• 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.

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • 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.

      about 1 year 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.

      about 1 year ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      Sounds like you need a support group of other women who are going through or have gone through what you are experiencing. Talk to your doctor or health care facility . All of us experience setbacks related to health issues , job issues, emotional issues and so on. Some get right back up and move forward, others need an additional boost. The first boost has to come from you. Support groups have certainly helped me. Facing cancer at 66 was no picnic and the chemo sucked. Talk about scars, I have had four abdominal operations, so scars aplenty. Body image? I have sagging skin, wrinkles up the whazoo and gray hair . Getting old is not for the weak . I realize how very lucky I am to be again enjoying life at 73. Yes, the pain , the setbacks, the loss of hair and fatigue fighting the cancer was all worth it. Get the help and support you need. Reach out, ,get up and get out. Find an activity you like .Look forward and not backward . Wishing you better days ahead and you once again find life worth living.

      about 1 year ago

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