was dx over 5 years ago with Stage 111C and is doing well today. He was told he would need a colostomy but they managed to avoid that. The only side effect he has is urgency.

There are people on this board who live normal lives with colostomies so do not be too disheartened if you have to have one. Of course, it is scary but you will adjust. I am sure someone will post soon to encourage you with that.

I hope your treatment and surgery go well. Please post again with any questions or concerns you might have. We are not allowed to include links on this forum but if you search around you will find advice and information on both rectal cancer and colostomies.

Your feelings of fear and anxiety so soon after diagnosis are very normal and understandable. That is why we are here to help in whatever way we can.

Alison

denise1956
12-07-2008, 06:12 AM
good morning. i was one month shy of my 50th birthday when i was diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer. after 6 weeks of chemo and radiation i had "j pouch" surgery. this surgery was to not only remove the rectum, but to save the spictor muscels. i did have to have an illiostomy until the colon healed from the surgery. i then had 6 more months of chemo..but then after the loop closure the ilisotomy was removed and i now use my new "rectum". i have some issues with urgency and diarrihia...but better then a permanent iliostomy pouch. i would suggest a surgeon who specializes in colon cancer. the first surgeon i met with was a general surgeon and told me i would probubly loose my spinkter mussels and have a permenant ostomy pouch. not so when speaking with the colon specialist. find a surgeron who knows the j pouch proceedure. i have been working for 2 years to get to this point...and my new normal is allowing me to live a full life.
hang in there. you'll get there. keep your eye on the prize. God has Blessed us.

threeedogmedia
12-07-2008, 10:26 AM
Hi Denise - thanks for the information. The surgeon I met with is a specialist in colo/rectal sugery and he said because of the location of the tumor (approx 1 cm away from the sphinctor) it just wasn't enough room to be able to remove the tumor and attach the tissue and save the sphinctor. He said it would come back if he doesn't give a buffer of room...... He knows I would rather go into a field and kill myself rather than have this procedure. I can't seem to get past this and haven't really even considered that I have cancer. Isn't that pretty stupid? I know there are people out there who have an ostomy that can cope and even thrive but I don't know that I have that kind of strength.

I love my oncologist and the radiologist - they are truly very special caring people but this surgeon was just plain insensitive and almost to the point of being rude when he gave me the news. I will probably seek a second opinion at some point while I'm going thru chemo and radiation. Everyone says that the surgeon is very gifted as it pertains to his specialty but he should never be allowed to talk to a patient! At the very least, he could have said that as he was doing the surgery, he would try and do everything possible to excise the tumor without damaging the sphinctor.

I'll research the J Pouch and see what I can find. Thank you for the information. I was on emotional overload yesterday while researching all of this. I just can't seem to stop crying and I know I need to get to a point where I'm mad so I can start figuring out what to do.

Karen

Nassau one
12-07-2008, 05:03 PM
Karen, you are going through the normal responses to the news that you have cancer. None of us will forget that moment, I am sure. Allow yourself to go through the emotions that come over you. It is great you like your oncologist and radiologist...those are going to be two of the most important people in your life for awhile! My husband and I have the same oncologist as we both have/had cancer and I love him dearly. As to the surgeon, some have a way of saying the most upsetting things. Can you imagine when I got my diagnosis of lymphoma, one said to me "Will it kill you? Well. possibly but probably not for some years yet"!! Luckily, he was not the one who first gave me the diagnosis. Unbelievable!

You may have to weigh up the fact that he is so well skilled in his speciality against his total lack of bedside manner.

It is good to research but try not to overload yourself...it can be so overwhelming.

