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    Are there support groups in my area

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      KarenG_WN

      To find support groups, you might want to contact the American Cancer Society at the phone number to the right and at the bottom of this page.

      about 4 years ago
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    Decision Point (To turn my life around): For anyone that has gone through the journey of having cancer you will understand the appreciation you have of life. Not trying to sound cliche but it is so true. Somewhere along the line I lost respect for my life. After almost losing it I was an
    E to open my eyes and see what needed to be changed. I now life a happy respectful and grateful life. I think hard before I make decisions the effects they will have in the future and with this being said my heart has grown stronger:)

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    Celebration (Finished treatment): Sadly enough I didn't have anyone in my life that supported me. My Mom took me to treatments but it was more of a chore for her than her wantiing to take care of me. My friends on Facebook were probably the best emotional strength I got . My step father was there more to me than my natural family. Going forward I've really changed my life I have a great new career. I have boundries with my family. I have turned vegetarian and I do not drink alcohol ever. Cancer made me realize that I was letting to many negative people in my life and I was not treating myself good enough.

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    Side Effects (Bone fracture or break): I fell one day during my treatments and broke 2 of my fingers. My bones were so fragile

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    Radiation (Radiation and chemotherapy together): I had to be close to a toilette because the radiation stopped my cells from binding I had diarrhea for a year and a half. I still have issues with my intestines.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): Chemo and radiation was XXX for me. As I was an extremely active single mother who had absolutely no help in daily life. When I became I'll and weak from the treatments I became severely depressed. I was also allergic to pain medicine and the only relief I got was from drinking alcohol. I then became more depressed and just wanted to be done with everything. No one in my family would help take care of my teenage son which altamately cause damage to his and my relationship. He no longer lives with me. It has been a couple years since treatment and I am still struggling with fatigue and memory loss. I am so very grateful to be alive though:)