Update from Nova Scotia

Well here I am 5 months on from quite a saga in Cardiology this past January.  I had a recent followup abdominal CT scan which came back clean, and feel entitled to feel well.  I am have also had a recent blood work, which I am waiting the results on, as my last Creatinine result was from January at 114, and have no idea how I am doing now.

Apart from a bit of a dip emotionally for a few months for no particular reason, I have been fine, however that dip drove me to the Cancer Society’s Cancer Connection, where they match you with a peer who has experienced the same. That proved a good thing, as that was support just when I needed it. I was also involved in the Relay for Life here in town, and was in the Survivors Dinner, and the Survivors walk, as well as part of my company team.  I met someone who had also had their right kidney out.. and it was during the Survivors walk.. and you know how people never ask you directly about your cancer, they just know you had it and don’t really want to ask.. but this lady came straight out and asked.. and she had had the same, with some further cancer elsewhere.  But as we walked we hugged each other, and felt we had been fated to meet all our lives.. it is rare to find someone with kidney cancer, so we feel we have found a new friend in each other.

The peer I speak to has suggested that from here on I should just get an annual organ scan to make sure that it has not popped back somewhere else, so that you can get on with life in between. This lady had her right kidney out when she was pregnant 18 years ago, was told she may lost the baby, however with breaking a rib to get the kidney out, the baby, her son graduated this year.  She is an inspiration to me that I can survive.

So life goes on, and am coming up to my first anniversary of the diagnosis in August, and this past year has been quite a whirlwind, and almost feeling that I can now get on with the rest of my life.

Posted under Gemma A S.

2 Comments so far

  1. Joanne Nielson August 26, 2009 2:39 pm

    Hi Gemma,
    Just doing some reading & came across your post. Congratulations on your results. I hope you’re still celebrating.
    I know the feeling when you connect with someone that has kidney cancer. I have met a fellow here in Grimsby, Ontario with everything almost identical to me. Same kidney out, he was 10 years & I was 11 years before it came back almost the same spot but he has a few more spots. We have the same family doctor & kidney oncologist. Both on Sutent & doing very well tolerating the drug & with excellent results. I met him at Shoppers Drug Mart where I work, totally unexpected. It is really nice to see him & his wife & compare how we are feeling, etc.
    Hope you didn’t have any damage from the storm the other day.
    Take care & continued great results.
    Joanne (Grimsby, Ontario)

  2. Katie September 16, 2009 7:55 pm

    That is a truly inspirational story; Connections are so important. I thought I’d share a video with you that has an important message. “Stand Up To Cancer”— http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9avVoQB2_rQ> . This video highlights the importance of managing your cancer treatment and avoiding infection. Please watch and share with all your loved ones.

    Best of wishes.

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