Alison

denise1956
12-08-2008, 04:55 AM
karen. you will find the strenght to fight. i really like this quote:
anyone can give up; it's the easiest thing in the workd to do. But to hold it togetherr when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength."

please explore the possiblility of having the j pouch proceedure...and finding a new surgen. i had mine done by dr. ludwig. he moved to teach; therefore i had dr. mantye, do the closure. he was dr ludwig's partner. both these surgeries where done at duke university medical center in durham nc. my tumor was so low in the rectum, the dr could feel the tumor through physical exam. that is how low my tumor was. and how close it was to the shinker.
i also didn't look for a specialist until i "got my head together". this was during radiation and my first round of chemo. i would suggest look as soon as possible, before the treatments make you weak.
maybe researching my dr will lead you to a specialist in your state.
as far as the ostomy goes...i hated it...but, it would have been fine if i had to have had it forever. a person can adjust. and if it is choosing between an ostomy and my family..no contest!
focus on your inner peace. and find your Blessings. then trudge forward. you'll get there.
peace

West Coast Girl
12-08-2008, 05:01 PM
I'm so sorry to hear of your diagnosis. I am your age and was diagnosed almost 6 years ago with rectal cancer as well. I had a temporary ileo for 6 months with hopes my colon would heal and it would be reversed. Unfortunately due to previous issues my colon did not heal and I decided to have the ileo changed to a permanent colostomy. That was in Nov. of 2003 - actually the same date as my 25th anniversary! After a few months of learning to adjust I can assure you that a colostomy does not slow you down. I have always been very active and continue to travel - golfing, scuba diving, hiking, biking, running, swimming, cross country skiing and weight training as easily as before. I also wear exactly the same style of clothing as before. ( removed ) The more you know about treatments and surgery the easier it will be for you and you will feel more confident and positive about your outcome. If a colostomy is recommended, please see an ET (stoma/wound) nurse for information before your surgery. I'm sure you'll do just fine!

threeedogmedia
12-08-2008, 06:49 PM
West Coast Girl - I see that you are from Vancouver and we live in Brinnon (south of you on Hood Canal) in Washington. How is it possible to wear the same clothes? Won't it show through? How will I go swimming? We cruise a lot and sometimes lay by the pool. Won't I have to be in one of those granny type suits? I've seen some stuff on the web that scared the heck out of me and now I'm confused. One video had someone giving a demo on a big plastic thing that looked like a garbage bag girdle with a vacuum pump on it. I just about lost it on that one. What's new huh. Confusion and tears seem to be a part of every day now that I was diagnosed......

My husband had his colonoscopy today and all was fine. While I was there, I spoke with his doctor. She gave me the name of a couple of colo/rectal surgeons who she says might either give me some hope or at worst confirm what the other doctor said. I know I should feel lucky that it hasn't spread but that may take a while.

I haven't yet gotten over the part about the colostomy to even begin to start to worry about the cancer. I hate this.

I guess I'll have to look at the rules for posting again to make sure I don't violate the board with my comments or questions.

Thank you all for your kind words. You have no idea how comforting it is to hear from someone who's been there.

Karen

West Coast Girl
12-08-2008, 07:49 PM
Karen - My stoma sits 3" below and 3" to the left of my belly button. I have an incision that starts slightly below my belly button but is not very obvious. I wear a regular two-piece suit that is a "hipster" style. You can get ostomy appliances that are so thin, soft and flexible that when empty no one would ever know anything is there. It is important, as I already mentioned, that if you do require a colostomy to have the stoma placed low enough if possible to still wear "non-granny" jeans, etc. I do know of some people in my support group that seem to go out-of-the way to wear the most baggy and unattractive clothes - as if it is now required. Totally wrong!! But then at my age I probably shouldn't be wearing two-piece swimsuits but I do anyway. I'm but sure what video you saw but it is definitely not like that anymore! There's a very famous (well here in Canada anyway!) climber by the name of Rob Hill who started a group called "No Guts Know Glory" who is climbing the world's tallest mountains. He has an ileostomy - a real inspiration! ( removed )

threeedogmedia
12-09-2008, 09:00 AM
West Coast Girl, I just spoke with my oncologist regarding the names of the additional colo/rectal surgeons I obtained yesterday. I wanted to see if he knew of them.... Although he says it's fine to get a second opinion, there is no hope that they can spare me from a colostomy since the sphincter muscle is basically involved and even if the tumor shrinks, there isn't a chance in #$% that they can save the muscle. For a few hours at least, I had some hope. Now I'm back to the depression I was in yesterday morning. I'll try and find the support group you belong to since I know I need to move forward - it's just so darn hard when you don't have anyone to talk to. My husband, bless his soul, just can't help me with this one.
Karen

