Hello. I thought I would introduce myself to this ere wee blog and pose a question. “How was it for you?”.
Let me explain. I am a 57 3/4 year old fellah and have just wheezed my way er reasonably, clear of a journey with Prostate Cancer. I say reasonably as understand that none of us are ever actually 'clear' of cancer cells, but that could be the subject of another blog.
I was introduced to my new journey with that wonderful little phrase "Sir, you have an Adenocarcinoma of the Prostrate????" From that point on, I quickly became bombarded with dates, appointments, letters, test results, treatment options, medical instructions, discharge notes, trial options, explanatory booklets etc, etc all in a language completely foreign to me.
I still work and use a computer all day but I needed all my skills with project boards, planning tools, digital recording devices and scanning facilities and of course internet searches to cope and indeed understand some of this influx. As my own situation deepened, so the flood just increased, just at a time of course that I was least able to cope with it.
So My question of "How was it for you?", is actually trying to see how some of you folks coped with this flood of medical 'stuff' coming through your letter box and were you able to reconcile it all?
The single most useful tool for me was my little digital recorder. I actually missed all the huge amount of detail from that first session but quickly learned my lesson but every other one was recorded (with permission of course), typed up, and duly added to the Story Board!