I am 35 and have stage 4 Liver Cancer for no reason. I am frustrated to say the least. In March of 2008 I went to the Doctor because I thought I was having a long case of the stomach flu. The first Doctor gave me heart burn medication and sent me home. So after a week or so of my stomach symptoms getting worse I went to the ER and demanded a Ultrasound. THey came back and told me I had a huge mass in my Liver and I don't think I really heard (Mentally) them for a few days. I was numb. Newly married, ready to start a family this year, successfull salesperson, and now a mass in my Liver. I didn't find out it was Cancer for a few days and the diagnosis was devastating.
I have since had two Chemo Embolizations and one round of a new Radiation treatment called Therashpere. My one tumor I had in my Liver was shrinking from 11x13cmm to 5x4cmm and I was starting to see a light at the end of my ugly tunnel. Then came the next blow. Not only did I know have two more tumors in my Liver but I also had over 18 new tumors in my lungs! I almost fainted. I look healthy, ride my horse still do everything I used to just a little tired. So they put me on a new chemo pill called Nexavar and my first scan is Jan 2 2009 to see if it is working. The plan is to get the tumors out of my Lungs to hopefully have a full Liver Transplant, but with the tumors in my Lungs I am not eligible at this time. So I pray a lot and hope for the best.
Can anyone tell me how your spouses are doing with handleing someone with major medical problems? My husband is still in great denial because I still look fine. Help! Any suggestions to get thru something like this and still believe there is hope and one day they'll find a cure? Does anyone think it's disturbing that in 2010 Cancer will be the number 1 killer in the WORLD!
Thanks for letting me vent!