Hi everyone, I'm just now re-joining the human race - emotionally anyway. I have been reading your comments from time to time when I felt I could manage to sit in front of this computer, and your posts/comments have been so helpful and comforting. You need to know how much I appreciate all of you taking the time to post a comment. This surgery has been the worst one since I was first diagnosed with cancer, a little over 4 years ago. It is the 3rd major surgery, (colon re-section, lung re-section previously) and I lost count of the less serious surgeries I have had since. This time, they did a lot of work on my kidney, bladder, and the tubes between the kidneys and bladder. As far as I know, they took out sections that had cancer and left what looked okay. When the surgeon gets the pathology report, he will know how things are. From what I understand, the bladder cancer is ongoing, but the plan is that with continuing the BCG treatments and ongoing "scraping" of my bladder, the hope is that he can delay removing my bladder for some time. I'm almost 3 weeks into post surgery, but it feels like only yesterday. I've been back and forth to the surgeon for follow up, i.e. staples removed, etc. and I still have to have the stents removed. I'm just now thinking I may make it through this. To add to the stress, we are also in the process of moving, a decision we had made prior to finding out that I had to have this major surgery. Everything came at the same time.
I wanted to post this message, just to let you know that I am alive, and soon to be kicking I hope. We have to be out of this apt. and into our new one on March 1st. so lots to do. I can't lift a finger of course, but we are getting lots of help from friends and family. The have also been cooking and baking for us ever since I came home from hospital. What a great bunch! I won't be posting again for awhile, but I wanted to let all of you know that your words of support and encouragement are greatly appreciated. I will certainly re-connect when we get settled and I'm hopefully in better shape.
Take care everyone. Hugs to all of you. XXXXXX