To me, I felt relief and a sense of “closure” at having my last surgery, but as cancer survivors, are we ever truly over it? I do refer to my cancer in the past tense ie/ I had kidney cancer… I had breast cancer, and am told I’m cancer free, but sometimes I still feel like a cancer patient!
I know I will be watchful for any changes but I almost feel like I have a bit of a grace period since mine is so recent… I have to say though, I had a pretty good dose of “scanxiety “ when I went for my 2 year U/S follow up for my kidney cancer last February!!! It also freaks me out a bit that there is no follow up for my breast cancer!🤷♀️
Anyway, just thought it was an interesting point to ponder the “closure” aspect…. I look forward to hearing others’ perceptions.
Great ponderings for sure. My active treatment was completed in 2011 and I had 8.5 years of hormone therapy after that. On my last day of radiation I thought there would be some sense of “closure” - nothing. Just didn't have to go back the next day. No parade, no cupcake. My onc appointment 2 weeks later didn't give it to me either. I had decided to celebrate with a “I kicked cancer's a**” party but realized that mentally, it was still kicking my butt. So I held off on that for 4 months.
Now all these years later, for the most part I don't think about it ( except for being knee deep in it every day at work lol ) unless there is a bump, lump, ache or pain and then, because of my history, we have to do tests to eliminate “that”
With that, I say congratulations on having ALL those surgeries and treatments behind you and I hope there are MANY good days ahead of you now.
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How is the surgery healing coming along?