Still Kicking

It’s 413 days ATN and 13 days since the surgery to reverse the ileostomy. Still Kicking This is just a quick update to let you all know that I’m still alive. For the most part anyway. The ileostomy reversal is a fairly simple procedure compared to the rectal resection a few months ago. We initially… Continue reading Still Kicking

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Reconnecting the Plumbing

It’s 400(!) days ATN and 92 days since the surgery that removed the tumor. Reconnecting the Plumbing The ileostomy reversal is TOMORROW! By some coincidence it’ll be exactly three months from the surgery date that created the ileostomy. The expectation was that I’d have the ileostomy for 6-8 weeks. I have a sneaking suspicion my… Continue reading Reconnecting the Plumbing

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365 Days; Cancer Free?!; …but not quite journey’s end

It’s 365 days ATN, 58 days since surgery, and 52 days since being deemed CANCER-FREE. It’s hard to believe a YEAR has gone by! As a radiologist commented earlier in the week, “You’ve had quite a year!” Diagnostics. Chemo. Chemo-radiation. Surgery. We’re in the home stretch of the journey but still not quite done. It’s… Continue reading 365 Days; Cancer Free?!; …but not quite journey’s end

Everybody Poops – But Not In The Same Way (Life With an Ostomy)

It’s 329 days ATN and 20 days into Life With an Ostomy. It’s also my 21st birthday! (That’s 21b26. At some point you just start adjusting the base. For those of you not so mathematically inclined the Earth loops around the sun roughly 53 times in that time.) Many years ago I couldn’t imagine being… Continue reading Everybody Poops – But Not In The Same Way (Life With an Ostomy)

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Preparing for Surgery; Surgery Day: Day 0; The Day After: Day 1; The Day After The Day After: Day 2; Discharge Day! Day 3

It’s 314 ATN and two days since the hospital staff decided they’d had enough of my company and allowed JT to take me home. So much has happened in the last week, yet so much of it seems like it was in another world. It’s sort of like going on an exotic trip and returning… Continue reading Preparing for Surgery; Surgery Day: Day 0; The Day After: Day 1; The Day After The Day After: Day 2; Discharge Day! Day 3

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Gone?; MRI #3; Recovery

It’s 261 days ATN and 24 days since the last radiation fraction. I’m happy to report things have improved significantly on the radiation side-effects front and we’re now moving into the pre-surgery stage. Which means I have to once again deal with the sun-worshiping medical personnel who have no concept of appropriate sleep times. It’s… Continue reading Gone?; MRI #3; Recovery