Things to look forward to...
I don't know if I oughta' be posting here or not, since I'm only
four years post-DX and surgery, not five.
I guess I'm a "survivor" (so far, anyway), since I haven't been
abused by cancer for four years (since surgery).
They said I would be gone in 3 to 5 years even with chemo,
and without, probably -0-, but I guess I'm not a survivor of
the original prognosis.... yet?
I've never taken chemo or radiation, so I can't say I've been abused
by -any- treatment - so I'm not a survivor of cancer treatments.
But I do have problems as a result of having cancer, and they
are continuing problems.
I think that all cancer victims feel that if they manage to survive cancer,
that life will resume as it had before. Well, I have been brought to
my senses! I have an ileostomy, and all it's associated problems
of diet, nutrition, and a continual state of dehydration.
But I'm also suffering from adhesions and hernias that are causing
intestinal blockages regardless of what I eat. The pain is incredible
at times, as are the middle of the night dry-heaves and gas build-up.
I've learned that any abdominal surgery will cause adhesions and
hernias and that we can be problem free for years, and be suddenly
hit with obstructions due to the restricted movement of our intestines
(from an adhesion or hernia that's been there right along)!
Isn't that simply wonderful! The blockage can be moderate, and
partial, only giving you tremendous amount of gas and consequent
pain. Perhaps a bout of total liquid output, with cramps that double
you up like 5 minute labor pain....
Each of my blockages have lasted not less than three days.
Or, it can be more severe, as in a gangrenous situation, where
the intestine is strangulated and is dying; decaying and poisoning
us from the inside.
They say that there are only hours between an emergency situation,
and a blockage that clears itself. But there's not too much we can
do about it, since surgery to clear an adhesion or hernia only causes
more adhesions and hernias. Oh yes.... and they tell me that further
surgery can cause damage to other organs, leaving a guy impotent,
as in ED, pancreatic problems, kidney problems, and problems
of incontinence (urinary or otherwise), among other neat maladies.
Is this what a "survivor" can look forward to? Even if we miss taking
a bullet in the name of neurological problems, or radiation poisoning
due to conventional treatments, we end up suffering endlessly anyway?
I didn't suffer from intestinal blockages, regardless of what I ate,
or how I chewed, for over three and a half years.... now...? I have
had four..oops... five blockages in three months.
I just got my latest scans and CBC, and I'm all clear! But I'm told
that some serious surgery may be needed, if I expect to continue life;
a really bad blockage can be life-threatening, and can be sudden!
But the surgery involved can be as equally life-threatening.
Do we ever get a &^%^$ break?
Good thoughts to all!