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Tigerlily
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It has been just over 2 months since I had my gallbladder removed, and while I think I am still in recovery mode, I can see that it has had a positive effect on my ostomy. I have suffered for years with loose output, which because of timing, I assumed was related to my cancer treatment. In fact, it seems to have been caused by gallbladder issues - I just didn’t know that. I still have to watch my fat intake, but overall, I am finding it so much easier now to manage my output. Too much fat can still cause loose output, but generally, a little fat doesn’t cause problems. My Imodium intake is way down - from 4 per day to maybe 4 per week. I’m still in the process of discovering what I can and cannot eat, so it feels like starting from scratch, but I can already see that I’m better off.

 

 We had another cancer scare in the family. Our son was diagnosed with testicular cancer in November. He had noticed some swelling in one testicle and went to see his GP when it didn’t improve. She sent him straight to ER, and long story shortened, within 2 weeks he’d had diagnostics, blood work, and surgery to remove the testicle. The fast pace was difficult for a 33 year old to get his head around, but I shudder to think of the alternative. He’s now had follow up consultations with the surgeon and with the oncologist, and there is good news: no treatment because it was caught early. Just close surveillance for several years. After holding our collective breath for 3 months, we are very, very relieved. I guess the takeaway from this story is the importance of early diagnosis - this could have been so much worse. When in doubt, see your doctor.

 

Some day soon, I will be able to laugh at our December 2023 - my gallbladder surgery was 2 weeks after my son’s surgery, and since we brought him to our place so we could look after him, my poor husband was stuck looking after the two of us. Ai yi yi! 

Laurie

Just a semicolon


   
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Hi Laurie, You’re all definitely in a better place. Best wishes to you all for a speedy recovery 👍

ileostomy 31st August 1994 for Crohns


   
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 Rick
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I had the same cancer in 1993…went thru surgery.

I’ve had 2 children shortly after that..I haven’t missed a thing since!

one regret was they offered to put in a fake testicle during surgery, but I said no..kinda wish I did, but no biggie.


   
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LLNorth
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Laurie, I am so happy for you and your son that you are both on the mend - goodness, what a December! Best wishes as your recoveries proceed on the road of good health. LL

Colostomy 4/30/18.
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 LK
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I'm so glad this is good news for you both/all!  May you both continue on the path of a good recovery & good check up appointments & a better future! 

Linda


   
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VeganOstomy
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What a way to close the year, Laurie! I'm glad that you're both on a more positive path now!

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


   
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Chelly
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Good news to hear about you and your son. May healing and good health continue for the both of you.


   
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Tigerlily
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@rick thanks for sharing this. I’m really glad to know that your outcome was good, and that you’ve had 2 kids since. I shared my son’s story because I know this could be a cancer that many guys might feel embarrassed about getting checked by their doctor - but it is so important to do it. It could be the difference between a good outcome or not.

 

 Thanks everyone, for all of your kind responses. It has been an interesting few months for sure, but we’re all doing well now.

 

Laurie

Just a semicolon


   
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