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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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Living interminably with terminal cancer

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Transmissible Cancer

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Comment by Grinning Cat on April 4, 2014 at 11:04pm

Thanks to Joan for sharing this in another A|N group; it belongs here too!

"Meet Dan. Every Wednesday and Thursday, he heads to local Cancer Centers and buys a cup of coffee for each patient, nurse, doctor, and everyone in between... straight from his own pocket."

From the photo album at Buzzfeed, "35 pictures that prove the world isn't such a bad place"

Comment by Plinius on April 3, 2014 at 12:59am

LOL, wonderful idea!

Comment by Plinius on April 3, 2014 at 12:32am

My energy window is at best 4 or 5 hours, so I'm lucky there. How about a sloth party in a sunny beechwood? We'll hang in the trees, watch the light on the leaves and feel good while doing nothing. I'll bring some food. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 2, 2014 at 8:11pm

A ha! the pacemaker is for me too!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 2, 2014 at 7:19pm

Daniel, just to set the frame, here is a thought for the day in the form of a photo, to relax, enjoy the resting time, and know your body is working, even if you are not. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 2, 2014 at 7:00pm

Patricia, you have guided me well on my cancer challenge, and your experience of having a 2 hour window seems to be true for me as well. We grocery shop once a week and I come home exhausted. I have the privilege to nap for the remainder of the day, and not everyone can do that.

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 2, 2014 at 12:19pm

Sorry to hear your energy is down Daniel.  

Like Chris, I'd like to think the tree sloth leads a satisfying life, and I think someone did it a disservice by calling it a sloth.

We probably couldn't be happy being a sloth all the time, but to everything there is a season.

Comment by Plinius on April 2, 2014 at 4:58am

I'm sorry to hear your energy is down, Daniel! Joan might well be right, that you need to take it easier - feel like  a tree sloth; live like one. I can't help thinking that such lovely animals must lead a satisfying life...

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 1, 2014 at 10:34pm

Daniel, you have been through a life-threatening event that impacted not only your body, but your energy level and emotional level as well. You put in so much work recently, I couldn't believe it. I marvelled at it and still am amazed. 

So, maybe your body is telling you to slow down, enjoy the radishes and whatever else is coming up. I know you are still working and that too, amazes me. I don't know how you do it.

Our weather is calling me outside and my body just doesn't want to go. Maybe we don't have our former endurance any more. Well, let's think a minute, I know I enjoy laying on my bed and watching science videos. What do you enjoy doing?

Cary would like me to be up and cleaning up the clutter inside and outside. I just don't want to. So, we each have choices. I can do what he wants me to, or I can do what I want. Maybe a little of each would work. I am lucky that he does the basics when I don't want to, so we aren't living in a pigsty. He has a brain injury and can't work outside the home, so he has the time to do whatever he wants done. He is also picking up skills that he will need after I am gone.

So, in the long run, we are doing just fine; I know I am very content. and I hope he is too.  

Comment by Daniel W on April 1, 2014 at 10:13pm
Hey all. Just some random venting. I thought the B12 supplement was helping but the past week Im back to being half slug and half tree sloth. Discouraged. Is what it is.

I read an ancient Egyptian was found with metastatic cancer. Might hsve been someone else, I forget the details. Might have been adifferent culture. Made me think how lucky we are. But also, cancer has been with us for eternity.

Also read some about roundup increasing risk for breast cancer. To hell with Monsanto!

OK. Better noe. Thanks for reading.
 

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