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Unread 05-04-2004, 02:32 PM

I cancelled my appointment today. I was supposed to go in for some tests. In my post a few days back I had explained my situation. I have been seeing a Gyn doc for my situation. My hyst was in January of last year. (2003). Well, after the revelations of last weeks appointment, I decided to switch to a Gyn/Onc. All of you wonderful ladies stress how important that is here, and I have been afraid to do so. I spent alot of time the past few days analyzing that fear. For me, it boils down to two important things. First, I had been with this gynocologist since I was sixteen!! I felt like I was spitting in his face if I switched. And, perhaps the biggest reason, I didn't want to admit that I needed a Gyn/Onc. So many women go to Gynocologists, that it doesn't mean you are "sick", or that something is wrong. It is just NORMAL. People go to oncologists when they are "sick" or when something is wrong. I know that this is very deluded thinking, but it has been my thinking.

I talked to my insurance company (to make sure there will be no complications with switching at this point) and to a very good Gyn/Onc. I am having my records faxed there tomorrow (I have to go and sign release forms in the morning) and then the scheduler at the Gyn/Onc office will call me and arrange my appointment. Surprisingly, I feel very good about this. I am still a little nervouse about "firing" my doctor, but hey, I need to worry about me, not about my doc!! Plus, there are urologists in the building where I will be switching to and I will be referred to them for that portion of my problem if need be!

Thanks all.

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Unread 05-04-2004, 03:06 PM
Amy, Good Move

If there's cancer present or the possibility of cancer, the gyn/onc is the one to go to. You are not necessarily "firing" the gyn, but moving to a doctor who meets your current needs. Someday, you may be able to go back to the regular gyn.

Don't feel bad--after yesterday, I fired the whole orthopedics department where I go. As in, walked out.
Unread 05-04-2004, 06:47 PM

I am so glad you are going to see a gyn/onc. I can see why you felt bad about changing doctors as you have seen your gyn since your teens but you should know that many gyns will actually encourage patients with suspect or know cancer to consult with a gyn/onc. Your long time gyn should understand your need to work with a specialist at time. It also is quite easy to go into various states of denial and I am proud of you for now facing your situation head-on. It is your life and health now you have taken charge. Please let us know how you make out with the new doctor(s).
s and blessings, peggiesue
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Unread 05-05-2004, 04:51 PM

I am glad that you are going to see a gyn/onc. Don't worry about your old gyn I believe that he will understand. Just take care and feel good about your decision.

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