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If you had cancer.

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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

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 July 15, 2014 at 6:53pm

I get the feeling this is not the healthiest bunch of people....  :-)

Joan my hours are down  to about 50 but I don't keep track.  There is a lot of on-line work, which I don't know how to account for.  My brain gets foggy.  There is mental and physical and I am worn out on both.  Ning thinks I should quit work, and forfeit retirement.  I don't think I can do that.

Comment by Michael Penn on July 15, 2014 at 6:32pm

I'm early stages of all this and don't know where it's going to go. I'm still very strong but I have shortness of breath. I had an aversion to one fluid pill and made the doctor remove it. So far we have not been prescribed any others. Strong as a horse, but sometimes I have to take an afternoon nap these days.

Comment by Michael Penn on July 15, 2014 at 6:10pm

My innards create ascites which is a fluid buildup in the abdominal cavity. My doctor calls this the "beginning of congestive heart failure" but I don't see that anybody is doing anything about it. They say if they drain it, it will just come right back.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2014 at 5:28pm

Daniel, are you putting in 70 hour weeks at the hospital? Surely not! With travel time, and the usual everyday chores that need doing, you know you have to monitor your time and set limits on what you do. Oh! Please do take good care of yourself! Your patients will understand, and hopefully the admin. will too. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2014 at 5:21pm

Daniel, sounds as though you have a straight pipe through your intestines, with flowing barium. Do hope the scan clearly reveals all that needs to be seen. 

Your description of the nail trimming machine sounds dreadful. Poor fellow! Hope he is doing better. My podiatrist trims my toenails on nine week intervals, giving me much relief. Wish he could help the man you portrayed. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2014 at 5:13pm

Thinking of you Daniel! Are you having a heat wave? We have, and I am just not able to handle it. That may explain your fatigue. In any even, my thoughts remain with you as the update comes in. 

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 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.

 

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