May 21, 2009 - 10:47 pm
Today, Thursday, I went to a support group for gynocological cancer at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, California, near my home. As expected, the others were ovarian cancer, although the membership roster shows some uterine cancer, unspecified type. I asked the woman who added me to the roster to put UPSC, not uterine, to make it easier to identify others. Anyway, I don't think I'm violating confidence to say it was good for me to talk to people living with cancer, in various time frames of treatment. Of the six of us attending, one woman had a recurrence, and now has been NED for several years, I forget how long she said, I think she mentioned 2003, but I don't remember if that was first date or recurrance date. Recurrance was a couple of years later. So that would make it at least 4 years post recurrence. This made me feel good because I am on my first recurrence and my imagination runs wild. Others attending were either newly diagnosed, or fighting recurrence, or long past initial diagnosis with no recurrence but a breast cancer surprise. I was mindful of the Barbara Walters special on centagenarians where one woman (who was still driving her car) said she had had cancer three times. Type not specified.