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    Oh No (Diagnosed): I have had 5 primary types of cancer, 2 of which recurred, so I had a lot of Oh No" moments! I was19 when diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease. I was told the treatment of choice (1973) was: surgery to remove the tumor, followed by weeks of radiation, followed by abdominal exploratory (removal of spleen and sample lymph nodes, none of which showed any malignancy which was both relieving and yet annoying, as now I don't have a spleen and it was a very painful operation to recover from. My Hodgkins was early stage and I was reassured that the treatment was effective and had only been available for about 2 years. I was never afraid I would die from this. The initial chest surgery involved open chest procedure of sawing through my sternum and using a rib spreader in order to get to the tumor. This, of course, left a noticeable scar which started 2 inches below my throat to the base of the sternum. Did I mention I was 19? I was in a teaching hospital and was visited by classrooms of interns/residents/doctors who wanted to check my incision. If I had thought to put my gown on backwards, I could have maintained a little dignity perhaps, but, I didn't so any time anyone came by to check on me, my entire chest was exposed to a mixed male/female group. PLUS, I personally KNEW one of the young male interns (!) Arg.

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