About Me: Female, 53, Rudy, AR, member since Jun 2012
4 year, non small cell -lung cancer survivor. Among a myriad of other heath problems. I had always been an "on the go" kind of girl, the one everyone could always count on. I've live with pain for most of my life, starting on the first day of my first period. For a lon
[More]g time I thought all girls had that kind of intense pain, Then I talked to a girl at school, who said she felt no pain from her periods. I didn't believe her at first, then I just hated her...lol ... many years and many doctors later, I learned about Endometriosis. I would not wish that on any women, sadly my daughter also has it. Next I learned that I also had Fibromyalgia, I have often wondered, why I always seem to get things that were considered controversial, among different doctors. 12 years ago, had radical hysterectomy done, and for the first time in years I really felt good, being able to get more exercise also made the fibro. pain manageable. I felt like a new person, and that I could take on almost anything. Then almost 5years ago, WHAMMO! Lung Cancer... Had collapsed lung after biopsy, that was fun :( Went thru a lobectomy on upper right lobe, and whatever else they did... woke up, thought Wow, still alive and chest doesn't hurt... at least until pain med wore off. I felt very lucky and had a positive attitude. I thought I could go on like before, slowly at first, of course. About 6 months after getting out of hospital, I started to notice changes in my overall health. Just odd things at first, but I definitely was not the same. Maybe I should not say this because every case is different, and it's not my intent to scare anyone. So just to clarify, in my case instead of feeling like a cancer survivor, It feels more like just existing. I've developed thyroid problems, have trouble keeping my up, have high blood pressure, COPD, PTSD, It would be funny, if it weren't so true. I have not given up hope, I do wish that my doctors could tell me, why these things keep popping up, out no where and what more can I do to help myself. The biggest reason for my quest for answers, is to help my daughter, I am a DES daughter also, and worry, if that can reach to grand children. Well that's about it, I hope maybe I can get more info. on some of these things, or maybe help someone else looking for answers... : )
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