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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 Patricia on July 15, 2014 at 3:22pm

Personally I find heat very wearing Daniel, plus the extra work & longer daylight hours..

The Collagenous Colitis is usually a patchy thing, but in my case it's the whole gut. For some reason, my innards make excess collagen. I'm onto a site now for something different to approach my issue & I'll order on pension day to try out their 100 day money back offer.

Comment by Sentient Biped 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 Patricia on July 6, 2014 at 3:40pm

The kitties own the house & everything in it, as well as the computer, so I have no say in the matter.....hahaha!

Comment by Patricia on July 6, 2014 at 3:38pm

Yes Daniel, I found just what was not important to me anymore. If I spend/waste my precious time now on anything, it's because I choose to, not because I must.

I have the damn colitis which sends me to the bathroom up to 20 times a day or so, & sometimes not making it when I'm in flare, so oftentimes I don't have the time or energy to do much else. Planning my life around the nearest toilet is a real nuisance as well as humiliating at times.

Comment by Sentient Biped 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 Patricia on July 6, 2014 at 2:54pm

Sow wut? Wee lyk tuh ryt arr leddurrz wen nobuddeez uhrownd. Wee don't need no nozee hyoominz buttin intuh arr pryvit bizznuzz, an thuh hyoominz wont git uss arr own kumpyooturr, sow wee gawttuh doo wut wee gawttuh do.

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 Patricia on July 6, 2014 at 2:00pm

When I catch a mistake after posting, I highlight & copy, delete that post, & paste the copy into the typing window, correct it, then post again.

Comment by Sentient Biped 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.


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