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We won't pray.  We won't blame gods.  We won't give credit to gods.  

We face the diagnosis and know, it is what it is.  

To the extent that we can, we will define our own course.

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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 Barbara Livingston on June 14, 2015 at 9:17am

My 'bouncy, bubbly' neighbor has breast cancer and when she told me six months ago she was diagnosed I told her I would do whatever I could to support her.  She then told me she had "given it to God" and wasn't going to worry anymore. There wasn't much else I could say, and we continued on. I do know in the beginning she was very afraid and that is what we discussed most.  

Ironically, last month I got a taste of what she is going through. In early May, my GYN doctor discovered dysplasia during my annual. She was concerned, scheduled surgery, and of course I came home and Googled it. The surgery determined that dysplasia was "severe" and my doctor confirmed what I learned on the internet; it could go away completely or since there was high pre-cancerous activity it could come back or actually become  cancer. My doctor said she would follow closely with three month checkups. Obviously I've been pre-occupied this past month. 

I discovered something;  dysplasia is common in women around age 70, and in 50% of those women it is closely related to smoking which I did for many years, and it is also related to low folate levels. Since I have the MFTHR genetic mutation, I was advised to not take in more than 400 mg total of folate per day.  So rather than berate myself for smoking all those years and for my DNA being what it is, I'm saying 'it is what it is' and getting on with life - being grateful that I have insurance and went for my annual.

I can't begin to say I know what many of you in this group have gone through, both emotionally and physically.  However, my level of understanding is much greater. For each person who has made it through to your 'anniversary', may I say a hearty congratulations!

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on June 14, 2015 at 9:08am

You may count on our sympathies. What do you know about the state of your lumbar vertebrae as revealed by MRI scans or X-rays? 

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim 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 Wachenheim on June 6, 2015 at 9:42pm
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? 


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