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I'm just curious what kind of cancer you all have, how long you've had it and what were your signs? I'm kind of new to this board and am just trying to get to know everyone. I've posted before that I have papillary thyroid cancer.
I had a melanoma removed many years ago. I had no real idea it was cancerous until it started to itch a little and my GP referred me for urgent removal. I also have a family history of breast cancer and have yearly mamograms and tumour markers.
I am currently cancer free as well, but I am a survivor of Leukemia (ALL)
The signs that I remember distinctivly (I was really young when diagnosed so I'm getting my symptoms from family members), is bloody noses and bruises appearing on my body without anything happening. Those are the ones that stick out the most that I was told. I also had alot of flu like symptoms. I was actually taken to the doctor a few times and the doctor had told my parents it was just the flu, but finally my mom made them draw blood and that is when they found it.
I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer last year and it was removed right along with my thyroid. We had confirmation of the cancer during surgery because they weren't sure before. The biopsies weren't clear. So, I don't guess it really counts for me, but I did get the cancer word attached to me.
I was "diagnosed" with malignant cysts on my cervix 2 years ago. I had them burnt off and so far all of my pap's have came back clear. The main symptoms I had were really messed up periods(months straight at a time) extreme pain in my cervical area IE tons of pressure and lots of bloating......I have to go back soon for another pap, my one 4months ago came back clear, but all the symptoms are returning...
I am also cancer free but was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in 2003. The only symptoms I really had was leg pain so for a few months it was just passed off as a sprain til it wouldn't go away so they decided to xray.. by then it had eaten through the bone so much that they were surprised it didnt break. Since December 08 I've been cured (5 years out)
I'm in remission, but I was diagnosed at 6 mths when large noticable mets to my left temple, and being in pain. The docs kept telling my mother I hit my head, so by the time I was diagnosed, it had metastasized everywhere (spinal, brain, liver, etc..) Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, given weeks to live.
Here I am 30 yrs later with children ( They thought I was unable to get pregnant). I guess I didn't get that memo...
I originally had Papillary Thyroid Cancer at age 16. It resurected when I was pregnant at 25. I was told to have an abortion so they could radiate me and I wasn't having it. They did a radical neck dissection when I was 4 months prego and they took out 35 lymphatic tumors. Docs said my baby boy was never going to make it and if he did, he's be retarded. He's almost 20 months and perfect. My cancer spread to my lungs, mediatinum and upper respitory and I am now fighting stage 4. God is good. I am still here, but terminal. Christ has kept me and when HE's ready for me, I'll be singing with the heavenly choir of angels. God bless you all on your journeys... Ilisa
I have/had Thyroid cancer. Didnt know for almost 2 years though because I kept getting misdiagnosed. Finally had thyroidectomy ( had to argue for that as well as they only wanted to do the iodine and kill it..ummm no..) and thats when they discovered the stage 3-4 cancer. Also took out lymph nodes around thyroid and I also had a stroke after surgery. Have a tumor now on larynx but surgery is too risky so now just waiting and praying and seeing so far its just there and hasnt grown and its been 2 years...
I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma but am currently in remission. My tumor was located next to my heart and was the size of a softball during diagnoses so it had begun cutting off the circulation to the upper half of my body - my entire face, chest, and arms swelled and I had a ton of pressure in my face. I couldn't sleep at night due to back pain and felt generally sick; the sickest I had ever been in my entire life. They couldn't operate due to its location but I went into remission after 6 months of chemo. After 3 treatments, it was virtually gone but they did the full 6 to "complete the course".
I have Non-Hodgkins Lg Cell B- Cell difused Lymohoma I was diagnosed in stage 5 , had 6 doses of chemo and the week of my last dose, i was rushed by ambulance to the hospital to find I also have spinal Lymphoma and have since been confined to a wheel chair , I am waiting to see if they can put rods and parts in my spine as the cancer has eaten most all of my spinal bones. I am hoping to go into remission for the NH I go for my pet scan next week and if I am in remission then can can work on my spine They found my NH because I thought I was pregnant but it turned out to be a basket ball sized tumor in my stomach and after further testing they found I was full and in stage 5 , the hosptial ER saved my life as well as the cancer center here.
I have done alot of research online and found there really isn't alot of support or information out there on all forms of cancer and it is sad blood cancers are a silent killer and I wish there was more info out there so everyone is aware of the importantance of testing , if I would not have been concerned about being preganat I could have died and my family doctor never done the right testing she would just stick me on a new med for this condtion or that sad really how Doctors always look at age instead of just taking the time to run tests even if they feel it is not needed.
TO all of you wonderful mommies with cancer , You are all in my blessings and have my highest respect .. we are all warriors and we will win our battles against this Demon known as cancer ......