Mar 31, 2004 - 2:56 pm
I am a two time cancer survivor, and frustrated with the lingering side effects, their impact on my life, and the skepticism of some (not all) physicians that the physical effects of treatment are long term.
I have a wonderful family and support network, but when I try to discuss ongoing treatment for lingering effects my physicians largely tell me to move on.
I have digestive, memory, swelling, fatigue and feelings of being overwhelmed issues that I think may be treatable if taken seriously.
I have outlined a book entitled "A Loss of Innocence" that has been a help...since I express my frustrations in writing which helps think them through. Also an MD, Patricia Ganz, from UCLA wrote an article about the lingering physical effects which adds credence to my observations. Any stories you have out there that will validate my experience? I don't want to dwell on the negative aspects of it, but want to proactively treat the symptoms so I can get as much back to "normal" as possible after surgery, chemo and radiation...twice! Thanks for listening.