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Cancer and Blood Disorder Experiences

Cancer and Blood Disorder Experiences

  • I'm ConnieM, and I'm a survivor of Skin Cancer (Non-Melanoma), Stage 0

    Whole body exams & sunscreen

    Planning for after treatment
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    I will continue with my whole body exams and will be more vigilant about sunscreens and staying out of the sun. I’m thankful that I live in Western Washington State where the sun is less intense during most of the year. However, I know that incidents of skin cancer are high in Washington—probably because people feel a false sense of security wh…

  • I'm ConnieM, and I'm a survivor of Skin Cancer (Non-Melanoma), Stage 0

    Paying up

    Paying for treatment
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    Luckily, my cancer care has not been expensive—under $2,000 dollars; I have good insurance coverage through my husband’s job. However, we will soon be on Medicare and will be paying about $600 a month for insurance that used to be tied to our jobs. I worry about having another episode of skin cancer, and hope that I will be able to continue to …

  • I'm ConnieM, and I'm a survivor of Skin Cancer (Non-Melanoma), Stage 0

    Sunscreen, Sunscreen

    Living with cancer
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    I try to be very diligent about applying sunscreen, putting it on after I shower in the morning and reapplying it throughout the day. I’m still looking for the best products. It’s not cheap. You pay out of pocket and I am going through a tube a week. I know that, although, I was getting a yearly check-up, and I hadn’t tried to tan for years, I w…

  • I'm ConnieM, and I'm a survivor of Skin Cancer (Non-Melanoma), Stage 0

    Telling the family

    Telling family & friends
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    Of course, I told my husband. But after going on-line and doing some research on SCC, I called a cousin who lives in California. I remembered her mentioning that she’d had a skin cancer removed from her hand. We talked for a long time. I learned that her tumour was also SCC, and that her dermatologist had removed hers using a process called Moh…

  • I'm ConnieM, and I'm a survivor of Skin Cancer (Non-Melanoma), Stage 0

    Treatment

    Going through treatment
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    The in-office surgery was easy and painless. It took longer and was more costly than a simple excision because of the in-office biopsy. I love the doctor and his staff. They have a great bedside manner. I know they deal with more serious cases than mine, but they were still caring and worked to put me at ease. My wound is now healed, and at my …

  • I'm ConnieM, and I'm a survivor of Skin Cancer (Non-Melanoma), Stage 0

    Making a decision

    Evaluating treatment options
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    After talking to family and friends and researching on-line, I decided that I wanted the Mohs procedure. The advantage of Mohs, is that they biopsy the tissue during the surgery, continuing to remove the smallest amount of tissue possible until the margins around the tumour are cancer free. It’s usually used on delicate eye and face areas, but I…

  • I'm ConnieM, and I'm a survivor of Skin Cancer (Non-Melanoma), Stage 0

    Choosing a care team

    Choosing a care team
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    Because of the sun damage to my skin over the years, I started having yearly, whole-body exams in my late 40s. I was determined to stay on top of this thing. Over the years, it was not uncommon for me to have numerous keratoses (pre-cancerous spots) frozen off my hands, arms and face. I felt I was being vigilant and prudent. Then several years …

  • I'm ConnieM, and I'm a survivor of Skin Cancer (Non-Melanoma), Stage 0

    My diagnosis

    My diagnosis
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    I’m very fair skinned, of Irish decent. Having spent ten years, in my 20s, living at the beach in Southern California, I was not surprised to get a biopsy result telling me that a spot on the back of my left hand was positive for skin cancer. I always suspected that this would happen someday. (I turned 65 in July, and my type of skin cancer (S…

  • I'm Beth, and I'm going through treatment for Breast Cancer.

    Going through treatment

    Going through treatment
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    Surgery

    [Brad sent an e-mail out after surgery to give everyone an update]

    Hello All,

    Beth had her surgery today and all went well. Beth’s spirits are good.

    As a precaution they put in a drain and as such they have admitted Beth to ensure it is working properly and show her how to look after it. We expect she will get out of the …

  • I'm Beth, and I'm going through treatment for Breast Cancer.

    Telling Family & Friends

    Telling family & friends
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    Telling the Boys

    How to tell the boys (Zach is 14, Carter is 11)… The day after I got the diagnosis, Zach was going away snowboarding for 3 days. We decided to wait until he got back to tell them. Saturday afternoon – we are sitting around chatting, so I say ‘I need to tell you guys something’. Zach immediately said ‘I don’t think I want to…

Favorite Cancer and Blood Disorder Experiences

  • Cancer - The Secret Change

    Living with cancer
    Added Jan 31, 2015
    This article, so very well written by a practicing oncologist, is superb! Dr. Salwitz truly captures the feelings that I (and probably thousands of other cancer patients) have. Cancer does suck! My cancer is rare. It grows slowly, but it grows. I do not “look like I have cancer.” I hear so often,“You really look great.” The problem is I …
  • Hi, I'm Craig Blower

    It is what it is. Might as well find some humor in your journey.

    Living with cancer
    Updated Oct 26, 2013

    I was diagnosed last February (2013) with stage IV lung cancer. A shock to me, needless to say, as a non-smoker. Unless of course you count those funny things I smoked back in college 40 years ago.

    Besides the support of family and friends, I have found keeping my sense of humor throughout my journey has been the best medicine, other than the…

  • I'm Beth, and I'm going through treatment for Breast Cancer.

    A Summary of My Chemo Experience

    What I've learned
    Added Jan 7, 2010

    This is a summary of the chemo treatment I survived. I have never experienced anything like this. Radiation, and even surgery, was a breeze in comparison:

    6 treatments, one every 21 days:

    - for each treatment, Brad and I were there 2.5 to 4 hours (always had the bloodwork and meeting with the doctor a day or 2 before treatment)

    - #2 …

  • I'm Gloria Becker, and I'm a survivor of Colon Cancer

    I Care - Please Read

    Just some thoughts
    Added Jan 7, 2010

    LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
    You’ve probably heard this before; however, it meant little to me until I was the one being told, " You have colorectal cancer." If you are experiencing something out of the ordinary, such as pain or discomfort that will not go away, call your doctor.

    OBTAIN FAMILY MEDICAL HISTORY
    This can be a useful tool for yo…