• Reflecting on how things can change in a year..... How have you changed over the last year?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Sunday, July 30, 2017

    Reflecting on how things can change in a year..... How have you changed over the last year?

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    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Yes. Of course.

      I am stronger, healthier, and in less pain.

      almost 2 years ago
    • jcunningham's Avatar
      jcunningham

      So much change! A year ago I was post surgery, wrapping up chemo and starting radiation. Usually l am a person who loves summer. Working in my yard and garden, walks with my dog, a book on my porch. I was so sick and so exhausted I couldn't even read a book. This summer I have a garden producing yummy food, wake up with energy, have read several books on the porch! There is hope! Last year I started the school year (I teach 2nd grade) tired and afraid. This year I am going to be able to start eager and ready for a great year with kids.

      almost 2 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Jcunningham, what an awesome response!! I am so glad you are doing so much better!!!!!

      almost 2 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I guess I am in holding mode to see what the next year will bring. The last 4 have been fabulous. Opdivo allowed me to live my life, nearly as well as pre-cancer.

      Now that the one tumor has decided to quit responding and I will be going into a new trial, I am full of questions that only time will answer (will the new treatment be effective? Will it make me sick? Will life change appreciably?)

      I had paid to go to Ohio in October to the national agility championships with Barney. Because there are so many unknowns, I am going to ask for my money to be refunded and we won't be going to Champs this year.

      Bumps in the road; they keep life interesting.

      almost 2 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      Just doing...

      almost 2 years ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar
      Skyemberr

      First I thought I was going to die, then I was skeptical as they assured me they got all of it, then I finally convinced myself I'd get clear scans, then I got back a crazy chest ct which is likely malignant. It's hard to fathom this was all in a year but it was.
      I think I've changed in that I know how strong I am but also how frail life can be. I've tested the limits and have a ton of faith in my ability to fight fiercely. I worry more about the things I can't control, life getting c diff or my insides just not tolerating a treatment no matter how much I want to metal through it. Still, oddly, I think it's raised my estimation of my self since I now have a better idea of what it's fact or fiction related to my own bravery!
      Also, of course, this year has definitely put things into sharp perspective. My girls and husband are number one to me. I knew that before but use it as a tool to fight now.

      almost 2 years ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      I think I have finally come to terms with my new life. In the last 3 years, there have been a lot of changes in my life, not all cancer related. It has been a very hard time for me, and I have come to terms with it all. I am not necessarily happy about it, but I now understand that it can't be changed. I try to stay focused on the present and look toward the future. Some days I still have a pity party, but they get fewer and fewer apart.

      almost 2 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      The only thing in life that is sure is that change will come in some way. We will be a completely different person than the one Born ALL those Many Years Ago. The Only Constant in Life is CHANGE...and That is The PLAN...

      almost 2 years ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      This time last year I had my last treatment. Didn't know it was going to be my last...but side effects kind of made it the last. So one year later my scans are staying stable. I have AVN in my left hip from the cancer and the steriods and I have RA from the immune therapy. But my husband just retired and his company gave us some travel money. So we are going to make the most of my new normal and are planning some trips. Going to Atlanta in August for a week of baseball in the Braves new stadium, trip to the beach and then a road trip to Colorado. So I am starting to go out and live my life again. Just praying my hip holds for a while anyway...

      almost 2 years ago
    • GranEM's Avatar
      GranEM

      starting my fourth year w/o cancer. I still hope/pray and do all my rituals. But I know that I can get through it. I am waiting anxiously to get to year No. 5 and have the ONC say, Marianne - didn't think you going to make it - but look at you now. Don't know what being 71 at the time had to do with it but no one but no one. Thought I would make it this far. I have surpassed their prognosis and deemed them - "Unable to predict". With all the 5 surgeries since 2013 I have knocked them all out of the park. My momma did not raise any quitters. We all 4 children are very strong. And I had this board to give me hope when I needed it and I learned so much. I thank all of your. Angels keep you safe - eM When I go for my port flush every 8 weeks - I am also leaving snippets of paper around for others to find - if you need a place to talk - here is the place to go to......and I put What Next ....Take care all - EM

      almost 2 years ago
    • Danfan714's Avatar
      Danfan714

      Maintained my weight(at 140) and was able to have my feeding tube taken out. Got dentures(its gonna take quite a while to get used to these).
      Only take 1 nap per day now.

      almost 2 years ago
    • Marinace's Avatar
      Marinace

      I learned how Strong I am and how much my life as a good friend and caretaker meant to others. I learned how to take news when it's not what you wanted to hear. Two weeks ago I was informed I have Bone Mets, and yesterday during a routine check up by my Breast surgeon found something suspicious on my back called for an immediate biopsy and Its positive for melanoma. I'm not worried, I have an amazing team.

      almost 2 years ago
    • Overlyaverage's Avatar
      Overlyaverage

      Thinking my first two oncologists were correct and I was going to die in six to nine months, I said yes to my girlfriend's question of did I want to get married. That was February, 2015. We are going to Court to get a divorce on Monday and we have been separated for a year. The marriage was a mistake and I am so grateful we are alive and doing well at this point. I have resumed and improved on the life I was leading before our relationship. I guess if there is a lesson to be learned I should have taken into consideration if our relationship could withstand more than 6 to 9 months and I would have concluded it would not. On the other hand I had the privilege to marry and to live my life as a married XXX and I am exceedingly thankful for the experience.

      almost 2 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      From December of 15 to March of 17 was a nightmare my mother died in December, I late January during routine scans, a surgery site hernia was discovered and my colon was pushing up against my lung and shutting it down. I had major surgery two weeks later. In April I had breast reduction surgery to relieve the pressure on my spine then in September I had emergency surgery for an obstructed bowel. Then came the long hard winter, From Christmas to Valentines Day I was snowbound. Things are much better now, I received a small trust and I was able to give my son enough money to go to Washington to get a job and settle in he then intends to bring me to Washington. So right now I am sort of going solo and hoping for the best. I am doing my best to cope with the brave new world that is the reality for everyone. My greatest fear is nuclear war which seems more imminent every hour. My little cancers seem insignificant when millions of people could die, many of them children. Personally I am a lot better off; the world not so much.

      almost 2 years ago

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