• G.I.S.T. possible surgery

    Asked by ironmikey on Monday, May 20, 2019

    G.I.S.T. possible surgery

    I feel like things just got seriuos because this is the first C.T. scan I got that showed growth in the tumor and I have to meet with the surgeon on thursday 5/23/2019. Its really worrying me because I have no control and I dont know what hes going to say. I guess i'm hoping he can cut out the bad part and I'll be able to continue treatment with gleevic. I'm a worry wart by nature so I need to change my whole way of thinking!!!

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    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      If you have trouble talking to new people, maybe you should consider moving back where your sister and/or friends are, since you aren't working. (Work is another major place for making friends, which is why I suggested you should volunteer at a hospital every week.)

      Ironmikey, I'd like to help you, but you need to call a counselor who can chat with you for an appointment on Monday. Please don't put it off any more. Best wishes.

      16 days ago
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      BarbarainBham

      P.S. I recommend you don't make a point of telling people you meet you have cancer. It'll come up naturally in conversation, and you can say you have some health problems and (?) don't work any more, or (?) don't get out as much as you used to. Most people don't ask what, but you could BRIEFLY mention you just had surgery to have a tumor removed and are just starting to get out again.

      If you were going to a counselor, you could also discuss that. I suggest you don't overthink it, and just let it be natural, but BRIEF. Don't unload on people when you've just met them. Brief conversations about problems are always best, because nobody wants to spend time with somebody who's depressing, right?

      Minimize discussion of cancer if you want to have fun.

      16 days ago
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      BarbarainBham

      Ironmikey, please update us on whether you called for an appointment with a counselor, preferably one with cancer patient experience. Your doctor's office can recommend one, or may have one in their office or clinic that can help.

      14 days ago

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