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Unread 08-18-2002, 06:50 PM
how was your TAH recovery given the cancer dx?

Hi, i just had the works done on 07/14/02 for dx of endometrial CA (stage 1A). I'm sure like all of us with CA, I had the lymph node dissection, plus appendectomy and omentectomy (tummy tuck???) My recovery seems very slow - though it probably does to most...but I was wondering how others recovered who also had these additional procedures. Thanks for your valued input! Judymk
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Unread 08-18-2002, 08:14 PM
how was your TAH recovery given the cancer dx?

My recovery from the hyst has been better than I expected. It was a challenge the first week, but has gotten much better. I also had my appendix out and that seems to be the area with the most pain, but that has subsided.
What is the biggest problem that you are having?
I do tire easily and really have to pace myself. I think this is such an emotional issue. I felt so much better once I got the final pathology report from the surgeon....confirming a stage 1A endo C and that I didn't need further treatment.
What have you decided to do about ert?
I emailed you. Chris
Unread 08-18-2002, 08:36 PM
how was your TAH recovery given the cancer dx?

s Judy

We are all so different when it comes to healing. Emotionally as well as physically. Listen to your body. And rest when it says rest.
I started chemotherapy at the three week post op mark. So for me it was difficult to tell what was the cause of any yucky feeling.
Best wishes to you.

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Unread 08-19-2002, 06:12 AM

I was in the hospital 9 days (wanted out at 7 but stubborn doctor) and a week later still was having problems moving around and doing simple things like taking forever to do wash and taking a wastebasket of house trash out to the garage. At three weeks, I was getting out and about and when my chemo (port implant surgery and first chemo same time) started at four weeks, I was feeling much better and wished it could've been delayed a week so I could get out more and have some fun before the chemo started. Between that second and third week there was good improvement and dramatic recovery between weeks three and four. Remember, though, we're all different--some feel better sooner and some are still feeling rocky at six weeks or beyond. Don't overdo if you think you "should" be - you know your body best and how it's responding.
Unread 08-19-2002, 08:38 AM
how was your TAH recovery given the cancer dx?

Hi Princesses, thanks for the input. Answering your question Chris, I just feel yucky down there. Wierd intermittent pains, nausea (I have lost 30 pounds in 6 weeks!) but am now able to eat better so hopefully that will stop, some trouble with gas, and just not feeling substantially improved as I hoped I would. Perhaps the calorie deficit set my recovery back - I was readmitted to the castle 1 week ago for them to check out the GI system and make sure nothing was up (bowel obstruction, etc) causing the nausea and weight loss. All was OK and after 3 days I was back home with nutritional info on how to boost my protein intake and cram in more calories, Gas-X, Beano before each meal. I haven't read any on other Princesses having weight loss, some are concerned with weight gain... Thanks for your input and support! Sincerely, Judymk
Unread 08-19-2002, 10:23 AM
how was your TAH recovery given the cancer dx?

I have lost about 15lbs. I didn't have much of an appetite until about a week ago so now I am watching what I eat to make sure I don't gain over the 15lb initial weight loss. I have had some ouchy pain once in a awhile, but I attributed it to muscles re-connecting and everything just settling and healing. My bowels were wierd for a few weeks, but have settled down. It really hurt at first and I was gassy, but that has also settled.
I hope you start feeling better. When is your 6 week post op?
I went into work for a couple hours this morning and I am ready for a nap.
Unread 08-19-2002, 11:03 AM
how was your TAH recovery given the cancer dx?

Hi Chris,
My 6 week postop is this coming Thurs. Any suggestions on what I should ask? Glad that you felt well enough to go into work even if you were tired after, that is a good sign that you're recovering. There is no way right now I could even think about showing up for work with this stuff going on. On another post I got the impression that if you overdo it early on you are predisposed to adhessions? Do you know anything about that/heard anything? Thanks, Judymk
Unread 08-19-2002, 12:19 PM

My post really mimics Chris. It'll be two weeks tomorrow and I'm trying to take it easy - sleeping a lot, reading, watching videos, WEB visits and walking on my treadmill. I'm feeling really good and also lost about 12 lbs. However, I was eating like crazy prior to surgery - that old concept of Titanic passengers passing up dessert.
I just feel so lucky, nothing physical could make it worse. And my DH puts other pillow to shame.
I'm expecting my first grandchild this week (from son and daughter-in-law), and planning a trip next year (taking my two DDs to Ireland). I'm just so lucky!!!!
Unread 08-19-2002, 02:10 PM
how was your TAH recovery given the cancer dx?

Hi Laura and Everyone,
This is a good thread. I am learning a lot.

Laura, I was wondering about something you said on Legume's thread. She is trying hormone therapy first. You said something similar worked for an older aunt of yours. Would you tell me more about this. I am the one who is 47, early endo. ca, and trying hormones also.

Thank you!

Unread 08-19-2002, 02:30 PM
how was your TAH recovery given the cancer dx?

Hi, Judy,
My aunt (really a great-aunt) did this a very long time ago - over 20 years. I'm sure recommended treatments have changed. But for her, at that time, hormone treatment held off the cancer for 20 years. It did not cure the cancer, only delayed any spread. I believe she had the recurrent type of uterine cancer even after a hyst. This is very rare. Fortunately, I did not have the recurrent type and surgery is all I needed. Please check with your doctor, hopefully, a gyn/onc. I would not want to mislead you into delaying anything.

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