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    Side Effects (Incontinence (cannot control urine)): radiation and surgery caused my ureter to become almost completely blocked. For 2 yrs I had a stent put in every 3 months. After 2 yrs had surgery to remove 12 in of intestine to replace ureter. Since then I have been having dirreaha (sp?) and am now undergoing Hyper Baric Chamber treatment.

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    Celebration (Finished treatment): I have had 3 birthdays since I have finished treatment. I am very grateful. I am hopeful I will heal completely and regain my strength so I can go back to work and get completely healthy and fit. What they don't tell you? You may have memory loss, your balance goes, and it takes awhile to you get strong enough to walk any distance (at least these were my experiences). I wholeheartedly recommend going to YMCA Live Strong that helps cancer survivors go thru 3 months of exercises for strength and balance. Every person's journey with Cancer is different. Don't judge yourself. Be kind and gentle with what progress you make. You are alive and able to enjoy one more day with your family and friends.

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    Radiation (Radiation and chemotherapy together): I had external/internal radiation. Neither hurt really when you are doing them. They just fry your insides. This of course led to major scar tissue (also from surgery but with radiation much worse) in stomache and my ureter was destroyed. NOT fun. Adhesions/scar tissue made it hard for me to eat any "roughage" and I am a vegetarian. Still dealing with issues of that. When I had surgery in July it took 3 additional hours of surgery than they had planned to remove scar tissue.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I was lucky I only had chemo one day a week for 8 hours for six weeks. I honestly didn't feel bad during those eight hours. It was the next three days of being exhausted and throwing up that I could have done without. I do not know how people work and go thru this. I was blessed enough to get disability thru work. My biggest issue with chemo/rad has been side effects. I was a tough stick BEFORE having chemo. It is really almost ridiculous to try to get blood out of me now. For most of my surgeries they just knock me out first. I refused a port. GET a port. Also chemo/rad destroyed my ureter so I had 2 years of painful, constant urination. I finally convinced/forced my ob/ono to give me surgery which took 12" of intestine and replaced my ureter this July. The surgery was a success but it took 4 months of healing. Now I am having trouble keeping food in me, which he says is a result of radiation. TWO years later???

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    Procedure or Surgery (Radical hysterectomy): I am not gonna lie. I felt pretty horrible for the first week. The nurses were great. One nurse who had been thru cervical cancer and radical hysterectomy came and talked with me. I, unfortunately, pulled all my stitches/staples and ended up having 3 months of a wound vac. (would NOT recommend going thru this, though I had no choice!). Honestly, the wound vac hurt more than chemo/rad. Only problems is the side effects from chemo/rad. But EVERYONE is different. Most people do not have the complications that I did.

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