Mandorg Posted February 28, 2005 Share Posted February 28, 2005 Just found this site and am almost afraid to become involved. I think that I have been trying to live in denial to some extent. But not an hour goes by where I am not aware of what I have gone through and continue to face. I was diagnosed with limited stage SCLC in August, 2004, completed chemo and radiation and showed no evidence of cancer on latest scan. Started PCI last week. It's been really difficult to have the PCI. When the cancer was present and I was receiving radiation to the chest (cancer primarily in lymph nodes), it was relatively easy to accept the treatment as an effort to battle the cancer cells that I knew were present. The PCI, however, has been a completely different experience. It feels invasive and frightening. I am working on finding a visualization to help me through the process, but this has been difficult because the physical sensation of the treatments has been very unexpected. I really should be grateful that, so far, I have had no adverse side effects from the treatments. Part of my fear of becoming involved in any support groups has been that I am afraid to hear the possible bad times that could be ahead for me or to hear what side effects I may have to face, but it has been difficult to approach this feeling no connection to anyone else. I'm really beginning to wonder, though, what this experience has been like for others and how they have been able to cope with it, including the constant fear of what the future might bring. Mark L. Milanich Diagnosed with SCLC in 8/2004, age 42 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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