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Colonoscopy...please keep me in your thoughts and prayers

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CypressCynthia
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I had my colonoscopy this am. All went well but there is an inflamed area that my gastroenterologist sent for biopsy. I am a little nervous because 1) my CEA has stayed high (16.5) while my Ca27.29 has normalized and 2) I have had gut issues this year with the infection and still a tendency toward loose stools (definitely not what I ever had a problem with until this year). It doesn't help that my family is just riddled with colon/breast cancer. :-(

Anyway, I am praying this is just a little diverticulosis and nothing, but I would love to have my dear Pink Warriors holding my hand while I wait...and don't we just hate waiting?

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Jean 0609
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Sending my best! I'm a little late. Will keep you in my prayers.

xoxo,
Jean

eihtak
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Hands held tight!

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missrenee
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and I'm sending positive energy through them. Looking forward to getting your post saying "all clear".

Hugs, Renee

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missrenee
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and I'm sending positive energy through them. Looking forward to getting your post saying "all clear".

Hugs, Renee

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lintx
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Yes, we are holding your hand and praying you through. You have been so sweet in responses to newbies, including myself. It is my turn to help lift you up. I already know you to be a positive person, and we do hate waiting! Hugs, Linda

47ronin
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You're right that waiting is the hardest part. I'm hoping that you'll get reassuring news soon. (I had an idea that diverticulosis is fairly common - I've got it - and hope that this turns out to be no big deal.) It's hard that those of us with cancer diagnoses are always going to worry more than others - almost waiting for the other shoe to drop with medical tests, but information is power and once you find out what the news is, you can work out a strategy.

All best wishes, Pat

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BlownAway60
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I am thinking about you and sending prayers your way.

You know I hate colonoscopies. They are right up there with MRIs for me.

Hugs
Donna

relaxoutdoors08
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Cynthia,
I am usually found at the Colon Cancer Discussion Board. Happy to share my prayers and good fortune with you on your upcoming tests. Just had my 2 Year NED for IIIC Colon cancer. I too have a history of both colon cancer and breast cancer in my family history so I share your concerns. Good to have the tests but I too am awaiting to have breast ultrasounds and additional mammogram tests next week.

Prayers for good news on your tests as we each move into new territory.

Ann

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Ann, I am glad you wrote and am praying that all is clear for you. I had a polyp about 24 years ago that was biopsied and negative. Since then, I've been clean and I have my colonoscopies every 5 years...sigh. The great thing is that the test is not just diagnostive, it is preventive. The bad news (for me) is still the prep. But looking forward to good news for us both :-).

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Here is a hug for you. I am praying that this in NOTHING. xoxoxo Lynn

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...but I am thinking good thoughts, and sending healthy prayers up for you! There is so much out there these days about inflammation in our bodies that cause issues for us. I hope your weekend is busy and full with family and activities to keep your mind busy~
~hugs & prayers
~Melanie

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SIROD
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Glad to see you posting and that you made it through today. I hope the results are all excellent.

Best,

Doris

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Double Whammy
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will be right there with you, waiting and hoping for good results.

Suzanne

RozHopkins
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Good luck with results. Waiting is horrible I know. My thoughts are with you.

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AngieD
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Doris, I just had an EGD and colonoscopy on Tuesday and they removed one polyp. I haven't heard anything, so I hope that means they will just be mailing out a benign report.

I hope you get great news the first of the week, so the anxiety can go away.

Angie

sdukowitz
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Prayers from Alaska heading your way ..... hope all turns out okay .... waiting is the worst part! ... Sue D

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salls41
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Sending up prayers and positive thoughts. I hate waiting in line, never mind waiting for test results! I hope you hear something positive soon!
{{{Hugs}}}
Sandy

heart-in-hand
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You are in my thoughts daily!

Kay

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Kat11
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Sending Prayers and hugs your way.
Kathy

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CypressCynthia
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Thank you, thank you for all of the good wishes!!! I never heard from my doc, but I peaked at work and found out that my biopsy=chronic colitis, but no cancer!!!! Yay!!!! I never, ever had a problem until I had that bacterial intestinal infection in May, but since then I have something like intermittent irritable bowel.

Katherine (daughter) says it is getting better and I need to be more patient. I am sure she is right, but, when the GI doc calls, I will ask his opinion.

Anyway, chronic colitis beats cancer ANY day, so yay, yay, yay. And I want each of you to know that the love and support that I received here helped me sooo much :-).

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tufi000
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Unless its BC mets, the docs said I will never get colon cancer if I follow their rules. I get the bad kind of mushrooms so I have to have a scope every 2 yrs and they scrape them out. I have also developed a creepyless(?) way to do the prep and the hospital is amending their instructions to include my extra step of practically fasting (all liquid or very light) eating the day before the day before. Makes the prep day a short yuckless process.
Ongoing, I went through a similar bout in May of divertulosis, lost 25 lbs in 3 weeks, and thought life would never be the same. Doc said to take psillium every day and also okayed an Asodpholis tab. I don't get the Metamucil brand name, I get the Walgreens generic. 100% psillium and gauge the daily dosages according to how much and what I am eating that day. I HAVE MY LIFE BACK!!!
Try it babe!

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CypressCynthia
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I am getting the Metamucil and the acidophilus. It is hard to wrap my head around the fact that I now seem to have a chronic issue, but your advice sounds great and I am going to try it and let you know.

Usually, I just have to have a colonoscopy every 5 years. This was either my 5th or 6th. But I really like your advice about fasting the day before the prep. I think if I did that and skipped the dulcolax, I wouldn't have a problem.

Great suggestions :-)

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tufi000
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Still gotta do the dulcolax but it doesn't have a lot of work to do. The drinking of that stuff is gonna be the worst part of the prep. still :)

Maybe its a Philly gene?!?!?!?!?

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CypressCynthia
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No, GI said I really could skip the dulcolax. I had an untoward reaction and ended up on the bathroom floor vomiting. I did much better with the Mag Citrate. I know--I am just weird ;-)

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Cynthia -- Sorry I missed this post but very glad everything turned out fine. I have had issues with my digestive system for a while (for a long time, since I was a teen, now I am 34) and the metamucil has changed all of it. I take it every morning and sometimes twice a day when I eat more than usual. It has helped a lot and I don't feel bad as often as I used to. I hope your condition gets more tolerable and you recover soon.

BTW, get the natural metamucil (with no favors!). I know it might taste weird but you get used to it. and it's the most natural one...

:) good luck and feel better.

heart-in-hand
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I don't know what you had to go through to prepare for this but it sounded uncomfortable. So glad that it was not what you feared. I am hoping that your daughter is right, but a confirmation will be nice from the dr.

Doing the happy dance,
Kay

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camul
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I am so happy for you. I have been messing with this for years, diagnosis was different with 3 diff gastros...... had rads to pelvic, hips and spine and didnt realize that my small intestines was fried until I ate popcorn and ended up in er with diverticulitis.

Normally adjusting my diet helps, along with my daily oatmeal and fruits and veges, however, with all the meds, rads and chemo, sometimes I have no idea specifically what drives it.

Hopefully you wont need another one for another 5 years.

New Flower
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Congratulations with clean results
Lately I found that dry culture does not work for me. I use live combinations who h much more expensive, however give good results. Diet defenetely helps too
Wishing you to find your best way for controlling this conditions
Hugs

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