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Post by jeangenie on Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:03 pm

Briefly I have been posting on the nutrition forum while I have been on Chemo for colon cancer. I had a CT scan a couple of months ago half way through chemo and it was clear. Now I've finished I have had a PET scan and will get the results on Monday afternoon. If it is also clear I will officially be in remission and will move into the monitoring programme. I intend to continue eating and living primally as it has been such a help through all the treatment. I have managed much better than most other patients according to my oncologist.
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Post by Glass Full of Air on Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:34 pm

That is amazing and wonderful to hear! Here's to a good result on Monday. Smile

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Post by Narrowminded on Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:27 am

Jeangenie - WTG with the chemo and being primal. Maybe you can teach your Dr. a thing or two about the nutrition advice he gives to his chemo patients.

Here's to a clean PET results.

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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:41 am

Nutrition is such a tremendous boost for our immune systems. Glad your results are coming up stellar. No doubt this trend will continue for you.
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Post by jeangenie on Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:48 am

Thank you, Fireflower. I have everything crossed at the moment for this afternoon. Cool
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Post by Rig D on Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:36 am

Hoping your results came out as you planned. You've been fighting hard, keep it going.
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Post by jeangenie on Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:55 am

Thank you, Rig. We had a very frustrating trip to the hospital. The scan is there (it was done at another hospital) but the Multi Disciplinary Team have to discuss it before I get the results so I wasted an afternoon! Now on for a week on Wednesday. They assure me the scan will be discussed this Friday but I will still be phoning before we leave. Still, the poor young doctor was able to tell me my blood is good - I am bloody good!!
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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:21 pm

Yes! Good 1st news!
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Post by Meant2Move on Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:01 pm

No doubt you are "bloody good"! Hoping your results are clear.
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Post by jeangenie on Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:29 am

Thanks! It's the waiting that is the hardest but I am trying to keep busy.

I am battling a bit to stay on plan - I lost 18lbs while on chemo. I'm not unhappy with that! I was not underweight - 5'4", 123lbs but I think my body is trying to make it back up to 144lbs where we started. I am hungry for carbs but I don't want to indulge!

I always have a fine line to tread as too few carbs causes 'keto itch' and too many puts on weight and makes me feel sluggish. Time to start recording what I'm doing, I think. I use cronometer when I do.
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Post by Narrowminded on Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:02 pm

Jean - i so sorry about your frustating trip to the Dr. I wonder why they had you come in, if they had no info to give. Good idea calling a head next week.

It sounds like your weight might be a little low and maybe why you are craving carbs. I seem to have a delicate balance as well. Good luck finding the right ratio to satisfy you body w/o causing unnecessary gain.

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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:40 pm

Perhaps balancing the ratio towards fat can help with cravings.  Whenever I up them, cravings disappear.
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Post by Annieh on Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:54 am

For me it's protein. Enough of that and I don't feel hungry.
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Post by The Walrus on Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:00 pm

Avocados! They are magic food for me. Satisfying and carb cravings eliminated. I find it difficult to always have a properly ripe one around, though.
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Post by Lovebird on Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:36 am

Hi Jean! Hope all is well and you're simply busy like most of us. So nice to have you here. Very Happy
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Post by jeangenie on Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:54 pm

I haven't been on the internet much lately because of a pretty spectacular laptop crash. New machine arriving tomorrow with any luck!
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Post by Narrowminded on Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:33 pm

Yikes! I hope the new one will prove itself quite quickly. Best to you
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Post by jeangenie on Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:40 am

Up and waiting for the courier!! The UK is in the grip of winter with snow so everything has ground to a halt!
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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:09 pm

I can't imagine being snowed in. Thoughts of cozy fireplace and fluffy blankets to you. Hope your laptop has arrived!
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Post by jeangenie on Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:23 pm

British delivery drivers are a delicate bunch - maybe tomorrow they will venture out from the city into the countryside!!
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Post by Narrowminded on Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:12 pm

I'm afraid I'd get lumped in the the British delivery drivers. I don't like snow and I avoid driving in it unless absolutly necessary. Smile
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Post by jeangenie on Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:11 pm

Well, I've been to the hospital and seen the results of the PET scan. First of all, the cancer has not spread. Great news! But - there's always a but, isn't there! - There is a considerable uptake of glucose at the site of the operation where the surgeon joined the bowel back together. My tumour markers are low so it is likely to be inflammation or another polyp so back I go for another colonoscopy as soon as possible and another consultation on January 3rd. I do hope this will soon be finished!
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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:26 pm

Hopefully, inflammation and body's reaction to the surgery is likely provoker. Strength to you and sending good vibes your way, JG.
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Post by Lovebird on Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:33 pm

Heuristicfireflower wrote:Hopefully, inflammation and body's reaction to the surgery is likely provoker.  Strength to you and sending good vibes your way, JG.

+1

Not exactly the kind of news you were hoping for... at least not all of it.
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Post by Rig D on Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:09 pm

The glucose uptake is worrisome. Hopefully you can starve that sucker down and out.
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