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riversmith
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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 10/6/2007 2:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm a Rectal Cancer Patient and have completed Radiation and chemo treatments. I am currently being sceduled for Colostomy. Doc wants me to do a stoma because he is concerned because my Aorta has a graft from surgery for an Anorism. The bag doesn't scare me but I do have concerns; hence I am here to learn. I have been reading posts and find them informative and mostly quite pleasant. I hope that my attitude will be that good 2 months from now. I remember problems of Grandparents and others from years ago. I am almost 71 and retired so many of the problems you guys face I will be spared. I've always spent hours in the gym so exercise is my forte. I am a Power Lifter and my specialty is the Bench Press. I recently began trying to diet and lose weight and that's when I found I had the Cancer. I lost 60 lbs, but that was only a small loss since my weight was 330+. I'll be watching my diet closely with a stoma and I am looking forward to several good years ahead of me. Thanks for listening and I will look forward to lots of good posts in the future. 

peggy113
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1998
   Posted 10/6/2007 5:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Rivresmith,

Welcome to Healing Well! Congrats on completing your radiation and chemo treatments. You mentioned that you have concerns.... well, ask away! That is just exactly what this forum is all about. There are a lot of "newbies" here as well as "veterans". Please make yourself at home and chat with us,
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


JudyK89
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 1986
   Posted 10/6/2007 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
My biggest concern for a power lifter would be a hernia. They are common enough anyway. You reallly need to talk to your surgeon, explain your lifestyle, and have your recovery tailored to your physical regimen. Maybe he can recommend a physical therapist which will help strengthen those ab muscles slowly before you start lifting again.

Good luck to you, I hope you have many, many years ahead for whatever you choose to do.
Judy
49 years old, CD since I was a child.    
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade finally off of Prednisone, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 


Amey
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 10/6/2007 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Riversmith,

Welcome to HealingWell. I am sorry to hear about your cancer scare. I hope you have a full recovery. I think that you will find you can do everything you did before the surgery - even powerlifting. The challenge is going to be accepting that your body is going to have to work its way back into a lifting routine. Don't expect the bench press the same amount of weight that you currently press. You will have to take time off from lifting and then slowly lift little by little while you are healing. I am 7 weeks out of surgery and I have not started lifting yet. I have done push-ups for my arms and upperbody strength but I just stated that this week and I am much weaker than I expected. Be patient with yourself and you will do great!

Best Regards.

riversmith
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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 11/13/2007 4:23 AM (GMT -7)   

I'm Post Op 19 days and practically recovered. I'm trying to learn all the little nuances of bagging. The wafer is very intimdating. Nurse told me yesterday about using Tic-Tacs for deoderant. Really cool and inexpensive. need to start using skin protection, kind of a witch hazel thing; toughens the skin while helping to make a good seal. Learning to make an order that is all-inclusive of needs; what a job.

Well, I am to be permanent on the bag. nothing indefinite about it. My Aortic Anorism Graph settled the discussion. Doc will not consider re-attach(period).

I am going to do more Chemo, Mostly pills but some Drip. My Porto-cath still functioning.

Excuse the shout please. WHEW! I am so relieved. I feel stronger and better everyday. What a Hospital bill. $43,000 plus, next comes Doctors and Labs. There goes the Lexus in my future. I'm thinking "Golf Cart". I will continue the Lease on my Corvette; some pleasures are required in life. The battery-charging system worked, a great value.

I feel so lucky! But not ready for Las Vegas. My best to everyone, I just wanted to share my feelings. I hope everyone is as happy as I am.

Thanks for this forum, It is super to have people with whom I can share.

If I can be of any help to anyone in any way. I'm thinking the Ronald MacDonald House could use a little help so I will look there, it would really assist me to feel helpful.

 

 


flchurchlady
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 2765
   Posted 11/13/2007 4:38 AM (GMT -7)   
River,
I'm so glad to hear you're doing well, and thanks for the Tic-Tac tip... one for me... and one for my bag!! Do you have any insurance to help cover that huge hospital bill?
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06. In remission since surgery.
Pain-free, med-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


peggy113
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1998
   Posted 11/13/2007 5:58 AM (GMT -7)   

Riversmith,

You Did It!!  Welcome back...  Can I tell you how pleasant it is to wake up this morning and read your post?  How nice it is to continue to have a sense of humor.  You will recover just fine.  Feeling better always helps, doesn't it? 

I might say, don't stockpile for a century when it comes to ordering supplies just in case you hear about something "new and improved" that you would like to try.  Also, when you feel up to it, the companies that make the ostomy products are really good about sending you samples when you request them.  That way you can try them out on their dollar to see if you like them better or not.

Personally, I have stuck with almost the same exact setup that I came home from the hospital with back in 1984!  I've only recently added one additional item.  Hey, thanks for the tic tac tip (say that fast 3 times!).  I don't believe I have heard that one yet.

Again, congrats on a successful surgery, good luck on your speedy recovery, and welcome back to  HealingWell.com --- we will be looking for your posts.  And keep us up to date on your recovery...

 

 


Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 

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