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24242
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Joined: Mar 2001

Well I have already got the appointment with ortho surgeon for Monday 31st. I am very grateful for the immediate response and hopefully these too will turn out to be good news. I won't be seeing the oncologist unless needed and am so glad that they responded to this and not my GP. Right now our medical system in British Columbia is worse than it was 14 years ago when I had my breast cancer. Yes there are budgets that are more important than the people so waiting lists have risen drasticall here in a few short years.
WE have MRI machines stock piled but won't fund the necessary people and facilities to run them and most probably giving them out to private sector if they fund them and the rich pay for them. Speculation on my part, lol.

We have allot of Olympics to pay for.

Tara

congoody
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Sorry, I just don't seem to get it, hard as I try. I have reread your posts and it seems you have been badly treated by everyone from your GP to your neurologist and your oncologist and the "big mouth technicians". You have had CT's and MRI's but doubt the results of these tests and somehow feel you have MS. You also think British Columbia is stock piling MRI machines so that they can be given out to rich people and that somehow the Olympic Games come out of the same financial pie as health care. I for one am grateful to the surgeon and oncologist and most especially my family doc from whom I have felt genuine care and concern.I am sorry that this has not been your experience.I do hope your interactions change in the future and that you find an answer to your concerns.

24242
Posts: 1417
Joined: Mar 2001

Well in my cases, including back 14 years with my breast cancer fight I am beginning to think that unless I am deathly ill no one takes me seriously. Instead they look at me like I am crazy and that it is not the case as I proved 14 years ago. As every doctor I saw felt my chances of having breast cancer were slim to none even though I had a fast growing tumor much like the one on my arm. 7 years ago I figured out my leg was dragging and instead of giving me an MRI told me it was menopause causing this and my dizzie spells. I believed them and put my life back together.
That was until these recent lumps and recent ill health, feeling much like I did all those years ago with more painful symptoms. I think there is still this belief that cancer doesn't hurt but it can. Listen I don't go into these things believing I have cancer or I have MS I just know somwthing is terribly wrong in this body of mine. Now that MS has been indicated on MRI I am just glad something is showing up. I lived with someone who had MS for a few years and never thought about it until the MRI results.
But still here I am sitting with these lumps and cannot be sure of what they are. All indication so far is they are not cancer but still not conclusive so want the biopsies I thought I should be having from the start.
Listen in Canada when budgets need balancing we know they will do anything and take money from anywhere including taking money away from charities and programs there to help people. We do not live in an open honest political system and being Global is more important than taking care of their own people.
I fought like hell for years to get the quality back into my life. You want to read what I went through for my breast cancer I have a speach in expressions Gallery that I gave to living well with breast cancer conference on my very struggle called Living Well With Cancer. My pain specialist wanted me to tell my story to a room full of doctors and politicians as well as other medical staff and survivors. Too much of my pain was not diagnosed because no one really wanted to look instead chalking it all up to being an anxiety riddled breast cancer survivor. I go to doctors because I am in pain and I am sick nothing more and nothing less. I am just not sick enough for them it appears to me.
I think the last visit with my Oncologist was the best this time around. I think it is clear to her that there are things the matter so I am not over reacting. If that was the case I wouldn't have been able to carry on with my life even though I am being trippped up all the time with the dragging leg. I do tend to believe my doctors though I sometimes wonder why.
Doctors treat us the best way they know how and sometimes not so good. I don't care about that I care to find out what the hell is the matter with me and won't give up until I have. That is their job not mine...
Life is short and I would like to have quality to the health I have. That is it that is all.
Thanks for your thoughts,
Tara

24242
Posts: 1417
Joined: Mar 2001

forgot to say it indicates the same deteriation that is consistant with MS patients. I guess going from the baby toe dragging to all four toes and starting to fall down stairs isn't a big enough indication. Instead learn to walk carefully and wait till the leg doesn't move then be concerned. I hadn't been concerned since told menopause thing not wanting to fight my way through this one, sick of medical community after 7 long years of trying to get my health back. 7 years later symptoms of all kinds got worse and two new lumps that have been found. Nothing conclusive after these tests, thinking and knowing are two different things as I have found out with my fight for a good life.
What is a girl to do then.
Tara

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