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Unread 05-03-2003, 07:45 PM
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I think I love you, SirenSong!! heheehe You don't mince words--but you're so caring!
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Unread 05-03-2003, 08:14 PM
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Annie -- I had a fluid-filled ovarian cyst with a "septa" (which is sort of like an interior wall) about 6 years ago. I had to have it surgically removed, but it was benign. It was what's called a "serous cystadenoma", which is simply a particular kind of fluid-filled benign (non-cancerous) tumor. It's also possible to have a large fluid-filled ovarian cyst as an occasional complication of normal ovulation (in other words, it follows the normal release of an egg, and isn't a tumor at all).

Waiting out tests is scary; I wish there were an easier way to get through it. When I had the ovarian cyst, my GYN ordered three different kinds of tumor-antigen tests for malignancy. They all came back within normal ranges, so we were pretty sure that the cyst was benign before my surgery. It was definitely a high-stress time, though. I was in graduate school and was going through spring midterms at the same time that I was having the tests done!

Best wishes with all of this. There are women in this group who have been through every kind of scary situation you can imagine and have come out tougher and stronger on the other end. Keep us posted on how you're doing!

Juliepede
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Unread 05-03-2003, 09:25 PM
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Thanks, Juliepede! I'm glad all went well for you. I feel fairly confident that my situation will be B9 as well. I also have a problem in one of my breasts that will be looked at again in 6 months.There are some wonderfully brave women here who are definitely an inspiration! Sounds like you're in an interesting line of work, Juliepede! Thanks for taking time to give me some nice, positive feedback!!
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Unread 05-04-2003, 10:08 AM
Be Strong

In a way, I am fortunate. I was only diagnosed with ovarian cancer - and big cyst -just over two weeks ago, and will undergo a TAH this Thursday, May 8. I have not had months to wait until the surgery. But I did have these past two weeks, and got wonderful emotional support from family and friends, but the most understanding was Hyster-Sisters. Thank you so much. I had had a cancer surgery last Sept., but it turned out that that cancer had travelled from my ovaries. Then, I had had no time to prepare emotionally as I had gone straight from the clinic to hospital to a 6 hour emergency surgey the next day. Then I thought of contacting my family who were far away at the time! It all happened so fast. But, once again, I have had some time now. I have complete trust in my team of surgeons, including my gyn/oncologist. It has been quite a journey, but one thing that I
do have is a deep belief in God.

While I have had my moments of "Where can I run to?", I have come to terms of what will, and must, be done on Thursday.
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Unread 05-04-2003, 01:59 PM
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You're a brave and beautiful lady, WildRose! I'm honored you took time to share some time with me! You'll be in my prayers Thursday. I promise! Blessings!!!
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Unread 05-04-2003, 03:26 PM
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annie I too have a mass(11cm)and was told i needed a tah/bso within the next 2 weeks but hey you know the good old nhs i have had to wait 6 weeks. i am going in on 12may and getting my op on the13th so its not long now. in my rational moments i can say wait till you find out and then deal with it girl but then there's always 3am when i have my freakout! hopefully we will both be fine Heather
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Unread 05-04-2003, 05:00 PM
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Heather, my friend, I can see you know where I'm coming from. I do feel pretty sure it will be fine--but there are those moments like you said! I wish you a very boring surgery and the best news possible !! Your wait is just about over. I'll be looking forward to hearing from you after, when you feel up to it, and I'll say a prayer for you on the 13th! (That is my fellow's birthday!) hehee Good luck, heather bell!!
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Unread 05-04-2003, 05:40 PM
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Good luck with the NHS Heather, I'm sure all will be fine. The NHS south of the border have just dealt with my mass very well, and I've also had dealings with the NHS in your location in the past. Good luck, and best wishes. I don't know what your previous experience is, but from my recent experience, I'd say that the most important things I learnt about the (NHS) system were not to feel shy about asking the nurses for post-op pain meds when you need them (before you go to hosp, tell a friend now to check this with you when you are in hopital post-op). Also, I learnt to feel confident about really chasing the appropriate doc for results afterwards, no need to wait longer than nec. The waiting is hard, so all good thoughts to all of you.
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