Diabetics with Cancer


Diabetics with Cancer

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Radio Broadcast About Cancer, by Divabetic

Started by Emily Coles. Last reply by Hummingbird Dec 22, 2013. 1 Reply

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Comment by justgeo1 on March 10, 2012 at 9:02pm

Nel! That is such great news! :)

Comment by nel on March 9, 2012 at 8:41pm

My very " happy " update of the basal cell cancer on my leg : yesterday the meeting with the Surgeon in the am and surgery in the ambulatory dept of the hospital in Kamloops, BC took place @ 1.30 pm ...I was out of the room by 2 pm (with pee pressure :) ) No Flap was performed , ie no skin crafting necessary ; back to local GP to have stitches removed in 2 weeks . I asked about " pain " and was told I may need non-prescription stuff ( extra strength ...) Happy to report , none was required . I promised NOT to partake in a Marathon the next few days :)

Comment by jen on March 6, 2012 at 6:21am

Mary- I truly appreciate all your help!!
So who would you suggest I see? A gynecological oncologist off the bat? I want them to do all the right tests. Even with daily exercise and healthy eating, my blood sugars run high, and sometimes I feel so fatigued...It's as if I've been drugged.
What did you do when you started experiencing the symptoms? Did you suspect OC?
Thanks again!!!

Comment by jen on March 5, 2012 at 8:01pm

Thanks Mary! Yeah! I have to pee all the time! Even when my levels are totally normal. And I do look slightly pregnant. I hardly eat much during the day, and super healthy foods, yet my tummy looks all full and distended. Did you experience fatigue or unpredictable sugar levels?
I appreciate your help. I just need to see a doc and get the right tests, but it's hard not to think about it in the mean time!

Comment by jen on March 5, 2012 at 4:14pm
Hi Mary! I'm typing this from my phone since I won't be by my computer for a bit. I want to ask you what symptoms you had before your cancer diagnosis. Ovarian cancer is the one I suspect. I went to a urogynecologist (since I was having bladder issues too) and he was a total dick. Dismissed all my symptoms, didn't run any tests or ultrasounds. Im in the process of finding another doctor who will actually listen to me this time. I have crazy insulin resistance, stomach distenstion and intense fatigue that comes and goes.
Any info would be amazing. I did look at your blog by the way- I loved reading everything you had to say.
Wishing you well during this crazy struggle!
Comment by jen on February 1, 2012 at 10:27am

Thanks for the quick response, Auryn! I know I shouldn't worry until I find out an official diagnosis. My friends have been telling me the same thing. :) Unfortunately, it's so difficult to not wonder and research, when you don't get any answers from doctors (I've seen many so far), and your symptoms continue to get worse.
I'll keep you updated on my results. Hopefully I'll get closer to an answer tomorrow, even if it's not a full blown diagnosis.
Thanks again for your kind words, :)

Comment by jen on February 1, 2012 at 9:25am

Hi everyone. I've been a T1 Diabetic for almost 20 years now and have been dealing with some intense symptoms for about a year now which have been persistent and getting worse. Stomach dissension, extreme fatigue, back aches, lower rectal pressure/pain, pain in my lower left pelvis, hot flashes, chills, nausea. etc.

I discovered a few months ago that i have 12-15 cysts on my ovaries, and they are enlarged. This explained my extreme insulin resistance, so my endocrinologist put me on 1,500 mg of metformin. This worked a bit in the beginning, but even with healthy eating and exercise, my levels are always high.

I see a urogynecologist tomorrow, and plan on asking him to give me a genetic test for ovarian cancer. Breast cancer runs in my family.

I guess my question to everyone is if cancer makes blood sugar control difficult?

I have not been able to find anything on type 1 diabetes and cancer!

Comment by nel on January 27, 2012 at 1:38pm

Update ...Plastic Surgeon called this morning ; he reminded me, this is not a fast growing type of cancer ; the warm holiday ( Waikiki ) will happen first , than the surgery ( after March 06 ) . Doc's concern is skin crafting may get in the way , while away . No talk about having to change our holiday plans :)

Comment by nel on January 26, 2012 at 12:31pm

Biopsy on lower left leg revealed basal cell cancer
( nonmelanoma) ; my GP is setting up an appointment with an out of town plastic surgeon ...she likes to have the treatment done by the time we leave for a warm holiday mid Feb. Likely this will happen early next week ...I love my GP :)

Comment by WolfWoman on January 11, 2012 at 5:56am

Hi, Everybody,
Dx'd with T1 over 30 yrs ago at age 11. Dx'd with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) just over 11 years ago. Took Gleevec for over ten years, til I had retinopathy not responding to laser treatment, so onco switched me to Sprycel for CML, and eyes are much better.

I am doing pretty well on the cancer front - in "molecular remission" for some time now, but have side effects from the medication that keeps me in remission, mainly fatigue. Which makes it difficult to stay awake sometimes, or maintain a fitness routine or have much of a life outside of work. Speaking of work, was laid off in the Spring of last year - am hopeful about retuning to work soon, but worry about my energy levels....
Just wanted to introduce myself!

Happy, healthy New Year to everyone


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