Cancer Brings Challenges: What's Yours?


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Overjoyed, 63 | Orlando, FL

I'm a breast cancer survivor and am overjoyed that I beat cancer! How can I share this sentiment with someone just starting treatment that is not ready to hear this?

Mary, 60 | Cincinnati

It's been 8 months since I was told that I had stage 4 abdominal cancer, cancer in my reproductive organs and one lung.

It's been a little over a month ago since they told me that all signs of the disease were gone.

I'm trying to get my strength back so that I can get back to work, and it's been really hard for me to get back some of the muscle that I seem to have lost during the hysterectomy, my arms and legs have skin with nothing under it anymore.

Does anyone know how long it takes to get your muscles toned up again after surgery, and where in the heck did the muscles that I spent 5 years building up at work go overnight?

Feeling Unsure | Canton

After treatment I still suffer from balance issues. I used to like being active but feel unsure of myself now. Any advice would be helpful.

Painful from Peoria, 45

I had surgery on my lymph nodes and have scarring from the surgery. My problem is that I am finding that I have less range of motion in my arms. Hugging my kids or carrying a bunch of groceries can be a painful experience. Does anyone else have this problem? Any ideas about how to make this go away?

Pain in my back is a pain in the neck | CA

Radiation treatment kicked my butt! Now that I just finished my radiation treatments, I’m finally regaining some strength and ready to start living again. The only problem is my back is killing me. The pain can be overwhelming. I’d like to try yoga but my back pain is making that impossible. When will I feel normal again?

Menopausal in Maine, 51

Dealing with cancer AND menopause at the same time was almost too much to bear. Following arduous course of treatment, I was told I must take Tamoxifen for the next 5 years and Tamoxifen has made matters so much worse as it shuts the body’s natural estrogen off at the receptor level. Depression, night sweats, sleeplessness and dryness abound. I am dry EVERYWHERE – from my hair to my skin and from my head to my toes. I am in bad shape.

Pam | FL

My challenge is finding another person who has survived cancer multiple times -more than 3 anyway. At 16 I was diagnosed with lymphoma. Really tough chemo back then. Bone marrow biopsy something i will never forget. Abdominal surgery with splenectomy as well. Then at 28 breast cancer, then the other breast at 36. At 46 it was cervical. Each time chemotherapy, major surgeries, twice with no insurance with additional radiation treatments as well. Many skin cancers as well. Now I am having problems from all the chemo and am just looking for someone that might have been through something similar but have yet to find them...and of course you fell guilty for even feeling that you are looking for someone that has been through as much. Follow up is difficult without insurance and I have been referred to so many about this, I can't even count. We fall in a very narrow bracket of making too much ( although it is less than 3000 a month). So if i never worked I would be able to get better health care....makes sense, huh?

Looking ahead, 41 | Denver, CO

With cancer treatment behind me, I want to supplement my diet with vitamins and minerals. But not sure where to start. Any suggestions?

Fearful in Detriot, 48 | Detriot, MI

I've been clear of cancer for about 2 years. I know I should be happy, but I live in fear the cancer is coming back. Any advice to help me get over this feeling?