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    I am to have a 2 year CAT scan in Nov. and I find I don't think of cancer at all, it doesn't cross my mind. being told by my GP to just go enjoy my life sort of gave me permission not to dwell on it. I do as much as I can ( well almost I could still eat better) to stay healthy in body and mind, since cancer is always part of us, our own cells, a million a day flushed away as waste; I just encourage my body to keep doing the good job on flushing away the cells that are sacrificed. I know I will be shocked to learn there is some cancer growing somewhere, not sure I'd handle that well at first.

    the only hard part for me is not having any living family, and no good friends who live nearby. I am trying to make new friends locally, but it is a process. Two new, similar aged, women in my life are developing into friends.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): As a veteran with health coverage I had the laporascopic surgery at SF VA hospital, a teaching facility and extremely well equipped. The doctor did a great job during the procedure, but failed to sign for pain meds after and as a result I began failing and I was in recovery for 4 hours! and had BP over 200 and extreme chills and pain until the XXX finally wandered in and did his job. I will not forgive him for being so thoughtless. He knew I was already on pain meds for minor arthritis, but again failed to sign for them and left for the weekend, leaving the nurses to struggle with my pain and torment. Sounds unrealistic, but getting the covering dr. on duty to come to my aid took a day, and after such a massive surgery I was suffering much more than necessary.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): As a veteran with health coverage I had the laporascopic surgery at SF VA hospital, a teaching facility and extremely well equipped. The doctor did a great job during the procedure, but failed to sign for pain meds after and as a result I began failing and I was in recovery for 4 hours! and had BP over 200 and extreme chills and pain until the XXX finally wandered in and did his job. I will not forgive him for being so thoughtess. He knew I was already on pain meds for minor arthritis, but again failed to sign for them and left for the weekend, leaving the nurses to struggle with my pain and torment. Sounds unrealistic, but getting the covering dr. on duty to come to my aid took a day, and after such a massive surgery I was suffering much more than necessary.

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    Oh No (Car accident reveals RCC in ER during CAT scans for injury): I had sold my small book business just days earlier, and looking forward to a new business adventure traveling and teaching. I was driving to Christmas holiday with a car full of presents for my friend's four children when I was hit head in a collision at 9:30 at night with a negligent driver in a big truck. I was able to survive the crash, and after being rushed to the ER and CAT scanned and xrayed the doctor on duty had to come and tell me I had no internal injuries, but they had found, most likely, a huge cancer in my left kidney. So in less than 60 minutes from point of impact to laying on a gurney at a local hospital my entire life changed. On February 26th the diagnosis was confirmed. But I was too damaged from the accident to agree to the surgery right away. I wanted to get healthy again and recover before submitting to the operation, it was unknown how it would go at that time (minimal or big cut). The doctors laughed at me for changing my diet, reading books on cancer, etc. CAT scans showed no growth, so I felt OK to wait, but finally it did grow, and I had the surgery soon after.

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