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Transmissible Cancer

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Comment by Daniel W 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 Daniel W 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 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. 

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on January 25, 2014 at 6:21am

Thanks Patricia. Hmmm, I was 73 when the doc told me I had prostate cancer at the locally advanced level. I sought best advice but was told no operation was merited because of metastasis, i.e. microscopic-size centres of potential future tumours are dotted around everywhere, especially in the bones. In other words, my diagnosis came too late. 

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on January 24, 2014 at 6:49pm

That's good news for him Patricia (viz. early diagnosis and forthcoming operation). How old is he, approximately? Is he American?

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 24, 2014 at 6:21pm

Patricia, I am very sorry to learn of your husband's friends diagnosis of cancer. We are becoming experienced at walking the walk with people with cancer. Let him know there is great progress and many of us survive and, more importantly, thrive.  


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