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Jul. 3rd, 2017 09:28 pm
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[personal profile] mmegaera
In a shameless bid for more good thoughts (please understand this me trying to be humorous, and take it in the spirit in which it is intended).

I knew this last week, but today I had my surgical consult. Turns out I have cancer. It's uterine, of an unusual variety. I won't know the exact outcome until August 24th when I go in for the after-surgery checkup and report, which is why I can't get more specific. I am having a hysterectomy on August 8th. The best case scenario is your plain garden variety laparoscopic hysterectomy in which the surgeon snags every last bit of cancerous tissue and wishes me a good life. But there are other possibilities, including a radical cut-you-open hysterectomy, on up to what I gather is a fairly small chance (again, surgeon hedging her bets from what it sounded like) of chemo and/or radiation.

Anyway, I "get" to have a CT scan and an MRI and bloodwork and an EKG before the surgery.

And I would greatly appreciate any and all positivity possible sent my way.

I can't say I'm not scared, because at this point I'm kind of terrified. But I'm getting good care, and I really liked the surgeon. A very kind lady.

Oh, and on top of everything else, I ended up with an infection from the biopsy (this would *not* be the first time I've had an infection in this area -- I am seriously prone to them in my lady parts no matter how they try to prevent them -- my lady parts laugh at the very concept of sterile instruments), so now I'm on 10 days of antibiotics to kill it and the fever, loss of appetite, and serious malaise this started causing over the weekend.


Date: 2017-07-04 05:41 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] annathepiper
More hugs, hon.

If it helps, the hysterectomy I had didn't wipe me out too much; really, what kicked my ass more than anything with that whole procedure was my ovaries coming out too, and the resulting surgical menopause.

Small chance of chemo/radiation sounds promising, anyway. I never had chemo, but I know several people who did, and it certainly did a number on my mom. Radiation IS something I have direct experience with, and... meh. It wasn't fun but it was bearable.

Best of hopes for you to have as painless an experience as possible!

Date: 2017-07-04 05:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] annathepiper
Oh god yes I hear you. My own bout with cancer kicked my creativity in the teeth, and it was a nasty cycle of "I'm stressed out because I'm dealing with medical crap when I want to be writing" -> "I can't write because I'm stressed out" -> "I'm even MORE stressed out because I'm not writing"!

And yeah, getting any diagnosis that contains the word "cancer" at all is fucking terrifying, even if it turns out to be low-key like what hit me.

Date: 2017-07-04 05:50 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ndrosen
Long distance virtual hugs. I hope that the nice lady surgeon gets everything that needs to go.

Date: 2017-07-04 09:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hedda62
Wishing you all the best and holding you in my thoughts!

Date: 2017-07-04 10:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] threeringedmoon
I have been thinking of you. Thanks for the update. I wondered, after your last update, that it might be uterine cancer. At least two good friends have had hysterectomies after this diagnosis, and they are both doing great.

Date: 2017-07-04 06:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thnidu
BLESSINGS and prayers for good health. I send you some of the same care-feels I gave my wife when she had cancer.

Date: 2017-07-04 06:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sraun
Good luck!

We've been through the 'doctors hedging their bets' thing.

My wife had a hysterectomy, and then a couple of years later they had to open her up to take out the fibroid that they'd left in the first time. It had, IIRC, tripled in size in two years, when the original surgeon hoped that it would wither away due to lack of blood. We went in with a 20% chance of finding something cancerous, leading to that wide-open cut-out-anything-suspicious option. Started laparoscopically, the mass was too big and dense for that, so they ended up having to cut her open anyway. But it was benign, which was good news, so they didn't have to do the drastic surgery.

Hope that helps! Good luck with your eventual outcome!

Date: 2017-07-04 06:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] castiron
Thinking of you and wishing you the best as you go through the testing and surgery.

Date: 2017-07-05 03:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rivendellrose
I'm so sorry to hear that you have to go through all of this. It sounds like you've got a really good surgeon and that the whole medical team is being careful. I hope the surgery on the 8th of next month goes smoothly and that you have a nice easy recovery. Sending virtual hugs.

Date: 2017-07-05 05:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] archangelbeth
Oh, Stars and Elements.

*hugs muchly and is thinking positive thoughts and hoping for the minimalist version of things*

Date: 2017-07-05 10:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] philomytha
Sending you lots of good thoughts and prayers. I'm glad you have a both kind and competent doctor.

Date: 2017-07-05 01:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] xinef
I'm esp glad that you like your surgeon since so many have too large egos to pay attention to anything except the surgical situation itself. Sending lots of positive thoughts your way, sorry I'm too far away to do much else for you.

Date: 2017-07-05 03:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dfledermaus
I wish you the best possible outcome, and Fledermaus and Nyxe will purr their hardest for you.

Date: 2017-07-05 08:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stoutfellow
Damn. From the way you wrote earlier, I suspected something in this direction, but I was hoping not....

You'll continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Date: 2017-07-06 07:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] filkferengi
I know you're scared, and with good reason; it *is* scary. You've done your research, & you're doing the right things with the right people. I hope all your healingses go well.
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