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    Mom5 asked a questionEndometrial (Uterine) Cancer

    Why do I feel down, after a great outcome, and a very minimal experience?

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      Hi,

      I had cancer pretty bad, not as bad as some, worse than others. But a few aspects of a cancer diagnosis are universal:

      1. We face mortality. What is my life worth? Creating a living will? For some, it is the first real time to have considered death.

      2. We face the possibility of recurrence. "No evidence of disease" is not a "get out of jail free card." Six months after completing treatment, I had a CT scan and bone scan. I was told the results were clear, then fifteen minutes later told that something was suspicious about my ovaries. Those who have had a cancer diagnosis realize how tentative the status of NED truly is.

      3. Like motherhood, living through treatment is membership into a club. After having children, i was surprised by the number of strangers who would initiate a conversation about childbirth or rearing children. The same is true of cancer patients. I was at a theme park and a man noticed my port. He'd had cancer too, and we shared our experiences.

      There are more similarities that all cancer patients past and present share. And, although they may vary by degree slightly, they are universal.

      over 4 years ago
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      Thank you all so much for taking the time to answer me! Each and every one of you has given me something helpful to think about for a long time. Bashiemn, I loved your book analogy. I'm an avid reader, and you're right, sometimes the story can be told in a very few pages, but that doesn't make it any less a good story. I read all of your answers through tears, and I feel privileged to be a part of this club that none of us asked to join. I'll be thinking of you all as I walk the Survivors' Lap with my son and my best friend, who is a breast cancer survivor. I hope to be able to help others the way you have all helped me.

      over 4 years ago
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      Mom5,
      Thank you for asking this question and thank you to all that answered it so beautifully! I have had the same thoughts.Sometimes I feel almost bipolar because I go back and forth between feeling so incredibly blessed and then feeling sad when I think about what happened. Currently I am struggling with how I should answer when someone asks me how I am doing. I feel like I should say "great" because my cancer was caught early, completely removed in surgery and I don't need chemo or radiation. I am really blessed!!! But I still had cancer. This has been a hard pill to swallow for me. So again, thanks for the question. It helped me alot!

      over 4 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): I had a complete vaginal hysterectomy, and was only in the hospital overnight. Luckily, the tumor was contained in a polyp, the ovaries, tubes, and pelvic wash were all cancer-free, and I need no further treatment. The main impact that the surgery has had on my daily life is the fact that I can't drive for six weeks. Major cabin fever, but a small price to pay for being cancer-free!

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