I would like to add my experience if that's ok. I am 13 days out from a radical hysterectomy and pelvic clearance ( lymph nodes) for cervical cancer, having lost my colon to colon cancer 6 years ago. So I am a bit if a veteran, if you will.
when I went for the pre-op assessment for my surgery, the lovely senior reg asked me if I wanted to stop or get a glass of water when she was telling me about the possible long term side effects etc. I didn't realise, but apparently I went completely white, lol. I hadn't thought about lymphoedema or bladder damage, although I had given though to damage to my J-pouch from my previous surgery.
The stats she gave sounded alarmingly high to me, although she tempered them with reassuring me I had the best of all surgeons and that has already been stated here, stats used right now are OLD.
I am just starting to feel a little more normal following my surgery- even though I have had to have the catheter reinserted because I failed my TWOC appointment and my bladder isn't cooperating right now.
At this point, the most important thing to me is, the tumour is GONE and I know the wonderful surgeons have given me the very best chance of living to see my youngest grow up. It doesn't appear at the moment that I will need chemo but I won't know for sure until next Tuesday .
Waiting for treatment is horrible. I was so lucky that mine was so quick- smear results end of April and then I was on a roller coaster which led me to my surgery on 25 June. The hospital group I have, have a very strict timescale for dealing with cancer . My first cancer however, I waited almost 9 months and the cancer moved up a stage in that time! I just about went crazy trying to sort the whole thing out, but I honestly believe things have improved a hundred-fold in the last 6 years.
You need to work on those things you can control- get yourself as healthy as you can be before any surgery or treatment. I was advised no alcohol , reduce sugar ( makes your system acidic apparently ) and a high protein diet- you need high serum albumin to heal.
Can you re-start anything you have found relaxing in the past? Some form of sport, swimming, listening to music or bi-neural rhythms ( loads on you tube- my youngest got me into those for migraine- and it works!) walking, running, have a massage, reflexology treatment ( extremely relaxing- I am attained reflexologist myself.)
Don't be like me, and try to cross bridges before you even get to them! It will drive you crazy.