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If you had cancer.

If you know someone with cancer.

If you want to talk about cancer.

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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Peanut protein spreads cancer

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Metastatic cancer killed man 4,500 years ago.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by sk8eycat Dec 7, 2014. 9 Replies

I found this story moving.  This poor man, riddled with pain and misery, died of cancer 4,500 years ago…Continue

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Comment by Daniel W on July 15, 2014 at 2:22pm

Had my CT scan today.  Now wait a couple of days for results.  It's been on my mind.  I don't have the perspective to know if I am more worn out compared to usual, or just the same.  Feels like more.  Much more.

Joan the gastrointestinal system is a pretty sensitive organ system.  There are many things affect it.  Hormones, emotions, irritants, changes in structure, substances that eat away the lining, nutritional content, physical content....  sometimes it's surprising that we creatures do as well as we do.   A lot of the barium went through me quite fast today, but I imagine there was enough for the scan.

Wis I had some advice on fingernails and toenails.  I knew a man who, out of frustration, used some woodworking power tools to trim his nails.  Unfortunately he did not have protective sensation, and did not have good eye sight and did not have good coordination....  wound up removing more than just toenail.  Had infections leading to bone infection, amputations, and a more disability.  So no power tools, PLEASE!!!   :-)

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 7, 2014 at 1:13am

So many of us report the toilet problem, it must be a syndrome. Out of our common experiences we should write a guidebook for newly diagnosed cancer patients. 

My neighbor has cancer as well, diagnosed before mine. She, too, is having problems with her toenails and fingernails. They curl down into the skin, cutting the tissue and hurting. We compare fingernails when we are together. We haven't gone to the trouble of comparing toenails, yet. I'm a little too embarrassed! They are so ugly!. 

Comment by Daniel W on July 6, 2014 at 3:07pm
One thing cancer has taught me is to be less perfectionist. A few typos dont matter when the next scan could show recurrence. Cancer tells me, if I could be dead in 6 months from this disease, my spelling is trivial. So is the laundry pile by the washing machine, and the weeds in the driveway cracks.

I cant copy and paste on ipad. The text is small and my eyes are bad. My fingers are fat and I have chronic diarrhea from intestional effects.
Im fatigued and working 70 hour weeks and still always behind.

Thats why I cant keep watching the damn cat when she is typing on the keypad. Like Patricia's cat, she's very sneaky.
Comment by booklover on July 6, 2014 at 2:20pm
Darn cats! Mine do that also Daniel. I think they also change my passwords. :)
Comment by Daniel W on July 6, 2014 at 10:16am

I try to edit my posts but often miss typos.  Also, my cat keeps figuring out my password and logging on when I am not home.

Comment by Michael Penn on July 6, 2014 at 9:42am

We all have them. Mostly I get mine when there is no "edit" listed after I do a post.

Comment by Daniel W on July 6, 2014 at 9:04am

Michael, sorry for the many typos.  I have fat fingers not suited for the keypad on my tablet.  There are fewer typos when I use a keyboard.  For some reason, "s" and "a" get transposed a lot.

Comment by Michael Penn on July 6, 2014 at 8:39am

You are right, Daniel, but your cat is on the keyboard of your laptop again.

Comment by Daniel W on July 5, 2014 at 11:50pm
Joan, thsnks for bringing. up the caregiver side of the equation.

The responsibilities, and the pressures, truly can take a toll. The caregiver, what ever their role, is only humsn. And like all humans, flawed and vulnerable.

But. They have in their hands, the fates snd wrll being of others. It is their responsibility, their duty, to do the best they can. Equally, it is their duty to be caring to those around them, outside of the care setting.

I always try to remember, the people involved in my care are only human, and they are as varied as hunsns anywhere else. I try to thsnk them, to make it rewarding to them. Not all are nice people. Not all are able. But many are both.
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 5, 2014 at 12:13am

This is off subject of being the one with cancer, but I want to share it with you. My former husband, a dentist, had the task to reconstruct a jaw in which a woman had lost her lower jaw to cancer. The whole jaw was taken out and skin had to be grafted and ready for the reconstruction of the jaw, which was my husband's task. The team of dentists and surgeons had to develop a strategy that was based on war injuries to the face, a very complex task because of the tongue and creation of a new jaw. During one phase they made a latex flap that went from her upper lip and draped over her lower part of her face so that people couldn't see her back bone going into her skull. It was a terrible sight and I saw the photos they used during the planning phase. 

The lower manufactured jaw, with false lower teeth were surgically installed, and then the skin grafts were drawn up over the device to reconstruct the chin. They had to make different grafts to represent the lower lip. 

The whole procedure took a heavy toll on my husband and the others who were involved with the responsibility. It felt to me as though they were trying to make a natural looking face, could not, and their frustration created great problems for the families of the surgical team. To be more blunt, they were trying to play god, couldn't, and frustration turned into physical abuse in our home. 

 

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