Pain can be managed by medication, and in some cases, physical therapy. Pain issues can be treated by an oncologist, but my oncologist referred me to a pain specialist. The pain from my bone mets is treated with medication, and I also get injections for pain in my hips, lower back and left shoulder.
I am on SSDI, but there is a 24 month waiting period for Medicare. I don't know why that is, but that is just the way it works. Until the Medicare kicked in, I had to continue the insurance I had through work with COBRA.
I had to see a surgeon for a consult before I had my port put in, but the surgery to have it put in was scheduled for the following week. You shouldn't have to wait that long, especially since it's a fairly quick and simple procedure.
My name is Shari; I have been a Sparker since July 2006, and living with Stage IV breast cancer since 2007.
Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
A. A. Milne
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