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Review Subject Required. Comments Required. Current Stock:. Quantity: Decrease Quantity: Increase Quantity:. Availability: Usually ships in business days. Piercele Chiew Percey It is human nature that at some time or another, we come to face our deepest fears, such as suffering from terminal diseases like cancer.
“I knew I had to make my diagnosis worthwhile.”
No matter how hard we try to avoid it or run away from it; if it is meant to be, it will happen, states author Mrs. He also mentioned that I qualified for a clinical trial that would use a pill to cut off the estrogen supply. Mark and I were at the check-out desk scheduling the appointment for my chemo port placement when I asked him to go back and see if they would give us the clinical trial papers so I could look them over.
I spent the weekend stewing over chemotherapy side effects versus the possible risks of the clinical trial. Since chemotherapy works to destroy cells with rapid growth, my gut told me that cutting off the estrogen supply trumped chemo.
It was a relief to cancel the port placement appointment. That is the thing about cancer. I remember crying for two days before I started my pills. Then I realized that normal had already changed, and what I really wanted was to be post-treatment. There was no way to get to post-treatment unless I let go of being pre-treatment. I was quickly accumulating pamphlets and reports from my office visits and tests.
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I knew it was time to get organized. I take a small notebook to every appointment with a list of questions and write down the answers on the spot. I also keep a record of the date of every office visit and procedure.
I vowed that cancer was not going to take over our kitchen table. Instead, I have it neatly stacked in the corner. Mark and I have repeated this advice to each other more than any other we have received so far. It came from a physician friend two days after my diagnosis. To balance that, I also learned it is OK to only share when you are ready.
Some people are eager to offer unsolicited advice and talk about their experiences with cancer. I appreciate their good intentions, but I did not want to make decisions based on anecdotal information. Use your support team for support and your medical team for your treatment decisions. It is OK to keep them separate if you want to.
It made me feel like all my hard work only added up to a 10 percent difference. I have made a conscious choice to focus on the positive.
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I have erased negative texts instead of sending them. I have chosen not to complain when things go wrong. The biopsy I had one month into the clinical trial had to be repeated the following week due to a processing error. Instead of focusing on the negative, I asked if they would take some extra time with the ultrasound to measure the size of my tumor.
They agreed, and I had the relief of finding out it was already shrinking. The doctor stands beside him with stars floating around his head like he has just been kicked. When I am feeling especially discouraged, I always look for a way to reframe the situation in a positive light. I have been blessed to connect with two friends who are going through breast cancer treatment ahead of me. That is something I conjured up on my own, and it was not helpful at all.
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I still have three more months of taking pills to cut off the estrogen supply before I know whether I will have a lumpectomy or mastectomy, and I will only learn if I need chemotherapy after the surgical pathology report is back. This could end up really good or really bad. I have a newfound respect for all women with breast cancer, regardless of the details. Everyone has to find the path that is right for them.
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Writing poetry, e-mailing friends and writing in my prayer journal helped me process some of my emotions. Mark found a friend whose wife is also going through cancer treatment.
They have started meeting for lunch regularly. An hour later, we were still talking.
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