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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.

Discussion Forum

Participant Observer, loose bowel syndrome, unexpected and unprepared.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Patricia on Tuesday. 25 Replies

I thought I had given my last participant observer report, but just so others who may go through the same protocol as I did, here is another report on the loose bowel syndrome. The lesson here is,…Continue

Participant observer, toe and finger nails update

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 2. 4 Replies

Finally got all through the red-tape of health insurance referrals and saw a podiatrist this morning. A man in his late 60s, I would guess. Extremely thorough about checking my health history, and…Continue


Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 31. 0 Replies

CD47The most promising cancer treatment to date will begin human trials in mid-2014.CD47 is a kind of protein that is found on the…Continue

Tags: antibody based cancer therapy, CD47

Partipant observer update: cancer treatment and toe and finger nails

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 18. 4 Replies

My present pain is these damnable toe and finger nails, wanting to curl into my skin. I see the doctor today about my big toe. It is now infected and looks a little like this picture. The tips of my…Continue

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Comment by Sentient Biped on December 19, 2013 at 9:10pm

I hope he does well.  A young person like that shouldn't have to go through this.

Comment by Patricia on December 19, 2013 at 8:29pm

Weird....I was just thinking about that young fellow & wondering if you'd heard anything.......

Comment by booklover on December 19, 2013 at 7:31pm
So I bumped into the Mom of the guy who has cancer, the one my son was childhood friends with. She told me it is testicular cancer, and his type was common in men ages 18-25ish? I think it's uncommon, I'm not sure, but she said the success rate of a cure is good. I was glad to be able to give her a hug and tell her we are thinking of them. She called me 9 years ago when she found out my son had just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I thought that was really nice of her. She is a nurse, so hopefully she is even more helpful to her son while he goes through chemo.
Comment by booklover on November 14, 2013 at 8:50am

LOL Daniel!  What ADORABLE dogs!!!!!

Yeah Patricia, my husband always walks past the cats when they're laying around and says "get a job."  Then he tells me they said no. lol

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 13, 2013 at 8:23pm
Charlie sniffing pig's nose, sniffing Charlie's nose. Interesting image!
Comment by Patricia on November 13, 2013 at 6:11pm

Funny & cute!

Comment by Sentient Biped on November 13, 2013 at 6:04pm

Just got bag of pig noses aat the pet store.  They love pig noses and pig ears.  Thinking too much about it - while Charlie was sniffing the nose, I thought about the nose sniffing back. 

Comment by Patricia on November 13, 2013 at 4:24pm

Yeah, cuz the last time I told the cats to get their own meals, & clean up their litter, it didn't work! But then again.....we all know who runs what around here....hahaha!!!!

Comment by booklover on November 13, 2013 at 3:58pm

Right Patricia!  I am convinced that my daughter, who suffers from depression, does better when she is around the cat my mom gave her.  She has to take care of her, and sleeping with her is comforting, etc.  My daughter would NEVER neglect an animal, so it gives her something to MAKE her get up and do something when she is really down!

Comment by Patricia on November 13, 2013 at 1:26pm

.......And a pet doesn't care if your health isn't what it should be, but they make great nurse companions, whatever your issues.


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