It’s Your Right To Make Changes: Even If It Is Your Doctor
Making your health the number one priority
After an abnormal test result six months ago, I was anxious to get back to my doctor to discuss my symptoms and upcoming labs. The nurse took my blood pressure, asked the typical questions and told me the doctor would be in soon.
Five minutes later, the doctor walked in, “Looks like you are thirty-seven weeks.”
I chuckled, “must be a miracle, as I had a hysterectomy 15 years ago.”
At first, the exchange was funny, yet it turned sour quickly.
Why? There was a physical issue with my body. You could feel that my pelvic lymph nodes were enlarged. The appointment and conversation left me feeling that I was not in control of my body, or my own health. I had been asking questions for six months, and now I had even more which were not being answered, and I was definitely not pregnant. Furthermore, I now had concern that my doctor did not even know who I was, remember my medical history, or have compassion for what I was experiencing.
I had been with this doctor for 15 years, he operated on me at least four times. He saved my life. I had not seen him directly for approximately ten years. I have had no reason to, until my recent test result. I had always respected him as a doctor, however this visit was my queue it was time to find a new doctor that could help navigate the waters in this new unknown territory I was facing.
Why am I writing this? It is not to call anyone out. It is to let you know as a patient, especially a cancer patient, you have a right to listen to your body, and demand answers. For me waiting this past six months has been hard mentally. The first time I had cancer, I had an abnormal test result. I was not comfortable with my doctors response, and I had moved on to this doctor. Had I not, cervical cancer could have taken my life. If I would have waited six more months for testing and screening the first time, I would have been in way worse shape.
A couple of weeks ago when I was told I needed to wait for another abnormal test six months from now before anything could be done, I new I was no longer where I needed to be. My health and my vitality is more important to me than that. Physically I cannot run everyday, something I have been doing for the last six months consistently since the abnormal test.
Why do I mention this, because I know my body. I know my lymph nodes. I know all my feels – the aches, the pains, the good, and the bad. I don’t want to think that I have cancer, but I don’t know, and I am not willing to wait another six months to find out. And I want to get back to feeling well enough to run everyday without my body fighting against me.
Making yourself a priority when you have cancer, or if you have pre-cancerous cells is important. No one knows how fast these cells can grow and what can happen. Staying positive is only one piece of the equation. Making your health and wellness the most important part of your everyday is what you have to do.
Whether it is friends, family, doctors, nurses, clinics, or lifestyle changes you have to make to do so, you have that right. Changes do not have anything to do if they believe in you, want the best for you, or are in your corner. If you have to choose different routes, it only has to do what is best for you. You deserve that.
Cancer is not something to take lightly. It is your right to fight and make sure you have the best in your corner, no matter what. If that means finding a new doctor or getting a second opinion, do it.