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.

    • BtheLight
    • Experience with Mucinous, Ovarian or...
    about 1 month 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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  1. about 1 month ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    double mastectomy at initial diagnosis

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    • Branny_7
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Stoma...
    3 months ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    After surgery I was only able to eat a few bites of food. In turn my energy levels were extremely low and this made me a bit depressed.

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  2. 4 months ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    Plan to have breast reconstruction with liposuction.

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    • p1hilly
    • Experience with Adenoid Cystic (Adenoc...
    4 months ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    Right breast was removed with 3 lymph nodes

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  3. 6 months ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    Can no longer swallow or talk well.

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    • Nyphrodel
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    6 months ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    I am only 53 years old and I have always been extremely athletic. I volunteer at the local wildlife center as a foster for orphaned ...

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    • RENEE911
    • Experience with Intermediate-Grade As...
    6 months ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    VISION LOSS-WORST OF ALL!

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    • Cfoster
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    7 months ago
    • wha
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostate C...
    7 months ago
    • Tinnesmits
    • Experience with Hepatocellular Carc...
    7 months ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    My independency

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  4. 8 months ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    Loss both breasts, which I was told would keep cancer from recurring. U Unfortunately, last week it did.

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