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Well, its "officially" cancer Well, its "officially" cancer

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Unread 07-12-2003, 12:10 PM
Well, its "officially" cancer

Well, its over, but just starting, too.
Hi everyone. Okay, simply put, it was sheer hell. All started as it was supposed to, but the silly insurance company threw a monkey wrench into the proceeding, and it was downhill. I was discharged on day three. At that time I was still groggy (it takes longer for me to wake up), had not walked in the halls at all, and mostly, had not eaten one single bite of food. Oh yes, still had a urinary bag. Home for a couple of nights and getting increasingly incomfortable. Back to doc for follow-up visit (pain approaching a true 9 on those little charts they have). IMMEDIATELY sent back to the hospital on verge of bowl rupture, urinitation system shutting down, etc. Oxygen, cat scan, xrays, ng tube and on. Pain like it didn't know had been invented yet (I actually screamed when moved). I'm home again now; last night was my first here. Oh yes, the cancer was NOT surgically removable, so I start chemo and radiation soon. I'm sorry for the downer, but thats how it is. My wonderfully little kitty and car both died in this time frame, too. I'm bummed, and too tired to write more.
Love, all
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Unread 07-12-2003, 12:20 PM
Well, its "officially" cancer


I am sorry you have had such a horrible time of things and hope you recover without furthur complications. Did the Dr say why the tumor was not removable. Did they check lymph nodes to see if the cancer had spread. I hope you are under the care of a cancer specialist. You will find much info, support and love on this board. Please post again soon when you are up to it.
Unread 07-12-2003, 12:27 PM
Well, its "officially" cancer

Yes, I just had my radical hyst on 6/25, and am still reeling from it and the complications, and it was only after they took out and examined 12 lymph nodes did they find the cancer was still there.
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Unread 07-12-2003, 12:35 PM
Well, its "officially" cancer

Dear Polly,

I am so, so sorry to hear about all the complications you've been facing, and that the diagnosis is officially cancer. Your signature says Stage 1 or something like that (it's not visible now that I'm posting), so I'm wondering if the discovery of cancer in the lymph nodes means a different stage. Perhaps my understanding of Stage 1 cancers isn't what it should be, but I thought that Stage 1 meant no spread.

Do you know why they had to leave the tumor behind? Did a gynecological oncologist perform the surgery?

Chemo hasn't been my favorite thing, but it's doable, and I've learned a lot about myself and people during this process. A lot of people on this board are doing both chemo and radiation, so they can give you a lot of support. As Shepherdpal said, you will find so much love and support on this board, as well as incredibly helpful tips on how to avoid pain and other weird chemo side effects.

I am so sorry about your kitty. The car is fixable. But a kitty? That is just adding insult to injury. I'm so sorry! I will be sure to add you to my prayers. Many s!
Unread 07-12-2003, 01:26 PM
Polly I am soooooo sorry

I do hope that you were under the care of a GYN/ONC. I do also hope that you take care of yourself in your recouping phase.
Unread 07-12-2003, 01:30 PM
Well, its "officially" cancer


I'm sorry that you are facing such terrible challenges one after the other! As others have asked/suggested--if you have not seen a gyn/oncologist yet, please do try to get in to see one. They are the specialists for this type of situation and perhaps can offer the most information on how to attack the beast! Best of luck to you and try to take it one day at a time.

Unread 07-12-2003, 02:04 PM
Well, its "officially" cancer

Oh Polly, you've been through so much! I'm so sorry. It's important now that you take good care of yourself while you're recuperating. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Unread 07-12-2003, 02:19 PM
Well, its "officially" cancer


Thanks for stopping in to let us know how things are going. I'm so sorry that you've had such a horrible time of it. I, also, was a little confused by your report. Are you saying that the cervical tumor was not removable or that they found cancer in your lymph nodes? Please review your pathology report with your surgeon so that you have a clear understanding of your current situation. I know that this is not a good time for you with everything that you've been through, but when you're feeling better and up to having a conversation with your doc, you might like to have that clarified so that you can help in the decision-making process.

's Polly! I hope you are feeling better soon. Please come back when you are feeling up to it and let us know what's going on. Remember to get lots of rest--it's very important for new 's to rest a lot. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Unread 07-12-2003, 03:44 PM
Big hugs!

Hi polly,
I am sorry to hear that it is cancer and am sending you lots of bigs hugs today.... Take care of your self, rest lots , and remember that we are all hear to lend a listerning ear of a sholder to cry on when ever you need to.
Big Hugs Bunny_Rabbit
Unread 07-12-2003, 10:25 PM
We're here for you...

s and ers for you, Polly.

This is a difficult time, so remember that we are here for you. Remember to accept any offers of help. I'm sorry for the loss of your kitty, too. No fair

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