West Coast Girl
12-09-2008, 03:06 PM
Karen - Please check out local ostomy support groups. ( removed )Time and asking lots of questions will get you through this. The learning curve is very steep. After all this surgery is a life-saver. You need to get your husband more involved - the sooner the better. They can be a big help in this area!

threeedogmedia
12-09-2008, 06:57 PM
I found one support group that seems to have some active members. It's small but that's ok if I get some advise from people who have been there. I'll keep looking at others too. Ya know, I have bad hours then once in a while, I get a good one and that's what keeps me going. I cried and had a belly laugh at one posting by an individual who was trying to show a family member his stoma. God Bless this person because he managed to help me laugh.

I try and involve my husband in my fears and concerns and he listens and tries to help but I'm still fearful that he's going to just pass out when he gets a look at what happens. I should give him more credit but it's my old fears of not being good enough coming thru. Sometimes those old childhood feelings just haunt me.

Thanks for taking the time to give encouragement! You have no idea how valuable that is right now.
Karen

khl8
12-27-2008, 04:56 PM
So this is the last place I ever expected to be, posting to a rectal cancer chat board. But I am..... I just found out at the end of November that I have rectal cancer. I am a 44 year old female and there is no history of this in my family. My doctors have really moved on this, I began oral chemo and daily radiation on Dec 1, and I have 2 weeks left of this course of treatment. I then have to have surgery to remove the tumor. They are classifying this as Stage 3, as my surrounding lymph nodes are enlarged, however they did not light up on the PET scan. So, at this point I will not know how involved until the surgery. After surgery, and I hope they can save the sphincter I will then start Folfox IV therapy. Does anyone know about this? The oral chemo has been a breeze for me, I have not experinced any major side effects and I an scared to start IV Chemo. I am trying to be postive, but I don't know of anyone else with rectal cancer, and I could sure use a friend right now.

LindyLee70
12-30-2008, 09:02 PM
Isn't the oral chemo (Xeloda) great? I love Roche for developing it.

Some hints:

Make sure you feel strong enough for the chemo after your surgery and you are feeling at least fifty to sixty percent...Folfox affects everyone differently. Make sure you have good gloves and very, very warm, padded slippers in the event of neuropathy. That and "chemo brain" are the two most bothersome side effects.

I had difficulty handling Folfox while others older and more feeble did well with it. Go figure...don't be afraid to speak with your oncologist about what you are feeling and the nurses? Ask them for hints and tips....

Some I used was:

Sleeping on my left side...put my GI system in a natural position and relieved all gas, which you may feel....

Diarrhea is a side effect...used baby diaper rash medication around the rectum and the bummer....works wonders and helps alleve the burn.

Splurge on high quality toilet paper or get the thin large pads (look like napkins) from the nurses or hospital....its soft and is not as abrasive

Get the magic wash for the mouth and use baking soda, as well. Gargle and rinse often. (Some chemo patients chew on ice during their chemo treatements but on Folfox, you can't drink anything cold or even be around ice.)

Take lots of hot baths after your wound heals and your doc says okay....it really helps relieve the tense muscles in the area and in the body...

Walk...the more you walk, the better you feel the next day...its amazing how exercise helps.

When you feel fatigued don't push yourself. Simply lay down. Chemo fatigue is nothing like being tired. Its, well...miserable, because you can't sleep...its not that kind of tired. You just can't do much of anything except lay there...so be prepared to have a good imagination to keep you entertained while you rest your body from the fatigue. I used to lay on the sofa or bed, stare at the ceiling, drift into some daydream and giggle. There were a LOT of funny ones....so amuse yourself.

