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Kat62021
20 Posts
Hello,

I have breast cancer, apparently. Waiting for surgery and more info and tests etc. I've elected to have a double mastectomy. Besides that, I'm a mom of two girls and I have an amazing, supportive partner. I love reading, poetry, the river, singing, running, research, and life, generally.
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MightyGrrl
9 Posts
Hi Kat! I am also new here - vaginal cancer. I wish I could have it cut out - I joke to my friends that as a happily divorced mum of two adorable but smelly teenagers, I am done with having babies and men, so my vagina is no longer needed, lol. But alas the tumour is not located in a place where surgery is possible. I too love reading, the river, research (I’m a former research scientist) and I used to run for many years but now I hike. I think this is a good place for us.
D1955
53 Posts
Welcome ‍ ‍ Kat62021‍ and MightyGrrl
I hope you find this site as helpful as I have.
I am sure you will find lots of support here.
qhmach
13 Posts
Hi Kat62021‍ and MightyGrrl‍ . I spent most of my adulthood in research as well. I found that rather interesting to find more researchers here. I was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer. The people on the forums and site have been quite supportive and it is nice to see a community supporting each other.
Essjay
1484 Posts
Hi Kat62021MightyGrrl‍ and qhmach‍ another one in research here!

How are you doing today?

best wishes, Essjay
MightyGrrl
9 Posts
I’m having a really good day. I feel like I’ve accepted this as the “new normal” which is allowing me to enjoy each day as it comes. I know the road ahead will be rocky at times, but I’m trying to cross those bridges when I get to them. Be strong for the bad days but don’t let the good days be wasted. I’m determined to enjoy my good health until treatment knocks my flat for a while.
qhmach
13 Posts
Hi Essjay

Things are well for me. I have not had any side effects during my treatment so far, so I generally just work full time every day, just a bit shorter hours than what I did before. I try not to start before 7am and stop work by 5pm.

I am curious what type of research everyone did. My background is Neuroscience for undergrad and Masters, with my PhD in Engineering. I primarily did memory and then transitioned to examining cognitive workload as my primary work and Neuroengineering on the side for fun....neuroprosthetics, robotics and things like that.
Essjay
1484 Posts
qhmach‍ i took six months off for my breast cancer treatment. My oncologist told me that my ‘job’ was to stay well and do every treatment on schedule. I know I couldn’t have done my day job well if I had continued working and this was the right decision for me...I am so glad you are not having side effects from your treatment - I found the fatigue was brutal and I needed naps!

My PhD is in environmental toxicology, and I have had a career developing beneficial management practices for farming to protect air, land and water in Uk and in Canada. I transitioned 6 years ago to population health, and I’m really enjoying the change of focus.

Have a great day! essjay
Kat62021
20 Posts
So many interesting responses! Thank you to each one of you who responded for all your kindness. I admire MightyGrrl's sense of humour about her diagnosis, and I am trying to cultivate a similar one in my life. For example, I have been daydreaming how much I will enjoy running without a sports bra. I am not a researcher in the same way several of you are, but was an academic librarian in my life before children, and I hope to return at some point. I enjoy hunting for and gathering data for research for specialists, like yourselves, who know what to do with it. I've spent most of my career so far in business and sustainability, but have personal interests in literature and communication. I agree with you, qhmach, that it is nice to see how the community supports one another. I am impressed with the outpouring of kindness! I am pretty terrified, and it is wonderful to see so many resilient people. Thank you for being.
law1
483 Posts
Such interesting newcomers to this site!
Welcome Kat62021qhmachMightyGrrl‍ ....sort of a welcome, I should say....Who of us really imagined being on this site?....or, even knowing of its existence? As researchers, and active people, you may have been interested in cancer research or "New Normal" psychology. In any event--- you have struck gold. We are all interested in cancer: research, education, caregiving, patients, medical professionals......or we landed on this site by some quirky internet mistake. You have joined some of the most supportive and kind people and a website with a wealth of resources and links.
You all seem to have such positive outlooks and I am glad to learn of your experiences and status---good and not so good...
I kicked tongue cancer to the curb and have been cancer free for 2-1/2 years, following radiation. No surgery, my refusal of chemo and refusal of a gastric feeding tube. Radiation was all I agreed to, and recovery was painful...but here I am, extending light in the tunnels of your journeys. Please keep posting.
Ciao for now,
law
qhmach
13 Posts
I think it is awesome you are still active on the forums law‍ . There are some stories from the past on here that I read and then the people stopped posting. I am always curious if things turned out well and they moved on, or what occurred. Seeing how you are doing now afterwards is fantastic.
Kat62021‍ ....I always loved the librarians and they could be so much help. The ones at the hospital were fantastic and there were so many times that I did not have time to research things, so they would help me out and find articles for me. I had a great relationship with them and have a lot of respect for the work that they do. I have friends who received Masters and Doctorates in Library Science and it is fascinating some of the work involved.
law1
483 Posts

Hi @qhmach

I agree---- librarians are so knowledgeable and helpful. Librarians are often overlooked as their profession is so low-key, yet I, too, have friends who were professional librarians and they are such interesting people.At the BC Cancer Centre-Victoria, the Librarian there is a wealth of info and suggestions. Additionally, your comments regarding my presence on this site after a few years is really a testament to the support I received when first posting….during my screamingly painful tongue recovery. Yes, there are indeed many touching posts on this site! I send you supportive vibes.law

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