Cyndi K. on April 8, 2021
I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 4 Rectal Cancer that spread to Uterus
Not, still healing..to try to return to the working world..
Type and Description of Treatments:
28 Days of Chemo and Radiation then 5 months clean up chemo.
How do you feel today?
Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your life?
Not physically able to do some of the things I really enjoyed doing before cancer treatment/surgeries. Emotionally drained and tire out alot faster than before cancer diagnosis. ALOT of new normals to get use to!
Trying to help others understand that if us cancer warriors look good, we may still be hurting and still fighting alot internally, emotionally, psychologically.
What is going well for you right now?
Healing and continued good check ups- being NED.
What is not going well for you right now?
No job, not much support.
What has been the most challenging thing about having cancer?
Managing and navigating almost everything by myself, not having family support, having to overwhelm a few friends with my concerns/burdens. Dealing with incompetent medical staff, financially abused, drastically over medicated, and having to have 6 surgeries in the last 3 years. Plus a torn PCL and cracked tibia at the right knee. After praying for (upper body) strength once I was done with clean up chemo. LOVE God's sense of humor. Eight weeks on crutches worked. So be careful what you pray for.....
When difficulties overwhelm you, where do you go for support?
My Faith, a close freind, and/or a self love coach.
How have your long-term goals or life goals changed since diagnosis?
How haven't they?
What is your work arrangement right now? What are your hours?
Not able to work yet, still trying to heal and recover as my last surgery was just 6 months ago.
Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your work life?
Not able to work yet, and when I can, not able to go back to what I was doing/familiar with.
What has helped you continue to work the most?
What advice do you have for others trying to work through treatment?
Listen to your body, be your own best advocate. It's the only body you get!!
How have you dealt with any side effects of treatment?
Not many side effects of treatment, just from all the surgeries.
If "today's you" could give advice to "day-of-diagnosis you," what would you say?
He hears your prayers, feels your pain/frustration, and collects your tears. HIS strength will get you through this, as the plan He has for you, will be better than you could ever imagine.