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    Side Effects (Bowel obstruction): I've been on a low fiber diet since my first bowel obstruction two years ago. I had another obstruction one month ago. I wish I could get the diarrhea/constipation/senna/miralax/milk of magnesia train under control.

    I'm using acupuncture and it is helping with the stomachaches.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): In February 2012 I was diagnosed and in July 2012 I was finished with chemo. I thought.
    October 2013 it was back.
    I have been very busy trying to pretend it wasn't back. I've even been having trouble saying "cancer" instead of "it."
    Reality and my make believe weren't jiving too well since every time I told someone I'd get choked up.
    BUT what I wanted to tell you about was my family and friends encouraged me to get a second opinion on treatment. I just got the second opinion and I only did it so they'd all think I'd tried as hard as I could...even though I was afraid that would make me feel like I was losing faith in my oncologist AND all my optimism was gone and I didn't see any point in trying again.
    BUT it was a good decision. I recommend it. The second opinion agreed with the first opinion. That was a relief to not have to decide between two options! Plus I saw a new round of people and their attitudes encouraged me to fight.
    AND between October and now the tumors have grown to the point that I can feel them when I touch my stomach. That is the real impetus to get me started on chemo--the "ew, ick, get this out of me" feeling.
    The latest CT scan shows that one of the tumors has grown to the point it is pushing on a kidney. A urologist placed a stent and replaces it every three months. As grossed out as I was by the notion of that whole procedure, now that I've had a few days to think about it I can even write it here without feeling queasy...isn't it amazing what we all get used to?
    Next steps: echocardiogram to see if my heart can stand Doxil (doxorubicin liposomal), port placement because yes of course I had it taken out when I was DONE last time.

    I had dioxin for a year and then a daily pill of Letrozole for a year and now I'm getting Gemcitabine every other week (my white blood cell counts are too low for more often).

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      mardeerpark,I am currently going through chemo through chest port and abdominal port for stage IIIC ovarian cancer.Had all the same feelings you have about things growing inside of you, had trouble saying the word cancer and am taking a mild antidepressant. I am sorry you have had a recurrence but I have accepted the fact that many of us will be battling this disease for years and will always be keeping an eye out for recurrence. But there are many who go back into remission so it is always in my opinion worth staying strong and fighting.I plan on having my abdominal port taken out if I reach remission, but will keep my chest port in just in case. I have been told some people have kept their chest ports in for as long as ten years. Hope that will not be me .Take care og yourself , looks like you have a strong support system. Wishing you all the best.

      over 3 years ago
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