jb, my thoughts are with you and your husband. I'm glad you've joined us here. As ike said, why not save your worrying for when you might need it. I guess I'm pretty cool by disposition, but worrying doesn't help anything and it's a lot of wear and tear on your energy and attitude. (I know, easy to say..) Your husband needs all the positivity you can muster.
Adhisstory, no worries at all! Your postings are very helpful and informative. I appreciate the support you and everyone else offers.
My husband's follow up after surgery went well. We learned that cells were found in only 4 of 15 nodes removed with the tumor, so that's encouraging. Our first appointment with the oncologist is tomorrow. We're very curious about how that will go. Timing is never good, but this comes on the heals of losing my mom recently, and Murphy is working on us but good these days with deadlines and politics at work. My husband and I are self-employed, so we are lucky to have some flexibility, but we also are where the buck stops, and it has been stopping often!
We got a juicer, but I have to be honest; I don't get it. I mean I get the health benefits of juicing very clearly, but so little juice comes out of some things, and what a waste all that pulp is! We can't possibly use all of that in creative ways. I'm thinking smoothies are more efficient for fruit. Maybe I'm just too new at it.
My goodness, what am I thinking that my husband is in the worst boat ever? Of course he isn't the only one to be going through this. I apologize for whining.
I want you all to know that I'm looking for support and to share some knowledge and experiences, but I'd also like to offer the same.
I will check out the truthinlabeling.org for sure. I know we are all exposed to chemicals that we don't even know about, let alone the ones we can't pronounce. My comment about the pure maple syrup comes from learning that it is loaded with nutrients and minerals. I don't mean a common syrup. But, I hear what your saying and will heed your warning and look at the site.
ADHis, thanks for your time and your thoughts. Best wishes to you. And please, do not excuse yourself for offering up some human kindness here.
ike, same to you, I appreciate your words and your sharing your experience.
I'm sort of new to this online group thing, so let me know if I have anything to learn about belonging to the group, if you would.
I like the positive posts here, so here I am. Absolutely devastated at the diagnosis (I was sure it would be negative!), so I'm eager for encouragement. It's all so overwhelming for so many reasons.
Hubby is doing OK, we have our first appointment with the best oncologist in town next Thursday. Wish it was sooner.
In his case, he went to the ER with pain, had his appendix removed with a large mass around it, turned out to be a tumor, and a few lymph nodes were positive. Now it's the unknown that has us on an emotional roller coaster, to say the least. I'm thinking since his experience started with the surgery first, maybe that is an advantage since that's been done. (I know there are good things that have happened in here somewhere.)
Both of my parents and my grandmother had cancers, so I'm familiar with what they went through. My dad was very involved with an online support group for multiple myeloma and it helped him so much to know he was also trying to help others. He was awesome that way! He believed that he could choose how to deal with his illness and he chose to stay positive and when he knew his heart wouldn't hold out much longer, he chose quality of life over quantity.
Thanks for letting me get started here. It's just what I was looking for to find someone to talk to with this new diagnosis.View Thread