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  • BernadetteH has replied to a post on the message board

    I wish you the very best.  Regarding diet choices it has been amazing to see the increased label organic products in our grocery stores.  Just two years ago we had to go out of town to a wonderful (and expensive, lol) chain.  I do not juice but I have access to a wide choice of dairy, vegetables & fruit, most meats (although pricey) and seafood that is free of artificial colors and additives.  ...

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      I am Stage 3...so far no mets evidently.  My Primary checks me out every three months and my CEA is still in the normal range.  Following my colon surgery I was evaluated by the head Oncologist and given an analysis of my pojected life span with and without chemo.  Many people, btw, do not agree that there is validity to that type of analysis.  I weighed my options and made my choice...for me.&nbs...

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        Although I have refused chemo I surely would not encourage others to seek my advice.  After two years of reading this message board I am not convinced that there is a "right" answer that applies to everyone...I'm not even sure if my choice was right for me.  One thing that I do believe 100% is that the patient should be in the driver's seat.  Imho family members often are so unprepared to face the end ...

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        • BernadetteH has replied to a post on the message board

          Certainly we each have different personalities..and so do the health care team members.  So often I read on message boards that "he/she has to fight".  Imho the decision to pursue more treatments are made by family members who just can't live with the possibility that the end is near.  I am 73 and my husband is 81.  I have made it ridiculously clear to our family members that it is my choice for t...

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          • BernadetteH has replied to a post on the message board

            Having raised eight I think I qualify as an expert.  Not a cancer expert but a parenting expert.  If you have the money do not hesitate to share with your Mom that you need to make an appointment for your peace of mind.  I had my 26 year old grandson do that this year because on this message board. I read a thread about kids in their twenties who ended up with serious issues because "most" patients are...

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              I'm absolutely not the expert but I don't think you should hesitate about sharing info and asking questions with your specialist.  You have every right to call and ask "what does it mean that these symptoms are back?"  Many times patients hesitate to make contact before the next scheduled appointment but your Oncologist works for you and can't possibly make the best decisions if not fully informed.  I...

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              • BernadetteH has replied to a post on the message board

                A heavy duty truck parts business that we are hoping to sell. Sigh!

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                • BernadetteH has replied to a post on the message board

                  Deby, I'm sorry none of the professionals will "man up" but by stressing that you should study the pet scan report...I guess that is their way of trying to inform you.  If Walt is pain free at home then Hospice doesn't sound like it is needed yet.  I am the patient and so far I'm fortunate that I have not gotten worse.  My understanding is that "when and if" you are not able to care for him alone or i...

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                  • BernadetteH has replied to a post on the message board

                    I've been thinking about you and wondering if you were able to meet with "the kid" and get some sort or resolution to the various problems issues.  Sending caring thoughts for you and your husband.  BernadetteH

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                      I surely don't have any answers for you but truly I have been amazed how few patients seem to be given a full overall picture of the various choices available.  Fortunately for me I do not have multiple issues yet but after reading message boards for over a year it reminds me of "kick the ball" when there are multiple surgeons, oncologists, physicians in general.  What I "think" is that nobody wants to be t...

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                      Colon Cancer
                      Cancer Diagnosis, Cancer Nutrition, Cancer Prevention, Diet, Emotional Support

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