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Unread 05-01-2002, 07:21 PM
Introducing myself

Hi everyone!

Please allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Lynette and I was diagnosed with stage 1B1 cervical cancer on February 28. I will be having a TAH on May 13. I am 37, married, have a dog, live in Iowa and am a full-time graduate student in medieval history.

As you might imagine, I am a bit freaked out over the diagnosis but coming here and reading all the posts about successful surgeries and pathologies has made me feel better. My MRI showed that it was confined to my cervix so the TAH should take care of it (I hope!)

One question, if I may... after surgery and chemo/radiation, did your fears about cancer subside? I am most afraid that I will spend the next 5 years worrying that it has spread.

Thanks for being here!!

Lynette
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Unread 05-01-2002, 07:40 PM
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s Lynette

Welcome! I am glad you decided to introduce yourself. As you know there are many ladies on this forum who share your diagnosis. They will be along shortly. As a fellow cancer sister (ovarian) I can tell you, your life will never be quite the same. The cancer thought will always linger. Sometimes a little and sometimes alot. That's not to say you won't live your life to the fullest in spite of it!!! And have a darn good time in the process. The worry always looms a bit larger when it is time for checkups and/or testing. But you just do what you have to do.
I would suggest you visit the pre op board on this site and get set for your surgery. Maybe the post op area as well and see what you can expect post operatively.
Keep in touch and let us know how you are doing.

s karenann

PS: I love your triumph signature!!!!!
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Unread 05-01-2002, 07:56 PM
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Hi, Lynnette! Welcome to CANCER CONCERNS ! I am so happy that your cancer was found early, and hopefully that surgery will be all that is needed to get you Cancer-free.

I am only 1 year out of my surgery, and mine was carcinoma-in-situ, but I'm still pretty nervous about the cancer thing. It does seem, though, that some of our veterans who have been around a little longer are dealing well with it.

Good luck as your surgery is approaching. Let us know if we can be of any help to you!

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Unread 05-01-2002, 08:47 PM
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Hi Lynnette~ Welcome. There are a great bunch of gals here that are always ready with an open and a .

My cancer {uterine} was solved with a hyst and an organ wash {chemo solution}. Do I worry it will show up someplace else? Yes. Does it cross my mind every day? Yes. Does it make me more aware of my body and any changes I feel? Yes. Does it keep me from doing anything I want? No! So for me, it was a good thing in many ways. I don't push myself as much as I used to. I have learned to relax and appreciate my world more.

The times before my checkups and especially the drive there and sitting in the waiting room, are stressful and I get nervous about the reports, but so far, so good.

The really good thing about what we call 'cancer head' around here is that it keeps us all close to each other. I have made the most wonderful friends here at Hystersisters and some I have even been lucky enough to hug in person. You will never be alone again. We are all here for you anytime of day or any night.

{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

kaatie
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Unread 05-01-2002, 10:25 PM
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Hi Lynette, I am so glad that you posted and introduced your self.
I know that you are freaked out , we all are when first diagnosed and go through the gammut of emotions ~ fear, sadness and sometimes happiness. It is perfectly normal. But it sounds like the hysterecomy will do the trick

Before cancer was in my life, I didnt think of it at all. Now not a day goes by that I dont think of it. It was a big part of my life and it has made me who I am today .....

I am now 10 mths post radiation and nearly 2 years post hyster. I suffer from ' cancer head ' every now and then. ok, ok ..lately its been alot but I know that it is a process which I have to go through. The what ifs .... what if it is still there , what if it comes back. Why . just the other day I felt sick and said to my dh ' gee I hope I haven't got stomach cancer. ' Every bump or pain that I feel , I think is that cancer? But in my 'head' I know that everything possible was done to remove the cancer and now I am doing everything possible to prevent it from returning. I am told by the veteran cancer survivors that it does get easier with time. But my life has definately changed. For the better of course

The girls here on cancer concerns are such a great bunch of girls. We all share our worries and concerns as well as have a laugh . Please remember that you are always welcome to join us at anytime . We are here for you. Sending lots of love and hugs your way xxx
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Unread 05-02-2002, 07:29 AM
Welcome Lynette

You're in a place where you can ask questions, voice concerns, vent, and know that this is a great group of women who are here to help you. I was diagnosed 3C ovarian in March of 2001. Yes, like others, I still think about it daily and checkup time gets tense (I'm Type A anyway) but I've found (as I truly could not believe at first) that life is good post diagnosis and I'm active & enjoying some new things I'm doing. Visiting pre-op is an excellent idea--wish I'd known of the site before my surgery. Sending a and welcome.
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Unread 05-02-2002, 02:02 PM
Hi Lynette

I just wanted to add my hello and welcome and

Yes, please do come and visit us on the Pre-Op board. Lot's of great information and great sisters there too. Here's the link:
https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/for...php?forumid=23

My diagnosis was endometrial cancer grade 1 and vulvar carcinoma in situ. Then they found endocervix carcinoma in situ after the surgery when the pathology was done. My diagnosis and surgery and recovery all came and went pretty fast. I am so grateful that they got it all. Cure rate was listed at 98%-100% and I did not need any follow up treatment. So I feel very fortunate. I don't think about the cancer very much. I wonder sometimes if I am still in denial that I even had it.
But I am sure I will hold my breath a bit when I go in for my check-ups.

