Feb. 5th, 2010 02:20 pm
gloraelin: A Bunny, sitting on the moon fishing stars (Default)
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Okay so yesterday I had like a million appointments [in reality count = three] including my annual at Planned Parenthood.

I love the clinician that I got. Reese. She's so sweet and kind and caring. She helped me through both times I had PID and explains everything and even though PAP smears hurt like hell now she's still gentle.

Until she dropped the bomb. Apparently because of family history [that I already knew] and because of my ... erm, conditions, I ... I'm at Very High Risk for basically every female cancer there is. Cervical? Yup. Ovarian? Quite. Uterine? Of course. Breast? Duh.

And so now I'm sitting here just kind of lost thinking about it. I know that I can't spend every waking hour worried about cancer. I want to move on, I really do, I want to get on with my life, get my school stuff together and go make a difference in the world.

But oh, my gods... it's just such a huge shock. I mean I don't really know how to take it, I just don't. I don't know how to process. And I'm looking at a couple cancer support groups, specifically for the "too young to get it but oh you have it anyway" age group and I don't feel that I belong because I'm in front of instead of behind a cancer.

And so while I know that technically they're meant for survivors and patients I just want somewhere to go that will understand the terror and the fear and the shock and horror and I just... I'm scared. I'm really scared, honestly, because I have seen what cancer can do and while I don't give a shit if I become infertile [I'm already sterile, what difference is infertile going to make?] I just... the loss of things I KNOW is something that I don't know how to deal with.

Date: 2010-02-05 10:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] firesplace.livejournal.com
*hugs* Don't worry about it too much; take good care of yourself and enjoy being healthy right now! =)

My family history is stuffed completely full of cancer (every grandparent and one aunt, so far) (other stuff, too, like MS/Lupus), and I'm pretty darn sure I'm gonna croak from it sooner or later. But that's in the future, so right now I gotta enjoy my healthy, working body as much as I can. There'll be plenty of time to whine about it when I do get sick someday. =D

Date: 2010-02-06 04:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] julephenia.livejournal.com

What firesplace said, too.

Date: 2010-02-06 04:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] losgunna.livejournal.com
I have lost one grandmother to breast cancer, and my other grandmother survived it. Add to that the fact that my uterus is really fond of growing polyps, and that puts me in a pretty damn high risk catagory.

I've seen the ravages that cancer can cause....and I've seen more women survive it than die from it. That's what keeps me from freaking out is the fact that I know that it CAN be survived, especially when it's caught early. In fact, not only can it be survived, it's more and more likely every year that it will be survived. I laugh now that I don't fear cancer, but I do fear tonsilitis (after having had it something fierce at 17 on a school trip to Germany).

It's a risk. So is driving, so is eating, so is breathing these days. But it sounds like you are doing the right things - getting looked at on a regular basis. Always remember that catching it early is the best way.



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