Jo-Ann, this just has to stop! We have to figure how many times can it be "my turn." I was petrified of the radiation because I saw what it did to my husband. He had Hodgkins when he was 19, then 24 years later a huge sarcoma shows up on his arm in the radiation field and he nearly lost his arm and his life with all of the additional chemo and radiation and blood clots. All this while we had an 18-month old! I nearly lost it. Then, when I was dx and had the initial consultation with the surgeon, radiation came up and I nearly begged him to just go and do the mastectomy. No, he said, you're young (39) and he was sure I had an easy cancer to remove. NOT - the cancer went from the nipple to the chest wall. Next surgeon (we moved states) asked me what I wanted, another lumpectomy or a mastectomy and I told her to remove both breasts. Guess what there, cancer in the other breast too!
So, my dear friend and sister in this mess, we can be called back to fight the battle even harder. Here, I'm just waiting for the last 6 months of radiation on my DH to claim another part of him. Plus, the harsh chemos he took have left him with some heart issues, although they are minor now. And he's only 47. Geesh!
Know that you are in my thoughts - today and every day I come to the board. And you too, Lori, with the repeated gifts from cancer. There is a lot coming out in the medical literature of 18-25 years post-radiation for cancer and it's effects. No surprises there, I guess. Just time we buy, I guess. Let's all cheer up and give it our best shot and know that the love here on the board will keep us sane!!!!!
The finger of God touches your life when you make a friend.
----Mary Dawson Hughes---
Post Edited (Lmmackey) : 2/20/2009 4:33:38 PM (GMT-7)