I am sure you will come out of this just fine. And you have the best support group in the world right here.

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Unread 05-02-2002, 04:12 PM
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HI, LYNETTE

FIRST OF ALL, DID YOUR DR. TELL YOU THAT YOU WOULD NEED CHEMO/RADIATION?? YOU MAY NOT. SOME OF THE LADIES HERE
DID'NT NEED ANYMORE THAN A WASH, JUST AS KAATIE HAS SAID.

AS FOR THE WORRY OF CANCER RETURNING, WELL, NO.
FOR ME IT'S THERE EVERYDAY. I HAVE READ POSTS HERE THAT SAY IT WILL SUBSIDE. WE CALL IT CANCER HEAD HERE.
THESE LADIES ARE A BUNCH OF LOVING WOMEN THAT ARE
HERE ALWAYS TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER.
WE ARE ALL AFFRAID TOGETHER, SEE?? AND WE ALL GET
THROUGH THE BAD TIMES WITH HELP FROM EACH OTHER.

YOU MAY BE JUST FINE AND NEVER THINK ABOUT IT AGAIN, WHO KNOWS.
I DO WISH YOU ALOT OF LUCK ON YOUR UPCOMING SURGERY
AND PRAYERS TOO.
FOR NOW, YOU HAVE ALL THE RIGHT IN THE WORLD TO BE SCARED. WE ALL WERE. REMEMBER , YOUR NOT ALONE.
COME BACK WHENEVER YOU FEEL YOU WANT TO TALK, SOMEONE IS
ALWAYS AROUND.
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Unread 05-02-2002, 05:31 PM
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Hi Lynette

Sorry you have to join the "cancer club" But know that here you will always have someone to talk to. No one knows what it's like unless they've been there. And the ladies here all know and understand.
It's only been three months since my diagnosis and surgery and I will tell you the mind thing is pretty rough. I remember though being at the stage you are and wanting so badly to shed the anxiety. You learn to live with the fact that you had cancer. It is part of who you are. Sometimes you can put it aside because you don't want to bother with it. Keeping busy really helps too.
The thing that helped me the most was an antidepressant. I'm not as anxious about it anymore. Of course having a clear check up two weeks ago helped too. Many of the ladies here take something to help the anxiety. I figure if it's there and can help then I'll try it. Not quite the same as the lady I was 4 months ago who rarely took an aspirin.
If you do radiation it seems to mess with your mind more because you have to have that treatment every day for 5 weeks. It keeps cancer in the front of your mind.
Is that what you're going to do? external radiation?
Remember too, that you will be watched carefully for the next 5 years. So if it does recur, it will be caught early when it's treatable. Your Dr will take good care of you. He's a healer. Remember that!
Hang in there.
And do visit pre-op. I was there a lot before surgery and it was a great support
Good luck
SusanL
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Unread 05-02-2002, 05:35 PM
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Lynette,

Welcome to the Cancer Concerns foum! I also had my hysterectomy for cervical cancer, stage I B2. I did need additional treament, so my surgery was followed by 5 weeks of radiation/chemo. All my treatments ended about a month ago, and I am feeling better and stronger each day.

Because my diagnosis and treatments all happened so fast, I don't think I really had or took the time to process everything then. Now that I am through the physical aspects of dealing with the cancer, I am starting to deal with the emotional aspects of it all. I feel so blessed to have been treated at a wonderful teaching hospital -- I truly think I got the best possible care, I was loved and supported by friends, family, and church, and I have a very positive prognosis and feel as good as I can about my health.

HOWEVER, I do think about it every single day, and when I have any new "symptoms" my first thought is what if the cancer has spread there OR what if I have some other kind of cancer. I think that dealing with this does change you, but that's not always a bad thing. I think I am more patient with my children, and I know I appreciate them more, and I find myself purposely keeping our lives lower key, where before I would fit in as many activities as I possibly could. I realize now more than ever that time itself is such a wonderful gift and being able to enjoy just "being" is such a peaceful thing. I am happy beyond words to be here every single day. You will have a different perspective on life, for sure -- new worries, but also new joys.

I am determined not to spend the next 5 years (until I get the "cure" word) obsessing over all this, but I don't honestly know how you could experience cancer and never worry about it again. I haven't had the first follow up check yet, and I know that will be a difficult time filled with doubt, and I kind of dread getting started on that checkup schedule and dealing with it again every few months.

This has been very long -winded -- sorry! Please e-mail me if I can help since we have been through similar surgeries, and I'll be looking for you on this forum again. Life will be good and happy post-cancer, and I hope you will be able to deal with the cancer head when it arises -- give those feelings their due, and then focus on all the wonderful parts of your life.

Joanie
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