• 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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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      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
      JaneA

      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
      GregP_WN

      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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