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Cancer fight round 2 – Building on lessons learned

By Sheryl Jedlinski

Friday was day one of my recurrent battle with endometrial cancer. After three years in remission, it returned to exact revenge. Knowing this day would eventually come, I had amassed an army of family, friends, doctors, therapists, and personal trainers to prepare me mentally and physically for the fight for my life. I was trained, rested, and ready to prevail again, or so I had convinced myself.

In the absence of a new targeted treatment for my specific cancer mutation, I am repeating my initial chemotherapy regimen. This is not a bad option, seeing as how I know it works (after all, it helped me achieve three years of remission) and my doctors believe it will be even more effective this time because we caught the cancer much earlier, and found considerably less of it.

Walking into the all too familiar infusion room again, my husband, Tony, squeezed my hand and said, “You’ve got this one; it’s going to be a piece of cake.”

“Been there, done that,” I muttered under my breath, echoing Tony’s confidence.

I chose a recliner chair at the far end of the row against the floor to ceiling windows and closest to the bathroom (need I say more?). Tony covered me with an oven-warmed blanket and I settled in to listen to Michele Obama’s book, Becoming. The 2-1/2 hours went by quickly – a good bit of it devoted to choosing vending machine snacks and where to go for lunch.

My treatment went without a hitch, and I was quite pleased. One down, only seven more to go over the next six months. What I didn’t realize was how much of the experience I had “blocked out” over time, like forgetting that side effects from my treatment usually don’t show up until day three. That’s when constipation and neuropathy begin rearing their ugly heads. At least this time I have the benefit of knowing what worked and what didn’t to calm things down.

The lessons I’ve learned as a cancer survivor can be applied to many different challenges in life.

Here are a few you might want to keep in the back of your mind:

  • In order to move forward, I have to look ahead and not back over my shoulder waiting for the cancer to return.
  • I can accept that life is going to be difficult for awhile, as long as I know that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
  • I am more resilient than I know. I will come out the other side stronger, wiser, and more compassionate.
  • The more I have to cope with, the more I am able to handle.
  • Thinking about one concern at a time makes things more manageable.
  • Getting back to a state of remission, will make whatever it takes to get there worth the price.

2 comments on “Cancer fight round 2 – Building on lessons learned

  1. diannesshakyadventure
    January 7, 2019

    Prayers for you! Your courage is remarkable.

  2. Carolyn Schmidt
    January 7, 2019

    Keeping you in prayers.

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