Be sure and take your medicine for nausea regularly. The schedule is very important and it works really good...I had no nausea at all.

I doubt you will even want to post on here for a few weeks, at the very least...but when you're able, check in....I'd love to see how you're doing.

Wish you the best.


So this is the last place I ever expected to be, posting to a rectal cancer chat board. But I am..... I just found out at the end of November that I have rectal cancer. I am a 44 year old female and there is no history of this in my family. My doctors have really moved on this, I began oral chemo and daily radiation on Dec 1, and I have 2 weeks left of this course of treatment. I then have to have surgery to remove the tumor. They are classifying this as Stage 3, as my surrounding lymph nodes are enlarged, however they did not light up on the PET scan. So, at this point I will not know how involved until the surgery. After surgery, and I hope they can save the sphincter I will then start Folfox IV therapy. Does anyone know about this? The oral chemo has been a breeze for me, I have not experinced any major side effects and I an scared to start IV Chemo. I am trying to be postive, but I don't know of anyone else with rectal cancer, and I could sure use a friend right now.

denise1956
12-31-2008, 04:57 AM
wow, i agree with everything you have said lindylee. I was diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer jan 26, 2007. without going into all the particulars, i had zeloda, radiation, j pouch surgery, a temporary iliostomy, a port surgery placed in my chest for chemo. six months of folfox, lucavorin and oxyplanton chemo...it was quite a cocktail. iliostomy closure, complications that resulted in a 5 week stay in the hospital and the iliostomy placed again. additonal surgeries and postponments. then...the final iliostomy closure! i am now preparing to throw a new years eve party!
it has taken 2 years of my life to heal....and here i am! healed and ready for champagne!
one foot in front of the other. keep your eye on the prize. you'll get there.

If there are any questions i can answer to help you with your journey, i am here.
oh yea...as far as resting and laying on the couch...the food channel works well...you never have to change the channel!
peace

khl8
12-31-2008, 05:43 AM
Thank you so much for all the helpful advice and ideas. I have managed to keep working so far and have to as long as I can. I hold the health insurance for the family and need to maintain this. Luckily I can work from home a few days or shorten my days. I guess what scares me the most is that I lose my job during all this. I work for a non profit foundation and we only have 6 employees within a 50 mile radius, thus I am not eligible for FMLA. I don't think the National organization would let me go, but it is always a possibility.

Xeloda is great, but it may have given me a false sense of what to expect with cancer treatment. I am still petrified!!! I have to quit reading information on the internet too, The statistics for stage 3 rectal cancer survival stink and as much as I refuse to let this beat me and "failure is not an option" those darn stats keep coming back into my mind. I have to let that go and focus on healing an recovery, I know this, yet the mind wanders.
How did any of you deal with too much information?
I see where Denise had quite a tough time of it, I will be having the mediport put in while I am having the tumor removal surgery. will know more when I see the surgeon again.

threeedogmedia
01-01-2009, 12:54 PM
Lindylee70, thanks for sharing the information. I will try some of the tricks you placed in your note. The gas side effect from the Xeloda sort of caught me by surprise. I'll try laying on my left side to see if it works! Also suffer with the sore rear like one of the last posters. I just ordered some wipes without alcohol and will try and see if that helps the burn go away. I pray that I don't have to have additional chemo after the surgery like some do. We don't believe that the lymph nodes are involved but will have to wait until surgery to make sure. If they are, I'll be on the same iv treatment as was described.

