My journey from diagnosis to finishing treatment for stomach cancer
Having postponed my DEXA scan (assesses or measures bone density) in September as I was due to start chemo, I finally had this a couple of weeks ago. I now have osteoporosis due to the dramatic weight loss. I have to say I wasn’t surprised having been diagnosed with osteopenia some years ago. My GP called me to let me know and will be prescribing calcium and vitamin D tablets. However, the usual medication for osteoporosis is not suitable for me given my sub total gastrectomy. He is referring me to a metabolism specialist to discuss and agree a treatment/management plan. The likelihood is I will be given injections rather than oral medication.
Whilst some may feel that life is throwing a whole bunch of crap their way -
*I will have to stop running around as if I fall I am likely to break a hip or wrist.
*I will always have to eat little and often and will probably never enjoy food the way I used to.
*I will struggle to maintain my weight.
*I will be on medication for life.
*The chances of cancer returning still remain fairly high
* I am grateful that I am still here and have a life to live.
*I have survived diagnosis and treatment for stomach cancer
*I feel well
*I have a wonderful supportive family and a great bunch of friends
*I have many adventures and events planned
I can’t change what has happened to me but I can decide how I view it. I choose to be upbeat and positive!
Rose Sorry to hear you also have the dreaded osteoporosis. I was diagnosed a year after breast cancer treatment & was pretty disappointed and upset to be facing yet another chronic degenerative disease. However, just as with a cancer diagnosis, you pick yourself up & get on with life. 3 years on & no fractures yet. You say you need to stop running, but i’ve actually been told that exercise is really important to maintain what bone density you do have left. Both resistance/weights and running on a regular basis, so don’t hang up your running shoes just yet. Most fractures occur if you fall or lift in the wrong posture, ie with flexed back, so balance training is also important. If you need any info about useful resources PM me. All the best. BBxx
Can Identify with all of this! You have been an amazing support to me - thanks! Life for me is just very special and I feel very lucky that the cancer was found early!
Hope you keep making good progress in your recovery!
I have been following your journey too Jac and it has helped me through my own so right back at you!
Saw my oncologist today and due to my inability to put weight on now 7 months post surgery. I am now being tested for thyroid problems and coeliac disease! Hopefully tests will come back showing nothing else is wrong but if it is, then I will do whatever is necessary with a smile and a shrug!
The main concern is that I only weigh 41.6kg but given my starting weight was less than 51kg I personally am not too worried...apart from finding clothes to fit!!
Off the see the endocrinologist in September to see what treatment I need for the osteoporosis...a completely new hospital for me too as there weren’t any appointments available at the hospital I go to for cancer, nor did I have the option of going to 3 other relatively local hospitals.
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