My name is Scott. I'm 40 and I was diagnosed with stage RCC in my left kidney two days ago. I was having abdominal pain and the resulting CT scan showed a 4.5cm cyst on my left kidney. Biopsy followed and now I'm joining the club. I can't tell you how helpful reading the posts have been--I'm so happy this resource exists. I find myself re-reading the posts to keep my spirits up. Thanks to all of you for remaining active and sharing your experience and stories of survivorship.
I know it's important to stay positive and that the prognosis is very good according to my doctor but I experience so many emotions each day ranging from sadness to hope to jealousy. I don't want to be jealous, but when I see others who are able to be completely invested in the "moment" with their kids and wife I am envious. I look forward to the day when this doesn't consume as many of my thoughts as it does right now. I can't wait for surgery on 1/9. CT scan on my lungs is 12/27 and am praying that all is clear. I know that the recovery from the survery will be challenging but it's worth the piece of mind knowing my body is rid of this terrible disease.
Thanks again everyone and Live Strong.