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the day after the onc visit last week i had some bright red blood again.
the last time was 20 june a week before my fiji holiday.
all checked out, all clear given then. was it just a popped blood vessel.

in my first 3 monthly on checkup.
the first question my onc asked me was "any blood ?"
i said no, none. bowels have been pretty good.
all the blood tests were excellent.

so i called the onc back the next day and leave a message about the blood.
how ironic, the blood arrives the day after the onc visit. i know its not the power of
suggestion, just a flukey co-incidence. but how co-incidental.

i get a callback from my surgeon's office he wants to see me asap friday arvo.

so i had a great day two days ago, was just a little worried. its was daughters birthday. see the post.

yesterday was at my friends funeral he died quickly from aggressive lung cancer.

today is my 45th birthday! all i want for a present is a "no recurrence present"

yes i could be described as an enthusiastic supporter of alternative / complementary therapies.

but just to be balanced i am going to be equally enthusiatic about using our wonderful health system. any little issue i am running to the onc or the surgeon.

i am pleased they responded so promptly, despite me being a bit of a pain with my walking therapy email.

I am asking the universe for the best birthday present ? My bowels have been very different the last few days, lots of gas, explosive poos, drip poos, a little discomfort. so where theres smoke theres fire. i hope this is just another pooped blood vessel, but my stools were getting pretty normal and now they look like poorly formed blobs of mud. i just don't want to miss any warning signs again.

my goal is good looking stools. i know this sounds crazy. perhaps it is.

my health tip, always have the light on when you poo at night, always look at your stool. if its not a goodlooking stool take a photo, i got some shots to show the surgeon when he asks what it looks like. instead of saying well it looks like well shiiit.

hugs,
pete

MrsJP
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I hope you get your birthday wish, I think you will. I no how scary this all is. Take a deep breath and relax. Bright red blood is new blood, probably a broken blood vessel or gastro infection. Your Doc seems to be on it. Try to enjoy your day, your family.

Best Wishes
JP

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you were spot on just what the doctor said.
my wife was their , we were so relieved.
it was a great birthday present.
its just life has been so good lately, i worry about something coming along to prck the bubble.
its a catch 22 position.
i enjoyed my day
hugs,
pete

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Happy Birthday Pete!

Best wishes always, Cynthia

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hugs,
pete

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Just wishing you a very happy birthday and hoping that you had a great day. Everytime I told my doctor about blood in my stool he said "oh I'm not worried about that." Had some blood in June right before my flex sig and he said everything looked good just could have been the hemrhoid that he saw, but he is never worried about it. He is such a wonderful doctor and very patient with all my worries. Hope your doctor says you are fine which I'm sure you are. Happy Birthday.

Hugs! Kim

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First... Happy Birthday!! Second...... I am sure you have no worries.... but just in case....I will keep you in my prayers! Take care

Jennie

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i am happy happy again, just the red blood, well its just like the blood that saved me to some extent. back around 27th june 2010 the same red blood, but it was fresh from the rectal tumour. the surgeon the colonoscopy 3 months ago was clear, nothing could come back that fast. i am so relieved. this crc journey never gets boring ! does it ?

i know we got the bowels issue in common, just that mine have improved 1000%, recently. a couple of immodiums and maybe 4 poos a day. no pain. its unbelievable.

i am feeling better than normal, nice and healthy, so the blood really rattled me.

i think we both have wonderful doctors, thank god.

hugs,
pete

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Hey Pete,
I'm new here but have been secretly reading everyone's threads for awhile now.
I just wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
I'll keep you in my prayers tonight. I hope that it is just a popped blood vessel.
I'll pray that the universe gives you your "no recurrence present"

P.S. It looks like we have a common goal. I would also love to have normal good looking stool. Oh, I also love your poop threads.

Karen

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its nice to know someone likes the poo threads.
your prayers worked, so thanks.
welcome to the team. its tragic its such a big wonderful team.

hugs,
pete

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That is so wierd, mine is the 25th - tomorrow. 57 years old.

Good luck with the poo

relaxoutdoors08
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Happy Birthday to both of you. Wishing a good test results for everyone.
Prayers,
NB

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happy birthday as well, mate.
goodluck with the poo, well its only the kind of wish us crc's can share.

hugs,
pete

ps here is to many mnay more birthday for us all.

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Blow gently on all those candles, wouldn't want to be starting a bush fire now, would we?
Happy Birthday!
Winter Marie

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i'll blow gently when i get my cake tomorrow at my friends place.
they live near a forest so its good advice, i guess you saw the fire alarm going off in my daughters class.

she's got lots of great memories.

hugs,
pete

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Hope things are ok where the sun don't shine. For goodness sakes If you get asked to do a survey about what you do at night please lie and if they ask if you are into photogrophy ,lie a lot.Wishing you good health and a long life,Ron.

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its all good in the dark places according to the surgeon.
we speak each of us in perculiar phrases that many reading these threads would not have a glue about.

ok i'll lie a bit.

i want to be the worlds best underwater photographer, not the worlds shitttyest photgrapher.

but you started this line of diswcussion, so you asked for it.
i had to wait 50 minutes in the doctors surgery yesterday. like all great colorectal surgeons, he has a loo in his rooms. i had to go. i put the paper in the waste basket.
i took the photo.

the doctor came to get me, i said do you want to see the photo or the real thing ?
he said the real thing! so we walked into the bathroom and studies my poo.

he said " i have seen alot worse, its not to bad"
and then explained how the blood vessels and the nerves keep on forming around the reconnected rectum and bowel.

hugs,
pete

ps i wish us the best health and the rest of the world as well.

