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Leslie H. on October 8, 2019
I was Diagnosed with:
Unable to work
Type and Description of Treatments:
Having Initial Surgery 11 Oct 19
How do you feel today?
Pain, more pain and a lot of pain
Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your life?
I now have cancer. My barber wrecked my hair
What is going well for you right now?
I have my wonderful wife. The VA upped my pain meds as the pain has more than doubled. My lovely wife thinks I am funny as hell. Even my new Surgeon was laughing his butt off during our first consultation.
What is not going well for you right now?
I have Cancer. I have to have invasive done surgery in less than three days. I have to drink that colonoscopy crap again!
What has been the most challenging thing about having cancer?
Spelling all these new medical words. Dealing with the fact that I, me, Leslie has Cancer. Thats heavy bro!
When difficulties overwhelm you, where do you go for support?
As a vet, I’ve learned to dig deep inside myself. As a husband, I’ve learned to trust my wife and ask her.
How have your long-term goals or life goals changed since diagnosis?
It’s only been 5 days. Else-wise, is like to overcome this colon cancer crap
What is your work arrangement right now? What are your hours?
Can’t work. I’ve got really bad anemia. I have blackouts when I stand. I have broken MANY many bones over the last year.
Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your work life?
What has helped you continue to work the most?
What advice do you have for others trying to work through treatment?
Listen to your doctor. Listen to your significant other. Try to keep positive
How have you dealt with any side effects of treatment?
No, other than horrible, horrible pains and bloating. Keeps me up most nights. Too much pain to sleep. Can’t stand for over 10 minutes
If "today's you" could give advice to "day-of-diagnosis you," what would you say?
Don’t let Kelly (our barber last 2 years) cut your hair on Sunday, October 6th. I think she was tipsy, she murdered your hair.