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Cancer changes lives.

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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 Daniel Wachenheim on October 27, 2013 at 1:21pm

It's interesting to look at articles about cancer rates.

This article states that the rates of cancers, and rates of deaths from cancers, in the US, are declining.   Also here.


DuBois said while the rate of decline is small, it is significant because it has continued to fall each year for the past 10 years of available data.

Between 1999 and 2008, cancer death rates fell by more than 1 percent per year in men and women in every racial and ethnic group except for American Indians/Alaska Natives, among whom rates have held steady."

It depends on the type of cancer.  Some are rising and some are falling.

As for breast cancer, there's this:

Breast cancer incidence rates in the U.S. began decreasing in the year 2000, after increasing for the previous two decades. They dropped by 7% from 2002 to 2003 alone. One theory is that this decrease was partially due to the reduced use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) by women after the results of a large study called the Women’s Health Initiative were published in 2002.

Those numbers don't help much when one already has cancer, except that we don't want others to go through the same ordeals.

As to why Cancer Care Northwest is opening up more cancer centers...  I don't have an answer to that.  WA is a high risk state.  Why is that?  Less Vitamin D?  Hanford?  Or is Cancer Care NW consolidating care, other places closing down?  I don't know. 

The other thing about GMOs, that concerns me - "Roundup ready" GMO crops means the crops are heavily exposed to, and possibly contaminated with, roundup  contamination not only on the food, but also into the groundwater. and here. There is concern that glyphosate (roundup) may impact breast cancer rates.  It's hard to find objective information - naysayers and alarmists predominate.

OK, as you say - on to happier thoughts.  If there is a lull in the rain, I want to measure how much my trees grew this year.   Most planted 2012 but some in 2013.  Organic, GMO-free, weed-killer-free, pesticide-free, compost-fed, mulched and lovingly nurtured. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2013 at 12:31pm
It is cold and the autumn rains started this morning. In a week or so, I will catch as much sun and putter in my paradise as weather permits.
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2013 at 3:49pm

Thanks for the support dear friends. At my "graduation ceremony, I was able to say I had wonderful internet support from around the world and I must also remember all of you in my festivities. 

Patricia, the chemo dr. told me how long I will be on Herceptin, but I can't remember. I know there will seven months of it every three weeks. That will be a piece of cake. 

Now, the question is, why so many cancers, so many that Cancer Care Northwest has been opening new centers to accommodate all the needs. Does GMO have a role to play in the cause? We just don't know. The doctors all don't know. 

What that tells me is that because we don't know, we can not experiment on the general public. We need to know our food is safe, without question. 

As to seeds, patented seeds pollinate unpatented seeds and the courts are fining neighboring farmers because their crops have been pollinated by patented pollen. That makes about as much sense as finding women guilty when they have been raped.

Now, to happier thoughts, bald is a new hair color. 


Comment by Steph S. on October 23, 2013 at 11:54am

Daniel I am glad you left that company - there are many unethical people out there.

Comment by Steph S. on October 23, 2013 at 11:52am

Joan we are here for you - thanks for keeping us posted on your status. You are in our thoughts.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2013 at 12:05am
One more to go; I am as red as the firetruck Laura and her family painted this spring. Dreadfully sore and the doctor said my fatigue will continue for another two weeks. Oh great! just in time for the autumn rains! This week is absolutely beautiful with my garden all burgundy, yellow, and orange, Cary will finish up the preparation for winter's freeze, so I am content. I had my first surgery April 15 and last radiation Oct. 22. I guess that six months is long enough for me to be on vacation.
Isn't it fun to share Daniel's China adventure through his blog! It is a wonder that he has the energy to keep us posted.
Cheers to you all; happy thoughts!
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2013 at 11:32am

Daniel, thank you so much for the pep talk. I am really dreading today and tomorrow ... and then radiation will be done. It really does hurt, a lot. Thankful for each new sunrise. 

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on October 21, 2013 at 8:01am
Josn, just be strong a little longer. You are so near the final stages of this journey. Its uncomfortable and psinful but you will get through this. Then, gradually, feel better, and there will be the spring flowers to look forward to.
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 20, 2013 at 4:35pm
Daniel, Your new words and vocabulary are pretty much decipherable. I understand because I tried to use Laura's Notebook and did terribly.
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 20, 2013 at 4:32pm
Living with cancer does kind of change thinking. It focuses one toward what matters. Right now, getting to the truth of GMO is high on my list. I guess it is time for me to give up my old sob-stories of abuse and discrimination, and focus on what we allow into our bodies.
I am reading a book that Chris recommended, "The Moral Brain". That book helps one to focus.
I'm also reading, "Moral Evolution". Here is an idea:
Moral Evolution

Religious tyrants essentially destroy the USA educational system, which results in retrograde humans who cannot read, understand, think for themselves, or even survive. These debased persons allow themselves to be brainwashed into a murderous ideology that leads them to volunteer as cannon fodder for insane wars: a demonic plot to seize other nations’ oil and resources, reconfigure the Middle-East, and murder USA military personnel who appear to them as "surplus population”.

Cynical? Yes! But perhaps we need to look at what is true and what is phony.

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