Dec 21, 2007 - 3:21 pm
I am a new member of the semi-colon club and look forward to sharing thoughts and ideas with other members.
My story is a little different, though, as the day after my surgery (in late October), when I was sitting in a chair in recovery, I had a heart attack and came pretty close to dying (by the way, I am a "young" and "healthy" 47 year old gay man). I had a "remarkable" recovery from the heart attack (after having a stent put in and now being on a daily regimen of approx 8 different pills), and am now actively battling the cancer (and back at work, too).
My cancer is Stage 2A (though it did penetrate the wall, but did not attach to any lymph nodes). As I feel as if I have been given a second lease on life due to the heart attack, I have decided to make the most of it and do chemo. This past Monday, I began my Xeloda treatments (an additional 8 pills per day). I do not know what side effects I will get, but whatever they are, I think I am mentally prepared for them. I have made the decision that even if my chance of recurrence only improves from 80% to 83%, I would rather be in the 3% improvement club. Even if I am not, I will know that I tried everything.
My lover of 17 yrs has been unbelievable! I do not know how he is putting up with my mood swings, but he is. He is truly the one that pushed me to the doctor when I saw the blood in my stool, and he was the one who put together my medical team when I had the heart attack. I may not always show it, but I am so grateful he is in my life.
I am very interested in hearing back from others who are battling cancer the way I am.