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Mon, Jul 8 9:27am · Facing Cancer Recurrence, PTSD & Acknowledging Mental Health in Cancer

It sounds like you have very competent doctors advising you. I have a friend facing the same situation and her doctors are proceeding carefully for similar reasons. I, too, have small lung nodules bring “watched”. After having one type of cancer, doctors, oncologists, radiologists, are very diligent in analyzing new or existing nodules. They are trained to be suspicious of any changes and nuances that they suspect need a biopsy and leave the benign to diligent watching.

Mon, Jul 8 9:19am · Facing Cancer Recurrence, PTSD & Acknowledging Mental Health in Cancer

I too “had” elderly parents to attend to and it seemed I was alone in that until I finally reached out to my step-siblings to re-enter their dad’s life. Then there was just mom who was 90 when I was my sickest. My siblings all lived either on the west coast or in the mid-west and one lived in Asia. When asked to help they all were not able. One had passed the previous year with multiple metastatic cancers, another just diagnosed with bladder cancer (which is now metastatic), my significant other had just gone through colon surgery, and then I was diagnosed with Carcinoid Cancer and went through surgery. Luckily one son stepped-up to the plate to help with mom. Less than four months post-surgery, while still trying to arrange meetings with Alzheimer’s agency reps for her future institutional care, mom passed away. I, as her executrix, was the one to settle her estate which included out-of-State property. We get through “the stuff” in life even at the worst times. For me, my reliance was on my God and his son Jesus to guide me. Though others I thought could help but failed to do so, my help came from unexpected sources when I sought that power higher than myself.

Mon, Jul 8 8:41am · Facing Cancer Recurrence, PTSD & Acknowledging Mental Health in Cancer

You are beautiful. I guess in answer to your question, I live with my “new normal”. Every six months a glimpse into a mystery, hoping there’s no new sign of things developing, being ready to deal with whatever the outcome. But thankful there are oncologists and learning/teaching/research facilities ready to catch “it” before it goes too far. And thankful for blogs such as this which actually was, for me, the first step to a life-saving journey. This is where I first learned of the doctors at Mayo Clinic that diagnosed and surgically removed my Carcinoid Cancer. So, thank you to the brave survivors who share their stories in this way.

Fri, Jul 5 7:52am · Liver biopsy in Digestive Health

Which doctor will you see?

Mon, Jul 1 11:55pm · Diverticulitis in Digestive Health

Is there a Carcinoid Cancer segment I could be connected to?

Wed, Jun 26 11:15am · Mesenteric Panniculitis or Sclerosing Mesenteritis in Digestive Health

Hi, at Mayo Clinic, they expected to find lymphoma but admit they are sometimes surprised as in my case which turned out to be a rare cancer called Carcinoid, a neuroendocrine disease.

Wed, Jun 26 8:10am · Liver biopsy in Digestive Health

I have fatty liver but labs not bad at this point. I take a lot of necessary meds so I am tested often. I am told by Gastro that patients don’t feel pain in the liver but I question that. My mom had preliminary biliary chirrosis which might be hereditary also. I am about 50 lbs overweight. Lost 25 lbs before cancer surgery but gained it all back plus some. At 73 y/o I am in good shape compared to most of my peers. Trying to live each day with a thankful heart.