Intro to why I am here
I am 8-1/2 years NED from treatment for anal cancer. The radiation and chemotherapy saved my life but left me with a myriad of health issues, including a fractured sacrum that sometimes impedes my walking outdoors, colon and right hip issues, urinary incontinence which breaks up my sleep at least twice a night, and, much more.
I had my 6th colonoscopy last week and was given a discharge diagnosis of (5) colon polyps, pancolitis, and radiation proctitis. Later this week when I call my surgeon for results of my biopsies, I'm going to ask her how in the world can I have 5-polyps now when, 5-1/2 years ago, that colonoscopy showed I had a clean colon. BTW, that was the first clean colon out of five colonoscopies I’ve had and I was so exhilarated I felt like I had won an Emmy. If I had smiled any wider, my ears would have adorned the top of my head like barrettes.
Now (this week) I am perturbed and ready for a major lifestyle change. Exercise, food and vitamin/mineral supplements is my choice for natural healthcare, especially, since I found out on my own that I also have acid reflux. That means I cannot eat fresh tomatoes, raw onions, black pepper, spicy foods, or chocolate. And I'm sure I will find other foods that are taboo for people like me. I have so many issues that I just discovered, so it looks like I’m going back to using myself as a human guinea pig so I can rule in or rule out what my body can endure.
I just started taking 1-peppermint oil capsule in the morning and I feel better: not great, but better. I also printed out Bristol Stool charts and I'm keeping track. My stools are improving. And I'm very happy about that. And I don't have crashing fatigue anymore. These peppermint oil capsules are working a miracle in my life. I feel it. They don't bother my acid reflux and they greatly help my IBD (that I originally thought was IBS).
Diet for promoting IBD health is basically the reason I went searching on the internet for a self-help group. I need feedback on the various diets out there for persons with digestive issues. I’m not so sure about the Mediterranean diet. And I don’t want to go Vegan. I can live without red meat. But I do need chicken.
I skimmed over some of the topics here and knew this group is where I should be. I am extending my hand and waving, "Hello" to everybody. Thank you for having me and I look forward to learning from each and every one of you. Warmest regards, with love. Carolyn