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If you have cancer.

If you had cancer.

If you know someone with cancer.

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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 Joan Denoo on January 10, 2014 at 8:34pm

Oh yes, that wonderful PET scan. It is what tells the professionals if any cancer cells remain after the treatments. If the PET is clean, then the assumption/hope/passionately desired verdict of "free of cancer cells" may be true ... or there may be some hidden little devils that the scan didn't see. Or new ones just waiting to spring into being. 

My closest friend, Ed, the fellow who sends me all those funny pictures, and cartoons, had testicular cancer, went through all the protocols. Just this week he let me know that the cancer has spread to his bones. He is now in radiation trying to keep the pain down. Prognosis is not good. 

I hope the young man is free of cancer and can resume his life in a normal fashion to old age. Perhaps he will have to face the fact one day that he is not clear, that he has more rounds of whatever protocol they prescribe, and he can rest on the good work of his god or faith or belief.

Meanwhile, the doctors, nurses, technicians, all those people who sit with those who throw up in emesis basins, or who cry out in pain, faithfully care for and provide what comfort is available. 

Their god sits serenely by, not giving a hand at cleaning up the messes, or holding hands, or giving comfort to family who suffers a different kind of pain than the patient.

I am absolutely certain there is a plan for his life. He interprets it as a plan created by god for him. I say to him, the plan already exists inside of him, he is the author, the creator, the definer of his plan. His life is in his own hands and he needs no crutch to hand him a plan on a silver platter.  No god can provide the kind of comfort, certainty, confidence and competence that comes out of his own wisdom.

Well, I hope he doesn't have too hard of a time figuring that all out. Delusions are a dreadful thing to overcome. I wish him well.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 29, 2013 at 4:08pm

Daniel, so sorry about your horrible experience aspirating cancer medication.  I would give-up secrets as well.

Comment by Daniel W on December 29, 2013 at 3:23pm

Chris,

I'm an internist.  it's a long story.  I don't go into it online, because it gets in the way of some interactions.

Comment by Plinius on December 29, 2013 at 2:23pm

I'm glad you feel a bit better, Daniel! What work do you do, or what makes it meaningful to you?

Comment by Daniel W on December 29, 2013 at 1:40pm

Mindy,

Still not in that great shape today.  But not as bad.  Today mostly online doing homework.

Fortunately this week will have a day off for New Years.  Glad for that!

Joan, work gives my life meaning.  Also without work I can't afford treatment without giving up being able to provide for my partner, especially if my life ends soon.  Statistics say that probably won't be the case but its something i think about.  Next scan in is mid Jan.  Most of my human interaction is also via work and I would miss that too.  It's very difficult.  I wish there was a way to cut back.  But I continue.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 29, 2013 at 2:46am

Daniel, I am so sorry to learn of your recent experience. Dreadful experience for you. Surely a frightening one for Ning. I continue to marvel that you have been able to work at all. 

These may help relaxation, hopefully so:

Comment by Daniel W on December 28, 2013 at 8:22pm

Today is not so bad. Just exhausted. I think I'll head for a hot shower now.

Comment by Daniel W on December 28, 2013 at 8:15pm

Difficult for you, I'm sure.  Sorry to hear that.

They could use aspirated Gleevec instead of water boarding prisoners.  I was ready to give up all the information I had.

:-)

Comment by Daniel W on December 28, 2013 at 7:41pm

Patricia, I don't think recovery from surgery was that bad. But then I was doped up. Oh well.

Comment by Daniel W on December 28, 2013 at 7:27pm

Last night I aspirated some of my cancer medication. I was so tired when I came home from work. Got some supper out of the fridge. Took my medication, then went to bed.

Unfortunately with a small stomach, eating then going to bed is a bad idea. It comes back up. Pardon my French, but that shit is bitter, it burns, it irritates the lungs, it persists, it stimulates secretions, they get coughed up, the throat burns, and it goes on for hours! Holy Jesus! Ning thought I was coughing up a lung! By the way, when you have diarrhea and you are coughing up a lung, it's best to be in the bathroom already. No more details on that, over-share.

Well got over it. Tired and felt bad all day. Lesson learned. Thanks for letting me whine.

:-)

OK< nuff said.

 

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