If you have cancer.

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 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 booklover on Thursday

How beautiful and inspiring Joan.  What a wonderful picture in the face of an awful disease. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on Thursday

Strength in numbers: How three little girls with cancer are inspiri...

Rylie, 3, has kidney cancer;

Rheann, 6, has brain cancer

Ainsley, 4, has Ainsley leukemia.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 5, 2014 at 2:28pm

Just keep swimming.  Something Joan is very good at.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 5, 2014 at 2:27pm

Thanks G Cat and Joan.  Could hardly see most of them for the tears.  My favorite uses a quote from one of my favorite movies:

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 4, 2014 at 11:04pm

Thanks to Joan for sharing this in another A|N group; it belongs here too!

"Meet Dan. Every Wednesday and Thursday, he heads to local Cancer Centers and buys a cup of coffee for each patient, nurse, doctor, and everyone in between... straight from his own pocket."

From the photo album at Buzzfeed, "35 pictures that prove the world isn't such a bad place"

Comment by Patricia on April 3, 2014 at 5:32pm

Yes, they aren't near as tough as they used to be to go through & recover from. I always had miserable periods my whole reproductive life so was very glad for menopause, & for me it was pretty easy other than the hot flashes. I've had a couple of d&c's but nothing was ever found which is a good thing. I just wished I didn't have so much agony every month, so no more of that after I turned 50 was the really good thing! 

Comment by booklover on April 3, 2014 at 4:42pm

Sorry to hear that Patricia!  It's one of the things I don't have trouble with. 

Have to have a Hysteroscopy done in a week or two.  It's like a D & C, but they use a camera, and they are going to snip out a polyp and test it to make sure it's benign.  Also I have fibroids.  Heavy bleeding the last two periods.  Ugh.  At least it's outpatient and my family has to wait on me for 24 hours. lol.

Comment by Patricia on April 3, 2014 at 1:45pm

What da hell is a ''good night's sleep"?????? It's been so many years now, I'm sure I wouldn't recognize one if it slapped me.

Comment by booklover on April 3, 2014 at 8:24am

If I don't get a good night's sleep, I'm toast!  I have to take a nap!  A lot of times I think I am just lazy.  I'm just not a go-getter!  It's such a feeling of accomplishment for me when I do a ton of things on my list in a day. ;)

Comment by Plinius on April 3, 2014 at 12:59am

LOL, wonderful idea!


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