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Nov 29, 2009 05:40 PM cookiegal wrote:
Thanks for all the input. Balloting remains open! Hanging chads count!
My hesitations are not so much the experience of chemo, but the risk of long term SE's.
I think my onc is kind of giving me a little time to work through those. I do have a few things in my family history and medical history that could make the risks a little higher.
My dad died of a blood clotting disorder after having chemo, and my mom has some nerve problems. There is also some stuff in my medical history that I would rather keep personal on here, but gives me concern about my tolerance of and risk for se's.
I am going to speak with a counselor at the cancer center of the 10th and meet with the Dr. again on the 15th.
As for the regrets factor, I feel like I am making a decision based on the best information I can get, and if I had a distant recurrance, I would still know I made my decision out of a desire to preserve my health.
(Easy to say that now I am sure, there is no way to really know how I would feel.)
I do think if I had the chemo, and had a recurrance anyway, I would really regret my choice, especially if it also damaged my health.
I am willing to work towards a risk lowering lifestyle, I already like exercising, and I would even be willing to do the phosphate trial, which might give me a point or two..
Anyhow thanks for all the advice, know that I consider every single bit of it .