Lelfassy1 I too had a very unexpected diagnosis over the phone and when I saw the doctor, I threatened to walk out of his office when he tried to confirm my diagnosis. I went into immediate denial and wasn’t very nice to him. (I have since apologised profusely) but he said my reaction was normal and he sees it all the time. everyone reacts differently and your reaction was to freeze with fear. Wanting to run away or leave the place of diagnosis is the bodies fight or flight response to extreme shock which we both had. i was eventually diagnosed with Stage 1b Grade 2 and had a total hysterectomy including removal of ovaries and cervix. This was followed by 30 radiation treatments. 5 months on, I am still living in fear but it is getting a tiny bit better as time goes on. Id love to chat to you more and see how you’re going. sending hugs 🤗
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Hello Everyone I am new here and hope everyone is feeling as well as they possibly can today. My story .......... In 2014, I was dignosed with Breast Cancer at a routine mammogram appointment. Wow, such a bolt from the blue and totally unexpected. My GP said, ok double mastectomy. I was floored and decided I would get a second opinion which I did as my tumour was only 0.9cm and Stage 1, Grade 1. I had a lumpectomy and 29 sessions of RT. I recovered really well and whilst I’d had a big shock, I got on with my life and put it behind me. Fast forward 6 years and I started to have pale, watery orange vaginal discharge. I had just started walking 5klms a day and put it down to that as I was nervous about going to the GP with Covid around as my elderly parents live in my house with me. I left it for a few months then reluctantly saw my doctor who sent me for an internal ultrasound which showed a thickened uterine lining of 9mm. I was referred to a specialist who took a biopsy and fitted a Mirena IUD. A week later, the surgeon called me and told me over the phone that it was cancer and I needed a hysterectomy which I had last November. Tumour was approx. 5x2cms, had gone through more than half of the myometrium and I had very minimal LVSI. Stage 1b and Grade 2. I had 30 sessions of RT. I now feel a real mess as I can’t get past the fact that I will be dead in a few years (I’m 63). I have some antidepressants but I have feelings of absolute terror 4 or 5 times a day when I think of my death. My GP says I have PTSD from 2 shock diagnoses but that doesn’t take away my absolute fear. Uterine/endometrial cancer has high chance of recurrence and prognosis is poor. Is anyone in my shoes who would be happy to correspond please ? Thank you Jan
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.