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Hello friends - fighters, caregivers, survivors - the DC Gang! :) I hope everyone is hanging in there, holding on to positive thoughts, loving life and loved ones as best we can. It's been a little while since I've been on the forum.

I'm 9 days post, hand-assist laparoscopic right radical nephrectomy. Kidney could not be saved because the monster consumed most of it. I'm doing well although I'm still sore. I feel like the insides of my abdomen don't know where to settle. I really believe that the walking regimen my husband and I had prior to the dx and surgery has helped with my healing. Still taking it easy. I read that the soreness can last up to 4 weeks, so I am patiently waiting...on the couch...bored...but thanking God for another day to love my mom, family and my sweet husband.

Per request, my doc emailed me a pic of my kidney and the monster; boy was it big. I can't believe I had that blob inside my body. I refuse to believe that the monster will come back. We've got to KEEP THE FAITH, friends, one day at a time!!

I still pray for all of you - the DS gang! God bless y'all! xoxo
Posted on 04/15/12, 01:54 pm
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Reply #1 - 04/17/12  10:22am
" Hi Julia,
I'm so pleased to know your surgery is behind you and that you are recovering well.
Wishing you a quick and complete recovery,
Angel "
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Reply #2 - 04/17/12  11:38am
" Hi Julia, I named my initial tumor Igor and he was a big evil boy also that took my right kidney. I have beeen living without that kidney now for 2 years and my remaining kidney is doing ok but I still feel that there is an empty space inside me and the cat scans prove me correct. Hang in there the pain will get easier! "
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Reply #3 - 04/18/12  1:58am
" Julia,

I am glad your surgery was successful and you are recovering. My dad's tumor was a monster as well. We requested pictures from the surgeon. It was the size of a football and weighed 7 pounds! Keep the faith.
Annie "
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Reply #4 - 04/18/12  6:17am
" Julia,
So good to hear the surgery went good.. and you are on the road to recovery. Take it easy, each day will get better.
Annette "

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