It took 7 weeks for me to get a diagnosis. We didn't tell the kids (4 boys aged 3-8) what was going on but I had baby sitters and appointments several days a week. I didn't want to cancel our big summer vacation until we knew what was going on. The tension and stress was thick. When I was diagnosed it came as a relief. At least we knew what we were up against and started working out a plan of attack. The last thing I wanted to do was go on a trip. Everything changed. All I wanted to do is work on getting it all behind me. Now I am almost done with treatment and feel good. I am walking again; not like before but good for my circumstances. I know this post is supposed to be about you so here's the point: once you have a diagnosis you can do something instead of wait; trips really fall off the priorities list when you can start on the road to recovery; and the sooner you start , the sooner you feel better. I hope you are at peace soon. D
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Everyone has given you good advice. Praying for the Lord to calm to fears. I know with me, I am a lot more nervous not knowing something. Once I know what the problem is, I feel better then I know there will be steps taken to take care of it.
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Nancy one thing I'm good at is telling myself certain things. I know when you tell yourself to be calm and you listen to yourself and not ignore yourself you calm down. This is one thing that's important in curing Cancer. Sending positive thoughts your way and also to yourself is important to getting well. Negativity as well as stress is harmful which is why I tell myself to calm down and Pray for myself as well as others. Try to remember these things as you see the Dr. and try not to stress out. Relax your body and yes listen to the Dr. Good luck and prayers your way. Hope
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I agree with Terje. The best plan of action is to discuss it with you r dr. I have cancelled vacations to accommodate dates and I have postponed dates to go on vacation. But I always talk first to whatever drs are involved with me at the time. Time away from it all is important at times but not if you are going to worry the whole time that you should have stayed and had the tests. Go with what is in your head as well as your heart. Barb
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Nancy, if I were you, before I decided to postpone a potentially life-saving test, I would sit down with your medical provider and ask her/him what the possible ramifications could be of postponing the test. Some situations have vastly better outcomes if the test is done NOW while other possible situations might change very little during 5 weeks to where a delay would not cause harm.
But you need the information before you can make an informed decision you and your family are comfortable with. I can hear the fear and frustration in your post. In addition to dealing with your medical issues, perhaps starting a walking program with your sweetheart would have a calming effect for you to where you could more easily handle the issues with which you are faced. I am sending prayers of peace and wisdom.
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I am not feeling well.I am still battling virus- sores in my throat. I have been having a lot of bloating, gut and pelvic pain, back pain, pink discharge sometimes, etc..for 1 month or longer and bladder issues.
I was having an anxiety attack over all these tests and all this medical stuff today. OMG I feel like I cannot handle anymore. Lyme is bad enough to handle.
I went in to Lyme doc for alternative assessment and treatment and they said I had a allot of inflammation in my gut and intestines and small bowel area. Lyme can cause inflammation all over so it could possible be causing inflammation in my bladder too. Who knows, that may be why the bladder wall is so thickened in 1 area. I know urologist does not believe it is cancer although he said it is unusual in a woman to have thickening but they cannot truly rule out cancer without a biopsy - which means being put to sleep in the hospital to have it done.Then recovery and we are leaving on this trip to take Ryan to Seattle a week from Tuesday.
OMG I am also being tested for ovarian cancer- blood test and pelvic ultrasound tomorrow afternoon Still waiting for what the uterine biopsy showed.
I just feel like I cannot handle anymore medical stuff. It is just too much. I am thinking of postponing the bladder biopsy until after the trip and after John gets back from his conference- so 5 weeks.
The whole thing is stressful- it is stressful having procedures and then having to wait- esp when it is scary stuff and it is stressful not knowing. But in a way I just want to let it go and postpone it until after the trip. I am exhausted from everything and I want to have time to get ready for the trip and look forward to it. Any wisdom??????.I kept hearing in my head today- "Let it go" today after I saw the Lyme doc. Love and hugs Nancy
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