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Thu Sep 29, 2022, 08:59 AM

I am going to Madison on Monday

to see a surgeon. Apparently I can have a lobectomy, or similar surgery to remove the portion of the lung that has cancer and have the rest of the lung sewn back together. I will keep you informed.

I am still very scared about things. The mental health support for all of this has been nonexistent.

Thank God we discovered this early. I may still have a few years to live productively and accomplish a few things.

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Reply I am going to Madison on Monday (Original post)
murielm99 Sep 2022 OP
TreasonousBastard Sep 2022 #1
murielm99 Sep 2022 #3
SheltieLover Sep 2022 #2
Tetrachloride Sep 2022 #4
2naSalit Sep 2022 #11
Walleye Sep 2022 #5
sheshe2 Sep 2022 #6
brer cat Sep 2022 #7
blm Sep 2022 #8
Rebl2 Sep 2022 #9
LaMouffette Sep 2022 #10
2naSalit Sep 2022 #12
niyad Sep 2022 #13
flying_wahini Sep 2022 #14
TNNurse Sep 2022 #15
murielm99 Sep 2022 #16

Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Sep 29, 2022, 09:03 AM

1. Of course you're scared, but medicine is doing amazing things...

Best of health to you.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 29, 2022, 09:05 AM

3. Thank you for your support.

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Sep 29, 2022, 09:05 AM

2. Glad to hear you are going to expert!

Healing vibes on the way to you. 💓💓💓

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Sep 29, 2022, 09:07 AM

4. Talk to a nurse or United Way of Dane County

I have been to all of the major Madison hospitals. They are: University Hospital, Meriter, St. Mary's, the VA and UW Health (far east side). Meriter and St. Mary's are just a few blocks apart. There is a Meriter Hospital on Stoughton Road (east side) as well.


Most have eccentric parking and interior layouts.

If you are on University Avenue near the University, steady slow driving. Jaywalking is terrible. (Campus Drive is unofficially University Avenue, bypassing student housing). Definitely not my favorite for new visitors. Lots of students in central Madison.


Kwik Trip gasoline convenience stores are recommended. Sandwiches, juice, coffee in good fresh supply. Usually bathrooms are good. If not, alert the store. There are 2 on Fish Hatchery Road, one on each side of the road. (Forget all of the other competing gasoline stations, if not on University Avenue). Ask anyone for directions if unclear.

Midvale Boulevard is the safest way between University Avenue and The Beltline.

Park Street, not recommended if going to University Hospital.

Fish Hatchery Road is essentially a branch of Park Street.

From Rockford, take the Beltline West probably. If your visit is on the east side, exit Stoughton Road is likely. If your visit is Meriter or St. Mary's, exit Park Street or Fish Hatchery. I like Fish Hatchery myself a bit more. If your visit is UW Hospital or the VA, exit at Midvale Boulevard, go north all the way to University Avenue, turn right. Highland Avenue is U-shaped.

mail me any questions.

we are with you

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Response to Tetrachloride (Reply #4)

Thu Sep 29, 2022, 09:43 AM

11. +1

It can be very confusing. All streets radiating from the capitol are one way for a few blocks out. I haven't been there for a long time but I lived there for a few years and was very familiar with University Hospital as a dear one was there for ten months.

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Sep 29, 2022, 09:07 AM

5. I know the sick debilitating feeling,it is amazing what they can do in treating cancer these days

Wishing you all the best. And I know mental health support is very hard to find in this situation.

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Sep 29, 2022, 09:09 AM

6. This is good news.

Love and hugs. We are all here for you

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Sep 29, 2022, 09:13 AM

7. That sounds like good news. Progress at last!

You have my love and support as you go through this troubling time.

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Sep 29, 2022, 09:19 AM

8. You're taking us with you, we'll

call it a road trip. Glad you have this option.

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Sep 29, 2022, 09:34 AM

9. MIL

had something similar done in1989. They found cancer in a portion of her lung and in some lymph nodes, so she had chemo too. She lived another 21 years. In my area, hospitals usually have cancer support teams to help the patients navigate their care and mental health services would be included. Sorry to hear about your cancer and your experience. Wishing you all the best 🕊🕊

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Sep 29, 2022, 09:36 AM

10. Hoping for the very best for you, Muriel! Please keep letting us know how you are doing.

You're right that it is a very good thing that you discovered the cancer early. They can work miracles these days, and you have all of us here at DU for support whenever you need virtual hugs!

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Sep 29, 2022, 09:45 AM

12. When I lived in Madison...

Decades ago but still, I was fortunate to witness the fabulous medical professional environment first hand. There are med schools there and some really important findings have been discovered at UW. It's one of the better locations in the country to receive medical care if you have access to it.

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Sep 29, 2022, 09:52 AM

13. That sounds very hopeful indeed. A friend had that done when she was in her

late 50's. She is 80 now, still active.

Please know that your DU family continues to be here for you, holding you in light and love.

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Sep 29, 2022, 11:22 AM

14. A person I know had a lobe removed a decade ago.

She is still doing fine. Try not to worry.
I know that is easier said than done.
Itís bad for your health. 🥰

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Sep 29, 2022, 12:19 PM

15. A lobectomy is scary but the results can be impressive.

Any cancer is scary ( I know). But knowledge and techniques improve all the time.

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Response to TNNurse (Reply #15)

Thu Sep 29, 2022, 01:34 PM

16. They have not promised me anything.

No one is going to do that over the phone. I will have to wait until Monday. It is still possible that they cannot help me at all.

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