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Aud
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I am a new member here. diagnosed with rectal cancer about 2 months ago. I've been through the range of emotions, went through a lovely state of denial (which didn't prevent me of taking care of business, though), and am currently feeling low again. I am currently sick with the flu (or something like it), and am due to start radiation/chemo on Monday, November 2.
I've read quite a few comments here, and recently decided to join.

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PGLGreg
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Joined: Jul 2006

Welcome aboard. Let us know how it's going, okay? I had rectal cancer, too.

--Greg

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Kathryn_in_MN
Posts: 1258
Joined: Sep 2009

Welcome. Sorry you need to join us, but you've found a great place for information and support.

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lisa42
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Joined: Jul 2008

Hello Aud,

(I knew someone with that name a few years back- you aren't possibly a retired teacher from Vista School district, are you?)

Anyhow, I just wanted to say hi and welcome you to this board. People are very supportive here, as well as they share a wealth of information. It's been very helpful to me to hear about other people's experiences, what their doctors say about certain treatments, etc. Differernt oncologists and surgeons often have differing opinions, so it's nice to hear them here and be able to try to weigh them against each other, ask about them, search out new options, etc.

As tough as it is, you will get through this. People are living longer and better with this recently.

You take care and God bless-
Lisa

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Aud
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Joined: Oct 2009

hi, Lisa. no, I'm not a teacher. I am an occupational therapist and work in a rehab/nursing home in NJ. I know I shouldn't be, but I was pleasantly surprised by all the initial support here. It makes it much more personal to actually join and maybe I could even be useful.
Audrey

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nudgie
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Joined: Sep 2006

hello friend. Welcome to the most supportive family you will ever find on the internet. We call our family, the Semi-Colons.

Join in anytime you wish. Ask any question, vent, cry, laugh, smile, whatever you want to do. We do not judge or pass judgement. We provide guidance, humor, stories, and best of all SUPPORT.

Keep your new family updated on this new journey in your life.

tiny one
Posts: 467
Joined: Jan 2009

Welcome. As they say, we're all in this together. I have been cancer free for 2 years. I went thru chemo with very mild side effects. What stage did they diagnose you? I was stage 3. My cancerous polyp was pretty low. We're all here to support you and answer any questions you might have.

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Shayenne
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Joined: Jan 2009

Welcome to our family! I am Stage 4 CC with mets to the liver...and yes, we are ALL in this together, and are here for you if you ever need to talk, vent, laught, whatever!! Just post away, you can ask us all anything, and we'll try an hrlp you through this! you're not alone.

Hugsss!
~Donna

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Aud
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Apparently, I was confused with stage and T level. My surgeon said it's stage I cancer, T2 tumor, into but not through the rectal wall. Since I had a transanal excision, and lymph nodes cannot be examined that way, there is no way to be certain that cancer cells have not migrated through to the lymph nodes, thus the importance of radiation/chemotherapy. Low rectal tumors also have a higher rate of recurrence.
Audrey

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Annabelle41415
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Joined: Feb 2009

So sorry that you had to find our board, but you have joined a wonderful, caring family. We will be here to support and encourage you throughout your journey. You will be on a rollercoaster for a bit but just come to the boards and let us know how you are feeling. So glad to have you here. Don't ever be afraid to bring up any topic here either, we have covered almost everything. Good luck in your upcoming treatments.

Kim

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amyboston
Posts: 92
Joined: Oct 2009

Welcome,
You will find not only words of encouragement but also very good information
concerning treatment.

I felt so alone before I found this place here. The others have
given me support and encouragement and prayers as I have gone through
the process of treatment, (And I am very early in the process, DX Colon Cancer Oct 6, 2009; Stage IIB, impending surgery Nov 13th.)

So, welcome, and blessings to you,
Amy

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Muzzy
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Joined: Sep 2009

Welcome to the board. i glad you decided to join.
The board is filled with wonderful caring people and there is always room for more.

Jeff
Just happy to be here!

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Muzzy
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Joined: Sep 2009

Welcome to the board. i glad you decided to join.
The board is filled with wonderful caring people and there is always room for more.

Jeff
Just happy to be here!

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Muzzy
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Joined: Sep 2009

Welcome to the board. i glad you decided to join.
The board is filled with wonderful caring people and there is always room for more.

Jeff
Just happy to be here!

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robinvan
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Joined: May 2007

So sorry you have to deal with this. As you said in your profile... "Cancer Sucks"!

I recently completed 15 rounds of Radiation for a recurrence in my sacrum/rectum. You may have more treatments. I handled it fairly well. The fatigue hit pretty hard in the 3rd week and diarhea is still a problem. Otherwise, not too bad. Your radiation clinic will give you material to help you cope with side effects.

You will find a lot of support, experience, knowledge, and wisdom, here, as you can already see.

BTW... thank you for completing your profile page. It helps anyone to know a little more abouot you circumstances and makes it easier to get to know you.

Be well... Rob; in Vancouver

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lisa42
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Hey Rob,

You mentioned you just finished of radiation for a recurrence in your pelvis/sacrum. Did you already have radiation in that area prior to this time? I was told I could never have any radiation anymore in my pelvic area as I had a "lifetime maximum radiation dosage" there. I had six weeks (actually 28 sessions) back in Jan-Feb of 2008.
Just curious if some people can get radiation a 2nd time in the same area.

Lisa

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AceSFO
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Hey Aud,

Sorry to hear about your dx, but glad you found this group. They're a wonderfully warm, witty and compassionate group of people who will give you all the love and support you can handle. And they'll share everything from tips about treatment to recipes.

Incidentally, I grew up in NJ. What part of the state are you in? (without invading too much of your privacy).

Keep us posted,
Adrian

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Aud
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thank you, Adrian. I'm from South Jersey, only about 10-15 miles from Philadelphia. I appreciate you reaching out; otherwise, I may have not read your profile, at least not this early. I found it very encouraging.
Audrey

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Aud
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I would appreciate any tips on the best way to post comments/questions on this board. I've never done this before yesterday.
Thanks, everyone, for your support. (It's a great birthday present!)
Audrey

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AceSFO
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Joined: Sep 2009

Happy Birthday Aud!!

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Shayenne
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Joined: Jan 2009

Happy Birthday to you.....
Happy Birthday to you.....
Happy Birthday dearest Aud!!!!!!!!
Happy Birthday tooooo youuuuuuuuuuu!!!!

Have a great Bday, and a great Halloweeny weekend! don't let the ghosts get you!

Hugsss!
~Donna

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just4Brooks
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Joined: Jun 2009

Hello Aud, My name is Brooks and I have stage 3 rectal cancer. I have went through 6 ½ weeks of chemo and radiation and then on August 13 surgery to remove the tumor. Surgery went great and the tumor showed NO signs of cancer left from the treatments but now left with a iliostomy.. Now I’m at home recovering from the surgery and have done 4 out of 9 treatments of my final round of chemo. Remember to stay strong and contact any of us if you don’t have anyone else to talk to. We're all here to help anyone else we can. I know it’s tough. We're a family in a strage little way and we help eachother through our daily ups and downs. I would be lost if I didn't have these people to help me. Come here often and read the posts. I have days I'm so down I could cry. But I come here and read posts and even answer some of them. It helps!!

Again welcome to our family
Brooks

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grammadebbie
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Joined: Jun 2009

Dear Aud,

Welcome to the greatest support group ever. There is always someone here for support, comfort, wisdom you name it. I didn't come here until recently and sure wish I had known about it during my treatment. I'm Stage III c, 8/32 lymph nodes positive, resection
Oct.17, 2007, chemo for 6 months. You will have many different emotions and experiences. Everyone is different but it's always nice to know how others handle different situation and know you are not alone. You will find this to be a very warm and caring place to come. No one understands as much as someone who has gone thru the same things.Feel free to ask any question - no need to be shy - this is the one place that "pooh" stories are the norm. LOL

So happy you found the forum. I will be praying for you.

Blessings to all,

Debbie (gramma)

Fight for my love
Posts: 1530
Joined: Jun 2009

Welcome Aud,my husband was diagnosed with rectal cancer stage 2 in May.He went through the chemo and radiation,surgery,and now more chemo.All the treatment has gone well,the patholgy report after surgery showed no sign of cancer left,but for insurance,my hubby just started adjuvant chemo today.Don't be afraid,sometime we are just overly worried.You will get through the treatment fine.After you finish all the treatment, when you look at it back,it is just going to be a bad memory and you will leave this behind and go on your life.If you have any questions and I know the answers,I would like to help you.Good luck to you with all the treatment.Take care.

kktylo
Posts: 17
Joined: Oct 2009

Welcome Aud. I am new here as well. We will make it through and see this as a bad memory.

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cyndi2324
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Joined: Oct 2009

Welcome Aud and Happy Birthday. I haven't been a member long but I enjoy the conversations, knowledge, and caring that these good people share.
Hang in there.
cyndi2324

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daydreamer110761
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Joined: Dec 2008

stage IIIb cc here. nice to meet you. finished up with chemo back in may, so far so good...

Glad to see you found the boards, these guys help you through the worst and the best of times. Great crowd.

Sherrie

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mommyof2kds
Posts: 522
Joined: Mar 2009

Welcome Aud, I was diagnosed in feb 09 with stage 3 rectal CA. presently doing 12 cycles of chemo, next week is week 8. LOts of info and help on this board. Feel free to ask any questions, lots of smart people on here.. Petrina

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karguy
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Joined: Apr 2009

I'm sorry about your dx,but if you have any questions just ask,some one will have some answers for you,I hope your treatments go ok.If you need to vent or anything else,just come here.

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tootsie1
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Hi. Welcome to the board! I'm sorry you're feeling poorly, and I'm especially sorry you have reason to be here, but I do think you'll be glad to have this group in your corner.

*hugs*
Gail

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Nana b
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Hi Audrey, you will soon learn all that we have learned on this site. I was very ignorant about the topic and the old folks took me under their wing......... lol

Ask away.........

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Sonia32
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Joined: Mar 2009

Just wanted to add my welcome, glad you have found us. Keep us posted on how you are doing, even if you want to vent, cry, laugh, we are all here for you.
Hugs Sonia

coloCan
Posts: 1956
Joined: Oct 2009

I too started with Xeloda (plus oxy via port)and radiation for stage 3. Be ready for a rollercoaster ride but you must think positive, be as strong as you can(and this regimen WILL make you stronger than you were before)and do what you can to minimize side effects, which hit each of us differently. Your doctors shoulod help here, as well as the experiences of the people here. Hoping you have as little discomfort and the best results possible.....Steve

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lesvanb
Posts: 911
Joined: May 2008

I'm sorry that you have the dx that you have but glad that you have found our site.Greta group of folks here with lots of good stuff to share, and lots of support.
Post away and Happy B-day!

all the best, Leslie

earied
Posts: 22
Joined: Aug 2009

I am one year survivor of rectal cancer, NED. I have been where you are and know what you are going through. I still have down days. Relay on your family and friends, plus this board for support. I also went trough surgery, radiation and chemo.

Ann

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sfmarie
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You will find this board to be informative, inspiring and loving. There are so many people here fighting the fight and lots of survivors to inspire you. I think this journey is tough, but the kindness of strangers and friends and family is touching. Marie

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