My friend, Tracy, who writes “Is Anybody Here?” is obviously sharing my brain. I’m sleepless tonight or should say I’ve been sleepless this week and have been taking melatonin in an effort to sleep through the night. It’s time for my kidney cancer yearly checkup and here’s the paragraph in her blog I just read.
“For most people, I would never presume to speak for all, but for most thinking people, once you have cancer, you have it for life. It is always in your thoughts somewhere. Some days it is closer to your forehead, some days the thought is far back in your mind. Some days it’s shooting the word cancer out of your eyeballs like the Bat Signal.”
Two years ago March on my 59th birthday, I was diagnosed with kidney cancer while in the E.R. for a particularly bad case of diverticulitis. Kidney removed the following June after the diverticulitis was finally healed. I’ve heard so many times that if you are going to have cancer, kidney cancer is the one to have because once the kidney is removed so is the cancer. BUT…I have a chest x Ray once a year because I’ve been told if the cancer is going to return, it likely returns in the lungs. For the past two years it’s frequently in the back of my mind but the days before actually coming face to face with the reality of the cancer check, the word shoots out of my eyeballs like the Bat signal. It’s also something my family and I don’t discuss. I tell them that I have the doctor appointment and that’s the end of it. I realize it is hard for them to think about too….and quite honestly what is there to talk about? It’s probably mentally healthier all the way around. So here I sit at 3 AM.
Until next time….
Hope your appointment goes well.
I can understand the paranoia. I’ve had grandparents die of cancer and a husband who has had cancer. It’s almost like it is lurking around the corner, waiting for you.
It adds urgency to enjoy the grandbabies and felines while you can. Don’t put off enjoying anything!
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I can’t even imagine. I worry about it so much and I haven’t had it. Every little bump and pain is probably cancer. Because I smoked dontchayknow. So to have it sitting there in it’s little gray cloud has to be….awful. My dad said once, well what’s the worst that can happen? It already did. Idk…has to really hard to handle. Good luck, good vibes, and prayers for perfectly normal test results.
Is your checkup today?
I hope of course that all goes well.
How often do you think of your cancer? Weekly? Daily? Hourly?
Most often several times a week…but then I can go a week where it doesn’t cross my mind and I have to go back to,living in the present…right now I’m okay kind of self talk. Everything is tomorrow.since I have to drive to DES Moines because of my health insurance, that doesn’t help…too much car time alone.
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