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Cancer supports - November 20th 2018, 03:42 PM

[SIZE="a"]I'm not necessarily asking for medical advice, however, I need to describe what is going on for me for the support I may need.

About two months ago I started to become itchy, really itchy. I am only itchy on certain areas of my body but not others. I have ruled out bed bugs (if I had them, my entire body would be covered in bites, which it's not) and it could be an allergic reaction.

The past two weeks I noticed that these itchy spots are under my skin, they itch and become dry and scaly. It's not really raised at all, the only time it is is at the beginning under the skin. I itch away the dead skin. Which of course hurts and bleeds. It becomes crusty and gross. It goes away. It comes back. It's painful.

Two ago weeks what I noticed is the raised, crusty dry, itchy skin is actually my freckles. For example, I have one on my hand and it became itchy and one day I itched it not thinking. It was crusty and hurt. Till the crusty part came off and started to bleed, which hurt a lot. Now, looking at it, there is a scab in the centre of the freckle and another sore under it. It's still sore. The dry itchy spots are only on top of my freckles.

This is the same as on my arms. It's actually painful.

I am getting them checked out and asking for a referral to a specialist to be screened for skin cancer because I feel I am a high risk right now. Considering, me researching it and one of the signs is a mark on the top on your nose, which I have.

My questions are:
What sort of support is there for someone who has skin cancer?
What sort of thing should I look into for supports if this is skin cancer or otherwise?
How would someone cope having cancer?
How would one go about telling loved ones?

I do realize that a medical team would need to determine if that is what is going on or if it's something else. I do want to have some knowledge before and if it turns out to be nothing, I'll have information to give someone else if they need it.[/size]
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Re: Cancer supports - November 21st 2018, 01:07 AM

Once your diagnosed, I believe they point you towards support groups and there's usually a person who helps along.
Telling others is the hard part. My step mom told me along the way. Tell someone what's been going on and that you may at risk of cancer.
Chemotherapy will be hell, but having someone there to support you will make the journey a bit easier. Don't give up hope.

Your doctor will elaborate more. That's the most I can give you, since I don't have cancer, but my step mom does and this is what she's told me.

Don't give up hope and stay strong

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Re: Cancer supports - November 21st 2018, 05:42 PM

Sorry to hear you are struggling with your skin issues. It's good that you are being referred to a specialist to check for skin cancer.

Generally, once diagnosed, a professional should talk you through treatment options and give you relevant information, and allow you to ask questions etc. Treatment options can vary depending on the severity or 'stage' of cancer. You could have operations, take medication or go through treatment like radiotherapy or chemotherapy.

Cancer and the treatments can have many physical and emotional affects. You may be offered (and if not, you can ask) about support groups to give you the opportunity to talk to others who may be going through similar things. Depending on what treatment you have, you may have many regular appointments with health professionals. You should be able to talk about how you are finding the treatment process with them and they should keep you in the loop with things. You shouldn't feel like you are going through this on your own.

Depending on where you live, you may be entitled to benefits, work adjustments etc. as well while you go through the treatment process. There are often many cancer charities out there that can also help if you are unsure of what support or other things you may be entitled to.

Coping with cancer can be different for many people and mostly depending on the severity of the cancer and the type of treatment. Some people don't want the cancer to interfere with their lives and might want to try to continue living as 'normal' as possible. Other people might struggle with adjusting to the reality that they have cancer or find it difficult dealing with the affects that the treatment might have on them. Either way, you should get treatment that works for you and emotional or other kinds of support, if you feel you would benefit from it.

Telling loved ones about a cancer diagnosis is a personal thing. Some people find that it's easier to only tell those they are closet to first. Perhaps think about what you would say and what you want them to know, if there are specific things they can do to help etc. It can be upsetting or shocking for people trying to come to terms with the news, so it's okay to take things slowly.

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Re: Cancer supports - November 21st 2018, 05:53 PM

I want to let you know in regards of telling people: tell the ones you are comfortable telling if you do indeed get a diagnosis. I've come to learn that some people will be there to see you through the hard times while others will be like "oh, my god, you have cancer!" and either not be there or run away acting like it's contagious.

I had to deal with someone in my family having a cancer diagnosis not too long ago, about a year ago. It's horrible to realize some of the people you knew all your life turn their back upon you the moment you break the sad news. But, it's so important to keep the ones that matter, that mean something to you, that will be there for you the closest.

I am thinking of you.
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