• The hardest part of my journey so far is waiting to find out what stage the cancer is, and what treatment I will need after the surgery.

    Asked by Nursnana on Monday, October 15, 2012

    The hardest part of my journey so far is waiting to find out what stage the cancer is, and what treatment I will need after the surgery.

    I have played out just about every possible scenario in my mind. I prefer to think about happy things, but my mind seems to get into cancer mode so easily. Has anyone struggled with this while waiting to get more information about treatment?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • StrongSteph's Avatar
      StrongSteph

      I have been there...2 years ago I was going through this exact thing with my melanoma. I tried to stay as busy as I could. IThere were so many times someone said "See you next Monday" and they were extremely hesitant to tell me what was going on!

      I think it is natural for us to look for a solution and good to be our own advocate...so being an informed patient is important and researching treatments helps. I hope you have a good support system. Try to stay busy. :) blessings and prayers,

      over 4 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Don't wait.

      Be proactive.

      Research and learn everything you are able so you know as much about your problem as your doctor and can query him/her about solutions. You only need to know what relates to you. You don't need anything else. You only have one patient who is yourself, NursNana. This is what the internet was really made for you to be able to accomplish.

      Also please treat yourself as well as possible. Try all sorts of things you hadn't thought of before.

      I use the chicken soup theories. If it doesn't hurt me, I am game to try it. Without any sort of medical degree, I am in the Hippocrates camp .. I let food be my medicine whenever possible.

      I also remember Voltaire. He said something like "Medicine is the art of keeping a patient busy while Nature performs the cure."

      Best wishes. Breathe deeply.

      about 4 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Don't wait.

      Be proactive.

      Research and learn everything you are able so you know as much about your problem as your doctor and can query him/her about solutions. You only need to know what relates to you. You don't need anything else. You only have one patient who is yourself, NursNana. This is what the internet was really made for you to be able to accomplish.

      Also please treat yourself as well as possible. Try all sorts of things you hadn't thought of before.

      I use the chicken soup theories. If it doesn't hurt me, I am game to try it. Without any sort of medical degree, I am in the Hippocrates camp .. I let food be my medicine whenever possible.

      I also remember Voltaire. He said something like "Medicine is the art of keeping a patient busy while Nature performs the cure."

      Best wishes. Breathe deeply.

      about 4 years ago

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