Once again Mike shows his expertise which is why he is so appreciated here.
Years and years and years is correct and I can't wait till I can say that I've moved beyond the 3 mo checks as he described in that progression.
I still consider myself a newby as well and have learned that there really is no question that is stupid. You will get lots of great advice here from people who have amazing knowledge.
I had a low grade papillary tumor and am now in the check up stages as well.
One piece of advice from Ann that has really helped me is to remember that everyone here is at a difference place with this cancer. Learn all you can about your stage, but don't borrow trouble that you may never experience. Finally, that you can live years with this as long as you keep up with the 3mo checks.
Nancy is right, there are NO dumb questions...
You are smart to have questions; all too often when people hear the word cancer, especially after being told not to worry, they are more than happy to try to forget it. There are those who don't wish to know anything more than they absolutely have to know, and the kind like us here on the forum, who want and feel the need to have additional information, for our own peace of mind and best welfare.
Yes, you are in a better position than many on this site but very wise to take the risk and ask the questions...there are people here who have experience and wisdom and more than kind to help you find answers. So, again, welcome! Melodie
Melodie, Indy Pouch, U.W.Medical Center, Seattle, Dr. Paul H. Lange & Jonathan L. Wright
Just wanted to say welcome to the club, but I wish you did not have to join. It is hard being young and told you have this disease. Every one thinks of it as an old man's disease. I am neither old, nor a man. I was 38 when I was diagnosed and that was considered young.
Sorry that you are having to deal with this, but know that we are here for you. If you have any questions just let me know or email me.