Feb 06, 2010 - 11:26 am
I was diagnosed with RCC on Oct.30/2009. I had my left kidney removed Dec.3/2009. It was an iccedental find after I was having my thyroid checked. My blood pressure was really high and the specialist did not like that. He proceeded to check my abdominal and discovered that he felt a mass. I was sent for an ultra sound Nov. 4 (my birthday) and that confirmed a mass more than half the size of my kidney. At a later date a CT scan confirmed the mass was actually 12cm by 17cm. I was admitted on Dec. 3 for the removal of my kidney (which weighed 1KG)(normal kidney 200GR) and I was home on Dec.7. Recovery has been slow and steady. I am not big on sitting around and after 2 months I started back to work part time. I am still tired and my abdominal area is still numb. Don't feel comfortable wearing regular pants as it causes me pain. How long will this numbness continue?? How long will this discomfort last. I guess as long as the cancer is gone all the rest will soon fall in to place. I too am being checked every 3 months but that is alright with me. There is a history of cancer in my family so being checked on a regular basis means that if by chance this disease returns we can catch it early (this round of cancer was a stage 3). Oh and by the way now that my kidney has been removed my blood pressure has returned to normal and I am off my BP pills. That makes me very happy. I have read alot of your posts and it is nice to know that I am not the only one going through this!! Thanks for the inspiring words!!