Experiences with Body Part/Function

There is no way to prepare yourself for the loss of a body part or loss of body function. There are many physical losses that a cancer patient can experience depending on what type of cancer they have. Some WhatNexter’s have written about the loss of a breast, voice, hair, lung capacity, hearing, taste, part of a leg, nerve damage, and uterus and ovaries. Often the first question when you start chemotherapy is about hair loss; this is a loss that damages self-esteem, but ultimately there are much bigger losses. There are no words of comfort; there are only ways to grieve. A few encouraging words from WhatNexter’s include that they are glad to have their life at all and that they don’t have to worry about their cancer anymore.

One of the only forms of comfort that can be provided for those of you that have experienced the loss of a body part or loss of function is knowing that others are experiencing the same loss. Although these words are hard to hear, knowing you are not alone is comforting. Some WhatNexter’s have shared that they do not feel attractive anymore, that they have lost their independence and dignity, that they can only live day-by-day, that they don’t feel like themselves, that they are angry that the plan they imagined for their life has not worked out, and that emotions when having surgery are overwhelming. Try your best to give it time. It may be helpful to talk to a professional counselor or join a support group.

    • dsmathwig
    • Experience with Mixed Tumors, Breast...
    7 days ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    Removal of my breast has been emotionally devastating.

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    • Jay
    • Experience with Bladder Cancer
    27 days ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    I was really worried about my sexuality as my prostrate as well as my bladder was removed. I had to start injecting my XXX to get an...

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    • Ilovemydoc
    • Experience with Adenoacanthoma, End...
    about 1 month ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    Had a TH, BSO, bilateral pelvic lymph nodes, cervix

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    • Cadubuc
    • Experience with High-Grade Astrocytoma...
    5 months ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    Expressive aphasia. Loss of fine motor function of right hand

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    • Cadubuc
    • Experience with High-Grade Astrocytoma...
    5 months ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    Expressive aphasia and fine motor of right hand. Loss of job

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    • Splinter
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    6 months ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    Unable to eat solid food or spices, loss of taste. Low or excessive salavia production. Unable to use my dentures due to surgery to ...

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    • Blue38
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorec...
    7 months ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    Lost all of my lady parts and sanity

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    Body part/function

    Loss

    Through the holidays I had no energy to do anything ! Exhausted !!!

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    • judys3cats
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Bre...
    10 months ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    I was and still am grieving the loss of my breasts despite the reconstruction. I needed to pretend I died so I would not desperatel...

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    • Fightnwin
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopia...
    10 months ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    Lost a lot of feeling in my hands and feet, still having issues with them but learning to live with it. The loss of hair was hard...

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    • Bandmom804
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cel...
    over 1 year ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    My fingers and toes had neuropathy. Very hard to feel things or pick things up. Even holding a pen was difficult at times because ...

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    • BtheLight
    • Experience with Mucinous, Ovarian or...
    over 1 year ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    Chose a Radical mastectomy due to Brca2 mutation, strong family history of cancer, my own cancer history and dense breast tissue.

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