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Right Pete, you know I think you and Ron and the greatest Aussies I know on here.
What your going through at the moment, worrying about reoccurrences, your poop is it all normal especially as your recently in remission. I know coming out after mine, I had the same fears and worries. Not a competition with stages here, but my stage 3 is worse then yours so, lol hopefully you'll get what I'm saying in a bit.

I was checking my number 2's like mad, and I would say it on here I remember Phil said something that I could end up on poop watch forever I think something along those lines. Woke me up a bit, yes you have to be vigilant, you have to do the best you can for yourself. Try and educate others along the way, but you can't let this damn disease run your life for however long you have left on this earth.

You have a family, a life and this disease does not deserve to be at the dinner table as a family member.

My poop this morning was yellow, first thought omg is it pancreatic something? But these days I try and rationalise things, say for example what you eat can effect the way number 2's come out. Bleeding had a bit of that, but I know and can feel an anal fissure, that seems to be healing. Can't recall if you had colon surgery to remove the tumour but that will also effect things, it will take time for your body to re adjust.

Honestly not trying to have a go at you, but I just want you to try and relax my friend. There is a post someone brought up 'stage 4 colon cancer' two years old. Two people from it have passed on but there words are so relevant, if you haven't already please read it, especially the post from our Donna and John.

Sorry if I sound like I'm lecturing I'm trying not too, just lost my late mum's brother on Tuesday and it's my mums anniversary on Sunday so feeling..not sure.

But anyway hugs I hope it's just a vessel, remember don't over do things either with your body like over exercising etc that will also effect things internally. 35 and I sound 75 urghh lol.

Hugs

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last chemo was mid april 2011, how time flys.
reconnection 6th may.

so i have been potty trsining 4 months almost, and getting much better at it.
its like riding a bike, you never forget. but i cannot ride like i used to if you knbow what i mean. i am glad you mentioned checking poo's, i don't feel so crazy.

i agree about not letting this dam disease run my life and i am trying, i am actually using it to save my life.

i have boxed myself into a corner, if i give up walking, tcm, supplements, juicing, meditating and it comes back well i'll question the decision. if i stick to my regimes loose then at least i gave it the good old college try. if i win, well i'll just be as healthy as possible.

i may seem obsessive here, but in real life, i sneak a piece of chocolate, have the occaisional hot chip and i even had lamb shank soup at my friends last nigth for dinner. i try to keep all my alternatives happening but don't worry if i don't.

i am relaxed sometimes, but looking after the kids, driving, school, meals, the house and then my cancer stuff.

lecture away, its a healthy discussion.

its just a vessel, thankgod.

at the colorectal surgeons yesterday, the exercising was raised by my wife. as i lost the fat , we have found some little hernias. he said leave them another 12 months, if no other big surgeries, he will go in and patch them up. i showed him all the stomach exercises from the physio. he saidf i was healthier than he was and to go for it.

i learnt something very important. that 4 week cap between resection and folfox is critical. give i did not eat for the first 14 days of that period, i believe peak nutrition post op is key to a good repair. my surgeon implied the flofox does not help
with regard to the healing of the stomach muscles.

sorry about your uncle, its great to remember and be grateful for our family and friends. having this death around us makes me possibly a little to passionate, but thats the way i am.

hugs,
pete

ps i have been joined the life extension foundation, the big book with a few heavy cancer chapters specically mentions stage 3 benefitting from tagamet the antacid. just mentioning i am seriously going to check it out.

dorookie
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as it was my 43rd birthday too...So happy Birthday and I hope you get what you asked for, good results and nothing is wrong and that you will poop somewhat normal soon...

HUGS
Beth

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happy birthday to you too. i hope you had a great day.
i got good news, so it was the best present.

hugs,
pete

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Praying for you Pete! I hope your poo analysis is off. I know since Ive been juicing the beets twice has made my poo red (very red). I'm sure its tough because its not even me who has the cancer diagnoses and still yet I analyse my poo continuously! Keep us posted Pete! I feel that this is a false alarm! Prayers going up for you!! Stephanie

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your gut feeling is spot on, false alram.
i am releived.
yes i too know the wonderful effect of beetroot juice.
but deep purple and bright red, even when i blinked a few times.

its nice to know we got a few poo watchers here, even if the don't post about
it as much as i do. i got to work on my small talk, then i might have some other more interesting subjects to talk about.

hugs,
pete

lauragb
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First of all, Happy Birthday! I want you to know I am praying and affirming for a good outcome to your appointment. I guess many of us are avid poop watchers. I think good looking stools is a good goal to have, one I aspire to in the future once more of my treatment is done. I totally get it. And I hope you achieve that goal.

In balance and light, although like you said the balance part is hard, since it is more of a roller coaster. If we can only achieve some inner balance to help us while on the coaster....

Laura

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hugs!

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all is good.

hugs,
pete

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its been a lovelly birthday and good news from my doctor.
all the kind thoughts and prayers here have raised my spirits.

here's to the inner balance.

just hang on while on the scary parts of the roller cioaster.

hugs,
pete

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