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Old 10-28-2007, 12:22 PM   #1
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Niece update

Her surgery is November 20th. They are going to do a radical hysterectomy and remove lymph nodes to biopsy also. They were going to do a regular hysterectomy, but, the doctor said that IF she were to have any signs of cancer or precancer in the lymph nodes and had to do radiation, it would basically fry the ovaries anyway, so, my niece said get it all out.
She was going to beg to have the radical anyway because she doesn't want the risk of getting ovarian cancer later. With the risk in our family, I would have too. So, it will be over soon, thank god. I've already asked for that day off. He BETTER let me or there will be trouble!!

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Old 10-28-2007, 12:25 PM   #2
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Her surgery is November 20th. They are going to do a radical hysterectomy and remove lymph nodes to biopsy also. They were going to do a regular hysterectomy, but, the doctor said that IF she were to have any signs of cancer or precancer in the lymph nodes and had to do radiation, it would basically fry the ovaries anyway, so, my niece said get it all out.
She was going to beg to have the radical anyway because she doesn't want the risk of getting ovarian cancer later. With the risk in our family, I would have too. So, it will be over soon, thank god. I've already asked for that day off. He BETTER let me or there will be trouble!!
Hang in there Texas, she has lots of prayers coming her way..Things will work out.
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Old 10-28-2007, 12:29 PM   #3
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I just want it to be over with and completely gone. The Oncologist did not have an attitude of doom and gloom as the GYN did. He seems to think that it has been caught in time, so, I pray that he is right. Being an GYN Oncologist, I trust his opinion.
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Old 10-29-2007, 01:07 PM   #4
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I'm so glad to hear your niece has been able to get treatment! And that she feels solid about the treatment plan. Are there plenty of family and friends ready to help take care of her little ones while she's in hospital and during her recovery? No matter how quickly they get you in and out of the hospital these days, I think that's still a pretty major surgery and she'll definitely have some down time. Keep us updated on how she's doing.
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Old 10-29-2007, 01:47 PM   #5
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lots of prayers going out for her successful surgery and recovery. It's so hard to watch things like this happening to young moms that you love.
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Old 10-29-2007, 03:23 PM   #6
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Thanks for the update - prayers have been sent.
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Old 10-30-2007, 09:27 AM   #7
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Thanks for keeping us informed. Your family are thought about everyday.

Cancer, will it ever go away? Now my friend just told me her son has cancer. Got operated on Sept 11. Now the WAIT! He told her, mom, one day at a time. How profound! Cancer must give one different perspective. If only my friend could take it that way. She doesn't want him to go before her she said.

After hearing others about their ordeals with this beast, I sure will keep my mouth shut. We all have to count our blessings, no matter how small they are.

Have a good day.
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Old 10-30-2007, 11:27 AM   #8
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Trick with doctors is to only focus on the key points and not the doomsday message. They deal with this stuff every day and they see the negative bits and it changes their viewpoint without realising it. Tell your niece to focus on how she feels but to also keep her eyes firmly focussed on the future and just being happy. The more positive she stays, the better she will be. It also rubs off on the medical staff around her. That is my experience anyway.

Thankfully, I haven't had to endure cancer, and I hope never will, but I have had several years with the hospital system and I know how depressing it can be when you listen to the medicos. They work on stats as much as anything else, so while they are offering an educated opinion, that is just what it is. They can't predict things, so your niece needs to have faith in her own self. Not always easy but it is do-able.

The other thing I found is that the patient needs to be extra strong to provide emotional support to all those that care about her.

Good luck to her and you.
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Keeping my fingers crossed and sending prayers for you and yours.
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Old 10-30-2007, 07:52 PM   #10
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Thank you for the continued thoughts and prayers!!

bilby- thankfully, my niece is a strong strong person and she is doing well emotionally. She is still scared, but, she comes from good genes
I'm the emotional wreck in the family about things. But, I am also the one that starts studying and researching EVERYTHING that goes on medically. If I can't find it, I start asking questions from others. Thank goodness I have this home to come to and am able to talk to someone!!
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