I Am Surviving Cancer
Once diagnosed, I felt like someone should send an ambulance to my house and get it out of my body. Instead, I learned I had to wait many weeks. I had to sort my thoughts and breathe. I had to go through lots of medical tests and planning to ensure you get the right treatment. I wrote about that process is six posts. 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
I worry about the cost of cancer, how it will impact my family and my ability to make a living. It seemed like so much of the information online is very baseline and superficial so I build my own list of quality resources.
I found some good things to do while waiting. I made a list of Things to Look Forward To. (As soon as I am healed up I will start to check them off, one by one!) I made notes for my future self on How Not To Fuck Up My Body’s Healing Process. (Thank goodness, I do have to go back and remind myself to slow down and be patient.) I created and refined My Epic Wellness plan so I can minimize my risks of reoccurrence and live long into the future.
Once my oncologist told me I would need a radical hysterectomy to remove my uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and cervix I sort of freaked out. This means instantaneous, surgical menopause. I needed to sort my head so I wrote The New Menopause Manifesto (which is turning out to be 100% true!) and started working on my Sexual Self Care plan.
I had a strange mix of fear and happiness as my surgery finally arrived. I was afraid to go under the knife but happy to be getting rid of the cancer. It took about five days before I was strong enough to write about the experience of surgery.
I had a hard time finding any real information on what it’s like to experience a hysterectomy. This made it hard for me to know what to expect, to know how much help I would need after the surgery, or what kind of impact the surgery would have on my ability to work. For these reasons, I wrote a frank Timeline of Hysterectomy Healing Process.
As I write this I am still healing from surgery but happy to report I got my first no evidence of disease report. I’ll keep writing about the impact this disease and surgery have on my mind and body with the I hopes it will help anyone who may have to go down with road in the future.
xo – Ducky