Didn't know where else to put this...apologies if someone else has started a thread with a similar intent. Mods, feel free to move or merge as ye see fit.
This thread is for Burners who have been diagnosed with and/or are survivors of cancer. Here's my own experience:
I was diagnosed with colon cancer early August. I didn't say anything here because I knew everyone was in high Playa gear-up mode and I didn't want to burden you with an announcement. I figured it could wait until after.
Present condition: Healing up nicely after surgery. I spent 4.5 days in the hospital here in Eugene; my doctors and nurses were, straight up, WONDERFUL. My night nurse is definitely Burner material and so is my OBGYN's nurse. Heck, I even think my surgeon would be a good fit.
Anyway, they took out my appendix, sigmoid colon, uterus-ovaries-tubes. Those last four were adhered together in a mass the size of a grapefruit. My surgeon's term was "impressive," if you can believe that!! The surgical wound hurts less than the slit they stuck the drainage catheter in, another believe it or not. There's going to be a killer scar on my belly, it kind of looks like a striking cobra. No, I'm not getting it tattooed! I've had quite enough sharp pointy things messing with my belly for one lifetime, thank you very much
The staples come out tomorrow, and I meet with my oncologist the next day. We're in the second half of the war, they've descended with the swords and knives. They're pretty sure it's Stage 3 so that means chemo and radiation. I'm not sure when/how much, we find that out definitively on Wednesday.
Friends and family have been wonderful. I got a million offers of help with my horse as soon as I broke out the news at the barn. My horse has a new trainer and he's being well taken care of; I won't be able to play with him for a couple months yet, I have to let myself heal completely before I go into a locus as filthy as a barn.
But, I'm here — healing up, wearing my LiveSTRONG bracelet, and feeling better than I have in months. Let's hear some stories! Heck, while we're at it, how about organizing a gather on the Playa next year?