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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.

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

CD47

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 January 26, 2014 at 1:10pm

This makes me feel very grateful, that I live in a place and time to have good cancer treatment, and very angry at the greed and inhumane arrogance of pharmaceutical company stockholders and managers.

Cancer treatment is only for westerners who can afford it.

Whatever happened to humanity?

It's not just the CEO - the board of directors who selected him and continue him on top, and the stockholders who support him, are all equally culpable.

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 26, 2014 at 1:07pm

Terry, I'm really impressed!  

I tried doing a family history site using blogspot, and just make entries as I go along, but didn't have enough family to be interested.  Blog can be a way to self publish and you never know who will read it.  There are programs that will print off a blog, so you can compile it in book form.

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on January 26, 2014 at 11:01am

Re autobiographies, I appreciate the comments from Booklover and Daniel.

As regards finding the time (difficult for me) to deal with writing an autobiography, what I have done in order to get it started is this. On the computer I set out 100 files and folders with section titles that are labelled with time periods, places where lived (includes three countries), family members from grandparents to grandchildren), special friends, hobbies, etc.------and then whenever any opportunity arises I chuck pictures and notes and writings at them. Been doing that for the last 5 years. I'm hoping that in about three years time, I shall start reassembling all this together with proper chapter writing. To help with it all  I have ring bound files of 50 years and daily diaries of 15 years.    Terry 

Comment by booklover on January 26, 2014 at 9:04am

Dr. Meaden, My Grandfather wrote his autobiography hunting and pecking on his old typewriter.  I have a copy and I treasure it!

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 25, 2014 at 2:29pm
Joan its a guess but might be nerve oain, neuropathy. There are medicines for that. Can come with diabetes or some chemotherapies, and sometimes vitamin deficiencies. I hope your doctor has some good information for you! Just my thoughts.

Terry yhe autobio sounds great. Ditto on wishing tha ascendants had written autobios.

Patricia I hope your husband's friend - is that a friend-in-law? does well. I know so many people with cancers, it almost feels normal. Almost, and I still wouldnt wish it on anyone.
Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on January 25, 2014 at 2:22pm

Joan, I've just read  your latest. Do you mean that you have diabetes too? Do keep us to date. You are so precious.   

Comment by Patricia on January 25, 2014 at 2:18pm

Hadn't heard of this before Joan, hope you keep us posted.

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on January 25, 2014 at 2:17pm

Thank you Joan; and I always think that you look wonderful too.

As for me, I shall hang on resolutely for as long as I can. I'm naturally optimistic and always look on the bright side. So gotta keep researching and writing the books I've begun (several). But above all I want to write an autobiography so that my descendants (especially those not born yet) will know what I was up to. I recommend that everyone should write autobiographies. I wish that my ascendants had done so. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 25, 2014 at 2:12pm

I do have a wee bit of a problem, not a big one, just a little one. My toenails and fingernails hurt. I know nails have no nerve endings but the nail bed has plenty of nerves and mine hurt. I am seeing the dr. on Monday and hope she can help me out. I have been keeping them very clean, dry and well nourished with highly recommended lotions and potions.  

Who would have thought cancer treatment would involve nails? I read all the literature I could find, and learned from others who have noticed nail changes. So, I am about as well informed as I can be. I just don't want to lose any toes or fingers. Diabetes and amputations seem to coexist. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 25, 2014 at 2:07pm

Terry, you look wonderful! In some earlier photos you looked very weary, however, your recent trips to Ireland and your continued work with Neolithic stone circles reveal you as an energetic and enthusiastic person. I do hope you do well and find many pleasures as you face what is, as Daniel said, "what is, is". Life is so very precious and making every moment count is key, in my experience. 

 

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