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just found out i have cancer.

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by tryingtoteach, Jul 21, 2007.

  1. tryingtoteach

    tryingtoteach New commenter

    found out thurs. a great start to holidays! Hodgkin lymphoma - means its in my glands. All info seems positive, its very treatable but feeling really really scared. i'm only 25 and it seems really unfair.that word strikes the fear of god into me. everyone around me acting differently towards me. its awful. only OH who acts normal.

    Has anyone got through something similar and come out of the other side? i could do with some positive thoughts!

    supposed to start new job in sep but treatment will be few months at least. they've been great. annoying thing is i feel fine, yet treatment will make me feel ill.

    got appointment on mon with specialist so should fond out more them. all i know so far is what people have googled, i dare'nt look myself, but then i think theyre only telling me the good stuff. have to have a scan and i'm so scared it'll be in all my glands all over my body and the treatment will need to be harsher.

    sorry for rampbling but feeling so so scared. i feel my life has just changed forever.
     
  2. tryingtoteach

    tryingtoteach New commenter

    found out thurs. a great start to holidays! Hodgkin lymphoma - means its in my glands. All info seems positive, its very treatable but feeling really really scared. i'm only 25 and it seems really unfair.that word strikes the fear of god into me. everyone around me acting differently towards me. its awful. only OH who acts normal.

    Has anyone got through something similar and come out of the other side? i could do with some positive thoughts!

    supposed to start new job in sep but treatment will be few months at least. they've been great. annoying thing is i feel fine, yet treatment will make me feel ill.

    got appointment on mon with specialist so should fond out more them. all i know so far is what people have googled, i dare'nt look myself, but then i think theyre only telling me the good stuff. have to have a scan and i'm so scared it'll be in all my glands all over my body and the treatment will need to be harsher.

    sorry for rampbling but feeling so so scared. i feel my life has just changed forever.
     
  3. Can only offer positive thoughts (((((((((((((((((((((TTT))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) sounds as though your other half is one of those amazing people who can see past the word and only see the person he loves. Thinking of you x
     
  4. Oh dear hunni :( be brave. x
     
  5. giraffe

    giraffe New commenter

    Oh dear, poor you

    I was at college with someone with same condition. She was only 20 when diagnosed. Treatment not always pleasant, but successful.
    She is now in forties, married with a lovely daughter.
    Good luck to you.
     
  6. Sorry to hear that you are having to go through this. I do know (from a lifetime of women's magazines) that this is one of the easiest cancers to treat, so the outook is very good.

    I'm very glad to hear you OH is being a rock.

    I can't offer any advice, but I know that you will discover a lot about your friends and family as you go through this.

    Maybe you could treat yourself to some good books you have been waiting to read/dvds, so you have something to look forward to in between treatments, when you may feel under the weather.

    IF you want to grumble, but don't want to at home, you'll get a lot of support here.

    Sending you my wishes for a speedy recovery and the very best of British.
     
  7. Oh ... what a blow for you. Understatement, I know.

    BUT ... yes, I have an old college friend who was diagnosed at 23. She too felt fine - couldn't believe there was something so wrong when she felt so right. The treatment wasn't pleasant, and she did go through a bad patch when things seemed blacker than they were, simply because she didn't feel well.

    She's now in her 50s and apart from the aches of middle age, she's fine.

    All the best to you. Try to remain positive and see that light at the end of the tunnel if you can.

    (((((((TTT))))))
     
  8. i am so sorry to hear of your illness. Remember if you ever feel down post on this forum and you will always get support.
     
  9. (((tryingtoteach)))

    I'm so sorry.

    My friend had Hodgkin's when she was 17. She recovered fully although she had a rough time.
     
  10. tryingtoteach

    tryingtoteach New commenter

    thanks for all your kind words. its nice to know people have been through something similar and come out the other side and gone on to have normal lives. i'm more worried about everyone else. my mum has taken it really hard.

    i'll know more on monday after my appointment with the specialist and my scan. off on holiday on thursday to Majoca. was going to cancel it but even Dr said i should go. suppose it iwll do be good, especially as i will be cooped up for next couple of months.

    thanks again for all your support. i'm sure i will get through this its just so scary!
     
  11. M09

    M09

    I also have a good friend who has had this. I met her when I started my PGCE, a year after she finished treatment. One year on she was fit, healthy, had thick shiny shoulder length hair and was managing 3 young children and a PGCE! Despite having so much going on in her life and having been through tough treatment she was actually coping with the course better than the rest of us too.

    It is a scary word... I had treatment for a tumour when I was 23 and sadly there are always people around you that don't know how to handle it. However despite feeling really grotty at times without too much effort I did just manage to get on with it, and once I had been to two or three hospital appointments I got into the swing of things, the receptionist started to recognise me and it stopped being so scary. It just sort became part of life and routine.

    It is a horrile situation to be in but from what is said about it you have every reason to be optimistic. I hope the treatment isn't too bad and that the time passes quickly.

    Good Luck!
     
  12. Just wanted to say that I too have read about this condition after a friend was diagnosed with lymphoma (unfortunately, she has a rare kind, not hodgkins, and hers is harder to treat - but even so, she's doing well) and it is universally recognised as one of the easiest cancers to treat and one which offers an excellent survival rate. I wish you well, and remember you can always find a sympathetic ear on here if you need to sound off about anything to someone not personally involved.
     
  13. Sorry- this must be very hard news to handle. Cancer treatment isn't pleasant, and it a very scary thing to handle but I think there is a positive outlook. No matter what, things are scary but keep goingxxxx
     
  14. ROSIEGIRL

    ROSIEGIRL Established commenter

    Bummer!

    Lots of luck - have a good moan on here if and when you need it.
     
  15. (((((((((tryingtoteach - I wish you well through this)))))))))
     
  16. Stay strong, keep smiling and you will get through this. I also know people who have been diagnosed with this in their late teens/early twenties and made full recoveries and gone on to have children. Thinking of you.
     
  17. NQT to be

    NQT to be New commenter

    I also know someone who was very successfully treated for this. Good luck. Try to be patient with your mum. This will be amongst the worst news she has ever had in her life.

    good luck xxxx
     
  18. salsera

    salsera New commenter

    Sorry to hear your news. My OH was diagnosed out of the blue in Feb. Been an uphill struggle and not easy - but with support it makes things easier

    Best wishes and thoughts are with you

    ((((trying to teach))))
     
  19. Sorry to hear your news. I have a dear friend (who is well and healthy) who was diagnosed with this 14 years ago. After treatment etc she has made a full recovery and has a lovely family too. so good luck :)
     

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