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kmonke
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Date Joined Jul 2003
Total Posts : 352
   Posted 3/28/2005 10:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi friends,
 
Why is it that I can put my BC behind me, until it rolls around for the check up time?  Tomorrow is mammogram, blood work, and Med Onc. as well as Rad Onc appointments.  Yes, I know it is a "routine" 6 month check up and after nearly 6 years, you'd think I would just take it for granted, but I don't believe that is ever going to be the case.
 
Asking for your prayers that everything will be fine, and that they will again be trying to talk me into the complete mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, instead of saying we need to put it off because of other problems.
 
I've been having some eye problems for a couple of weeks.  My left eye vision has not been right.  Sometimes it is, sometimes very fuzzy and feeling like there is something else going on.  Knowing I had these appointments, I have just waited.
 
Also would like to ask for prayers for my brother.  He has been having back problems and is a veteran, so goes to VA Dr.  Well after about 4 months, they did an MRI and found what they are saying is a cyst or tumor, and have suddenly deemed it "Priority", which means get him to a specialist - no matter how far away they have to send him.  He lives in ND and has been sent to Omaha, Nebraska to a neurosurgeon.  Found out last Thursday that he has to be there tomorrow, so flew down today, not knowing what they will do or anything.  Typical VA.  He and his wife care for her invalid mother, so his wife was not able to accompany him, so my mom who is 84 went with him.  She is in very good health, but I also worry about her under these circumstances.  If they hospitalize him, she had no idea when they left, where she would be staying.  Always something it seems.  So, asking for prayers for good reports for him and save keeping for both of them.
 
Thanks for everything.  Sorry about the length.
 
Love you all,
 
Kitty

debbiR
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Date Joined Feb 2005
Total Posts : 730
   Posted 3/29/2005 1:02 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Kitty! I don't think that whether it is 6 mos, 6 yrs or 60 yrs that we go for checkups, we still get nervous and scared. Most of the gals that I know become very moody and nervous about a week before all of the scheduled tests. Ahhhh, the wonderful world of being a bc survivor. I don't know your history but last year I began having problems with my eyesight. When I mentioned this to my onco, she said that I was diabetic. Of course, I argued and said that the reasons my sugar levels were so high was because of the premeds that I was taking w/ chemo. She kindly reminded me that my levels were drawn BEFORE the chemo. Sure enough, my sugar was above 600. I had all of the other symptoms but ignored them also. As a result of the diabetes, I had to have cataract surgery on both eyes. This might be something that you will want to check out. The surgery is a piece of cake (esp if you have a good looking eye surgeon like I have..lol)

Good luck with all of the appts. I hope that things go well with your brother. I think that the way we treat our veterans that use the VA care and hospitals is shameful (anyway in MO). Lots of prayers coming your way.

Hugs..Deb


 


MiaB
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Date Joined Feb 2005
Total Posts : 205
   Posted 3/29/2005 5:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Kitty,
 
I can't begin to imagine what it would feel like to have a check up.  I'm still in treatment phase and from this stand point I feel like I will always have cancer on my mind.  But I'm sure after treatment it becomes less and less of a pre-occupation.  It's probably so gradual to go though that you don't even realize it.  I'm sure the reverse is true of these check ups.  Your going along minding your own business and realize the day for onc. visits and tests is coming up and before you know it your brain takes you back to the day you first heard the diagnosis and then when you learned what treatment you'd have and so on.
 
Here's hoping you have peace and tranquility throughout the next few days until you receive the "all clear"!  And I'll be praying for your brother and mother also.  My father was a vet and had to have many tests etc. at Vet's hospital when I was very young.  I remember going with my dad and mom for his check ups and thinking it was a horrible hospital, "why did they come here when we had a nicer hospital in our home town?"  But all in all he did receive good care, it just takes them longer to get things done.
 
Hugs and prayers,
Mia
 
Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.


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MNlady13
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Date Joined Jul 2003
Total Posts : 2044
   Posted 3/30/2005 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, Kitty, I was on the way home from Indiana when you posted, so I am slowly catching up on the boards. I hope everything went well with your check up. No matter how long it has been, I think the worry will always be there. Sorry about your brother. Hope he and mom are all right. Sending mega hugs, Lauri
"Go confidently into the direction of your dreams. Live the life you always imagined" Thoreau
 
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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