Surgery is scheduled

BobHaze Member Posts: 161 Member
As a reminder, I'm one of the "lucky" ones who is early Stage I and will have an MIE with no pre-op chemo or radiation. My wife and I met with the surgeon last week and he said his Assistant would call me with the date for my surgery as soon as it is scheduled.

That was on Wednesday and I hadn't heard from her yet, so I called the Assistant yesterday morning. I first asked if I had been scheduled yet and she replied No, but don't worry - I'll call you when it is. In a very friendly way I told her I am anxious to have the procedure done so I would be calling every morning to remind her. I took Niki"s advice and decided I have the right to "bug" her until I have an answer. I don't know if it was my call that did it or not, but she called me back at lunchtime and said my pre-Op appointment will be on 16 Sept. and my MIE will be on Friday, 23 Sept. As most of you will know, I'm both relieved and scared, but I know it has to be done, the surgeon is confident I'll be cured by the procedure (pending node biopsy results, of course), so I want to get it over with and begin my recovery.

Isn't it weird to feel lucky that I "only" have early Stage I? I have CANCER, for God's sake - what's lucky about that? And what does "cured" mean, exactly? I don't think I'll ever be able to feel like I'm cured, since I know I have/had cancer. I called a friend last night who had Prostate cancer 6 years ago, had his prostate removed and has been clean ever since. He started thinking of himself as "cured" after 5 yers, but a couple of months ago his PSA started going way up and now they've confirmed a new "spot" somewhere and he has a long regimen of radiation to look forward to. He's kind of a joker in general and was trying to make light of it, but I could tell he's scared, and who can blame him.

Still, it gives me great comfort to follow everyone's posts on this board and I've learned a lot already from your various journeys. Someone posted the other day that Life isn't about staying out of the weather, it's about learning how to dance in the rain...or something like that. This EC is weather we can't stay out of - we have no choice but to learn to dance in it as well as we can and hope for the best, whatever that may mean for each of us.

So now I'm looking forward to the 16th, and then the 23rd, and that's all I can do, right? It's one day at a time from now on.



  • TerryV
    TerryV Member Posts: 887
    How wonderful....
    to have a surgery date, Bob! You ARE one of the fortunate ones. Never let that thought stray too far. EC is such a silent cancer. I've not seen many post of early catchs. You are blessed!

    I'm glad to hear you have dates and can now prepare to bring you life to its new normal. Congratulations on "clep"ing out of the "Freshman & Sophmore" radiation/chemo treatments. Welcome directly to the "Junior" class of those with surgery planned.

    Prayers and positive thoughts to you and your wife!

    Wife to Nick, Stage 3