Cancerversary, Scanxiety, and other not-so-medical terms



I will soon be bilingual.

It’s true.  I’m learning a whole new vocabulary.  And, just to show you that my heart is in the right place, I will share with you what I’m learning … and then we can learn this new language together.   Feel free to share any new words/terms that you’re learning and I will add them to the list (and credit you for the submission).

So, here we go … alphabetically ……


Anal buds – anal cancer buddies.       (Calvin was my first anal bud … even before I knew what a bud was … hey Calvin!)

Bag lady – woman with an ileostomy or colostomy bag.

BMWs – bowel movement worries.

Cancerversary – can either be the anniversary date of your diagnosis or the anniversary date of being NED (defined below).   At first I wanted my cancerversary date to be the latter because I wanted it to be a celebratory date.  BUT, I have since changed my mind.  Why?  My diagnosis date will always be my diagnosis date.  I’m not so naïve as to think it will never come back.  And, if that’s the case, I hope to have more than one CANCER-FREE date.  But the day I learned I had cancer will never change.  My cancerversary date is January 8, 2013.

Chemobrain – having trouble focusing, interpreting, articulating thoughts.  Memory/thinking problems after chemo.  May be short-term or long-term.

Chemorrhoids – Anal/rectal irritation caused by chemo.

Chemosabe – hubby during my chemo administration.  🙂

Flaming “A” – description of your bottom (during radiation therapy) when having a bowel movement.  Burns like fire!

Lymphie – someone with lymphedema.

NED – no evidence of disease.

Nerve gas – severely foul gas  …  deadly to those around you.

Nubbin – chest port.

OGD – Obsessive Googling Disorder.

Poop Chute –  the anal/rectal canal.

Presults – preliminary results that you try to coax out of the technician(s) performing your scans or other tests.

ProGAStination – putting off passing gas as long as possible.

Scanxiety – the anxiety associated with followup CT or PET scans.

Scope dope – the “twilight” medication they give you when being scoped.



Hope I made you smile today.






“Don’t be afraid; Just believe” — Mark 5:36b


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