GUNNYCAT, I know what you mean! I was diagnosed last Thanksgiving (at 27) with hodgkin's lymphoma and over and over and over well-intentioned folks kept telling me how it was the best kind of cancer to have. Even though it does have the highest "cure" rate, that's not what anyone wants to hear after another course of ABVD has you vomiting, your hair falling out, and your bones feeling like you're 80.
I'm lucky to be in remission a year later but man, those are the people I'm thinking about when I'm punching a bag at the gym!
current weight: 198.0
Fitness Minutes: (469) Posts: 28 1/9/13 3:57 P
I was just diagnosed as in clinical remission on Dec 3rd. and about 3 weeks ago I started sleeping non stop again. I just got back from the doctor and they are going to do another PET scan to see what's going on. I was first diagnosed with Stage IIIa lung cancer last October (2011). I had been doing really well for about 6 months, but now, I don't know. I guess you always live with the fear of it coming back?
Thanks Denise. I have decided that if I wait until I feel good to do things nothings is ever gonna get done and once I get going I usually feel better anyway. As far as folks being freaked out it seems like a pendulum with thyroid cancer. I have actually had a doctor (years ago) tell me I was lucky and got the best cancer. I have heard that a few times. I sure would like to sock people in the nose when they stupid stuff like that but on the other end of the swing there are those well meaning folks who treat you like glass. Generally I am pretty open and honestly after 13 years the shock and awe is ALL warn off. I tell folks this is me and for better or worse seems like me includes having cancer. Sometimes I barf, sometimes lovely side effects of meds I cry at the drop of a hat or a sappy commercial, sometimes I sleep enough to make the cat jealous but hey all part and parcel of the insanity that is my life so I figure lets dive right in and live it.
At least you're getting started - again! Good for you. Don't know why people always "freak out" when you tell them you have cancer??? I think they are just scared of the liabilities if they make your condition worse. Great for you that you went to the gym even with all the nausea and throwing up! Now that's dedication and motivation if ever I've heard of one.
Keep it up girl friend!
current weight: 183.0
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Hi, I'm Cat. I'm 42 years old, a military wife with 2 teenage boys. I am on my third go round with metastatic thyroid cancer. I was undiagnosed and misdiagnosed several times before they got it right. I've had multiple surgeries, radiations, over the last 13 years and you know the drill. I take meds daily to keep the cancer in check and well not go into a coma and die (talk about motivation to take your pills..lol). I have gained over 100 pounds with this cancer. My last remission I lost over 30 pounds than a lung mass and recurrence brought it all back. I am not in remission but this fall the cancer was pretty well controlled and I lost 17 pounds. Then a medication issue over the holidays and well I am back up to 257 just 6 pounds less than my highest weight of 263. I joined a gym and was so excited I pd 140 for a trainer to develop a program for me it was a total bust. She was freaked out I think ( I was having issues with nausea and vomiting at the time) and she basically designed a program for an 90 year old. It kind of killed my enthusiasm. So here I am reaching out to my fellow survivors hoping to get on track, get to the gym, get my positive back and be the motivated upbeat person I really am.
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