Hi all...Just spent an hour or so looking at all of the posts. I'm really surprised by how many people there are here who offer advice and send positive thoughts to newcomers like me. I'm very happy to have found a place to go To read stories and hear from people like me. I'm a 41 year old woman, but I still feel like I'm 29...which is one of the reasons this has been so hard.
My doctor ordered a CT scan due to abdominal pain, which turned out to be diverticulitis. The scan also showed a 6cm mass in my right kidney. I was devastated. That was about a month ago. Since then, I have met with my surgeon at Mass General. He has given me as much info as he can, but he probably doesn't know much himself. I asked if he could tell if it had spread, and he said there was no "evidence" that it has, but they need to do more tests. He has told me that I've will be removing my kidney...I guess the procedure will be laproscopic. I think that's good.
Although I am very thankful that my doctor found the mass, and I believe I have the best doctors possible, I’m very scared. I don’t know if it has spread beyond the Kidney, or what my chances of survival are. I have a new CT and MRI scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Then surgery this coming Friday. I guess that will tell the doctor more. It’s just very scary and difficult to be in the dark about your future.
I’m fortunate to have a wonderful husband and family who try to keep me thinking positive. Any advice or positive thoughts would be very much appreciated!