I have a little history on these boards, been absent as I have been trying to get on with my life after these last horrendous five years...marriage upheaval, cancer, bankruptcy, divorce.... I had engaged in a lot of volunteer work and had finally returned to work about four months ago after a long recovery from multiple myeloma (blood cancer residing within the bone marrow) and a stem cell transplant.
My shoulder started hurting a month or so ago, but I thought it could have been a rotator cuff issue. Aside from that, some unwanted measurements started showing up in my blood labs that showed some myeloma activity after close to two years of dormancy. There were some discrepancies in the labs, so I inquired the specialist two weeks ago about what could do that and she mentioned a plasmacytoma (myeloma tumor) and I knew it had to be my shoulder. I was right.
Going to have shoulder treated with radiation. Going to change up my chemo regimen to a strong combo of drugs to knock down cells...and aim for yet another stem cell transplant. Before any of this, now they want to biopsy a lymph node...as my shoulder pain is a result of cancer eating itself out of my acromium and spreading around soft tissue.
Stormy seas ahead, but I am pretty much at peace with everything. I just hate the thought of leaving work again. I also am bummed about my life being arrested because of cancer.
You can do this.
2 years ago, my divorce became final, my kids started dealing with our custody arrangement....and I found out I had cancer. A tumor in my throat. 7 weeks of radiation, 2 rounds of chemo, 5 months out of work. Due to the location of the tumor (and the radiation) I had significant trouble eating and lost 30 lbs in about 5 weeks. Had to get a feeding tube which I used for probably 4 months, to keep from losing anymore weight.
Finally went back to work full time in Sept 2014. Took me til about May/June to get my weight back to normal and I was feeling pretty strong again, working out, dating, etc. Found out in Sept '15 cancer had returned. Tumor in my lung. Had surgery Sept 30 and they removed the upper lobe of my left lung. 4 weeks out this time but I did push it a bit. I was going crazy just lying around though.
Starting to feel better, working out again, etc. Just about have a position locked down at a childrens hospital to volunteer for a couple hours a week. Making dinner for a friend (and her family) going through breast cancer this Friday, and always looking for ways to help others--- I know 4-5 people about 40 years old with cancer.
In any case, you are not alone. Radiation is awful and I will be praying for you, but keep faith. Lean on those you have and be grateful. And when you can, give back.