Jul 06, 2013 - 10:09 pm
Good afternoon, I have been "lurking" on this site for the last couple of weeks--not posting for fear that I had nothing of value to offer.
I'm still not quite certain I have anything to offer, but I wanted to introduce myself.
My name is Anne, I'm 50, I live in Albuquerque and work in Santa Fe, NM.
I had a CT scan Friday, May 17, 2013, and received "the call" Monday, May 20. Chest CT scan on Tuesday and an appointment with a urologist on Thursday.
The urologist was able to state with reasonable certainty that it was RCC. He was incredibly kind and patient with me, and spent about an hour discussing the diagnosis and treatment options.
He referred me to a surgeon in Albuquerque, who would be able to perform the nephrectomy laparoscopically, and I had my first appointment with him Tuesday, May 28. Surgery on June 5, and the kidney, tumor, adrenal gland were removed successfully. I had a follow-up appointment, at which he confirmed the malignancy, and that it was Stage II.
I've spent the last several weeks recovering, and seem to be doing all right (physicially). Emotionally is another story. But I'm getting better every day.
I appreciate you all, and hope to become more active as I figure out more about what is going on with myself.
Follow-up with oncologist/urologist July 12--should have a better idea of what my plan of care will be at that point.
Thank you all for being here.