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The Roller Coaster Ride of Cancer

Posted by @hopeful33250, Aug 20, 2017

Hello to all of you who have had cancer diagnosis and treatments.

The past couple of months I have been on a roller coaster ride with concerns about cancer. I am a volunteer mentor here at Mayo Connect and I came to Connect after my third diagnosis of a Neuroendocrine Tumor (a rare form of cancer), so needless to say my stress level goes up whenever I have a scan, blood work, etc. that doesn’t look completely normal. Recently I had a scan which showed a liver lesion (which was finally decided to be benign) and a mammogram that looked suspicious at first glance. Follow up tests showed all to be OK. I work with two different hospital systems in my area, so I have a good check and balance system in place. The thought occurred to me that many of us with cancer in our history probably experience similar roller coaster rides at one time or another.

Please feel to share with us how you deal with this when it happens. How do you “put your mind at ease?” What steps do you take with your doctors, getting second opinions, researching online, etc.?

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Teresa

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I am still working on not getting on that rollercoaster ride…
I like to have control in my life and cancer doesn’t give you much control, sooo hang on and lets see where the ride takes me. I was diagnosed in 2013 with early stages of CLL, I was a hot mess! Long story short I am surrounded by a loving supportive family, trust my oncologist and a renewed relationship with God. I am not alone… It will be ok, either way…One day at a time. I still have my moments but I work on accepting my new norm and focus on the positive in my life. I believe that I am doing all that I can ….supplements, diet, yoga, and my faith in His plan for me.
It’s not always easy, while I am sitting in the waiting room of my oncologist I often wonder “How did I get here? I don’t belong here!! Why me? But then my name is called ….I will be OK”

Wishing you the best

@ssid

I am still working on not getting on that rollercoaster ride…
I like to have control in my life and cancer doesn’t give you much control, sooo hang on and lets see where the ride takes me. I was diagnosed in 2013 with early stages of CLL, I was a hot mess! Long story short I am surrounded by a loving supportive family, trust my oncologist and a renewed relationship with God. I am not alone… It will be ok, either way…One day at a time. I still have my moments but I work on accepting my new norm and focus on the positive in my life. I believe that I am doing all that I can ….supplements, diet, yoga, and my faith in His plan for me.
It’s not always easy, while I am sitting in the waiting room of my oncologist I often wonder “How did I get here? I don’t belong here!! Why me? But then my name is called ….I will be OK”

Wishing you the best

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Cindy @ssid

I see that you are a relatively new member to Connect – I’m glad that you joined us.

What a great story and great attitude! I’m so glad that you shared with us. I especially like your phrase, “accepting a new norm.” How very important that is. Having a supportive group of family, friends and faith can take you through the tough times.

Best wishes to you as well,

Teresa

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