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Cancer Is Not Always A Death Sentence

Updated on October 12, 2017

That's Me A Cancer Patient

Back In The Day

I lost several family members due to cancer. I lost a brother to Leukemia, another to a brain tumor. A father who had prostate cancer. A mother and two sisters. My two sisters survived. Then came me, my turn. Cancer runs big in my family but I was never worried or concerned about it because I never really took it serious about it being hereditary. I suppose there is some truth to it.

No one can blame it on what you eat or don't eat, because I made a lot of changes to what I ate. I also exercised and did the things that is supposed to help you in the long run. It just came out of no where. I didn't expect it to happen to me.

Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. Not all tumors are cancerous; benign tumors do not spread to other parts of the body.

All year I was going back and forth to the doctor for one thing or another not really connecting it to being cancer. I had to do five cat scans before they even came across it showing up.

In July 2017 I called the doctor asking if I can get a Urine test to see if I had a bladder infection. I was happy that I could just go in and get the test done without having to see the doctor. I can just get my antibiotics and start feeling better. But it didn't turn out to be an infection. So the next step was getting another Cat Scan done. By then they saw what may be a tumor, so I had to go in and get a biopsy done. I wasn't looking forward to getting that done because I was told that it hurt and I just didn't feel up to it hurting but it was no big deal at least it was quick.

Well I get a call from my doctor telling me that I had Uterine cancer (adenocarcinoma) was the type of cancer I had. They gave me the option to go through surgery, radiation, or chemo. I choose surgery. She explained that sometimes with that type of cancer it can come back, then I will have to go through radiation or chemo.

Robot Assisted Surgery

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Meeting With The Surgeon

Naturally I had to go to a meeting to discuss my options. I figured that my best option was to go through with the surgery. I just wanted it done and over with so I can get on with my life.

The surgeon explained in graphic detail about a robot surgery that would be less invasive. She said the surgery can be anywhere from 3 hours to 7 hours depending on how much scar tissue you have. Luckily this was my first major surgery that I had so there shouldn't be that much time for me.

The surgery was set within the month, July 28th 2017 was the day that I went in to get this done.

They went through five areas of my stomach using the assistance of the robot. I am not going to lie and pretend that I wasn't a little scared. When they prepared me they had IV's on both hands and then they gave me the most painful shot, to prevent blood clots.

I know it was protocol but they ask if you want a pastor or priest to come in to see you, then they ask about your Will and if I want them to try to save me if something goes wrong. All this being asked in front of family members.

When going in the operation room, it was somewhat a little frightening to see how many doctors were in there and how many machines were there that I had to be hooked to. I think the better way is to have the patient asleep as the patient is going in. The Anesthesiologist noticed me looking around and studying everything and everyone. So he asked me if I was ok and then quickly put me to sleep hahaha it must of shown that I was a little hesitant in going through with it after all those questions and now seeing all the machines and doctors that were involved and the robot machine was not that small. I'm so glad that I went to sleep.

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Surgery Done

The surgery took only 3 hours and a half. What took along time was the recovery. I was there for three hours before they sat me up, I guess they thought I was taking to long. So therefore I was very dizzy my head was spinning like I was in the Twilight Zone, I was not prepared for where I was. Weird feeling to say the least.

Then I was wheeled out into another room where my husband, son and a friend was waiting. Still in a daze the nurse asked me if I wanted something to drink, well I never got that drink because they made me get up and walk with the most painful feeling in my shoulder, it hurt me more there, then it did in my stomach, after going in and taking everything out including lymph nodes through five areas of my stomach.

I was there for 12 hours before they gave me the ok to go home. If there are no complications with surgery they allow you to go home. That has changed since back in the day. But I attribute that with the new technology that we have today that it makes it less complicated for even major surgery.

They have you return a week later for your first check up then a six week recovery from there on. This is not a death sentence but it is a life time commitment of seeing the doctor to make sure that it doesn't come back, they can get early enough so that it won't be a death sentence. My mother had the same kind of cancer and she had to take chemo pills after surgery for the rest of her life.

Today they just have you go in to regular visits and keep an eye on it. Rather then have you on chemo for the rest of your life, like they did my mother.

Time has really changed if you catch it early enough the easier it is to handle. That is why you should always listen to your body and also keep all your appointments so that if you did have cancer it wouldn't be a death sentence. But also remember this, that if you were even in stage four there is always hope that it won't be a death sentence with the new technology that is out there today. I was in stage two. Prayer is the biggest thing but we must do our part.

Everyone is different and we can't say that it is a big deal or it isn't a big deal. All my extended family treated it as it wasn't a big deal. Except for my husband, son and mother in-law everyone else was treating it as though it was no big deal.

But then again it was my husband and son that stood there with me for twelve hours at the hospital. They knew what was done that day. They saw me going back and forth with the doctor visits for over a year, before I was diagnosed. They knew my ups and downs that you go through. What may not be a big deal to you doesn't mean that it isn't a big deal to the other person. Please be sensitive to the person that is going through it. Don't compare your experience to theirs. Like I said everyone is different and you have to respect that.

I have gone back to the gym. I watch what I eat and I keep my doctor appointments. I want to be around for along time. My family needs me, and I need my family.

Cancer Isn't Always A Death Sentence

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© 2017 LorLinda

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