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Nervous about Radiation... Nervous about Radiation...

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Unread 07-12-2004, 09:37 PM
Nervous about Radiation...

I start radiation on Wednesday. Needless to say, I'm a little nervous. Not as bad as before I started chemo last year, but still uneasy.

I think it's because my kids are having a very hard time emotionallywith this recurrence. I'm finally starting to feel back to normal from surgery, and now I'll be all tired and maybe sick too. They have had enough!

Fortunately, a very dear friend of mine is putting me in touch with a Catholic priest (our faith) whom she knows very well. He is a chaplain at 4 of our local hospitals and helping families with ongoing illness and disease is his specialty. He is even willing to come to our house. Hopefully they will open up and be able to release some of their anger/sadness/unhappiness.

We mothers sure carry a heavy load, don't we! All I can say, though, is that I would rather be the one with cancer than have it be one of my kids.

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Unread 07-12-2004, 10:49 PM
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Linda, I felt exactlly the same way. Know matter how bad things were I was so thankful it was me and not one of my kids that had the cancer. Our priests, prayers and sacraments really helped and I am saying extra prayers for you and your family . I think you will feel much better after Wednesday.
Unread 07-13-2004, 05:03 AM
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Hi Linda,

I think you will find external radiation easy compared with everything else you have been through.
It is fast and painless and I found the side effects minimal. Bowel problems and slight nausea did
not appear until two weeks into treatment in my case and was controlled by meds. I did not feel ill
at all.

Wishing you a similar experience, Maggie.
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Unread 07-13-2004, 05:19 AM
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s Linda

Just wanted to say I am thinking of you and your family!!
The worst part of cancer is the pain and hurt it brings to our families.

Unread 07-13-2004, 09:19 AM
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Dear Linda,
I am praying for you, that the radiation goes well and that you will have little (if any) ill effects! And that it zaps and destroys any lingering bad cells!!!!! I really feel for you and can only imagine the emotional pain it is causing for you and your family. My daughters are 8 and 9 yrs. old and I know it would be hard for them to deal with, too. I think having them talk with the priest or a good Christian counselor, is a good idea. You stay strong and we are cheering for you to WIN!

Unread 07-14-2004, 08:24 AM
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I never had to do chemo, but I just finished external and internal radiation. The external rads are not that bad. You really don't feel anything. The side effects I had were minimal....a few bouts with diarrhea, times of being tired, and towards the end my bladder was irritated (felt like I had to go....even though I just went!) External radiation is very doable. I scheduled my rad time for early morning so I could get on with my day without having to remember to go to my appointment.

Not only do we have to endure surgeries or chemo or radiation or a combination but we also have to deal with our emotions. At the same time our families are going through an emotional roller coaster, too.

It is good that your kids will be able to meet with the chaplain. With his speciality, he will be able to help them understand and process what they are feeling!!!

I am praying that your radiation goes well!!!! It will be over before you know it.

Unread 07-14-2004, 09:09 PM
Nervous about Radiation...

How poignant your post is, Linda... I met a woman this evening whose husband is battling lung cancer. She told me how tough it's been for her and how helpless she feels. She talked about how she's so tired and that "just once, I want him to tell me he's having a good day" and I could see how guilty she feels about that. Wow.

I have another friend whose husband is battling cancer and I can certainly see how, in some ways, it's much harder for our families to endure our illness.

You reminded me, too, that the night before I had my first chemo, I was so distraught and upset and scared (the whole 9 yards), that I called my parish rectory, explained what I was going through and asked to speak with one of the priests. They told me to come right over and I asked to receive the sacrament for the sick (I can't think of the formal name for it now). Anyway, it really calmed me down and I just felt such solace.

I'm a firm believer that the people around us really do need counseling. We have each other; who do our families have? There is help. I hope you find it for your family.

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