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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

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 Plinius on June 20, 2015 at 1:26am

Many happy returns, Patricia!

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 19, 2015 at 10:39pm

An "official" sigh of relief, eh? Happy for you. 

Comment by Daniel W on June 19, 2015 at 8:42pm
Yay Patricia!
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 19, 2015 at 7:17pm

Patricia, that is good news, indeed. Celebration time. I will have a glass of prune juice in a champagne glass in your honor! 

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on June 19, 2015 at 6:09pm

We are so happy for you Patricia. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 10:10pm

Good for you, Mike, passing on poison seems like a good choice. 

Comment by Michael Penn on June 14, 2015 at 9:38pm

Joan, it isn't difficult to quit drinking when one realizes that their body no longer processes alcohol. Two drinks and I do not feel well and my body never gets the "buzz" or alcohol "high" any longer. Therefore, there is no reason to drink. I could force myself to drink but doing so would be a death sentence. I'll pass.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 7:34pm

"Give it to god!" 

What an inadequate response! I see no evidence of god and if there is one he/she/it works very hard to conceal him/her/it -self. For those who give "it" to god and feel better, I am glad. It appears like giving thanks to someone who one thinks gives a gift but didn't. Except what if there is no god who gives gifts, answers prayers, protects one from evil, gives guidance when in doubt, then itExcept, what if there is no god who doesn't give gifts, answer prayers, protect one from evil, give guidance when under stress? 

Except what if there is no god who gives gifts, answers prayers, protects one from evil, gives guidance when in doubt, then it is an empty gesture. 

A gesture with meaning is facing reality as it is, exploring for answers that matter, developing a plan to face reality with courage and get on with life. 

Oh well, what else is new?

How are you doing, Patricia? Get over your ordeal with your humor still intact? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 7:18pm

Mike, alcohol takes such a heavy toll on people and you appear to be one directly affected. I can't imagine how difficult it is to quite when I know how hard it is for me to lose weight. Addictions of any kind offer real challenges. I am glad you were able to beat the Demon Rum, or whatever your preferences. 

Well, Mike, we have to find our pleasures in other ways. Making each day count for something helps, but that isn't all there is to it. I guess if we cheer each other on and find ways to be happy, that is all we can ask. 

I like Daniel's philosophy,  what is, is. 

I wish you well, my friend, and do take good care of yourself. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 7:04pm

I'm counting with you, Daniel. 

Do you have neuropathy? The flank isn't where I would expect neuropathy to hit, but then, I don't know much more than my own experiences. 

 

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