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Nancy, Alumna Mentor (@1nan)

We all have waiting times

Cancer: Managing Symptoms | Last Active: Jun 22 6:48pm | Replies (15)

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What a great topic. Yes, having tests and waiting for results is difficult for us all. I have had three occurrences of a rare form of cancer, carcinoid cancer. It's a peculiar type of cancer. As it usually isn't found the typical way, i.e., CT scans, x-rays, MRIs, etc. (unless of course, it has metastasized). Therefore, doctors have to go on, what I call a "fishing expedition" to find any recurrence. As my carcinoids have been found in the duodenal bulb, that means the way to find them is to do an upper endoscopy "EGD" (put a tube with a camera down the esophagus and thread it through the stomach and into the duodenum).

This is a timely discussion for me, as my next EGD is later this month. The good thing is the results always are revealed at the time of the procedure. While a biopsy is done, a good GI specialist knows what they look like and when I leave the hospital I know if I'm clear or not.

Do I feel apprehensive? Of course, I do. It's only natural and human to fear the unknown. However, I try to practice thankfulness as much as possible. For example, I'm thankful that I'm going to a renowned hospital and have a good doctor on staff there. I'm grateful for the health insurance that will take care of this for me.

In addition to thankfulness, I think that if worry continues to distract us from living our life, we have to take action. By this, I mean doing something that you really enjoy. So, it could be yoga, taking walks, spending time with friends, reading a good book, watching a movie, or binging on a Netflix series. Whatever I really enjoy, I just do it!

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@hopeful33250 Teresa, how very true it is that focus on positive things in our lives can overcome many negatives. Unfortunately many people can’t get past their fear enough to switch thinking. We all know that getting information is great help and people can learn to take control of their lives. And it is no secret that having support of others can make the ultimate difference. That is why I put such high value on Mayo Clinic Connect and all of the members and Mentors and Monitors who provide that support. And personally speaking, I truly value knowing being alone can actually be an option. Is there any one thing that you have learned that helps you the most in facing your fears? It may help others. Nancy

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