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Painful time recovering from cancer [Happy Together/2020.01.16]

January 17, 2020


You’re known to be tidy and neat. Are you still like that? I made a quicker recovery than most people and the doctor said that helped. – Because you keep your place clean? / – Really? Because my house was clean… And spotless. I don’t want to sound like I believe in fate, but I do wonder if I had these tendencies – because of that. / – To make quicker recoveries? It’s what I thought. Also, I received regular yearly checkups. I couldn’t understand why I was swollen all the time. I was fatigued all the time too. I thought the two could be related so I asked around, but not a single doctor could give me an answer. – Really? / – There wasn’t a reason. There weren’t any issues? – Not for about five years. / – How is that possible? Did you receive a premium checkup? – Yes, I did. / – But it still showed nothing? I had it at a well-known hospital too. – No way. / – Why didn’t it show anything? I knew that something was wrong with me, but I spent three years not knowing why. – My gosh. / – I had to stay swollen. How did you finally find out though? Because it started to hurt. The swelling was one thing, but the pain was another. It made me realize that something was wrong with me. I went to the doctor again, but I was told that everything was normal. – What? / – Nothing was out of the ordinary? Is your illness hard to discover? I received a CT scan after being injected with a contrast medium and that’s when it showed. But the cancer had already progressed too much. He knew that he was sick for three years, but nothing showed on his checkup. And his cancer progressed during that time. – He endured for three years. / – You kept swelling – for no reason. / – Exactly. I bet the treatment brought excruciating pain. I hear it’s not easy at all. It’s the same for all chemo patients. Just think of your whole body being ruined. I couldn’t do the things that I easily could do before. Surgery wasn’t an option because the cancer had spread everywhere. That’s how it is with lymphoma. Lymph nodes are all across your body, and so the cancer was everywhere. – My gosh. / – So the drug had to constantly be injected in me. It came with the obvious side effects. Like what? I couldn’t pick up objects due to swollen hands. My feet would swell up so I couldn’t even walk. I’d hiccup all day long, and I couldn’t eat anything. All day long, I’d feel nauseated. It wouldn’t have been so hard if it continued only for an hour. But I constantly felt that way, so I removed all the mirrors from my house. I just looked absolutely hideous. Still, I’d see myself in the bathroom mirror and I’d think this while scoffing at the situation. “So what if I finally beat cancer?” “Would I still be able to have a normal life?” – Like you had before? / – “Looking like this?” It’s why I couldn’t help – but be wrapped in / – Of course. negative thoughts. It must’ve been difficult. Without the support of others, I wouldn’t have been able to make it. – This… / – It’s a miracle. – It sure is.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Diana Osazenaye January 16, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Getting a disaster it showed up

  • Reply Cottidae January 16, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Discovering cancer quickly is one of the best ways of preventing/curing it. Sadly, many experience similar things to this man and it's not checked properly.

  • Reply octopu5ie January 16, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    Thank you for challenging this difficult topic on national TV. Many people developed into better people today.

  • Reply mochi January 16, 2020 at 11:51 pm

    He has very strong determination. Amazing person.

  • Reply Angie Valdez January 17, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Miracle? It was the healing hand of God. Many blessings 🙏❤️

  • Reply N Nabilah January 17, 2020 at 4:54 am

    I'm 😭. He's so strong

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