• This is my life, described to a T.

    Asked by Julesmom on Thursday, February 22, 2018

    This is my life, described to a T.

    “It made me bankrupt, lose my job, gave me autoimmune diseases; but it also gave me more faith, weeded out relationships, and brought me closer to my sons. It made me realize that sometimes you don’t know how strong you are until you have no choice.”

    How would you say cancer has changed your life, social or otherwise?

    11 Answers from the Community

    11 answers
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      First let's list the things cancer took away. Physical things 1 two thirds of my esophagus 2) two thirds of my stomach. 3) my teeth 4) my uterus ( wasn't using it anyway) and the mental things 5) fear of cancer
      Now let's list the cancer gave me Physical 1) a more healthy lifestyle 2) gourmet cooking skills.(I went from one of the worst cooks in America to a healthy gourmet cook. Mental skills 1) I have better sense of Humor albeit a little on the dark side 3) because I had to work so hard to regain my mental skills, I continue to practice them I believe that this will help me as I age even if I never reach my pre-cancer level of mental skill. Spiritual 4) closer relationship with my children 5) ability to forgive 6) gratitude 7) love of my fellow man 8) stronger prayer life. 8) a closer relationship with God

      over 1 year ago
    • debbien507's Avatar
      debbien507

      So BoiseB, you reminded me of more...cance gave me dark sense of humor too. Imagine my shock when a PET can revealed that my uterus had been removed! I asked my doctors when that had happened and when they were planning on telling me!!! What doesnt kill you makes you stronger and makes you laugh too!

      over 1 year ago
    • TinaLeigh's Avatar
      TinaLeigh

      I have not commented on anything in a long time I just read the daily emails. I have just always wanted to put the cancer in the past but I can't do that due to the bills, side effects, job and many other issues. This post made me want to comment. I read it and said I'm not alone. Cancer has caused many many financial issues, I guess bankruptcy should be told to people after you are told you have cancer. I wasn't aware how much money trouble I'd be in. Did anyone tell you? No one told me or talked to me about all the side effects after treatment. Did they talk to you about all the side effects? And my job, which offered very expensive and terrible insurance plan. I believe my biggest mistake was not taking medical leave when dr said you have cancer. I kept working through it all, chemo, radiation, surgeries, and all the dr appts. I didn't take time off from work. Is this why I have so many side effects now because I didn't slow down and take better care of myself? I don't know, what do you think? I was told during chemo by my employer that I had to be kept "in back" so people didn't see how I aweful I looked. I just ignored it and tried not to let it bother me but it did I continued to feel more angry at my employer and Several times a month my health continued to be brought up and I finally had it I couldn't take it anyone. I finally resigned. I believe they pushed me out, Was I costing them to much for insurance? I don't know just felt forced to resign. So I now am jobless, medical bills keep piling up and side effects not going away, nor letting up. These dr's need to start telling people along with you have cancer that you will have huge financial problems, continued daily side effects and problems with your job and will be forced out! I was not prepared for all this, were you?

      over 1 year ago

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