Feb 25, 2003 - 2:48 pm
i'm new to the group and happy at the prospect of having a support community for cancer. I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer [with lymph node metastasis] a year ago and am currently preparing for my second round of scanning and i-131in april.
i responded to a few postings earlier in hopes of connecting with others who understand what i'm going through and who might need support. i laughed outloud as i read words such as the "best" cancer and being perceived as a "complainer." in addition to these challenges, i find the drawn out treatment process incredibly difficult -- having to put parts of life on hold and sustaining strength and spirit for such a long period of time.
the experience of cancer has been lifechanging to say the least -- both in the gifts i've received, the fears i've been forced to confront, and the physical challenges i've endured. now, one year into the process, i find myself different in how i see the world and how i relate to those around me. while i have amazing friends and an incredibly supportive husband, i still feel a loneliness in not having someone in my life who truly understands what i'm going through.
so, if anyone is interested in connecting over shared experiences, i would love to establish some sort of an ongoing dialogue. i can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
thanks in advance for your responses, and i greatly look forward to speaking with you.