Have you finished treatment? Post below as a symbol of ringing our virtual community bell! Please include the type of treatment you had and the date you finished!
A continuation of this great thread that had over 200 posts!: https://cancerconnection.ca/discussions/viewtopic/80/57928
Thanks for asking ... Glad the pelvic radiation treatments are over. To be truthful, the whole experience from diagnosis to continuing recovery has been a blur. I think for some of us, it takes quite awhile for the realization of cancer to compute. And recovery can take a long time too, much longer certainly than I had been expecting. It was definitely wonderful to hit the big gong, in celebration with the technologists, nurses and other staff in the radiation unit at RVH, to know there would be no more treatments and that recovery was set to begin.
The beautiful brass gong was gifted to the unit by the staff working there. Many people leave a decorated stone at the gong on their last day but, since I make Christmas crackers for a living, I decorated a cracker with butterflies to leave in the community cache - a symbol of transformation...
I know for many people, Gong Day is a joyous one and one of relief. I felt both of those emotions but Gong Day is also book-marked for me until I can catch up emotionally and one day go back in my mind, to fully celebrate anew. Congratulations to all who have made it to "Gong Day" or "Ring the Bell Day"!
I am happy that perhaps my taste buds will return. Praying the mouth sores not too bad this time. 🤢
Still rinsing the mouth every time I get up.
Kinda wondering if my hair will grow back before I go onto the next chemo.
Although likely ifosfamide next chemo, which also includes hair loss. So thinking I will likely never see my hair again. 😠
I'm officially on the shelf! Scary stuff. 😬
Sorry I did not see your response till now. I love the painted rocks idea. and your crackerThe whole setup looks beautiful. Glad to hear you are well on your way to physical recovery. I agree that the emotional/mental healing can take a little longer. I love what you said here "also book-marked for me until I can catch up emotionally and one day go back in my mind, to fully celebrate anew."
I know for me it took several months and probably even up to a year to get there mentally.
PS - if you want to tag a member so they get a notification as I have done with your username, type the "@" sign and then start typing the username. Once you see the name in the list, select it and it will turn blue.
Congratulations to you Country Girl and Gigsy on completing your treatments too. Here's to hair!
Boby1511 congrats to you as well. Keeping my fingers crossed for the return of your taste buds.
Some having to undergo more surgeries to spread on other orgnsa with cancer . Let's ring a be.l for them too. Surgery is much more e complex for cancer patients and not being awake unlike Radiation , Chemo or I' Immuntherapy , Stem Cell or all the others . Often a lot of greif as Organs are having to be removed , never to be replaced . Elle
With some sickness complications hence .... , just another week to go .
Q: Any one know when can I ask to get surgery results details then wait surgeons follow up he's away .And 3 weeks until he returns .
Sorry you had a rough surgery and recovery. I feel for you.
Unfortunately, it's unlikely youll be able to access your records until a doctor has read them over. Your doctor likely has a backup. Maybe just call your cancer centre to enquire.
Pathology may take time, mine was 4 weeks, although I had a large tumour.
I could not get a copy of my CT scan until my doctor had read it over, so even thou it was there the day before the doc read it, I had no access.
I wish you continued recovery.
Time to relax and get over the surgery - hope the recovery is going ok xx
I finished my 8th round of chemo on November 5th and had a lumpectomy on Dec 7th. I have a TNBC diagnosis so I am anxiously awaiting the pathology reports to determine next steps (likely radiation). Sending hugs and hope to you all.
This little guide from breast cancer.org was helpful to me in understanding my pathology.
It's American but largely relevant to us here in Canada.
Fingers crossed for you 🤞.
Hi Lacey_Moderator & everyone,
I rang the gong at Princess Margaret Hospital on Friday for the radiation treatments I received there. I almost didn’t do it because I am receiving infusions for metastatic cancer and I was told that the infusions will continue indefinitely for as long as it works.
However, I was excited to ring the gong in Princess Margaret’s radiation department after my last treatment because I think anything that gives me more time and/or improves my quality of life is worth acknowledging. The amazing team-the radiation oncologist and the radiation therapists-gave me excellent professional care and I am very grateful.
I wish I could also ring a gong for an outstanding psychiatrist, Dr. M, who is not affiliated with PMH. She is doing online appointments and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction sessions on Zoom, and getting her patients through cancer, COVID and everything else that life throws at them. Here’s applause and ringing bells just for her! 🔔🔔🔔👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
It has been a year of many virtual appointments and virtual conversations that would have been in person pre-covid. Although many of my appointments were virtual, I could still feel the love and care in the voices of the people that I spoke with. I am very thankful to all the wonderful medical professionals and caring people that I have met along the way. We’ve all become experts at discerning smiles behind masks!
Thank you to all the wonderful people at the Ottawa Hospital who continue to take part in my care! I am profoundly touched by your compassion!
Happy belated congratulations to you for finishing your radiation treatments at Princess Margaret Hospital in March! I am cheering for you now as this is certainly a milestone to celebrate!🎈🪅🔔🎉🎊🎈