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chirurgeon
05-04-2008, 09:56 PM
I am a Rectal Cancer Victor (I like that designation so much better than survivor. In my view, I won my fight.) Any way, because I was diagnosed prior to my 50th birthday, by over 2 1/2 years, I am considered an anomaly so my surgeon wants me to have annual colonoscopies. The colonoscopy is a breeze. The preparation on the other hand. This is my 4th in 2 years. One for diagnosis, one for prep for surgery, one last May as a check up. My doctor refuses to use the pills out there. I must thank him for not using the gallon or 1/2 gallon of the horrible stuff to drink. I have to drink the Fleet Phospho Soda. That is terrible enough. And the running to the bathroom all day. Well, I'm trying to lose weight. This should help for Saturday's Weight Watchers weigh in.

Kim

KarlaG4Kids
05-04-2008, 09:59 PM
Good luck with both the colonoscopy and the weigh in. I'm a weight watcher too and some days I seriously THINK about drinking the stuff so that I can loose some more weight! (I've lost 80 lbs and I am within 18 lbs of my goal weight so it is starting to go really slow). Hope everything goes well for you tomorrow! Dream of Disney when you are out!

willis37862
05-04-2008, 10:01 PM
I am a Rectal Cancer Victor (I like that designation so much better than survivor. In my view, I won my fight.) Any way, because I was diagnosed prior to my 50th birthday, by over 2 1/2 years, I am considered an anomaly so my surgeon wants me to have annual colonoscopies. The colonoscopy is a breeze. The preparation on the other hand. This is my 4th in 2 years. One for diagnosis, one for prep for surgery, one last May as a check up. My doctor refuses to use the pills out there. I must thank him for not using the gallon or 1/2 gallon of the horrible stuff to drink. I have to drink the Fleet Phospho Soda. That is terrible enough. And the running to the bathroom all day. Well, I'm trying to lose weight. This should help for Saturday's Weight Watchers weigh in.

Kim

Congrats on being a Cancer Victor :grouphug: I hope it's all over and done with quickly and you won't have to worry about it for another year!

wdwdancerwannabe
05-04-2008, 10:05 PM
.... Well, I'm trying to lose weight. This should help for Saturday's Weight Watchers weigh in.

Kim

Good for you for looking on the bright side!!!!:thumbsup2

Kelly B Disney
05-04-2008, 10:06 PM
You need some support and need to re charge! Keep strong even though the colonoscopy sucks... I am in an emotional upheaval not like what you are going through...I am already planning my next trip in my head and trying to focus on living life and not getting overwhelmed by my issues. Keep strong and think about the common thing we share ...our love for Disney!!! You will be ok and maybe I will meet you at Disney someday for a pina colada at the Polynesian bar!!! Good luck and be well ..most of al Head Up!!!! after all you are a 'dis" er:cheer2:

LilGMom
05-04-2008, 10:13 PM
Good luck and congrats on being a Victor!! :thumbsup2

Tonya2426
05-04-2008, 10:17 PM
You are right - the prep is the worst part. My doctor won't use the pill prep either. The Fleet Phospho Soda is actually the easiest for me to choke down. I have to have yearly colonoscopies and my doctor is going to let me try the Miralax prep for my June scope. :woohoo: (Nothing like getting excited about your next colonoscopy prep!! Since I am 40, I get to look forward to about 40 more colonoscopies. ) :cool1:


But don't you just love the feeling after the prep is done and you weigh yourself and you've lost like 10 pounds. It is such a nice little surprise - albeit short lived until you eat and drink again. Still it is nice and a little light at the end of the prep tunnel.

Good luck tomorrow!!!!!

chirurgeon
05-04-2008, 10:54 PM
Tonya, what is the Miralax prep? I might bring that up to my dr.