Bless all of you for sharing information with us rookies. It all helps!
Karen

Cat Az
01-05-2009, 10:40 AM
I had my resection in 07 and ended up with an ileostomy bag for 10 months. I underwent 5 and a half weeks of chemo and radiation. I had a mediport and a pump on 24/7. then I had 6 months of chemo. Last drug was oxiplatin. I went thru this treatment with few side effects. I had my reversal which still is hard to adjust to the frequency of BM's and soreness. Lomotil has helped alot. My oncologist said survival rate for stage 3 colon cancer is very good. Find a good support group, reach out if depression is hitting you. Take one day at a time. Don't be afraid to take meds to help with pain. With the support of your friends, family and cancer support groups you will make it thru and you'll help others on their journey also. God bless

denise1956
01-06-2009, 04:51 AM
good morning.
cat az, i also am taking lamotil. how many pills do you take a day, and when do you take them? i am trying to get my body "trained" in using my new "rectium" and therefore don't want to get dependant on the medication. thanks

khl8
01-07-2009, 03:22 PM
Thank you for all the advice. I finish the first round of oral chemo and radiation in 2 days. Thank god! Don't have my surgery date yet, but I am anxious to get this show on the road already. This is just my personality, I know the sooner I get started, I am one step closer to this being over. I made it through the first steps in good shape, according to the radiation oncologist and the techs, I should be the poster child for this treatment. I just made sure that I rested when I needed it and followed all the instructions to the letter. I guess being prepared helped. I had everything I would need in the house such as Imodioum, cleansing wipes, non alcohol based lotion and I carefully monitered what I ate as to not aggravate anything. I don't know how I did it, but I onlly had 2 bouts of diarreah the entire 2 weeks.
So I guess now I wait until the next step, and hope that I can get through the rest without too much distress.
My thoughts and prayers are with each one of you as we navigate through this.
Take care of yourselves!

threeedogmedia
01-07-2009, 03:35 PM
Both my best friend and my oncologist just about forbid me to continue doing any type of research on the internet. They did tell me that joining support boards was very healthy and the best thing I could do. I was finding all the horror stories that people went thru and was crying more than ever....... I did take their advise and with the help of this board and a couple of others, I have become much stronger and I believe that in order to beat this, I have to be strong and have a positive attitude.

I'm mid way thru week four of my radiation and oral chemo (Xeloda) and some of the side effects are not pleasant. My rear now feels like a flame thrower. My best friend told me I could hire out to a highway contractor to seal the asphault with my gas! Good thing I love her to death or I would have killed her on the spot. Other than the rear end pain, I have been one of the lucky ones. My blood tests come back great each week and I still have no nausea at all. So, all in all, compared to many, I'm having a vacation.

So many people on this board have guided me in the right direction where the internet sort of led me to places I shouldn't be. Keep in touch, I would love to talk to you more. YOU WILL BEAT THIS! Keep the faith!
Karen

denise1956
01-08-2009, 05:47 AM
thank you for sharing the good news. keep up the good work. God has Blessed us all. peace

threeedogmedia
01-08-2009, 07:44 PM
Met with my new surgeon and he's a jewel. He did confirm that with my diagnosis and the location of the tumor he will in fact have to do a colostomy and he did promise me that if there was any way at all to avoid making this permanent, he would do so. I'm scheduled for surgery March 23rd so I think my husband and I will take a little road trip a couple of weeks after my final radiation treatment on Jan 23rd to see friends in Arizona and do a little stop off in Las Vegas and play the penny slots. I'm such a big spender.........(;-)

I have lunch scheduled tomorrow with someone I met on a colostomy board and she is very willing to sit down with me and answer any and all of my questions. She also has a real positive attitude and that's exactly what I need right about now.

I can't thank all of you enough for giving me the courage to face this not so pleasant procedure and life altering change but with faith and my contacts (including all of you) I will get thru this.
Karen

khl8
01-09-2009, 07:51 AM
Karen,
I too was just diagnosed in November with rectal cancer. I am 44 years old. I just finished the 6 week of radiation and chemo today and will be makink my arrangements for surgery.
I will say though that I have stopped researching on the internet. there are too many horror stories out there and I was making myself sick over it. I have put my trust in the team of doctors to give me the information as I need it.
Stay strong and stay focused on YOU! and your situation.
Kathy

stexcanuck
07-11-2010, 02:23 PM
I feel for you. I had a hemorriodectomy in November 09 (thinking that was the issue....not entirely, and not happy we didn't find this then instead of May) AND had a heart attack due to 2 plugged arteries in Jan.... at the ripe old age of 42, Now I just finished my 6 weeks chemo/rad (no side effects, but hated wearing the pump 24/7) and am awaiting surg for T3 rectal ca...... I have been keeping my spirits up and that goes a long way for those around you, and rubs back off on you too. Fight the good fight!

