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Every Step of the Way: A Nurse's Cancer Diary - Entry 9

Published April 3, 2012 2:28 PM by Guest Blogger

Nancy Cohen, BSN, RN, has graciously shared her personal journal, in which she writes about doing battle with cancer for the second time in her life. This is the ninth installment of a weekly blog that will enable readers to join her on the journey.

Entry 9: Against All Odds

November 10, 2011

I saw my wonderful medical oncologist. He has a heart of gold.

(Yes, I think highly of him as I do my breast surgeon. The two of them have kept me alive. Again, I don’t blame them for any of this. How could they have predicted? How could they have known I would ever develop this disease again? It was against all statistical odds, really.)

He told me that I actually had the option of choosing to undergo chemotherapy. Because he’s a “numbers man,” he ran the statistics on my potential survival if I took the chemotherapy versus not taking the chemotherapy. It seemed that my survival would be a few percentage points greater if I took the infusions.

Of course I agreed.

Why would I choose otherwise, especially with the BRCA1 gene? Having the gene is like having the sword of Damocles hanging over me for the rest of my life, with one thin hair supporting the sharp, deadly weapon.

Who knew if and when it was going to sever my string of good health again? When will it end?

Will I ever feel as though I’ve conquered the disease once and for all?

Click here to read Entry 8: A Sixth Sense.

5 comments

I feel your pain.  I was diagnosed with "the silent killer" ovarian cancer shortly after my 40th birthday & I underwent surgery and chemo.  It has been 6 years now and even though I am constantly told the odds of it coming back are slim, the possibility of it returning  is on my mind every day. Your strength & courage in the face of this happening a second time are an inspiration to all of us- my thoughts & prayers are with you as you fight this battle.

sharon, RN April 25, 2012 6:11 PM

I've never been there in person either, but you are in my heart and in my prayers.  Praying you are experiencing comfort and joy.  <3

colleen frantz April 16, 2012 9:33 PM
bonney lake WA

I have never been there to support you physically, but my thoughts are always with you and your family.

Love You, Susan

susan knox, teacher April 16, 2012 8:37 PM
cape coral FL

Nancy Cohen, BSN, RN, has graciously shared her personal journal, in which she writes about doing battle

April 9, 2012 7:28 PM

You are such an inspiration.  Stay strong.

Kathy, RMH

Kathleen Miller, , R.N. RMH April 6, 2012 8:53 AM
Philadelphia PA

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