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.

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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 Patricia on January 25, 2014 at 1:49pm

Well that's not great news.......but you do what you have to do.

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 Patricia on January 24, 2014 at 7:02pm

We're Canadians here Terry.

He is 73 I think....... 

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 Patricia on January 24, 2014 at 6:44pm

Apparently it's been caught early so his prognosis is good.

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.  

Comment by Patricia on January 24, 2014 at 6:06pm

One of my husband's coffee pals got his prostate cancer diagnosis yesterday & will have his surgery in 2 weeks. He just lost his wife.......


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