I'm beginning to realize something pretty important, I think. It's that I got a lot of heavy duty treatment for my cancer, mostly because I was young and the cancer was therefore aggressive. There's no doubt I was hit with much more toxicity than the average, older cancer patient.
Which leads me to ask, do doctors even know what all those drugs in stronger concentrations can do to someone?
Add to that the fact that my time horizon after cancer will likely be much longer because I got the disease in my 30s rather than in my 60s as is typical, and I would have to decide that no, they do not know what all could come up for me because of my treatment.
And that's a scary, scary thought. Mainly because anything could happen, and there's a strong chance I would be ignored or simply not believed.
Currently, I feel like crap pretty much all the time. I told my oncologist this at my six month appointment and he ran a couple blood tests, which actually didn't come back perfect but don't concern him.
I suppose I could have something causing me a bunch of really crappy, intense symptoms that just popped up out of the blue and is in no way related to the cancer I had or the treatment for that cancer.
But my gut tells me those are really good places to start looking and ruling things out. For example, many of my symptoms could be signs of heart trouble. The leading and likely only reason I'd have heart trouble is because I took aridymiacin and Herceptin, both very strong drugs that could kick up heart trouble anytime for the rest of my life.
I figure since an oncologist gave me those drugs, an oncologist should be the one to check this out. The fact that I have to press the issue is frustrating. It's also eye-opening and makes me realize I might be on my own for a lot of this going forward.
And I don't like it.