I know I am so lucky
to have found so many doctors who are just ducky
You try your best
you work so hard
and when I need it you are plucky**
I am not infrequently contacted by people whom I don’t know asking me questions about my cancer and my treatment. They find me through the different support groups on Facebook that I lurk around and try to occasionally lend support in.
A woman contacted me the other night and said she had previously had cervical cancer. On a standard follow-up CT the radiologist noted nodules in her lungs. Her doctor told her they would start chemo.
She was concerned because, wait for it….He WASN’T GOING TO TEST TO SEE IF THEY WERE ACTUALLY CANCER!
I have had so many conversations like this. The other one I keep running into is women who have had stage 1 cervical cancer and been told by their doctors after they were declared clear that if it comes back, it is UNTREATABLE.
So of course when it comes back they are preparing for death. Until they find a stage 4 support group and realize there are people who have had stage 4 cancer for years.
It makes me feel angry and helpless. I say as gently as I can that it is imperative that they research for themselves and get a second opinion. And I am immediately reminded of how thankful I am that my doctors are so amazing. If I called my PC and said my doctors won’t treat me, I guarantee she would be calling those doctors and fighting for me. Thankfully I have the worlds most amazing oncologist so that probably won’t ever happen.
Take care of each other today.
**I bet those of you who know me were waiting for a different word that rhymes with “uck”