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Cancer

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 Daniel W on June 14, 2015 at 9:02am

We had kind of an adventure this week. 

I was at work and developed an insidious, then rapidly progressive flank pain.  It became so severe I had to stop work and go for evaluation.  The pain reminded me very much of the original diagnosis, when I developed an abdominal pain that turned out to be a large tumor, hemorrhaging. 

Normally with a back pain or cramp I ignore it.   This was too much to ignore. In the end, the scan was negative, there was no recurrence seen, and the pain resolved.

I still don't know what it was  Doesn't matter now, it's over and there were no repercussions.  Ning was upset but relieved at the end.

Yesterday I skipped all of my pills.  Just tired of them.  I don't think one day skipped in 2 years will change things in the long run.  I'm normally so diligent, I have a timer on my I-pad to remind me the same time every day.

Now going out to water the vegetables. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 7, 2015 at 12:28am

Chris, That is a lovely idea. Even the diabetics among us can have a taste of this pleasure!

Comment by Plinius on June 7, 2015 at 12:07am

Congrats, Patricia!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 6, 2015 at 11:55pm

That is the problem with meds. There are some things we can no longer do. The good news is there are other pleasures to fill in the gaps and we can have a jolly good time without risking pain or damage, or bad reactions by mixing booze and Rx.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 6, 2015 at 11:26pm

My liver kicks me in the side when I drink beer, but a nice cold glass of beer with pizza makes a meal fit for people with discerning tastes. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 6, 2015 at 11:03pm

Patricia, that pizza sounds like the food of the finest of chefs. I'd share that pizza with you any day!

Comment by Daniel W on June 6, 2015 at 9:42pm
Patricia,
My warmest, and always sincere, congratulations and joy to you. There is no way to express how wonderful it is to pass a post-cancer milestone.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 6, 2015 at 9:38pm

Patricia, my favorite! What do you like on yours? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 6, 2015 at 9:36pm

Mike, many people feel cynical about the medical profession. I, for one, do not share such feelings. I feel profoundly grateful that people study long and hard to learn how to diagnose health problem, offer options of things to do, and give me enough information so that I feel confident in the decisions I have to make. 

There are some doctors I don't like. Some nurses act like dictators. Some lab people behave insufferably. However, over all, I am most appreciative of the fine skills most of them demonstrate. 

As to stomach problems, so many people have problems that seem to have no remedy. The first four years of my life I spent with my Dad at the slaughter house and butcher shop. I was exposed to all kinds of filth. I wonder if that is why I have such a strong stomach and gastro system ... except when it came to having a reaction to my Rx when I broke my arm and ribs and my gastro- system simply closed down. Falling off the killing room floor into a pile of maggots at about four years old didn't seem to prepare me for that episode in my life. 

I hope your new doctor has some answers for you. Life is too short to spend it in discomfort and pain. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 6, 2015 at 9:25pm

Patricia, I am so happy for you. That ten-year milestone is an important one. I wish I were as clever as you and could send you such bright and cheery greeting. You have a way with graphics. This is the best I can do, but I mean it with all my heart. Have fun! Every day of your life! 

 

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