Jan 31, 2010 - 9:09 am
hi all- i am brand new to the boards and have registered to get some advice and support from those of you who have been there.
In a nutshell, I was diagnosed with Hodgkins disease in 1980 and received full mantle radiation therapy (50 treatments). Like many of us treated in that era, I have suffered with many after effects of the 'cure'. I am unable to have children due in part to the scarring of my ovaries and adhesions in my fallopian tubes, I had my thyroid removed because they thought I had thyroid cancer, I have decreased lung capacity because of the scarring and have to use daily inhalers. sounds bad, but i do consider myself lucky and healthy..until now.
I was in a snowmobile accident last weekend and broke my wrist (so--sorry for the typos). they did an ekg in the hospital and found that it was newly abnormal, and that I have a new heart murmur. I know that the therapy can 'fry' the heart valves and that is likely the casuse of this. I have an appointment tomorrow with a cardiologist. Basically, I am scared to death, and sick of dealing with it all. I am sitting here feeling horribly sorry for myself. I know it is terrible and inappropriate, that I am lucky and all of that stuff. but.... really? not to be a baby, but I am so over this stuff...ther is a lts clinic at our local hospital, which is also where I was treated. I had been hesitant to go, but I think that will be my next step.