Hello all. Although this is my first post, I have been aware of CSN and all that we do for each other. Last year, I became a caregiver for my twin sister as she was battling with colon cancer (she was an avid member of CSN). I was able to bring her to my house to take care of her as her cancer went exponential. She passed away in April of last year. It was a life-changing experience for me and I would be happy to answer any questions regarding Hospice Care and EOL transitions. She was surrounded by angels.
As for me, I retired from the Navy on June 1st, 2012 and became aware of some circulatory problems in my lower extremities. I finally reported to the ER on July 1st after almost passing out while driving my car. I was diagnosed with RCC with extension into my inferior vena cava. On July 12th, I underwent a 10-hour surgery to remove my right kidney, adrenal, lymph nodes and the vascular surgeon replaced a section of my vena cava with a graft. My sister and Jesus were with me throughout and my healing was immediate. I only spent 6 days in the hospital, despite the 50 staple, chevron scar across my belly. The pathology came back as Stage IV, Grade 4, with an 8cm tumor.
Since then, I have been recovering nicely; however, I do have a single met to one lung, still very small (2cm).
I am thankful for this board as I think that I am showing some follow-up symptoms with some belly pain and I foolishly tried to return to work full-time (it did not work). I am a fast learner and appreciate all the information that you have all provided.