Jun 19, 2001 - 6:41 pm
Hi, I just located this support group. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer on 1/23/99 and had surgery on 1/25/99. This was five months after my husband was diagnosed with colon cancer, so I was not only a caregiver, but also someone who needed care. I lost my husband in 5/99. I had nine months of chemo, Taxol and Cisplatin, and out of the surgery came an abdominal hernia which really started bothering me. When I decided to have it repaired a year ago last April, another tumor was found. I then had 8 months of taxol, cysplatinol and two months of cytoxin. I finished this past February. I have had nothing but problems with the hernia because one of the sutures is hitting a nerve; I have and have had a lot of pain from head to toe. It feels like it's in the muscles. I'm not sure at this point if it's a nasty flareup of fibromyalgia or if it's related to the chemo. We're looking into that now. I'm also having edema in my arms and ankles. My stomach always seems bloated. Fatigue always seems to be there and I do things whenever the fatigue is less. It's all relative! My oncologist just had a stroke and his nurse of 15 years just retired, so I feel as tho I've lost a major support group. Are any of you out there in the Chicago area? I must say that in order to try to keep this all at bay, I am totally changing my eating habits after reading many books. I'm eating as many raw vegetables and some fruit as I can. I am totally off red meat and eat very little chicken and dairy products. I'm also drinking lots of juices, especially carrot juice with celery and parsley. I've read many times that those with cancer should eat 60-80% raw foods. I look forward to hearing from all of you and if there's any questions I can maybe answer, let me know.