Our expert says:
Having experienced kidney-related pain with my renal stones, I believe nobody who hasn't themselves experienced it, comprehends what it is. Nothing wrong with wanting to prove the family wrong, especially when theyr views, hoever sincerely held, were essentially negative and unhelpful. But far better to strive to prove yourself right ! The operation HAS been successful, from your review of events, even if maintenance use of urinary antiseptics, whatever is also needed. You're still right ! The point of maintenance chemo, I'd guess, is not merely ( merely !! ?? ) to prevent the pain and suffering of further infections, but to help preserve the functioning levels of the main working kidney. ONLY if you insist on defining success of the op as " and no longer ever needing maintenance meds", could you twist things into implying that it was not a success. And though your splendid character and strong will helps all of this to work, it's not going to be enough to ensure no further infections.
Ah, Cleopatra, Queen of Denial !
So the puzzle remains why you seem to be trapped within your own definitions.
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