[cancer] Just when you thought it was safe…

Under cut for digestive and medical TMI. You were warned.

I’m not kidding…


Sometimes the cancer stuff reaches out and taps me on the shoulder. Just to remind me that everything is not okay. Had a major lower GI failure today that resulted in three trips to the toilet, a load of laundry and a shower.


Kind of like being two years old again.

And there’s nothing so disempowering and humiliating as loss of bowel control. I have to remember not to trust what I’m feeling down there, ever. I’ve just been lulled by almost a month of (for me) normal lower GI behavior.

Damned discouraging stuff.

6 thoughts on “[cancer] Just when you thought it was safe…

  1. Jim Crider says:

    Well, okay, I have to say it. There is no, none, zero, zip, nada, pun intended. This reply is a Pun-Free Zone.

    Shit happens.

    Jay, remember it’s a process, not a light switch. And sometimes that road to recovery has a pothole (Remember, pun-free zone) that is unavoidable.

    And it could very well just be something you ate. Lower GI tract “episodes” happen to the non-colon-cancer community, too.

    Embarrassing? Certainly (though you did just tell the world about it). Inconvenient? Absolutely. Normal? Damn skippy.

    You continue to rock, Jay. Don’t beat yourself up about something that is not within your conscious control.


  2. When I saw the [cancer] tag, I had an “oh, no,” moment. But then, after reading this, I thought, “Well, that’s annoying and disgusting, but it ain’t despair.”

    There’s something to be said for Stoicism, after all.

  3. Fran says:

    Sounds like you had a rough day, Jay. Good thing you were at home.

  4. Jan says:

    Jay this is the kind of stuff that people go through that have Crohn’s, and like me, Colitis. Yah it sucks, yah it makes you break down, yah the indignity of the it all sucks.. I know.

    DO NOT think it has anything to do with cancer – likely it doesn’t – did you have this before?

    ((HUGS)) sure understand.


    1. Jay says:

      Colon cancer with a partial colectomy, so, yeah, for me it is cancer-related.

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