May 22, 2012 - 4:20 pm
I found out last July that I had a mass on my left kidney. I went to MD Anderson in Houston which I live very close to. They performed a partial nephrectomy (sp?) on 15 September 2011. After 5 days in the hospital I went home for my 6 weeks of recovery. I have since been back to work but it took me a while to really feel like myself again. I just had my 6 month follow up CT Scan and they said I am all clear - cancer free. I never thought simple words can lift such a heavy load.
I cannot express enough gratitude for my wife always being there during my stay in the hospital and during my recovery at home. Her Dad lost a kidney to cancer when she was a child and later in life his other kidney ended up failing on him. I think that was always in the back of her mind as she helped me during my ordeal.
Anyway, I have not been able to really discuss with anyone who has been there what I went through. I found out really quick that when someone hears you have cancer, they have a totally different out look about you. Some are very sympathetic while others tend to stay away and try to ignore the situation. Only thing is I could not ignore it, but had to face it head on. I went to a relay for life a couple of weeks ago as a survivor and it was a pretty emotional time for my wife and me. The support we had along with other survivors in our community was overwhelming.
If I can be of any help to anyone here I will be glad to.