Tired of it all
Last updated: November 2021
I was diagnosed with COPD around 2017. A year after my husband of 40 years passed away from colorectal cancer.
In 2019, had a really deep basal cell Carcinoma ( skin cancer). Four reconstructive surgeries on my nose to try to rebuild a nostril. 2020 enter COVID. Diagnosed in June of that year with stage III Thymic Carcinoma. ( very rare. Major surgery to remove the tumor, along with a portion of the pericardial lining around my heart and upper right lobe of my right. On to 30 rounds of radiation. It left me with more scarring to my already damaged lungs and heart damage.
My healthcare team
Now I see a Pulmonologist, Radiation Oncologist, Cardiac Oncologist, Dermotologist, and a Neurologist. I also have neuropathy. I go to see a doctor or have some kind of lab work or test done 3 days a week. I intentionally leave Monday and Friday open when possible.
There are many times that I would just love to head off to an Island somewhere and just forget it all. But I am still fighting. I have children and grandchildren who love me. That keeps me going. I am sorry for the long rant. I don't think I have told my story on paper before.
Don't give up. Keep fighting. There are people who love you.
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