For anyone who has undergone cancer diagnosis, treatment and remission, the process can often seem like a lonely journey, no matter how many times your family, friends, doctors and loved ones tell you you're not alone.
Rest assured, you are not alone.
If you need reassurance, visit WhatNext.com.
It's basically a social media site† of the American Cancer Society, where you can find stories of patients, care givers, health professionals, family members and anyone who has been affected by cancer.
Among the more compelling sections is one that documents "Experiences" of those who have experienced cancer -- either first hand or as a supporter -- and allows other members of the community to interact and share their personal stories.
Warning: the site can be a tear jerker! You have to be registered to see most of the content, but the site is free and open to anyone who has ever been affected by cancer, which is pretty much most of us.
As for me, I joined recently and took forever simply documenting my diagnoses, treatments and other obstacles (and I stall probably am not done), especially as I face down my next surgery this week.
I spent the better part of today, 10.5 hours, at the Crile Building, going from X-ray, to outpatient cardiovascular for an EKG, to the blood lab, to a pre-op physical, on to registration and an appointment with the anesthesia nurse, then to physical therapy, back to X-ray, finally to my orthopedic surgeon and, one more time for fun, back to X-ray.
The takeaway from the day of appointments: I'm healthy enough for major surgery ... again!?