bobabidos
07-29-2010, 07:28 AM
I noticed your information about colon cancer. Did you recover? Do you still have symptoms after surgery? Are you on any medication? And would you have done a natural herbal cure if you could have?
I have had blood in my stool for the past few days and prior to that, I have had blood a few times in the past 9 months. I have never had any medical complications and never taken any drugs or medication for anything other than a tylenol on occasion. Just needed to see what you have been through and how you are doing now. Thank you.
Deb

denise1956
07-30-2010, 04:54 AM
good morning. first off, i am sad you are worried because i know how that is.
I would say, before you begin speculating the worst, you really need to have a colonostomy. now in answer to your questions, after being diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer...i am doing great.
i will not lie, i had a terrible couple years...but again, i am doing wonderful!
i had many complications and in the end endured 7 surgeries, 2 bouts of chemo and radiation. but again...i am doing great!
i knew i was really sick even before being diagnosed. i had a tremendouse amount of bleeding constinuasly for about a month therefore; i did not consider natural products, i only knew i needed medical help fast.
my last surgery was 2 years ago aug and i continue to deal with complications concerning bowl movements and diarrehia. i take medication and medimucial several times a day in an effort to control the diarrhea and how many times a day i have to use the bathroom, which is many times a day. it has improved. i always give thanks that i do feel good and only have these problems as oppossed to what could have been.
my doctor told me in april that my tests have all come back so well that i only need to see him every 6 months now. yea! no signs of cancer!
i volunteer at the cancer center in the chemo room. i hear many stories. people ask me all the time how long i have been a surviver. my answer: if you can survive the diagnosis of cancer...you are a survier!
i hope this helps to answer your guestions. peace to you. (sorry about my spelling!)

bobabidos
08-01-2010, 10:04 AM
good morning. first off, i am sad you are worried because i know how that is.
I would say, before you begin speculating the worst, you really need to have a colonostomy. now in answer to your questions, after being diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer...i am doing great.
i will not lie, i had a terrible couple years...but again, i am doing wonderful!
i had many complications and in the end endured 7 surgeries, 2 bouts of chemo and radiation. but again...i am doing great!
i knew i was really sick even before being diagnosed. i had a tremendouse amount of bleeding constinuasly for about a month therefore; i did not consider natural products, i only knew i needed medical help fast.
my last surgery was 2 years ago aug and i continue to deal with complications concerning bowl movements and diarrehia. i take medication and medimucial several times a day in an effort to control the diarrhea and how many times a day i have to use the bathroom, which is many times a day. it has improved. i always give thanks that i do feel good and only have these problems as oppossed to what could have been.
my doctor told me in april that my tests have all come back so well that i only need to see him every 6 months now. yea! no signs of cancer!
i volunteer at the cancer center in the chemo room. i hear many stories. people ask me all the time how long i have been a surviver. my answer: if you can survive the diagnosis of cancer...you are a survier!
i hope this helps to answer your guestions. peace to you. (sorry about my spelling!)

bobabidos
08-01-2010, 10:14 AM
Thank you for the words of concern and encouragement. I am going to see the doctor in two days (August 3rd) and probably schedule a colonoscopy. I was hoping to 'not' see a doctor; but in this case there are too many variables and it doesn't make sense to ignore this condition. Once I know what it is then I can plan a course of action like herbal treatment and chelation therapy. (or may have to do surgery if it's the only alternative at the time).
Thanks again for your comments. It really helped me to know others have survived more than I am experiencing. Best to you and I'll say a prayer for your healing process to get better.