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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 Joan Denoo on September 22, 2016 at 2:27am

The pureed vegetables is a good idea. I will try the milkshakes and eggnog; hopefully, he will take to them. 

Qiana, I appreciate your support and ideas. I will stay focused. 

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on September 22, 2016 at 2:13am

Milkshakes? Eggnog? Pureed vegetables in the chicken stock?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 22, 2016 at 2:07am

I think he knew he had a severe condition. He refused to go to the doctor and told me to stop bugging him. So, I contacted Laura and Larry and asked them to talk to him. They both came at once. Laura asked him why he wouldn't go to the doctor, and he replied that he was taking care of me.  We had the answer for that excuse; I would go to her home for a few weeks. Laura assured Cary if he changed his mind she would take him to the doctor. I was only at Laura's two or three nights and Cary notified Laura he wanted to go to emergency care. I returned with her and am here for the duration.

My task now is to figure out how to get nourishment into him. He lost 40 pounds so quickly, doesn't have an appetite, and it hurts to swallow anything.   

Tonight I fixed a cream sauce over soft noodles, and he ate a little bit of that. He ate a small bowl of mashed potatoes a few nights ago, and an egg omelette yesterday. I'm fixing puddings, and he ate a spoon or so. He doesn't like yogurt of any kind. 

Broccoli, steamed and put thru a food processor was good for a couple of bites.   

I'll call the nutritionist at Cancer Care Northwest and see if she has any ideas. 

I got ingredients for homemade chicken stock and will make that tomorrow. 

Any ideas are most welcome. 

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on September 21, 2016 at 11:24pm

That's shocking, & awful news!! He must be reeling.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2016 at 11:16pm

Cary was diagnosed today with esophageal and lung cancer. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 18, 2016 at 10:32pm

Daniel, I look forward to what my next round of appointments will reveal. To be perfectly honest with you, I enjoy my fatigue; it gives me an excuse to read, write, and attend to my mail. When I open the greenhouse, however, I want a full head of steam. 

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on February 18, 2016 at 8:14pm
Kelly, welcome to the group!

Josn, so far I have not had to buy on my own, so my oral chemotherapy is still via USA. If I did have to buy it myself, I would look i to the online pharmacies first, and see what they require. I dont know if a trip to a Canadian Dr or pharmacy is required but even with that, the cost would be a fraction of self pay here.

They can check your iron level. They can learn a lot from that.

if the iron level is low despite supplement, you are either not absorbing it or you are losing it. If you take acid - suppressing medication, that interferes with iron absorption. In my case, I am missing most of the stomach and also have to take acid suppresdion for life, so I was given an iron infusion. That made a world of difference.

I have the same symptoms as you. Within a few weeks of the iron infusion, those are at least 50% better. It really helped.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 18, 2016 at 7:44pm

Daniel, may I ask how you are going to manage the purchases in Canada? 

My GP and my oncologist just told me I am very anemic, in spite of the fact I take a high-quality iron pill that my nutritionist recommended, twice a day instead of once a day. We discussed my wanting to start making vegetarian meals; they both suggested I delay that until we find out what is going on. I have a string of doctor's appointments this spring that I missed this winter because the driving conditions were so bad. My calendar now includes my neurologist, cardiologist, and physical therapist. 

My only presenting complaint to each of them was fatigue, foggy thinking, and forgetfulness. I am still getting lost when I drive so I decided to give up driving, even if it is just to the grocery store in my neighborhood in Spokane. I don't drive at all in the country; there are too many country roads on which to get lost. My GPS on my car and my phone passed inspection by Larry. I don't know if it is being 80 or being a cancer survivor, but the 80s are not at all like turning 70.

The good news, I am triumphal and content with my new living arrangements. I move this Saturday! I selected a few (haha) books to take there. We will be moving bookcases into my bedroom and just about squeeze out the bed, chest of drawers, and dresser! As long as I have my books, recliner, and space for a fluffy rug for Dominic, I am joyous!

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on December 24, 2015 at 7:51am
Thank you Ruth and Terry for your encouraging words.
One correction. Ruth, my health plan IS currently paying for the gleevec. I dont know what will happen in March when the 3 years mark arrives. If they dont, pay for it, my plan is to buy it in Canada, where the cost is 90% less than in the USA. I did have to pay cash for the visit to OHSU. My health plan will not cover that.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 23, 2015 at 8:34pm

Thanks for your update, Daniel. Health plans ... don't get me started. You were right to get outside advice, and it's super good you can afford to continue gleevec on your own. Keep those little buggers asleep.


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