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hernia was posted 07/31/2008 06:40 pm by Mary C (VA)
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Tom had a huge hernia like the pregnant one you describe. He had several surgeries and the incision just couldn't stand up to the stress of chemo side effects. It was more than a year before he was strong enough to have the surgery (mesh was put in the entire area) to repair the hernia and for the ostomy take down. Being somewhat younger helped (57 at the time)- he did get to the point where he was strong enough and the benefits outweighed the risks. They said it wasn't dangerous to live with it in the meantime, but he did find it very uncomfortable and it deterred him from needed exercise. He's doing very well now - more than three years since original diagnosis.

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