(Closed) Any cancer survivors out there?

posted 5 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Me! I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer 2 months before our wedding day. I had to have surgery & radioactive iodine treatment before the wedding (I was losing health insurance at the time the day I got married). It was a rough 2 months for us, but we got through it stronger than ever!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve never had cancer, but I just had to read and say I’m so glad you’re a survivor! It truly is so amazing and I love survivor stories! Extremely happy for you and wish you and your Fiance nothing but the absolute best!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I was diagnosed last week with papillary cancer.  I’m pregnant, trying to plan my vow renewal.  I know I should be “over it” by now, but I’m still really upset.  

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m a breast cancer survivor–I’m already married but my husband and I are renewing our vows this August. I finished treatment in October 2012 (chemo, surgeries, radiation). It’s nice to meet other survivors–this cancer stuff gets pretty lonely.

 

@stuckinwonderland: it’s okay to not be “over it” yet. I don’t know if cancer is something that you ever really get over. Even post treatment, it’s always in the back of my mind.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m thyroid cancer survivor. I was 20 whenI got my  diagnosis. 

 

@stuckinwonderland:  Don’t beat yourself up over not being “over it.”  It took me 5 years before I wanted to talk about it with anyone.  It was about that time I started to feel “over it.”  I went to a therapist to help me sort out my feelings immediately after my diagnosiNoemi not sure it’s one of those things you ever get over…it just becomes less. It’s been almost 10 years since my diagnosis and I still get nervous when its time for my yearly check up with my endocrinologist. PM me if you need some support. 

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@MrsPaulsBabyBallerina:  Thanks.  My endo surgeon told me it’s the “good” kind of cancer to have.  It doesn’t feel “good” to me.  It’s just new and I’m overemotional and pregnant.  I don’t want anyone in real life to know, only my husband knows.  I just don’t know what to do now.  I feel like I need to focus and make a plan and I feel stuck.  

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I had a mole removed from my face a few months ago that was squamous cell carcinoma. Luckily it was caught early so I didn’t need any other treatment. While I thank God it wasn’t any worse, for some reason, I don’t feel like I can call myself a “survivor” being that I didn’t go through any major surgery or chemo/radiation. It’s still scary and no, you don’t ever get over it, when I look at the other moles on my body, I see them as the “enemy,” wondering if one day they’ll too become cancerous. It’s a constant fear. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

@stuckinwonderland:  that’s not something you can “get over” keep your head up DVD be happy that you have a baby on the way!! Congrats!

Post # 11
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405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

You all are so strong and no matter the depth of the cancer you all are survivors and here to share. Many blessings and good vibes to everyone.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@stuckinwonderland:  I got the same line about it being the good kind of cancer. It definitely didn’t feel good at the time.

Just to try to ease your fears a bit…the surgery itself really isn’t too painful. It is a bizarre sensation having a incision on your neck but I don’t think I took anything stronger than Tylenol for pain. I went back to my college classes after 4 days-I had my surgery before a long holiday weekend. I didn’t drive for a while just because I  felt uncomfortable turning my head but it wasn’t because of the pain. 

I’m sure being pregnant adds a whole other level of stress and anxiety to this situation. But you will get through this.  

On the positive side, the radiation treatment, which I assume will be delayed since you are pregnant, really is easy.  I went to the Nuclear Medicine dept. (Who knew such a dept existed) and they had me swallow a big pill.  I was sent home and told to stay away from people for about 4days, drink a lot of water, and suck on hard candies. I had no side effects. 

Take care Of yourself and lean on your husband. PM if you need to or have questions. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@MrsPaulsBabyBallerina:  I had the total thyroidectomy a few weeks ago.  I don’t know about the RAI.  I haven’t done enough research nor have I gotten a second opinion yet.  I don’t know how I’m supposed to leave my husband and three kids (including a newborn) alone for a week. I just imagine myself sitting in a corner and crying for days.  

I’m still just trying to find a decent doctor.  They don’t answer any of my questions and are completely unhelpful, so I need someone who will talk to me.  I want someone who will prescribe something besides levothyroxine, too, which is hard to do I guess?  

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