• Here's a question to ponder.....

    Asked by GregP_WN on Tuesday, January 15, 2019

    Here's a question to ponder.....

    As each year passes by after your diagnosis, do you become more grateful that you made it through it and you're still here, or do you become more bitter about all that you have to deal with in the side effects, prolonged treatments, constant checkups to be sure it hasn't returned, etc?

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    • rene2's Avatar

      I completed treatment in September 2016 for stage 3B DLBC NHL. I can't say that I am either of the ways you asked. I'm grateful, for sure, but it's not something that becomes more or less, it just is. I have to admit I'm a little bit bitter for all the follow on things that I deal with, but again, I just feel like it's part of my life now. I think the thing that annoys me the most is the worry and doubt about my health and also the guilt for not being motivated to take better care of myself. I do take good care, but not in the way I somehow and for some reason think I could or should - like becoming vegan, exercising more, meditating, doing yoga, whatever. My care consists more in eating well and spending time with my family. I'm not so "busy" anymore. I used to be doing something all the time and now I'm perfectly happy to just be.

      As for my cancer returning, I do think about it. I often and randomly check for lumps. I think every spot on my body is skin cancer. Every pain is worrisome and cause for investigation. I'm hoping the compulsion to do these things will ease with time.

      over 2 years ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      I'm just grateful that I made it through the XXX of a year + of my life, with surgeries, chemo, transfusions, radiation and more. I'm grateful that my husband and family and friends supported me during that time. And I'm happy to be a six year survivor of breast cancer, and able to enjoy my family and especially my two granddaughters who I watch a couple of days a week.
      I do occasionally think of recurrence but as long as I have my yearly appointments, take care of myself and love my little sweeties, I think I will be ok.

      over 2 years ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      I am more grateful every year. A diagnosis of Stage IV is shocking. So as I reflect back, I realize that I am so fortunate to be here.

      I have a permanent colostomy - I was terrified at the prospect of that. But I have good quality of life and go the gym and hike. I must admit that I always have anxiety at scan time, but so far so good. I'm just over 4 years from diagnosis.

      over 2 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      I am more grateful, as I realize more and more how skewed and messed up things are.

      over 2 years ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar

      In spite of some lingering side-effects, I am grateful to be here. When I got my diagnosis 5 years ago, I don't think I believed that I would be here since my cancer is more aggressive. I am thankful for everyone who helped to get me to this point, doctors, family and friends. I thank God everyday, and I hope that I will be here for years to come.

      over 2 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      Without a doubt, more grateful.

      over 2 years ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar

      Yes grateful that I 'm sustained through the grace of God for His Glory.But my Hope is not for here.

      over 2 years ago
    • Whitey61's Avatar

      Yes, Greatful for every day, Given 4 yrs I was told I may not see, many milestones met and seen in this time...I'm thriving, living life with no limitations currently..thank you Genetics and Immunotheraphy.

      over 2 years ago
    • SandiA's Avatar

      Definitely more grateful!

      over 2 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      I am more grateful with each passing year. Especially since I was told I was in remission. Remission is a scary word. And with Lymphoma, chances of it returning go down with each passing year. Next year will be 10 years! Whoo hoo!

      over 2 years ago
    • Ilovemydoc's Avatar

      I think of cancer a lot, one is that I am only 7 months post op for Endometrial cancer. Now with the symptoms and lumps I have found U will begin the process all over again with testing for lymphoma. When does it end!

      over 2 years ago

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