Saturday, November 13, 2010

Update

Earlier this week I actually went in to see my oncologist after our interesting phone conversation.  I was almost due for my annual checkup anyway and I wanted to talk more about the fibroids, the endometrial lining and a troublesome lymph node under my left arm where I had the axillary node dissection.  Thankfully, he fit me in.
The appointment went completely opposite of our phone call.  He was open minded about the idea of getting a hysterectomy because of the size of the fibroids. He listened to my concerns about their size and whether or not they would grow.  He seemed to hear me as I explained that I did not want to “sit around and wait.”
To make a long conversation short, he finally saw it my way after I expressed my repeated concerns about the growing tumors.  Maybe they won’t cause cancer, but they are causing discomfort as they push on my bladder and left ovary.  They certainly aren’t shrinking at this point.  At the end of our appointment, he called a gynecological oncologist who works in the same building and scheduled an appointment for me to see her.  The appointment is in two weeks.
 I feel so relieved to have the appointment scheduled and to be able to talk about the best approach to this problem with a qualified gynecologist.  I am not sure what course of action I will choose, but I am comforted to know I have a plan.
Thanks to everyone for your helpful comments.  It really helped me to see that I wasn’t overreacting to the situation.  I felt more empowered in my appointment and I feel more in control of the situation.  At least for now.

8 comments:

Jill said...

That is such good news that your Dr. is finally listening to you. I am sure now that the right decision will be made and hopefully soon.
Monday I am into surgery again for the next part of my reconstruction.
Breast Cancer certainly takes it toll on the body. It has been 2 1/2 years for me and I am still not finished.
Keep us posted on how your appointment goes.

Hugs
Jill.

Chez said...

Jeanne.. seems to me you have been able to regain some control as far as your body/your treatment goes.
Thankfully, two weeks is not far away and you will have more idea of where to from here.
I am so happy for you xo

Jeanne Marren Egan said...

Jill,
Thank you so much. I will be praying for your surgery to go well tomorrow.
LOL,
Jeanne

Jeanne Marren Egan said...

Chez,
Thanks so much. I feel a little more at ease for now. I am just trying to keep a positive attitude until the appointment.
LOL,
Jeanne

Beth L. Gainer said...

Jeanne,

I'm so very glad you had a good appointment with your doctor, and that your needs were being met.

Good for you for advocating for yourself! Wish you the best of luck!

Nancy said...

Jeanne, Good for you for standing up for what you want and getting your doctor to listen to your concerns. I am new to your blog and I'm impressed. I agree that we women empower each other by just caring.

Jeanne Marren Egan said...

Beth,
Thank you so much for your comments. I feel so much better now that I have a plan.
Jeanne

Jeanne Marren Egan said...

Nancy,
Thank you for the positive feedback. Sometimes I forget to listen to my own very strong female intuition but this time I did.We will see how it turns out.
Jeanne