I have NEVER had smelly feet, and all the sudden in the last month or so, they smell awful! I've heard that a lot of toxins come out of your feet-- is it possible that the chemo is escaping through…Continue
I just emptied my bag and was confused by a sweet smell. I confirmed that it was my bag. It smelled good-- like rice pudding. A little weird, but I wonder what I did-- I'd much rather smell rice…Continue
So, I've been off of chemo for almost 4 weeks now. My hair is still falling out as bad as it was before. Just 4 rounds of FOLFOX and I've lost more than half of my hair (measuring thickness when…Continue
I was asked to give the survivor speech for the Tacoma/Seattle Undy tomorrow. Here's what I plan to say.
Some kids are afraid of the dark. Me? I was afraid of cancer. My dad was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer when I was three. And again when I was 6. I never met my grandma. Colon cancer claimed her life more than a decade before I was even born. In my mind, it wasn't a question of if I would get cancer, it was when.
My dad died when I was…Continue
My colitis is flaring badly and now I need to move up my surgery to remove my rectum. I had my colon removed and an ileostomy in Nov of last year, but they left in my rectum because the surgeon was really hopeful that I would be a good candidate for a take-down. I am not. There is NO way I could hold onto anything as liquidy as my output. I've known I needed an ostomy since long before I found out about the cancer. I know I will be happier without the rectum-- I wish they had taken it…Continue
I finally got around to starting a blog about my cancer journey. It'll be equal parts of my own story mixed with information about colon cancer and lynch syndrome. I think it's really important because there are just no personal stories out there about people dealing with lynch-- I know because I LOOKED! And most of you know that when I look, I look hard-- lots of in-depth research.
Anyway, check it out: …Continue
So, it turns out that I had no infection-- they took blood cultures from three different spots (port and both arms), urine, throat, and X-rays and NOTHING. My fever was probably caused by a minor virus, but my blood levels all look good so they're not too worried about it.
The WEIRD thing is that my blood showed that I was having a severe allergic reaction. The doctor is pretty sure that all of my cold-like symptoms are because of that. And the best guess is the cat allergy…Continue