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cancer and meaning of life

meaningofcancer
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Joined: Dec 2002

Hello,
I am a graduate student in psychology at Ohio State University and I would very much appreciate your help. I am studying how a cancer diagnosis leads people to re-evaluate meaning in their lives. I’ve developed a brief, web-based survey of cancer in meaning in life. If you have had cancer, please take a few minutes to participate! Please click on www.meaningoflifestudy.org. Our site also contains a link to a descriptions of research about the psychology of cancer.

Thanks so much!
Heather Jim
Stress and Immunity Cancer Projects
Ohio State University

jdugan
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Joined: Dec 2002

Can anyone relate their experience in the first two to three weeks following their surgery. I am interested in knowing how the catheter part of the experience went to compare with my own situation, Thanks

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rogermoore
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Joined: Mar 2002

Please feel free to e-mail me at the address on my home page. I will be happy to relay my experiences with the catheter during my rehab.

Roger

qertiv
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Joined: Mar 2003

I've been out of the hospital for 4 days. The catheter's there and will be there for another ten days. My experience? The less you fool with it, the better. I have a leg bag for the day and a hanger for the night. sometimes I feel like I have to urinate really bad, but I've got rid of it by gently act like I'm pushing the cath back in a little. It doesn't go back in, but, I think, the irritation comes from it slighly trying to pull out a little.

jeffingbmich
Posts: 18
Joined: Mar 2003

jdugan and others,

I had my surgery (radpros) on Feb. 10 and had little trouble with the catheter. I was well-coached before surgery so I knew what to expect. The pain was minimal unless I walked around too much, etc., then it would burn somewhat. Also, don't be surprised by bright to dark red blood in the urine. Bright is telling you to take it easy, you're irritating things. Dark is old blood that's dissolving. Both are scary at first but will come and go during the 2 weeks you have the catheter. I was very fortunate to have almost complete bladder control upon removal of the catheter due to good pre-op advice and coaching. Find out about kegel exercises (sphincter clinching) and do them regularly after catheter removal.
I'm three weeks post-catheter today and I'm going without a pad for the first day. So far, so good. You just need to think about tightening your sphincter if you cough, laugh, fart, stand up, bend over, etc. Sounds like a lot of thinking but it becomes automatic after awhile. Good luck and keep working at it. It will get better!

jeffingbmich

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rogermoore
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Joined: Mar 2002

Jeffingbmich,

Congratulations on your relatively smooth recovery. I am nearing the 2nd aniversary of my prostatectomy. Like you, I was very fortunate in the lack of severity of my discomfort during recovery. I hope your recovery continues on track and the results you receive are comparable to mine.

I have absolutely NO side effects of the surgery and my life has resumed it's pre-surgery activities without restrictions.

Again, Congratulations
Roger

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