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20th-Oct-2004 01:19 pm
pinkrose
I went back to my oncologist yesterday for my post-op exam. He said everything looked fine, I'm healing great, faster than most patients. He's also decided, since I last spoke to him, that he wants me to have chemo *and* radiation for 5 1/2 weeks. He told me again, no cancer was found in the lymph glands, which is very good. He wants me to have the treatments because it was in my uterus and ovaries, and this is to insure that it doesn't develop anywhere else. He says he's confident this will officially cure me. Which sounds wonderful, and I'll try and keep that in mind. I'm worried now about the side effects of the treatments. He told me some of them yesterday and I don't look forward to it. Has anyone had either, especially radiation?

My doctor also told me I can't go back to work for 2 more months. So, it's gonna be rough here, with just my husband's paycheck. It makes me feel guilty, like I'm not doing my part, you know?

Thanks to everyone for their good thoughts, they really help. It's wonderful knowing all of you are there for me. Just keep reminding me how lucky I am. This could've been so much worse.
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20th-Oct-2004 10:46 am (UTC) - You just rest...
As guilty as you feel, how horrible would hubby feel if you relapsed or worse from going back to work too fast. Take your time, tell hubby how you feel so he can tell you that you're being silly, concentrate of getting better. You got all my love and strength, babe, one Sk/K lover to another! :)
20th-Oct-2004 08:24 pm (UTC) - Re: You just rest...
I know, I know, he keeps telling me that. And I know you're there for me, Amazon. I can always count on you. And you know the opposite is true, too, I'll always be here for you.
20th-Oct-2004 11:42 am (UTC)
You do what they tell you, I don't want to have to drive to Georgia to spank you. :-)

I had a friend who had radiation and he looked a bit sunburned. He never has grown a proper beard on that side since then.

I'm so glad it hadn't spread to the glands that's a very good thing indeed.

Love you

G
20th-Oct-2004 08:25 pm (UTC)
LOL! Thanks, Peach. I've read up on radiationtoday, and I feel better about it. Love you, too.
20th-Oct-2004 11:45 am (UTC)
*It makes me feel guilty, like I'm not doing my part*

Your part is to get well, which I'm sure he would tell you if you told him how you felt. Your body needs the same rest an army would to fight off any remaining invaders. So give it the best chance it can have. You are not being idle. You are readying yourself with rest, good food and positive thoughts for a most important job. Healing. For good.
20th-Oct-2004 08:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks, and you're right, he's always telling me that anyway.
20th-Oct-2004 12:59 pm (UTC)
Hey, now you *have* to rest and do whatever your doctor says. Later you'll have plenty of time to work, but now it's not time for it. And I'm really glad about your doc's opinion!!
20th-Oct-2004 08:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Adriana. I know, doctor's orders!
20th-Oct-2004 04:25 pm (UTC)
Maddie, you are lucky but your husband is even luckier and he will understand. Your job now is to get well. I"m so glad the prognosis is so good. I'll keep on keeping you and your famiy in my prayers.
20th-Oct-2004 08:28 pm (UTC)
I know, I'm very lucky, he *is* the best. And thank you so much, it means a lot.
20th-Oct-2004 08:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, Maddie, don't feel guilty. You're doing your part by resting up and healing. Radiation and chemo will take a lot out of you and you'll need to take it easy. {hugs}
20th-Oct-2004 08:31 pm (UTC)
I know, I've been reading a lot about radiation today. The one thing they stress is lots of rest. I was glad to hear your prognosis is good, despite what you found out today. You'll be very much in my thoughts tomorrow(and always).
20th-Oct-2004 10:08 pm (UTC) - It's not easy...
...but with help, you can get through. I've had 5 friends go through breast cancer now, and all of them have had to deal with both radiation and chemo. I'm not going to lie and say it's easy, because it's not. But as long as you are aware of what you're going to go through, you can deal. The best thing is, you know there's an end to it all. You just focus on that, and it will help a lot. You get tired very easily, and discouraged, and some days all you can do is just lie there. But that's what you're supposed to do, and as long as your family and friends are there and understand what you're going through, you'll be fine. It sounds like you've got supportive people around you; that's very good. And remember, it's ok to vent...as a matter of fact, it's good for you...and lj is perfect for it. So go for it!!! We'll listen...and send you virtual hugs at every opportunity. And speaking of - have some: {{{hugs}}}

By the way...all 5 of my friends have recovered 100%...I know it's a different form, but still...it's encouraging to hear.
21st-Oct-2004 05:12 pm (UTC) - Re: It's not easy...
Thanks for sharing that, Dusty. I'm trying to focus on the positive. I'm not looking forward to this, but you're right, there is an end to it. And thanks for the hugs, and just for being there for me. Love & hugs back!
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