May 25, 2011 - 5:03 pm
Hi everybody....it's been a while since I have been on here but I was just wondering if anybody can give me some advice. I had surgery for stage 3 kidney cancer on March 3rd. My left kidney was removed, I had a 12cm mass and the Doctor said it was very aggressive. The surgery went well and I have recovered ok for the most part. I am having a few issues with constant fatigue and I am still sore at times. It hurts to laugh, cough, sneeze and to blow my nose. I understand it is going to take my body some time to completely recover but I am having some depression and anxiety with all that has happened. I have returned to work but it has been stressful for me to be there. I am a correction officer and I am always worried about getting hurt, I used to worry before but it has gotten a lot worse since my surgery. I have been lucky to have supervisors that know what I am going through and let me work a less physical post but it is still very busy and stressful. I can't afford to quit and I need my insurance now more than ever. I am trying to take care of myself first and foremost but everything just gets overwhelming for me at times. I am going to be getting some genetic testing done next week so they may be able to figure out more about my cancer and if I have the risk of it coming back. I am scared and it is always in the back of my mind. Any suggestions from you all would sure help me in getting through this.