My Journey As a Cancer Survivor

Yes, that's me a survivor, a cancer survivor. I assume that during many ways we're all survivors of 1 type or some other. We have all gone through our personal trials and tribulations in our lives.

It is my hope that this "journey" can also assist the ones who've been diagnosed with, are going thru, or finished their most cancers remedies. It is also my wish that the households of these identified can advantage a bit insight, from my angle, of what we go through. So here's my journey, the bearing of my soul, the good, the horrific and the unsightly...And sure there has been good that got here out of this journey.

During the spring of 2008, I had gained some weight as we all do over the winter. I commenced on foot, 2 half miles in the morning and a mile at night and doing quite well. I became very committed and determined to lose about 25 pounds. OK so I turned into a smoker, I recognise I've heard it all, had the seems and it is no wonder why you bought cancer, wow communicate approximately adding insult to damage. But even with my smoking I was pretty lively and had certainly NO, not a one symptom of lung most cancers.

My mother had Ovarian Cancer when I became a teenager and I don't forget selecting her up at the health center after her surgery. My niece at age sixteen had Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2003. A pal of hers had grabbed her from in the back of kidding around and felt a lump. And her whirlwind began. I might go to her home each different day to provide her her injections and assist along with her care. I changed into very concerned along with her remedy and knowledgeable approximately "most cancers." I come from a huge own family, 6 of us and with all our prolonged families and household, these were the only instances of most cancers in our lineage.

I consider walking up the steps in my domestic at the quit of the summer and turning into out of breath and wondering geez, I surprise if I have most cancers.....That changed into it. Just a notion and it changed into long gone.

I am a company believer in positive questioning, no longer a mainly non secular character however a fiercely spiritual person. I believe within the electricity of prayer and nice affirmations and a better being. The Universe. I assume that this helped me especially at some point of this time.

September 29, 2008.

The Day The Whirlwind Began.

I turned into having an argument with my husband, cannot even bear in mind what it became approximately, and then I was having an anxiety assault, are you able to imagine inside the center of a controversy. Since I even have some clinical problems, I decided to go to health facility and as mad as I was I informed my husband no longer to come with me. Don't get me wrong I love the fellow however wished a few space.

When I were given to the health facility, they ran the everyday exams which got here back ordinary after which did a chest x-ray and then a CT Scan, hmm only a little out of the normal however while you are inside the hospital you go along with the go with the flow. And then I sat and sat and waited and waited with the hubby, sure he got here all the way down to the sanatorium. Being the stubborn kind of man or woman I am, I were given dressed after 5 hours and instructed the nurse I changed into going home when you consider that no one had come to talk to me. The Doctor came in and advised me I couldn't pass domestic they have been transferring me to the principle clinic due to the fact I had Lung Cancer. BOOM Just Like That. Can we say bedside manner, none. I knew however I knew I would be OK.

I informed the Dr that I was going domestic and could call my very own physician within the morning, that's what I did and the journey started.

In retrospect, I wanted I had asked more questions and weighed the alternatives more carefully but once you are recognized the entirety occurs so rapid you almost do not have time to assume. It turns into a whirlwind very quickly. It is so vital to selected your own doctors who you are comfortable with and you can communicate to and ask questions.

I known as my doctor Monday morning and got an appointment that day, howdy whilst you say you have been recognized with Cancer, all people gets in excessive gear. My doctor confirmed the results and the whirlwind commenced. It took about a week to get an appointment with the oncologist. During which period my husband were given laid off from his process. Good and terrible, sure he become around but he does now not deal nicely with infection nor me being ill. I failed to tell every body, now not even my kids and swore my husband to secrecy. I did tell my neighbor, who turned into the biggest part of my care, that I'll get into later. I did not actually have too much statistics, yes I had Lung Cancer, however that changed into all.

My husband and I met with Oncologist at the Cancer Center of NC, what an top notch area to be treated. She confirmed that I had Non Small Cell Lung Cancer and at once scheduled me for a biopsy and an appointment with a Thoracic Surgeon at Duke.

One of the toughest things became to inform my family and friends. CANCER IS NOT A DEATH SENTENCE. I can't let you know how normally I had to mention this. I turned into so confident that I could be OK. Most cried and I had to be the strong one saying CANCER IS NOT A DEATH SENTENCE, I could be OK.

It turned into really remarkable to me how humans answered to the information. During this adventure I become amazed at folks who stepped up and helped me and supported me, folks who slightly even knew me. My acquaintances who banded together to deliver pre-made food from Dinner Savvy for months, yes months. And then people who ought to no longer communicate to me because I found that everybody handles infection in a different way. My brother who no longer could name me, he became afraid I might die to my best pal in NY who could most effective cry on every occasion I spoke to her. It's difficult for every person who's involved, but for the duration of it all I knew l would be OK.

I had my biopsy which confirmed that I had Non Small Cell Lung Cancer in my left lung. I changed into degree 1B. The cancer turned into about 1 1/2 inches and had now not unfold. The Thoracic Surgeon and Oncologist told me that I became "lucky". The nice cancer to get inside the worst state of affairs, OK.... I became without delay scheduled for a Lung Resection, which is they dispose of 1/2 your lung. Breathing Tests were performed to look how this would have an effect on my breathing and it become decided that there could be little have an effect on and I could not need to be on oxygen after the surgical operation.

