• A little over two years from winding down treatments and still

    Asked by HardyGirl on Tuesday, December 3, 2019

    A little over two years from winding down treatments and still

    fatigue, scars, irritable bowel, self doubt, body disfigured, sometimes I wonder if it's worth all the pain and suffering.

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    • Bengal's Avatar

      I hear you HardyGirl. This is all the stuff they DON'T tell you in the beginning. I have days when I wonder if being "cured" of the cancer but left with all the other stuff was worth it. We see pictures of the glowing woman in a sports bra who's just run a 5K, saying " my cancer was the best thing that ever happened to me". Bulls___! I have one doctor who is fond of telling me to quit bellyaching and just be grateful I'm alive. If course, I am. However, being alive (heart, brain, respiration working) and living a life are two very different things. But....I AM grateful that my cancer was caught early, I survived the treatment and I am moving forward. Sometimes it's a struggle. Sometimes I'm discouraged. Sometimes I wonder if it was all worth it. I just do as best I can. Hang in there.

      3 days ago
    • Created07's Avatar

      I think I take a little bit different thought on this. I have scars on my stomach from endometrial cancer (along with radiation tattoos)..Scars on my breast from 2 surgeries (along with radiation tattoos)...a scar on my back from malignant melanoma and was without hair from chemo for non-hodgkins lymphoma. I Do see them as battle scars. I don't think I will Ever trust my body again. But the One who created it has shown me again and again how precious I am to Him. So I lay back in His hands and trust him with my next breath because cancer is not the only killer out there. Now this part may have to do with your age, but when my husband sees my scars he says they are proof of how close he came to losing me and how very precious I am to him.

      3 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I am with @Created07. I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in November 2012. I was in treatment until April 2019. Now I am in "watch and see," which is nice since now I only have to go every 3 months instead of every 2 weeks or once a month. It's like a reunion now when i go in.

      I am huge now; couldn't lose a lb for anything (i was always thin before). I hate the weight but I am alive. But, i am far more than alive, i am living. I don't have the energy I did, but again, I am aliVe, living. And i enjoy life, nearly every single day.

      I have a joy deep inside of me that no cancer will ever steal. It comes from my faith.

      And, @Created07 is soooooo right. Last year, my 43-year-old unexpectedly dropped dead from a heart attack. No time to say goodbye or I love you one last time. A few months later, the same thing happened to my best friend since grade school. There are worse things than cancer, imo.

      2 days ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      We all must find peace after diagnosis and treatment. I have a permanent colostomy after Stage IV rectal cancer. While it's not perfect situation, I'm know that I am in a better situation than many rectal cancer patients who don't have to have colostomies but end up with the "frequency and urgency."

      I am that "glass half-full" person. I am grateful to be alive five years after diagnosis.

      So what I'm saying is that you have to dig deep and discover the sheer joy of seeing the beauty in life. I've taken up watercolors, and the act of painting lifts my heart. Best wishes.

      2 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I have always said that as long as I have the strength left in me and I can see a viable future, then I am all in. But when I see that the writing is on the wall and I'm not going to gain anything by keeping on, then I'm done. I hope I never see that happen.

      1 day ago

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