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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 Daniel W on December 2, 2014 at 7:12pm
The itching stops after a while. The last time
I shaved was when I went under anesthesia. I thought it was more aseptic for surgery. I view not shaving as more efficient snd environmentaly friendly. Same with haircuts - One set of clippers lasts a decade or more. Using a 1/4 or 1/8 inch guard, I go over face and head once weekly. No trips to barber. It also saves my energy, which is so bad now I dont feel like shaving in the am anyway. And saves money.

Spud the good thing about most skin cancers is once they are gone, they are gone. Melanomas are bad news, but sq cell and basal cell are much less concerning. If they take them off, then they are gone.

Anyway Spud, very glad it's all taken care of.
Comment by Idaho Spud on December 2, 2014 at 5:03pm

Thanks Joan.  I tried to grow a beard once when I was 25 or so, but gave it up quickly.  It was spotty, but more importantly, it took too much time to keep neat.  More importantly than that, it was itchy.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 2, 2014 at 4:59pm

Spud, good news to learn you had the Squamous Cell Carcinoma and those 35 itchy spots and dark growths removed. Have you ever been tempted to grow a beard?

Watching all the permaculture videos, many of the men grow beards. I am becoming quite accustomed to them now. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 2, 2014 at 4:59pm

Thanks CLAWS.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 2, 2014 at 3:38pm

Thanks Terence.

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on December 2, 2014 at 3:36pm

That sounds like good news, Spud.

We are always rooting for you. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 2, 2014 at 3:16pm

Thanks Patricia.  I expect it will.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 2, 2014 at 10:55am

My new dermatologist removed a Squamous Cell Carcinoma from my ear yesterday, and everything is looking good.

A couple of weeks ago, he removed about 35 itchy spots and dark growths.  That's going to make shaving and hat wearing a lot less irritating.

Comment by Daniel W on November 9, 2014 at 7:33am

I've been following a support group for GIST, my type of cancer.  It's important to have some major filters on - the god and prayer talk is pervasive and often oppressive.

On the other hand, there is personal experience and information I've found no where else.  On the other hand, too much of it is like a sword of Damocles.

It is what it is.  I ordered a couple of trees to plant in Feb.  It's what gets me through the winter, regardless of whether I'll see them bear fruit.


Comment by Idaho Spud on October 26, 2014 at 8:24am

Daniel, your old oncologist sounds like an astibule.  Good that you're rid of him.


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