WildThistle's Journey:

Survivor: Kidney Cancer > Renal Cell Carcinoma > Clear Cell

Patient Info: Prefer not to answer/not applicable/unsure, Diagnosed: over 11 years ago, Female, Age: 72, Stage II

  1. 1
    almost 9 years ago
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    Car accident reveals RCC in ER during CAT scans for injury

    Oh No

    I had sold my small book business just days earlier, and looking forward to a new business adventure traveling and teaching. I was driving to Christmas holiday with a car full of presents for my friend's four children when I was hit head in a collision at 9:30 at night with a negligent driver in a big truck. I was able to survive the crash, and after being rushed to the ER and CAT scanned and xrayed the doctor on duty had to come and tell me I had no internal injuries, but they had found, most likely, a huge cancer in my left kidney. So in less than 60 minutes from point of impact to laying on a gurney at a local hospital my entire life changed. On February 26th the diagnosis was confirmed. But I was too damaged from the accident to agree to the surgery right away. I wanted to get healthy again and recover before submitting to the operation, it was unknown how it would go at that time (minimal or big cut). The doctors laughed at me for changing my diet, reading books on cancer, etc. CAT scans showed no growth, so I felt OK to wait, but finally it did grow, and I had the surgery soon after.

  2. 2
    almost 9 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery

    As a veteran with health coverage I had the laporascopic surgery at SF VA hospital, a teaching facility and extremely well equipped. The doctor did a great job during the procedure, but failed to sign for pain meds after and as a result I began failing and I was in recovery for 4 hours! and had BP over 200 and extreme chills and pain until the XXX finally wandered in and did his job. I will not forgive him for being so thoughtess. He knew I was already on pain meds for minor arthritis, but again failed to sign for them and left for the weekend, leaving the nurses to struggle with my pain and torment. Sounds unrealistic, but getting the covering dr. on duty to come to my aid took a day, and after such a massive surgery I was suffering much more than necessary.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree