Happy National Cancer Day! February 4th is National Cancer day! To celebrate here is a free Cancer Survivor SVG File!!! Crazy to think its been 10+ years since I lost my kidney to cancer. I was lucky in that I caught it early an it was encapsulated. I am also blessed that I listened to my body and kept pushing the doctors. Telling them there was something wrong. I didn’t feel good. They ran tests and could see that I didn’t feel well. That is when they found the lump. Then I was told there was nothing to worry about and we will just watch it for 6 months. But that feeling was just sitting there. Six months later, more tests and they found it grew. Again I was told it was probable nothing to worry about and we will watch it some more. UGH!!! I pushed and they agreed to go in and get some samples. The day of that procedure they could not get the samples and had to abort the procedure. Again, more frustration and again told I would have to wait and they were sure it was nothing to worry about. However, I knew something was wrong and went back to my regular doctor and voiced my concerns and frustrations. He then stepped and called the specialist. After many discussions it was agreed upon that they were going to try and take the part of my kidney and worse case was take the whole kidney. Not something I truly wanted, however, I knew deep down it was what was needed. The day of the procedure they go in and found they had to take the whole kidney. When I woke back up in the hospital I knew that was going to be the outcome and asked for confirmation and they confirmed that they did remove the kidney. Ok, now we can move on! I would now need to wait for the officials results which I was told would be a few days.
When I called to get my results I kept being told they were not in they were not in. I finally called the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, one week after my surgery and was told my results were but the doctor had just left and I would have to wait until Monday for my results. I was like excuse me??? I had my procedure done a week ago, I have been calling since Monday, multiple times a day, and now you tell me that the results are in but the doctor left and now I need to wait 5 more days for those results?? That is not acceptable! Then find another doctor to call me and let me know. After much back and forth they finally told me…it was CANCER.
Its amazing how one word rocks your world. Again, deep down I knew that is what it was, and thought I was prepared, however, you will never be prepared for someone to tell you those words. It was CANCER. I was frustrated at the specialist because he kept telling me it was and he thought I was crazy for taking out a perfectly good kidney. However, I knew it was not perfectly good. Something kept pushing me for answers. The doctor still could never acknowledge that he was wrong. So I had my pitty party for a day. Knowing full well I could not stay there. I now had a new birthday, November 18, 2010. I was truly lucky and blessed that I kept pushing and that it stayed encapsulated and never left my kidney. Because of this I did not have to do chemo or anything else like that. I just have to have my other kidney check regularly to make sure it is functioning the way it should. Thank goodness for two and that the other one was healthy!!
I am not telling you this story for any type of sympathy. I am telling it to remind people to listen to your body. To remind you that you are your own health advocate. You are in charge of your care and that you need to keep pushing. If you don’t like the answer, get a second opinion. Doctors make mistakes too. You also need to remember, if they get made at you because you question them that is on them. A doctor once told me not worry about it and let them worry about it. My response back was are you going to grieve for me too??? Are you going to fight my battles? He was truly shocked by my come back. Then told me years later those comments changed him and the way he dealt with patients and family.
Remember, we are not in the world alone. You have options and choices. Fight for yourself! Hug a loved one! Pray for others and be there. We are never promised tomorrow and we never know what someone else is going through. BE KIND!
I am sharing my Love Peace Survivor file. This is for cutting machines, sublimation, etc. This is not to be duplicated and sold, it is for your use. For cut files you can change the color of the cancer ribbon. For sublimation users I used purple for the universal cancer color. Please enjoy it! I would love for you to share pictures of you, or friends or family wearing it! It is a blessing to have a second chance and for some they have had multiple chances!!! I pray for those we have lost and celebrate the survivors.
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