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    Leuky asked a questionLeukemia

    How long did it take from the time you saw your doctor the first time you thought you had a problem, until you started a treatment plan?

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      Jalemans

      I knew there was a problem & skipped the general practioner & made appt with gun specialist/surgeon. Took about 3 weeks to get in. First he did biopsy & that took several days to hear back (normal). Then he sent me for ultrasound & they thought I had a fibroid. Then he wanted me to get a scan -- he said within 3 days, but I couldn't get an appt for weeks. Never got the scan because I ended up with emergency surgery. My gym surgeon made appt for me with sarcoma Dr before I even got out of hospital but it took another couple weeks to start treatment.

      All in all about 3 months plus.

      about 1 month ago
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      lh25

      I went to the ER in mid-Jan with really heavy bleeding that wouldn't stop. I had a uterine biopsy a week later, got the "unusual" cell results I think a week after that. I had surgery the second week of March, got my cancer diagnosis 2 weeks after that, and started Chemo mid April. So about 3 months from the first sign to Chemo.

      about 1 month ago
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      meyati

      over 28 years and about 60 doctors, part of that is I sat naked for dermatology students twice a year for 2 years. I saw flight surgeons, plastic surgeons, general surgeons-even my dentist that considered himself a cancer detector wiz and his dermatology brother thought it was a zit or cyst.

      about 1 month ago
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    Leuky asked a questionLeukemia

    Has anyone experienced loss of hearing due to chemo or radiation?

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      Julia468

      I forgot to mention, I did not have hearing loss as a side effect, it was just listed as a possibility.

      about 1 month ago
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      KB2013

      Cisplatin=known risk, tinnitus which I have and it’s permanent.

      about 1 month ago
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      Yes, cisplatin causes tinnitus. Mine started after my first cycle; is thankfully mild. Also noticed my hearing was muffled and could not hear the high tones very well. I'm a health care professional as well. Hoping for it to be temporary but unfortunately the literature states is probably irreversible. Sorry for us.

      19 days ago
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    Leuky asked a questionLeukemia

    With everything I have going on with treatments, doctor's office visits, procedures when required and all of the other hings in life.

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      LiveWithCancer

      I keep a calendar for appointments, etc. - things that I really need to do. I also keep lists, without deadlines on them, of things I want or need to do, but not within a certain timeframe. Sometimes, stuff on that list doesn't get marked off for weeks or months (or ever) ... but it is there to remind me that it is something I wanted to get done.

      I am not much of a planner (or a worrier). I am the worst about flying by the seat of my pants, winging it, whatever term. I do not like to be tied down to plans. But, it sounds like you prefer to have a plan ... so my suggestion is to make a doable plan, but not one that stresses you out!

      Look at your To-do list and decide what is wonderful if you get it done but doesn't REALLY have to be done that day. If you clean the closet today or next week or next month - will it make a really big difference in the long run? (Please note: I could write a book on Procrastination ... I am sure you are FAR more organized and get A LOT more done each day than I do ... but I bet I am far less stressed!)

      Or, when you make your lists, can you give yourself a little more time to accomplish the tasks you make for yourself? Instead of saying you need to accomplish something in two hours, can you give yourself 4 hours?

      2 months ago
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      JaneA

      While you're in treatment, just wing it. Keep up with your medical appointments and let "chores" and "tasks" slide. Cancer treatment is stressful enough without trying to be superhuman. Relax. Those dust bunnies were still be there when you finish treatment.

      2 months ago
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      Breathe!! It's a stressful time and you need to take it easier on yourself. Got other people around you? Get them busy helping. You probably don't need to be lifting heavy items or even vacuuming. Your house does not need to be perfect - lived in works well.

      about 1 month ago