Jun 21, 2010 - 9:34 am
I hope being 65 qualifies me as a senior! Where to start. In early fall of last year I got a surprise one morning as a womanly function which had ceased quite a few years before began again! Off to the ER and then to the GYN. Ended up with discovery that I had two uterus' and endometrial cancer. When they did an MRI they discovered a growth on the backside of one of my kidneys.
Let me back up for a minute. About a year and a half earlier I had a pre-cancerous growth removed from my face and another from my back.
On February 5 they did surgery - cutting me from the sternum on down. The kidney cancer was "spindle stage II" (am still learning the terminology). The edges were uneven. The doc felt good, so far, about the endometrial. I woke up in SICU as I had a small heart attack just after surgery. I was terrified.
On June 1 had thyroid/parathyroid surgery and amongst everything else they removed 3 "small lemon" size growths. Shhhhh, so far, they were not precancerous.
There is a rare genetic disorder (I have another word for it which, hehe, can't type here) which runs in my family where a tumor suppresent gene is faulty. My mother and a brother passed from cancer and another brother had Stage II NHL.
To the woman who expressed about being alone, I too am alone in this journey. Am not close to my biological family. I do have a couple of friends who try to understand and I keep myself busy with writing. From what I have read here, there is strong hope and support. Come fall, I begin my five year testing regime. Please keep your fingers crossed.
I express my thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to read this.
Bye the bye, I be a Mainah!
Have a great day,