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Newly diagnosed and scared!! Newly diagnosed and scared!!

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Unread 05-27-2003, 01:11 AM
Newly diagnosed and scared!!

Hi laddies ,
8 weeks ago i started hemridgiding really heavy with my periods . At the time i really didnt think any thing of it untill one day when i hemeridged at work and it didn't stop. To cut a long story short my boss sent me to the doctors and he sent me to hospital they did a exploritor surgery and found a big mass 5x5x7 which they thought was fibriods and very treatable through having a hysterectomy but i would need to wait untill the biopsy results came in to comferm it .
Yesterday I went to see the doctor to get the results of the biopsy and it is not good.... The doctor has said that i have Lymphoma of the cervix and unfortunitly can not be treated by surgry. The only way to treat it is through having chemo threapy.... This scares me heaps as i remeber watching my dad as a little girl go through chemo as he had cancer of lympnodes under the arm, and he went through hell with it . At this stage i really dont think i can handle it , it is to big and scary to face . Please if there are any women out there that have had this condtion or have had chemo ( at this stage i am not sure what type of chemo i will be having as my dcotor has to meet tomorrow with 9 othere specialist to discuss what would be the best chemo to give me and how oftern) I would really like to talk to you as i am really really scared ...
Thanks Bunny_ Rabbit
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Unread 05-27-2003, 03:38 AM
Newly diagnosed and scared!!

Hullo ... I am sorry you have had such scary news. I haven't had any chemo myself but I'm sure ladies will come
along soon who will share with you.

During my radiation treatment I met many women who have had chemo and they had found it doable.
Remember there have been HUGE advances in cancer treatment in recent years and those doctors will be
will be working out the very best treatment for you.

I will be thinking of you... best wishes Maggie.
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Unread 05-27-2003, 05:37 AM
It's Not As Bad As You Fear!

Bunny,
I know what you are going through. I have only had 2 treatments so far but I can honestly say it is bearable. The ant-sickness drugs now are brilliant. I am not trying to tell you it's a picnic but it realy is bearable. I am due to go in for my third one tomorrow.
I think the worst bit is the feeling lethargic but that is a small price to pay. I have lost my hair but still feel it is all worth it. There are lots of ladies in with me and not all have lost there hair. There are so many different cocktails of chemo now. When you get over the shock(and I remember how that feels) you will be able to do this. At the moment you realy have no clear idea of what is happening as far as your treatment goes. I'ts surprising how quickly you come to accept what lies ahead.....and it realy is not all bad!!!!!!
Hope this helps a little.....will be thinking of you.
Steph.
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Unread 05-27-2003, 06:25 AM
Bunny,

I know how scary and fearful this must be for you, because it was the same for me. I have 6 more radiation treatments to go and then in about 3 weeks I will start chemo. I am scared too, but reading the posts here and all the support has helped tremendosly. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
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Unread 05-27-2003, 12:39 PM
Newly diagnosed and scared!!

Hi, Bunny.

Welcome to HysterSisters! You will find a lot of support on this board as you prepare for and go through treatment.

You said your doctor said that you had lymphoma of the cervix. I'm a little confused about that, as I thought one could have either lymphoma (systemic) or cancer in the cervix. If you have more information about your condition, I'd be interested in reading it.

I read a great book earlier this year called "Bald in the Land of Big Hair." It's by a girl who had lymphoma. It's incredibly well written and will make you laugh and cry. You might want to pick up a copy. It's a novel based on a true story, so it's not a bio-type book like the ones by Gilda Radner or Fran Drescher.

I'm also undergoing chemo and it is doable. It's not the most fun thing in the world, but it's necessary to ensure that I can live out the rest of my life. I'm 37 and I have a long life ahead of me. Chemo is a small price to pay.

Let us know what drugs the doctors decide to treat you with. Lymphoma is often treated with the "CHOP" cocktail and I think maybe bleomycin. My cancer is treated with Taxol and Carboplatin. Every chemo offers different side effects and a different length of treatment.

Don't worry. This is something you can overcome. Keep your faith strong and your head held high, and don't be afraid to research your own condition and ask the doctors questions. You play a role in your own care, and there are a lot of things you can do to contribute to your own healing.

Many s and prayers for you, Bunny!
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Unread 05-27-2003, 02:57 PM
Newly diagnosed and scared!!

Bunny
I finished my chemo in Jan. The others are right. With the anti nausea medicines, chemo is very doable. There are some side effects but if you report them to your doctor, he/she will stay on top of them.

Hang in there. You will be able to fight hard & win this cancer battle.



Ruth S
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Unread 05-27-2003, 03:04 PM
Newly diagnosed and scared!!

Hi Bunny,,

Although it may be hard, please take those visions of chemo years ago and throw them away. There have been soo many new advancements and meds that the whole ordeal is doeable.

The media always portrays the worst possible senerio and most of the time it is soo untrue. My onclolgist told me never to watch those tv movies about people with cancer and chemo because they are not true anymore. In this day and age there is absolutely no reason to be sick during chemo. I know this for a fact because I did 6 treatments of taxol and carboplatin for ovarian cancer last year. My only complaint was what I referred to as a "bone pain" on days 3 and 4 after the treatment.

I worked through every treatment and did very well.

So, hang in there. It is not a piece of cake but definately not the worst thing.

Rosalie
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Unread 05-27-2003, 03:13 PM
Thinking of you!

Hi Bunny,

I had a radical hys.on May 9 at which time I was diag. with ovarian cancer. I meet with the oncologist on June 2 for the first time. The one thing that has been reiterated to me over and over by my sister who is an RN and other cancer patients is the advances that have made with chemo. and the medicines for nausea and discomfort that are available now. I am sure the memories of seeing your Dad suffer are haunting, but please know that technology has improved!

Good luck and May God Bless!
Remember there is support here rooting for you!

Julie
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Unread 05-27-2003, 03:18 PM
Hi Bunny

I had heard horror stories too about chemo and was scared when I had to have it in 2001. It is not what was portrayed--I was able to work full time through chemo except the day of chemo and the next day (I'd get it Thursday and take off Friday) and I'd be better by the end of the weekend and back to work on Monday. This last round I had from August to March was a bit rougher on me but also do-able. Doctors have wonderful anti-nausea medicines and will work with other symptoms as well. You can do it--and it kills any rotten little cancer cells still hiding. We can all help you as you get into it. Ellen
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Unread 05-27-2003, 03:58 PM
Newly diagnosed and scared!!

Hi Bunny,

I know how scary it is to hear you have cancer and need chemo. I was very scared of chemo, but as the others said it is doable, Most of the side effects can be minimized or controlled. You will find lots of info and support here.
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