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Cancer changes lives.

We have to deal with medical profession.

We have to deal with medications.

We have to deal with new discomfort and pain.

We have to create dignity, where there is indignity.

We have to deal with family members, friends, coworkers, and strangers, in a changed way.

We resolve to go forward with strength, resilience, purpose, pride, and integrity.

We define ourselves. Cancer does not define us.

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 1, 2016 at 10:01am

Daniel - so glad to hear you got a good report!

Comment by Daniel W on November 1, 2016 at 9:42am

Hello all.

Here is an update on my own Cancer follow up.  I was holding on CT scan until the report, which came back yesterday.  It was a good report.  No visible recurrence.  This is 3 1/2 years for this saga.  I continue the controlling medication.

We discussed some issues about Cannabis a while back.  I've never been a fan but have a strong live-and-let-live attitude about it.  There is no evidence for significant harm from the stuff, and I really think the extreme criminalization is as much corporate overlording, political posturing and long tail of racism, than real evaluation.

That's a lead up to what I did the past two weeks.  Dealing with so much aching and pain, I decided to give some a try.  I went to the marijuana store in Portland, just because I knew where it was.  Legal in WA and OR.  I bought one dose of edible with CBD 10mg.  That is promoted as nonintoxicating but with pain benefits.  Bottom line for me, was there was as much cramping and soreness after one dose, as before.  I was also very clumsy and spacy.  It was only one try, and I'm only one person, but that is not for me.

I also bought one edible with THC 15mg, in the form of a small chocolate bar.  Then spent some time researching the dosing, because my intent is not intoxication, it's control of aching, pain, and cramps.  Since I am THC naive - not a user - I decided on 1/4 of the chocolate bar, so about 3.5 mg THC.  That did not work out so well either.  It definitely got me spacy, which I can't afford.  I'm already clumsy and forgetful.  There might have been a little benefit pain wise, or I didn't care as much.  The effect lasted from 6 pm, about an hour after taking it, until I don't know when because I fell asleep.  This is not for me.  Again, I am only one person and this was only one dose.  I don't think I will be back for more.

The one effect that both CBD and THC had were I was clearly more hungry.  Not something I need, but I can see the benefit for specific situations.

Comment by kathy: ky on October 21, 2016 at 4:05pm
Joan, time. Time doesn't really heal. It just removes us from the rawness.

Try to rest when you can and remember to eat.
Comment by Idaho Spud on October 21, 2016 at 12:25pm

Joan, shedding many tears for you and Cary.

Comment by Plinius on October 21, 2016 at 3:00am

Thinking of you, Joan, and I'm glad you're not alone.

Comment by Daniel W on October 21, 2016 at 12:38am

Joan, Im glad you have Laura there.  Do what is best for you.  I wish I could bring you some coffee and muffins myself.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2016 at 12:20am

The doctor wants him sedated through the night so I decided to come home. I wish I were there. I think I I will go back and wait there. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2016 at 12:18am

Oh! Kathy! How did you get through it? I am so sorry. Cary is down to 120 # and just melted before my eyes.  He wanted to die at home but I can't give him the attention that a staff of nurses can give him. 

He came to my bedroom when he couldn't breath and indicated he wanted to go to ER. 

An auxiliary provides coffee and home baked muffins for those of us  who wait

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2016 at 12:12am

Cary went into the Emergency Room at 4:00 AM, he was suffocating, and had surgery to put in a breathing tube. He was still under anesthetic when I left him tonight. He is getting excellent care. I will return tomorrow morning and spend the day with him. 

I called Laura and she drove in from her home 50+ miles away. She sat with him with me. We shed a lot of tear and shared many memories. 

Comment by kathy: ky on October 14, 2016 at 2:15pm
Joan, I have also been with many dying family members. I believe as we age we can accept it as another part of life. Sad as it is. That doesn't make it any easier. Except we kind of know ahead of time what's going to happen. The previous experiences we've had with the dying give us a base of knowledge that, perhaps, makes us feel less confused with medical speak. I lost an eighteen year old son in a car wreck sixteen years ago. So I also know what it's like to lose a child. The only reason I mention it is to offer you my empathy as you go through the next few weeks.

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