One dr. story. When I first went to my surgeon for the first consultation after my diagnosis my mom and I were waiting outside his office, we had gotten there a little before their lunch hour was over. Anyway, as we were standing there, the door to the office waiting room opens and out comes this super cute dr. I saw his id badge and he is MY new dr. I said to my mom "That's him, that's Dr. X." She said "No, that's not him. He's too young." Dr X is in his early 40s. I told her that is him, I saw his badge. Every cloud has a silver lining. Even better, he is so nice. All of my drs through this entire thing have been so wonderful. And my oncologist's wife is also a Disney enthusiast. We always talk about Disney when I see him. OK that's 2 dr. stories.

Kim

Tonya2426
05-04-2008, 11:55 PM
Tonya, what is the Miralax prep? I might bring that up to my dr.

One dr. story. When I first went to my surgeon for the first consultation after my diagnosis my mom and I were waiting outside his office, we had gotten there a little before their lunch hour was over. Anyway, as we were standing there, the door to the office waiting room opens and out comes this super cute dr. I saw his id badge and he is MY new dr. I said to my mom "That's him, that's Dr. X." She said "No, that's not him. He's too young." Dr X is in his early 40s. I told her that is him, I saw his badge. Every cloud has a silver lining. Even better, he is so nice. All of my drs through this entire thing have been so wonderful. And my oncologist's wife is also a Disney enthusiast. We always talk about Disney when I see him. OK that's 2 dr. stories.

Kim

From what the Nurse Practitioner told me, you mix Miralax with Gatorade. She said it wasn't that bad. I asked about the Fleet Phoso prep but they won't use that one anymore and I have refused to do the Golytely prep - in fact I told the doctor I would rather not eat for 10 days than do the Golytely prep again. So we settled on the Miralax prep, although the Nurse said most doctors don't like it. I go to the Mayo Clinic which uses a central scheduling system and the Nurse had to override the scheduling system so I would get my doctor for the colonoscopy since the other doctors in the GI dept. won't allow the Miralax prep (something about leaving residue and making the colonoscopy harder to perform).

Good news about the cute doctor though. Although, I generally like my male doctors to be someone I wouldn't want to date - just something about a man I think is cute seeing my bare butt when I am passed out from Versed without having bought me dinner first. :confused3 :rotfl: :confused3

miss missy
05-05-2008, 12:20 AM
:grouphug: My MIL had one done last month. All is well thank god, but boy did she put it off, not wanting to go to that appointment. She is also at WW's and down 60 lbs in a year :cool1:

She said it wasn't too bad, but glad it is over with.

Sorry you days stunk (opps LOL just typed that, no pun intended LOL)

It should be over soon and lets pray for another clean bill of health! :thumbsup2

macheath
05-05-2008, 01:25 AM
I am a Rectal Cancer Victor (I like that designation so much better than survivor. In my view, I won my fight.) Any way, because I was diagnosed prior to my 50th birthday, by over 2 1/2 years, I am considered an anomaly so my surgeon wants me to have annual colonoscopies. The colonoscopy is a breeze. The preparation on the other hand. This is my 4th in 2 years. One for diagnosis, one for prep for surgery, one last May as a check up. My doctor refuses to use the pills out there. I must thank him for not using the gallon or 1/2 gallon of the horrible stuff to drink. I have to drink the Fleet Phospho Soda. That is terrible enough. And the running to the bathroom all day. Well, I'm trying to lose weight. This should help for Saturday's Weight Watchers weigh in.

Kim

Congrats on being a Victor! I love how you put that.

Just wanted to say, good luck! I know it is a "yucky" day. I had to have a colonoscopy a few years ago for diagnostic purposes. My dr. did give me the pills and I'm not sure that it would be any better than the Fleet Phospho Soda. They are HUGE pills and you have to take them every so many minutes and drink ginger ale when you are taking them. It made me so sick...:sick: I still can't look at ginger ale without wanting to run to the bathroom:crazy2: I will say it is better than the Go-lytly though.

Versed is an amazing drug, huh? I asked for a "6-pack" to go and heard them laughing as I drifted off...

Well, wanted to wish you Luck and pixiedust: !

Mouse Skywalker
05-05-2008, 06:00 AM
I wanted to tip my hat to you too for being a cancer victor. Congratulations! We're so glad you're here. Good luck with everything today. Hang in there, and keep up the positive attitude.

