May 11, 2013 - 8:10 pm
I have been "lurking" around here for a bit. Some really great information and most of all people. Wow. Just wow is all I can say.
My wife (45 yrs old) was diagnosed with Stage IIIA CRC. She had 6 lymph nodes that tested positive. Well, getting ahead of myself here.
She was diagnosed early Dec. 2012. She had been the picture of health her whole life. Then bam, we were both knocked over by this. I (husband) was completely devastated. Scared doesn't begin to describe what I felt. Anyways...
She has had 28 treatments of radiation/chemo (5FU). Then off to surgery where they did a colon resection and removed 11 lymph nodes of which 6 tested positive. Surgeon looked around and seen no other signs of cancer or on any scans afterwards (I bit of relief). We now have "tempy." Who is tempy you ask? It's our name for her temporary illeostomy. We will have to deal with tempy until the next chemo cycle is done.
Our next step is Folfox treatment scheduled for 6 months. Oh boy. Here come the questions... I understand everyone reacts different to the treatment.
-- The nurse practioner said she will be sensitive to cold. After reading the posts, I agree. But, she said my wife would not want to be around air conditioning or fans??? That sensitive??? Anyone on here experience this?
-- What about her hair? Expect to lose it? Do I need to take her wig shopping?
-- Anyone on here go through Folfox with a colostomy/illeostomy bag? Worried about diarrhea and or constipation.
-- Does the fear/anxiety/anger/fog for a care giver ever subside? I know this is probably a selfish question.
I'm sure I will have more questions as we get closer to treatment or going through it. Especially from a care giver standpoint. Please bear with me....