Cancer : 1 year later…

I’m fine ! 🙂

Last year, I wrote articles on laparotomy and chemotherapy. I even did one a few years ago on cancer.

Where am I a year later?

Well, I have to say that healthwise, everything is going well. In mid-March, they took away my port-a-cath. Of course, I still have side effects from the operation and the chemotherapy, but I’m fine, I’m doing well. I’m doing well anyway and I’m not complaining. My hair has grown back (and now it curls naturally!), the scars are slowly fading (except for the one for the port-à-cath since I had it re-incised). I’m living pretty much normally. Yes, a few disappointments here and there as I told you a little earlier. I don’t have a special diet but I’m careful anyway, especially when I have to go out (well, at the moment, I have very limited outings). I also developed an allergy to iodine that I didn’t have before.
Having cancer is an ordeal to overcome but when you have a good mind, you can surpass yourself. Nothing is impossible! You have to keep a positive attitude and believe me it’s not always easy. Not everything is simple. I would also say that you have to listen to your body and not only to the doctors. It’s not a question here of doing what’s fashionable but just being careful not to lose your footing. Because it is at that moment that you will lose this famous positivity often fragile. You have to react quickly and do what you have to do to get back on the right foot.
Similarly, my oncologist was aware that the protocol established for 6 months was not definitive. She knew my position on a pseudo preventive chemo. We had agreed to do a tepscan within 3 months to see where things stood. When the time came, it turned out that there was nothing left, so the treatment with tepscan every 3 months until the end of the year. If there had been anything left I think she would have offered me alternatives because at the last chemo she was worried about me (they had already lowered the doses twice because there were already worrying « things »). But fortunately for me, everything was back to normal.

Port-a-cath (PACS)

I also wanted to come back to this point. I didn’t develop it at the time, but at least today I have the necessary hindsight to talk to you about it from top to bottom. If I can give you one piece of advice, it is to avoid being fooled with the local anaesthetic for the implantation, it’s catastrophic! I’ve talked to several people during my sessions and we all agreed on this. I think that at times like these, you want to take a breather, not suffer more. At least you know what to expect.
On the other hand, for withdrawal, yes, local anesthesia is absolutely necessary. I would even say that it would be a waste of time to ask for a general anesthesia for so little. In 10 minutes it’s out. When it wakes up, it hurts a little for 2 days but no more than when you cut your finger (I didn’t take any paracetamol for the pain).
I am like all people who have had cancer followed regularly for 5 years. For the moment I have won a battle, everything is fine, as long as it lasts! 🙂

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