Regina
05-05-2008, 07:06 AM
:hug: I hope that the procedure goes well and you're given a clean bill of health.

As far as the prep...........:scared1:

calypso*a*go-go
05-05-2008, 09:42 AM
Just reading this is making me clench (and I'm not talking teeth here!) :teeth: Fingers crossed for a clean bill of health and another notch on the cancer survivor headboard. :thumbsup2

kimbac3
05-05-2008, 09:54 AM
Congratulations Cancer Victor!!!:cheer2:
Good luck today pixiedust: pixiedust:


Kimba

IWISHFORDISNEY
05-05-2008, 10:50 AM
Congrats on beating it!!!! that is huge! Good luck with your prep they suck.:scared:

TheWeasel
05-05-2008, 10:54 AM
Whenever I go for the check-ups and have to drink the syrup or get pricked or poked, I always think of those who have it far worse. Keep up the positive attitude and remember "Life IS good!". I don't believe in wishing luck because I know it will all be good!

mommyceratops
05-05-2008, 06:36 PM
Ahhh....hugs I will be thinking of you tomorrow.

I had to do the prep once it was not fun!

parrotheadlois
05-05-2008, 08:31 PM
Here's a song for you - congratulations Victor (:

http://soundclick.com/share?songid=720675


(just click play)

Disneybridein2k3
05-05-2008, 08:43 PM
Keep up that great positive thinking - it was kept DH going (he is a hodgkins "victor")! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!

sconnell
05-05-2008, 08:53 PM
DH hooks up the portable DVD player in the bathroom (with his playstation) and just camps out! lol. :happytv: Kind of gives this smiley a whole new meaning!

dunbarfamily
05-05-2008, 09:03 PM
I am a Rectal Cancer Victor (I like that designation so much better than survivor. In my view, I won my fight.) Well, I'm trying to lose weight. This should help for Saturday's Weight Watchers weigh in.

Kim

I'm not a pod thread member, but wanted to jump in to say congrats on winning your fight! :cool1:

I'm glad you have a positive attitude about it helping with the weigh-in! What a strong person you are!

If it helps, a few people I know who've gone through the prep work say they focus on the fact that in a day or two, it will just be an unpleasant memory and that for them, knowing it won't be forever makes it a bit better.

Good luck! Think of Disney!

DisNutSam
05-05-2008, 09:41 PM
Good luck. I have lost motility in my colon and have had 6 colon preps in the last year and half. I know how you feel about the preps. It is honestly to the point of me gaging when I pass the Fleets soda on the isle. I did the pill prep one time, and honestly it is not picnic either. I'm doing everything and anything to save my colon, my thoughts are with you as you go through your colonospy.

Good luck,
Sammie

chirurgeon
05-06-2008, 01:06 PM
I made it through the prep (YUCK) and the colonoscopy today came out clear. 2 years cancer free officially.

However my very cute surgeon gave me the bad news that he is moving to Boston. His parents are there and are getting up in years and need help. He really didn't seem thrilled going to Boston. He said he got a good job though. He is one of the tops in the field of colo-rectal cancer surgery and treatment. I guess I will have to ask my PCP for another recommendation for some one to follow my case. I just hope my oncologist doesn't go anywhere. But I think his family is all here and he is several years younger than my surgeon so he shouldn't have that problem for a few years. I make another 5 years and I have the statistically normal chance for colorectal cancer.

I am treating myself for a new Ipod to celebrate.

Kim

Tonya2426
05-06-2008, 01:13 PM
I made it through the prep (YUCK) and the colonoscopy today came out clear. 2 years cancer free officially.

However my very cute surgeon gave me the bad news that he is moving to Boston. His parents are there and are getting up in years and need help. He really didn't seem thrilled going to Boston. He said he got a good job though. He is one of the tops in the field of colo-rectal cancer surgery and treatment. I guess I will have to ask my PCP for another recommendation for some one to follow my case. I just hope my oncologist doesn't go anywhere. But I think his family is all here and he is several years younger than my surgeon so he shouldn't have that problem for a few years. I make another 5 years and I have the statistically normal chance for colorectal cancer.

