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Cancer changes lives.

We have to deal with medical profession.

We have to deal with medications.

We have to deal with new discomfort and pain.

We have to create dignity, where there is indignity.

We have to deal with family members, friends, coworkers, and strangers, in a changed way.

We resolve to go forward with strength, resilience, purpose, pride, and integrity.

We define ourselves. Cancer does not define us.

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Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on October 4, 2013 at 2:28pm
Joan, you have been on a long and difficult journey! And you are so near the end! Hang in there!

The answer in general is yes, thosevsymptoms are expected. The fatigue effects especially build up with time of treatment. Cells thst are injured by radiation, require nutrients and the bodys energy supplies to rebuild.

I will plan on supplying some info for you later. At the moment Im on ipad where ability to link is beyond my skills.

Everyone has a different situation. But I think your symptoms are not too surprising and should improve as you recover from the treatments.
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 4, 2013 at 11:52am

Patricia, I need your fine counsel again. I have only two full weeks left of radiation, and I am beginning to feel nauseous, pain, and just general lethargy. Is that to be expected? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 4, 2013 at 11:50am

Spud, welcome to this group. I know you will have some fine things to share with us. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2013 at 12:11pm

I will pick up Align probiotic this week. Thank you all for the information.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2013 at 12:07pm

Sentient, your "Keypad version of 'motormouth'" is full of information and pertinent questions. Thanks. 

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on October 1, 2013 at 11:35am

Sorry I'm so verbose today  Keypad version of "motormouth".

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on October 1, 2013 at 11:34am

I did some reading about probiotics.   I don't think the answers are all in. 

The bacterial population of the colon is highly diverse.  More than 5,000 different species or strains.   Many of them can not survive the presence of oxygen, or drying out.  That leads to how they get there in the first place.  It is a gradual process, months and years, and the bacteria come from the people closest to us, for the most part.  But also from foods and maybe aerosolization in toilets.  Rare, and controversial is the idea of a fecal transplant from a known healthy, related donor.  That is still very experimental.

Taking antibiotics, having surgery, having chemotherapy - those would be expected to disrupt an ecosystem like clearcutting a forest.  Then it needs to be repopulated.  For some people, that's easy and fast and doesn't require any effort.  For others, it's a more difficult thing.

One question is, would adding back just one or a few species be beneficial, when there are thousands of species?  Some of those thousands, doubtless, self-repopulate from traces not killed off in the first place, or intimate exposures.   Others, maybe not.

The studies have been limited.  They don't seem to concentrate on the chemotherapy  patient.  They seem to have been helpful for irritable bowel syndrome.    Also CNN article.   From the studies, there is some benefit for some patients, but not all.

The other issue is, if the  probiotic is there to replenish the population of that particular species - what is the benefit of continuing to take it?  That would assume it does not take hold and proliferate in the colon.  Understood if there are antibiotics of chemotherapy ongoing, but after they  stop?  I don't know.

Bottom line is, I think if it helps, it's reasonable to take, and if it doesn't, it's reasonable to stop.  That's just my opinion, so take it for what it's worth.

I don't have the link, but the species in Align was considered the only really beneficial species, in some studies.

There is also the issue of "Prebiotic" - foods that replenish the colon bacterial ecosystem by specifically nourishing those bacterial.  The lists usually include onions and garlic (which I love), and a number of foods I don't eat.  Whole wheat and honey are on lists of prebiotic foods, also some of the usual"you know they are good for you foods" like legumes, broccoli and cauliflower. 

I think a food diary, either i writing or in the mind, can be helpful.  That way we learn what helps and what exacerbates symptoms.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2013 at 12:45am
Yes, I have been taking a probiotic from the beginning of my process, and before starting chemo. The M.D. asks me each time I see her if I am taking it, so it appears to be important to her. I have no idea if it helps, or not. When I was feeling so wretched, everything was suspect, at least for me. I faithfully staid on the regimen, and I am sure I benefited by it all.
Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on September 29, 2013 at 10:41pm


Hang in there!  You have come such a long way!  The worst is behind you.

I've seen Dave's Killer bread at Safeway but haven't tried it.  I hope it's good!

Are you using a probiotic to help replenish your system?  Some people find them helpful.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2013 at 6:45pm
I tried different fruits and vegetables this past week and handled them just fine. This coming week I will try Dave's Killer bread ... a bite at a time to see how my gastric system handles it.

My eyebrows and lashes completely disappeared and now a funny little fuzz is growing on one lower eye lid. My nose is still bald inside, and all the nasal stuff continues to flow onto my upper lip. YUK! I don't see any fuzz growth in there, even when I use a lit magnifying mirror. Oh Jeez! I just have to learn patience.

I talked to a lady on Friday who had celebrated the end of her chemo-cocktail treatment. She said she had to stop after five treatments because her heart couldn't stand the strain. I guess I was lucky being able to go through the sixth on Sept 4, although it made me terribly sick.

I talked to another lady who is terminal and she and her partner have the brightest smiles and countenances. Each day is a blessing to them, and they celebrate.

I talked to another who is the wife of a man who has been on the same schedule as I and he is not doing well. They, too, grasp each moment as a treasure.

There is something about cancer that puts life and living into perspective. My dear family continues to steadfastly offer more assistance than I need.

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