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1 Year After Chemo

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pcs1453
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Checking in to say "hello" and update my first anniversary of finishing chemo. May marked one year off drugs. I have been doing well except I still have neuropathy in my toes. I had my 2nd follow up CT and all looked well. I am still running and trying to be as healthy as I can. One more little bump in the road, though. I had a pap test come back positive showing severely abnormal cells, however, follow up biopsy's and an ultrasound were negative. My onc said chemo can alter cell structure but my gynecologist consulted with a onc/gynecologist and they recommend a hysterectomy. So, because the first pap came back with abnormal cells and my history with colorectal cancer I guess I have to believe they know what's best and will have a total hysterectomy in August. I'm feeling like Joe in Joe vs the Volcano. Remember the line, "it's always going to be something with you Joe". I feel that way now but do hope it will not be true.

Take care all you newbies and old timers.

AnneCan
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Thanks for checking in on this forum. Is is nice for newer members to hear about what comes after treatment from people who have been there. It sounds like you are leading a very active life; good for you!I am sorry about your pap smear + that you will need surgery in August.

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pcs1453
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Stay positive and active is what I aim to do. Thanks for your note.
Paula

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msccolon
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I think you are doing the right thing, going with the advice of the onc/gynecologist. It really can spread and since you probably aren't going to need those organs any more, may as well play it safe. I had mine out, pushing me into menopause at 45; we still don't know at what age the women in our family hit menopause naturally cause none of us have made it. My oldest sister is going through premenopause right now and she's 52, so she'll be our trail blazer! You're being proactive and that's a good way to win this race! Stay strong and thanks for coming back to give us an update!
mary

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pcs1453
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Thanks for your reply Mary. I think it is the best thing to do as well. I sure don't need those parts. Luckily, being 57, I have been through menopause and don't have to worry about that. Maybe this is payback for having such an easy time of it. One never know the answer to the 'why' question. It is always so great to see all the caring people on this board. Thanks again.

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HollyID
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Oh gosh, it does sound like what I'm going through. The professor at the U of U suggested a hyster for me, also. I don't need that organ anymore, so it's really a moot point. I don't need another cancer, which, we all don't need another cancer.

Thanks for the posting!!

Love and Hugs,

Holly

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pcs1453
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Hi Holly, I agree, we don't need another cancer. Anything we can do to prevent it is a good thing. However, you were still in treatment so it sounds like it could be a little rough for you. You need to get strong before another surgery. Best of luck. It will work out and we have to trust the docs know what they are doing.

Hugs to you too,
Paula

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tootsie1
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It's good to hear from you. I think you're doing a wise thing by having the hysterectomy. You don't need anymore trouble! Let us know how things go.

*hugs*
Gail

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pcs1453
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Thanks Gail,

That's for sure, no more trouble. I will let you know how it turns out. I hate the waiting part after procedures to get the lab results from all the parts they test. Just when I start sleeping well again, stress. It a good thing I took a hint from others and got a low dose sleeping aid. It sure helps. (Thanks to Nana B for that hint)

Hugs to you,
Paula

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luv3jay
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Yay, so glad to hear the positive results. Here's hoping and knowing that your upcoming surgery will go very smoothly.

-Sheri

Fight for my love
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Good luck with the upcoming surgery and have a speedy recovery.Best wishes and best luck to you.Take care.

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