I am treating myself for a new Ipod to celebrate.

Kim


:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: Congratulations on the clean bill of health!!!! :cool1: :cool1: :cool1:

:sad2: :sad2: :sad2: And my condolences on the cute doctor leaving town. :guilty: :guilty: :guilty:

kab407
05-06-2008, 02:02 PM
Congrats Kim! :woohoo: :woohoo: An iPod is a very nice treat!

I got the lecture last week from my Dr that I really should have one done. My Dad passed away from colorectal cancer. I am getting close to the age when he was first diagnosed. Yes, I know that I need to do it. I am not afraid of the actual procedure. Drugs are a good thing! It is the before-you-go prep and the after the scope that scares me. I've heard not so nice stories from several who have had the procedure. Reading this thread was the kick in the butt (sorry couldn't resist) that I needed.

calypso*a*go-go
05-06-2008, 02:08 PM
Excellent news Kim!

BRobson
05-06-2008, 02:52 PM
Congratulations Kim :hug:

DisNutSam
05-06-2008, 02:59 PM
Congrats Kim. I'm so happy for you.

Sammie

chirurgeon
05-06-2008, 03:15 PM
I meant to say this before, thank you everyone for your encouraging words.

Kathy, I won't lie, the prep is not fun. On the other hand I have not had a bad reaction after my 3 colonoscopies, other than being told I had cancer. That wasn't fun, but if I hadn't had the colonoscopy I'd be dead or dying. Please have the colonoscopy. It can save your life. And I want to meet you on the cruise. Please.

Kim

SamIAm21
05-06-2008, 03:21 PM
I made it through the prep (YUCK) and the colonoscopy today came out clear. 2 years cancer free officially.

I am treating myself for a new Ipod to celebrate.

Kim

Congrats Kim! Get yourself the snazziest iPod out there!!

:banana:

kab407
05-06-2008, 03:28 PM
I meant to say this before, thank you everyone for your encouraging words.

Kathy, I won't lie, the prep is not fun. On the other hand I have not had a bad reaction after my 3 colonoscopies, other than being told I had cancer. That wasn't fun, but if I hadn't had the colonoscopy I'd be dead or dying. Please have the colonoscopy. It can save your life. And I want to meet you on the cruise. Please.

Kim

Absolutely! I think there will be a moejeetoe or two calling our names.

Congrats again on your continued clean bill of health.

macheath
05-06-2008, 03:35 PM
Kim,
Just wanted to say "Congrats" on the test results....I'm so happy for you.

Enjoy that new Ipod- you deserve it!

"Life is Good"

Heather

MenashaCorp
05-06-2008, 04:34 PM
Congrats, Kim!! Happy to hear the result came up clear. :woohoo: As for the weight loss, don't worry too much right now. They say your colon looks ten pounds heavier on TV. ;)

polineedyan
05-06-2008, 04:52 PM
First of all, congradulations.
Second, get the 1/2 gallon stuff with the flavor tabs. I am 34 and was 32 when it was discovered I had a 4cm adenoma ("pre-malignant")..
I recommend the drinking stuff, it all seemed to come at once, not all day. I was in the lav about 5 times in 2 hours, and that was it.
It was refreshing, though..:rotfl2:
Anyway, congrats, and good job monitoring yourself and catching this..

sconnell
05-06-2008, 09:36 PM
I made it through the prep (YUCK) and the colonoscopy today came out clear. 2 years cancer free officially.

However my very cute surgeon gave me the bad news that he is moving to Boston. His parents are there and are getting up in years and need help. He really didn't seem thrilled going to Boston. He said he got a good job though. He is one of the tops in the field of colo-rectal cancer surgery and treatment. I guess I will have to ask my PCP for another recommendation for some one to follow my case. I just hope my oncologist doesn't go anywhere. But I think his family is all here and he is several years younger than my surgeon so he shouldn't have that problem for a few years. I make another 5 years and I have the statistically normal chance for colorectal cancer.

I am treating myself for a new Ipod to celebrate.

Kim
:cool1: :cool1: :cool1: :cool1:
Way to go!!!