Article Talk: I Don't Trust My Body After Cancer Struck TwiceArticle Talk: I Don't Trust My Body After Cancer Struck Twice

Started by BarbaraT2006, February 07, 2017
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BarbaraT2006

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February 07, 2017
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Hi- I couldn't agree more! After ovarian cancer dx in 2009, recurrence in 2014 and prophylactic double mastectomy with FLAP reconstruction with breast Lymphedema and chronic post surgical pain syndrome, I get very angry with this body I don't recognize- this new body which brings every day physical pain and anxiety - I do massage, visualization, etc etc. I try not to dwell my family and friends. No one really wants the true answer to " How are you?" I miss my old body, flabby boobs and all. My least favorite expression is "It is what it is." Although sadly, it is true. View Original Post

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Crispin

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February 17, 2017
I am feeling really stupid right now, as I'm old enough to know better. My menopause started when I was 51 and last year, when I was 61, I thought my menstruel cycle had restarted. I felt completely well in myself and I remembered when I was younger reading stories of women whose mensturel cycle started again many years after they began their menopause. The only difference, it was occurring every two months instead of every month. Back in October I had to visit the doctor, as I had very low energy levels and difficulty with breathing. While I was there I mentioned to her that my menstruel cycle had started again. She assured me that that was not the case and decided to give me an examination and take some blood samples. She also gave me some blood-thinning medication to take, as she said my blood was very thick. So I started taking the tablets, as they were quite new and different to warfarin in that I didn't have to be monitored while on them. Next day, however, I started bleeding again only this time it was worse and I thought it was never going to stop. Well, to cut a long story short,I had to be rushed to intensive care where they gave me 3 hours of blood transfusion and was kept in overnight to be monitored. It transpired, although not straight away, that I had grade 2 cancer of the womb. I had a total hysterectomy, using keyhole surgery, which was a remarkable experience in itself and full credit to Dr Bailey who carried out the operation. I went home next day with no aches or pains, no sickness and walking normally. I couldn't believe I felt that way. Anyway, through various tests I had to undergo and having a bodyscan, they said a small cancer cell still remained. At that stage they couldn't tell whether it would develop further or not, and decided the best thing to do was to give me a course of radiotherapy treatment, which I started this Monday and is due to finish March 17th. Up to now everything has been fine but I've now learnt that when the radiotherapy is over, I have a month's break and then they want to start me on a 4-course treatement of chem0 - not because I've got cancer very bad, I haven't, but as a way of preventing it from coming back again. Quite frankly, I've said no to it. I was just wondering if anybody on this forum of if you know of anyone who has had a course of radiotherapy followed by chemo and if so, how are they doing. I've got to see the doctor on Monday, who will be trying to persuade me it's for my own good, but my feelings right now are to stay clear of it. I would be interested to hear your opinions.
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Crispin

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February 17, 2017
My apologies for there being no paragraphs. I did do paragraphs but it hasn't come out that way, and I don't think there's anyway I can correct it.
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