Before Google

icemantoo
icemantoo Member Posts: 3,359 Member
edited April 2017 in Kidney Cancer #1

Fifteen years ago this Spring I peed blood after doing some yard work. My GP sent me to a Urologist who after doing an exam ordered a CT scan which I didn't think anything of. My GP said I probably just broke a blood vessel. I didn't  ask and the Uro didn't offer any  opinions as to what it could be. I just thought it was a CYA procedure. It wasn't until several weeks after that I received a call from the Uro's office to schedule an appointment and those infamous words Kidney Cancer were blurted out and heard for the first time out of the blue. Dr Google was not available for a conversation or consultation . I was in shock and disbelief as I had really never heard of Kidney Cancer other than something that was a less popular form of Cancer that other people got Little did I know that one day I would open up and try to help those who were stunned and in shock like I once was. That was not on my to do list at the time.

 

Icemantoo

Comments

  • Bay Area Guy
    Bay Area Guy Member Posts: 546 Member
    There was a time before

    There was a time before Google?  Whodathunk?

    Seriously, though, I know from where you speak.  Even with Google, the words "kidney cancer" or the softer words "renal cell carcinoma" hit you like a tone of bricks when you first hear or read them applied to your very own self.

  • JerzyGrrl
    JerzyGrrl Member Posts: 760
    Personally, I prefer...

    Personally, I prefer "RCC." It's sort of like the secret sign or handshake.  But -- yeah -- "cancer" and "carcinoma" are words that really only applied to other folks... Until they didn't: AIEEE!

  • angec
    angec Member Posts: 924
    Glad that is all in the past.

    Glad that is all in the past.. xo

  • marosa
    marosa Member Posts: 333
    Uhhhhh scary it would have been...

     to not have Google at all and more than that, not to have this network!  As Angec said; glad that it's all in the past for you.  And glad that there is CSN and you to great the newbies and walk often thru the virtual corridors of this site to check on us all!   Salut Iceman!

  • foroughsh
    foroughsh Member Posts: 779
    edited May 2017 #6
    Personally i think it would

    Personally i think it would be even more devastating if there was no Dr.google at the time i was diagnosed. Having no information seems harder than having out dated info.

    Very glad to know it's all in the past for you

  • lobbyist0724
    lobbyist0724 Member Posts: 484 Member
    foroughsh said:

    Personally i think it would

    Personally i think it would be even more devastating if there was no Dr.google at the time i was diagnosed. Having no information seems harder than having out dated info.

    Very glad to know it's all in the past for you

    Can't agree more, it seems

    Can't agree more, it seems like we will never get enough info from our own doctor :)

  • stub1969
    stub1969 Member Posts: 954 Member
    You're something special

    Ice--I was one of those "stunned" newbies back in August.  You were one of the first to reach out and settle my fears.  You probably don't hear this enough, but you are one very special person on this site.  Thank you for all you do here.  If your "To Do" list looks anything like mine with scratched out items and new items added, then you'll understand when I say these lists are not meant to be unchanged.  I'm so glad you added us to your new list.

    Continued blessings to you!

    Stub