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    Celebration (Birth): On 11-20-14, our very first grandchild was born. Gift of life!

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): Aortic Heart Valve replaced: 12-10-14.

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      Did you have to have aortic valve replacement because of damage done to your heart as a result of radiation? I just found out April 28th that i have damage to my heart now from mantle field radiation I recieved in 1983. Was quite a shock to my husband and myself. I am already dealing with radiation fibrosis in my neck and back. Carol

      over 2 years ago
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    Greetings Peroll:

    I posed the question related to (CFS) Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Since my post I saw my Internist. He confirmed diagnosis of CFS. This based on my medical history/series & symptoms presented.

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    Outlier asked a questionHodgkin Disease

    What was it like for you as your cancer diagnosis began to sink in?

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      I was diagnosed two days before Thanksgiving, two years ago. I had thought I had some kind of weird bladder infection, not that big a deal, but for some reason, I asked my husband to take time off work and meet me at the doctor's office to get the results. The dr. showed us my CT scan, and said he believed I had ovarian cancer. Bang! Just like that. (As it turned out, it was appendix cancer, but that is what was thought at the time.) We just stood in the parking lot and cried. People walked by us, staring at the bawling couple.

      I was actually not as devastated as my husband was, I suppose it was shock, and by the next day, I had determined that I was going to be around for a good long while, and that was that. I said that we were going to have a fine Thanksgiving, and we did. Of course, there was a pall over things, but what I learned from the whole experience is that cancer isn't the end of the world. It's the end of the world as we knew it, and there are a lot of obstacles to overcome, but the human spirit is very resilient. We can take a helluva licking and keep on ticking. I've now had two major surgeries and a round of chemo, and am currently doing everything I did before to live my life. The fear of recurrence is always there, but if I obsess about it, I figure cancer wins twice, and I'm not gonna let that happen.

      over 4 years ago