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Marky1
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 1/18/2008 10:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, This is Mark.
I was just diagnosed with a rectal cancer on November 2, 2007.
My doc started chemo (3 sessions in the beginning in January, 3 should be at the end, along with daily radiation for 5 weeks). Yes, it took Kaiser 2 month to start the treatment.
I am taking Trezadone 30 mg for sleeping and also Hydromorphone 5 mg for pain.
Doc just called me today, after the blood test, and informed me that my WBC
(white blood cells count was just 2), very low, and he will stop the radiation for a while,
till my count bounces back.
I am depressed.
Any help/comments is appreciated.
Thank you very much,
Mark.
This is my first post here.

georgialady
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Date Joined Aug 2004
Total Posts : 1169
   Posted 1/18/2008 11:16 PM (GMT -7)   
''first welcome mark to healingwell''the next thing sounds like you have a good doctor and you are coming
along very well--I KNOW YOU FEEL DEPRESSED BUT EVERYTHING YOU SAY SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE DOING
WELL---JUST''TAKE 1 DAY AT A TIME''REST WHEN YOU CAN,KEEP ALL YOUR APPOINTMENTS AND''NEVER''
LET THIS DISEASE GET YOU DOWN---MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU--BEST WISHES..
crohns since 1994-retired-


randynoguts
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   Posted 1/19/2008 3:49 AM (GMT -7)   
too bad about the cancer, but is this in addition to crohn's disease? we can give our sympathy but i don't think we are set up for this type of cancer. i encourage you to keep looking for some type of specific cancer forum so that you may get the help and advice you are searching for..
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stkitt
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 1/19/2008 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello Marky1
This is Kitt and Welcome to HealingWell and the Crohn's Forum. I am sorry to hear of your cancer and I can certainly understand why you are depressed.

We have a whole forum dedicated to depression:

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=19

The members in the depression forum  live with depression daily and their stories are amazing.  Please consider posting in that forum too.  I know you will find the members in Depression supportive and knowledgable.

Again a warm welcome to HealingWell and stay with us my friend.


 


 
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John's wife
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 1/21/2008 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Marky1
My husband was also diagnosed with Rectal cancer at age 37, 14 years after diganosis of UC or Crohn's (still undetermined which one, even after surgery). He had an abscess and was very ill for several months, including being on TPN for a few weeks to get him strong enough to have surgery. He had a total prococolectomy and permanent ilsotomy 2/2005. After the surgery, the pathology showed cancer, which we were not expecting. He was advised to do chemo and radiation after the surgery. He had 1 round of chemo (Oxiliplatin and 5-FU) but had a reaction to the 5-FU and could not take any more chem. He had 30 radiation treatments over 6 weeks and is now cancer free. When you are going through the diagnosis and treatment, I think it is important to take it one day at a time. I made a calander and marked it off day by day as a sort of count down until the end of the treatments. Looking back now (it has now been 3 years), we feel this whole ordeal brought us closer together and closer to God. Remember, God does not make mistakes, but He sometimes allows bad things to come into our lives for a reason. We cannot always understand why, but be reassurred there is a reason you are going through this. It's hard to understand why bad things happen to good people, but there is a reason. My huisband was hospitalized 8 times over a 6 month period with serious complication related to his Crohn's and surgery, but if you were to ask him about his experience, he would tell you it has changed his life for the better. I do not wish cancer, or Crohn's, or any other serious illness on anyone, but it is in the valley's of our lives is where we do the growing. We cannot always live life on the mountain tops. I am sorry you and your family have to deal with this. Try to keep a positive mind and just take it one day at a time.
John's wife

Glad Bag
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 699
   Posted 1/21/2008 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   
also check the ostomy forum on this site, many there have beaten colon cancer and have great lifes!
"The things that make us feel so abnormal, are actually the things that make us all the same" - from PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives - by Frank Warren

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