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26 Jan 2018 13:12

Hi All,

Just had a random thought pop into my head - I tend to read all posts on here, not restricting myself to those that pertain to my specific multiple myeloma.

Odd though it is, I feel somewhat lucky to have the type of cancer that I do, especially when having read some experiences of some other people. Odd because I've been close to death a couple of times. Also, if I'd been treated slightly differently, as in had a stem cell transplant, I'd not have survived.

Does anybody else feel similarly lucky or am I just weird?

 

Regards to All

Taff

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26 Jan 2018 14:23 in response to Taff

Yes, I feel very lucky. Penile Cancer is no walk in the park, but since the horrible diagnosis all the dice have rolled in my favour. I have got off very lightly with only minor surgery. Compared to some other cancers, and indeed other people who shared the same initial diagnosis and staging as me, I consider myself extremely fortunate. But I am now in my 2nd year of surveillance, and I am always aware that my luck could change in an instant.

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20 Mar 2018 18:14 in response to Harry2

I also feel lucky. I have transformed follicular lymphoma - it transformed into high grade non-hogkin lymphoma grade 3 and I'm currently undergoing chemo.

However, I know my kind of cancer can be put into remission, though not cured, but I feel lucky that my chemo is a regimen that isn't so awful and also that I could be cancer-free for 5, 10 or maybe even 15 years before I relapse. OK, it may not be that long, but I feel lucky even to have a chance at that. 

I've also learned to count blessings and appreciate what I have in life. Happy

Emily 

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20 Mar 2018 18:26 in response to Taff

I am dead lucky, so to speak.

My prostate cancer was caught almost as soon as it started, all because I had a late start at work one day and I listened to an episode of Woman's Hour on car radio.  The episode discussed prostate cancer and mentioned a blood test. A little bell went off in my head.

Next time I saw my GP, I mentioned the blood test to her and she agreed. As a result of that, I was monitored for a couple of years by the local urology unit while my PSA see-sawed between 4 and 5. Then when it spiked at 5.6 I had a biopsy, and the rest is history. 

Thank you, Woman's Hour. You probably saved my life. 

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20 Mar 2018 18:28 in response to EmilyS

I had no recollection of starting this thread. When I saw 'started by Taff', I thought somebody else must have the same username.