Scared

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Scared

by tinkywinky on Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:43 PM

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I had most of my left lung removed in 2014 due to neuroendocrine cancer. The surgery was curative but i am still scared. It's coming up to the 1 yr anniversary of my surgery. I know i am very lucky to be ok but lately i can't stop thinking about it! I feel like i should be over it by now... 

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by PopPop on Mon Sep 07, 2015 01:21 PM

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twinkywinky,

I saw your post on the right side in recent posts. I am a Base of Tongue survivor and I am nearing my 11th yr of surgery. Cancer no matter what it's first name is (Tongue, Lung, Skin, Breast, etc) the last name remains the same- cancer.

All of us go down a pretty bumpy road fighting this disease. Yes, it is scarey and it is still recent for you. The longer you are out of the surgery, the less you will look back over your shoulder and keep your eyes focused on the future.

You won't forget this as it is part of your/our history in the book of Life that you/we are writing. Turn the page and start a new chapter. I know, at the moment it may seem easier said than done, but you can do it. We adjust to a new normal.

My Best to You and Everyone Here

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by tinkywinky on Tue Sep 08, 2015 01:51 AM

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 PopPop, thanks for your reply. I think maybe because it's  the anniversary of my diagnosis and surgery that it is on my mind. 

Other people go through much worse than i did. I am sure some people think that i should just "get over it". 

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by PopPop on Tue Sep 08, 2015 12:59 PM

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tinkywinky,

Each person handles what we have gone thru at their own pace. If someone states that we need to "get over it" then more than likely they have not walked in our shoes.

I am nearly 11 yrs out, but I am reminded daily of what I have gone thru with my Base of Tongue cancer. I have zero saliva, eating issues and scars on my neck to see when I look in the mirror to shave each morning. Yes, I do the best that I can and live each day that is given to me to my fullest. Some days I may just relax and listen to music, but that is what I want to do that day.

We look over our shoulders as I mentioned earlier. We tend to remember our new anniversary dates of when we found out we had cancer, surgery and treatments. The thing we need to learn is to accept them, just giving these thoughts a few minutes of our time and then move on to what is important to us now, living our life to the fullest that we can.

You will "Get over it" at your own pace.

My Best to You and Everyone Here

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by fyc2lan on Tue Sep 08, 2015 01:09 PM

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Just read your post and saw you mentioned not producing saliva even though 11 years have passed since you beat your cancer. If you have not tried ACTUAL CHINESE acupunture, you may want to consider it. I have a friend that suffered from that same condition after beating his cancer and it worked after about 11 months of this treatment. He now eats and drinks whatever he wants with no more saliva troubles. The doctors who performed it were certified in China to perform this treatment and doctors trained here in the U.S.A. do not get the same results due to differences in the methods they use. Good luck to you and prayers sent.

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by PopPop on Tue Sep 08, 2015 08:32 PM

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fyc2lan,

Thank you for your suggestion to try acupuncture. I did try it but it was around 6 yrs out of radiation. It did not help me, but another Head and Neck patient I know did it and it worked after the 2nd treatment. I was told up front due to the time length from treatments I had a slim chance of it working.

Again, thank you for your suggestion.

My Best to You and Everyone Here

RE: Scared

by tinkywinky on Tue Sep 08, 2015 09:34 PM

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Pop pop, 

Thankyou for your encouragement. :) 

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