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4 months Post OP Update

I am now 4 months post op for a permanent urostomy. Stoma is holding up with no blockage. Back to my usual, busy routine. Still suffering with chronic diahrea, but RX lomotil is keeping it in check. Weight is stable and energy level is good. No more UTIs! Hurray! Advertisements

Day 4: Post Op

Orchids from Richard’s Mom’s garden on my 4th day post op Going to try to get off the epidural again today. Tried yesterday, but pain got pretty intense, so went back on. Going to get some real food today, too! Not sure about discharge date, pending results today. So appreciate all the FB posts, calls, … Continue reading

The best boss & co-workers a guy could have!

Hi Everyone, As many of you know, Randy will be undergoing another surgery this Friday at UCSF (University of California San Francisco) Medical Center. His anticipated hospital stay will be between 4 – 7 days with surgical recovery at home of approximately 2 weeks. Several members of our Patient Support & Outreach Team have generously … Continue reading

Cancer Coaching

“It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single … Continue reading

My Journey toward a second ostomy aka, a double bagger

I received the following message on Facebook from Joy Hooper another person passionate about the ostomy community… Joy Hooper Hi Randy, are you documenting your journey towards getting another ostomy? You could show a powerful message with a few photographs. I am passionate about all things ostomy and have just begun working for the Wound … Continue reading

Let’s Change How People Look at Ostomies

Live Your Best Life – A Colon Cancer Alliance Blog Let’s Change How People Look at Ostomies Posted on November 1, 2013 stethescope “My heart is hurt right now. Yesterday on The View, Mario Cantone made a disgusting comment about his pants being so baggy it looked like he had a colostomy bag.” This is … Continue reading

from Cancer to Caring

“Why me, Lord?” That is a question that I ask myself everyday. Why did I have to suffer through treatment for colon cancer and live with the negative side effects? For 27 years, I continue to survive what was said to be a terminal illness and still I wonder, why me? What is the purpose … Continue reading

Highlights from the Cancer Helpline

6 NOVEMBER 2013 NYFD firefighter and son of a 62 year old Mom with Stage 4 CRC with mets to liver and lungs. Oncologist sent her home with no further treatment available. She is in Medicare. Cancer Treatment Centers of America would take her, with $250,000 deposit! Memorial Sloan Kettering would not take her. I … Continue reading