The morning of the surgery I needed to go away at four:30 inside the morning, my husband and I were going by myself, I changed into worried due to the fact he does not deal with those situations well. Boy were we amazed to discover one of our buddies sitting in her automobile ready outdoor to carry us to the hospital, what super buddies!!! What a god ship.

I in no way requested "why me", I just persevered on my journey to rid my frame of the cancer. I depended on my faith to get me thru and I knew I might be OK.

Did I mention I am cussed? I become admitted into the clinic on October 30 and launched November 2, 3 days. I was determined to be out of the medical institution. My medical doctor instructed me that I should go away after I could stroll the hallways, well I become up and approximately the day after the surgical operation walking the halls, I changed into going domestic and I would be OK. And I am. The energy of prayer and tremendous wondering.

Overall Stage Grouping is likewise referred to as Roman Numeral Staging. This gadget makes use of numerals I, II, III, and IV (plus the zero) to explain the progression of most cancers.

* Stage zero carcinoma in situ.

* Stage I cancers are localized to one a part of the frame.

* Stage II cancers are domestically advanced.

* Stage III cancers also are locally advanced. Whether a cancer is detailed as Stage II or Stage III can rely upon the specific type of cancer; as an instance, in Hodgkin's Disease, Stage II shows affected lymph nodes on most effective one side of the diaphragm, while Stage III shows affected lymph nodes above and underneath the diaphragm. The unique criteria for Stages II and III therefore differ in keeping with prognosis.

* Stage IV cancers have often metastasized, or unfold to different organs or at some point of the frame.

Within the TNM system, a cancer can also be specified as recurrent, that means that it has seemed again after being in remission or in spite of everything visible tumor has been removed. Recurrence can either be nearby, which means that it appears in the equal vicinity because the original, or distant, which means that it appears in a specific part of the body.

Some docs in addition diagnose the usage of a letter system to in addition define most cancers.

The CCNC became my 2nd home for the next nine months. They have visible me at my worst, which became quite awful, the care and compassion became way above and beyond.

I had my port inserted the second week in November and commenced chem the week after. 2 weeks on 1 week off, which means that I had chemo for two weeks after which had a week off. Really wasn't too too bad at the beginning. During the second one month I had an destructive response to the medicine and had to start on a new drug and was now three weeks on 1 week off. I sincerely had idea I became a sturdy women, these new pills knocked me on my butt.

At one factor my blood counts were so low that I had to have a transfusion after which weekly injections to maintain my blood count inside a suitable variety.

I had began chemo proper earlier than Thanksgiving, so Thanksgiving and Christmas have been difficult for us. We normally had a residence complete and I just couldn't do it and I didn't have the electricity to head everywhere. I cried as I informed me boys a while 20 and 18 how sorry I turned into. They had been exquisite for the duration of my complete ordeal, supporting me each time they might.

Two of my pals followed me to my chemo sessions. 1 week became for six hours, 2 weeks were for 3 hours. It genuinely is top notch who stepped up and supported us. They stayed with me for over eight hours in the course of week one of each session, you clearly research who your friends are whilst you are sick and I can be without end grateful to those who have helped us a lot. We had lunch, we examine, we laughed, we bonded with everyone who was going via the equal issue, all of us have become friends and a support system for every other evaluating notes, treatments and questions. The CCNC's treatment room is open, pleasant and ethereal with a big fish tank.

I knew that I might lose my hair. But understand after which having it show up are  very, very different things. My neighbor and I went to the Lovely Lady. Darlene and her sister have been outstanding. They talked me thru plenty of my questions and were so informed. We tried on wigs and wraps and genuinely made a splendid day of it. You discover ways to take matters in stride or so I concept so....Until my hair began to fall out and it occurred so quickly.

It changed into approximately 2 weeks after my preliminary chemo, I become within the bathe and I had a gaggle of strands in my hand. I idea.. Right here we cross. It was quite unnerving. So I went and had my shoulder duration hair reduce quick however it nonetheless saved falling out but it turned into worse because it become brief, move figure. I was inside the shower and my hand changed into complete of short hairs. I went lower back and had what I name a GI Jane, hello Demi, hair cut and the following day I went lower back and had it buzzed. It become better to reduce it all off than have it fall out. That is just the way I felt, no longer anybody feels the identical.

So I had a brand new style, no wigs, simply lots of wraps, hats, scarves to healthy my clothes. I loved the headband wraps so I ought to tie them tie and wrap the leads to.

I even have clinical insurance, but no prescription coverage. I turned into quite amazed to discover that my medical insurance did NOT, nope, cover all my clinical fees. My husband was out of labor on unemployment, ouch.

The Financial Advisor became wonderful!!! We have been assured that I would nonetheless obtain remedy and cautioned us to use for presents. We implemented for 3 grants and obtained economic useful resource that paid for a number of the remedies. There are businesses that provide offers to pay for remedy. The prescription capsules I took for nausea have been $a hundred a pill, the CCNC forwarded my information and the drug employer sent me my remedy freed from charge. Now don't get me incorrect we're nonetheless seeking to repay five figures of clinical bills but these corporations were a god send to us.

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