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    I've been worried about my diagnosis and whether it can be cured, and the side effects that I will be left with once this is over. It has had me stressed and freaked out. A couple of days ago while talking to my doctor, just all of a sudden I had this overwhelming sense of calm. Listening to him confidently tell me that everything was going to work out and that he didn't consider my case to be a difficult one at all made me feel calm and at ease, like a weight had been lifted off. Has anyone else ever reached that point?

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    chemo stopped because of ringing in the ears.

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      alivenwell

      I wonder if there is an ear infection. Platelets help you fight sickness and can be too low from chemotherapy. When my platelet count was too low, they sent me home. I had to wait for at least a week for the nex TV treatment. I understand a low platelet count leads to a lot of bleeding.

      over 1 year ago
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      I've had mild ringing in my ears while taking Cisplatin. My treatment wasn't cancelled because it never became severe. The doctor did tell me if the ringing became severe they would have to change my chemo. They told me that any hearing loss i experienced would likely be permenant.

      over 1 year ago
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      Cisplatin caused my tinnitus and it's permanent.

      over 1 year ago
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    Do you ever feel like a burden on your family?

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      Lynne-I-Am

      GoGoGadget, accept the love and support from family and friends , you are very fortunate to have those who will do “ whatever”. Too many survivors find themselves abandoned or in the company of uncaring caregivers. Your friends and family know that if the tables were turned, you would do “whatever”.

      over 1 year ago
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      LiveWithCancer

      I dread that day, but maybe it won't come. Honestly, i hope i outlive my husband because he needs me to take care of him (right now) more than i currently need him to take care of me.

      I would think that if i get really bad and my husband is not here or can't take care of me, i would go to a nursing home so as not to be an undue burden on my son and daughter-in-law.

      @KB2013 is so right. Love means wanting to care for those they love. My husband requires quite a bit of help and after his heart surgery REALLY needed a lot of care ... and i did what i needed to do because i love him and i wouldn't think of not taking care of him.

      But, when i was diagnosed with lung cancer and was so sick from my treatments, he did the shopping and cooking and whatever I couldn't. He never complained a second. Truthfully, he flourished because it was the only time in our marriage that he felt like i truly needed him.

      over 1 year ago
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      I had to have a fair amount of help when recovering from my last major surgery after the last diagnosis. I felt bad when I had to ask people to do things that I would normally do myself. They were happy to do whatever we needed, but still there's a feeling of being ashamed that you aren't capable of doing what you should be able to do normally. We hope you get all the support you need.

      over 1 year ago
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    Are you embarrassed to tell someone about the type of cancer you have?

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      JaneA

      I totally understand. I had Stage IV rectal cancer. At first, I was too embarrassed to say it. But then I realized that if not me to tell the story, who would it be? So I started saying "rectal cancer" and people always asked, "What were the symptoms?" It opened conversations so that people would know that it's might not be "just hemorrhoids."

      I'm sorry for your diagnosis - cancer doesn't pick convenient places.

      over 1 year ago
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      Molly72

      Agree with LWC, perhaps you can just say it was a male specific cancer and hope that the questioner gets it and drops it.

      over 1 year ago
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      GregP_WN

      Your type of cancer is a rare one for sure, and discussing it with someone would be difficult for me too, and I talk about cancer all day almost every day. You might look to some of the people that have colon cancer and have an ostomy bag. They talk about it and have learned to not be ashamed to show it. We wish you the best.

      over 1 year ago