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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 k.h. ky yesterday
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 yesterday

Joan, shedding many tears for you and Cary.

Comment by Plinius yesterday

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

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on Friday

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 Qiana-Maieev on Friday

My heart is with you Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Friday

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 Friday

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 Qiana-Maieev on Friday

Hopefully he can be kept in some sort of comfort.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Friday

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 k.h. 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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