Since going ahead with my Lymph node transfer/transplant surgery my mind has often travelled backwards, I realise that this is unhelpful, that I cannot change the fact I had Uterine Cancer. I cannot change the fact the surgery took away 22 lymph nodes and the radiation destroyed more of the Lymphatic vessels… I cannot change the fact I was given so little information on this side effect of treatment. The Lymphoedema started almost as soon as I finished treatment, I can remember it very clearly. I had flown with a friend to Adelaide to stay at a health retreat on Kangaroo Island to detox and recuperate from my treatment. I flew with no compression stockings on and at the retreat part of our daily routine was a sauna. (Two big no no’s when you have an at risk limb!!) A few days into the retreat I noticed a raised area at the top of each thigh which gradually spread down my leg causing swelling. This was Lympheodema!!! The story continued for 11 years till I heard about a new surgery called Lymph Node transfer, so this is where I am today.
I saw this quote today and it made me think about how important it is to let go of the past, the why’s and the what if’s, to be grateful that I have never had a reoccurrence of the cancer, that I am healthy in every other way. Today I reclaim my peace…. And I hope that others will join me in this ….