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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 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 Idaho Spud on January 17, 2015 at 10:48am

Glad to hear your good news Daniel.

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on January 17, 2015 at 9:40am

Thank you so much Daniel for explaining in some detail. I am so pleased for you. 

Comment by Daniel W on January 17, 2015 at 9:24am

Update on my situation.  I had CT scan on Tues.  Report came back on Thurs.  No metastatic growths.  Next CT in 6 months. 

New oncologist.  I have to drive about 40 miles, but as it turns out, the prior one was a longer drive in time and traffic.   This drive isn't bad. 

Researching my unusual, cancer, it happens to about 6 to 12 out of a million people.  Most oncologist have seen few or no patients with GIST.  This one has 4 other patients, so at least some experience.  He was approachable, respectful, flexible, compassionate - really good..

Life is still a crap shoot, but isn't that true for everyone?  I tolerate my medication better than most people, so I feel very fortunate. 

It's been a tough month, mentally.  I'm glad that part is done.  Now moving forward.

Best wishes to all and thanks again for the supportive, prayerless encouragement.  Very helpful.

Comment by Daniel W on January 3, 2015 at 6:39pm
Tarrence, I'm glad you have a break from the basal cells.

Thanks everyone for the well wishes. It means a lot.
Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on January 3, 2015 at 3:28pm

Daniel: Wishing that everything goes well for you in all matters this month.

P.S. I've had about 10 bcc cut-outs in the last 24 years, the last was a nasty one from my nose two years ago. All quiet now. 

Comment by k.h. ky on January 3, 2015 at 3:17pm
Luck Daniel. You know you're in our thoughts.
Prayers would be just too funny. Lol
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 3, 2015 at 2:48pm

Daniel - best wishes for good results with both of these procedures.

Comment by Patricia on January 1, 2015 at 1:54pm

Thoughts are right there with you Daniel!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 1, 2015 at 12:23pm

I join the crowd cheering you on Daniel. January, with cataract surgery, CT scan and meeting your new oncologist, keeps you busy. New trees arriving in February sounds like fun, at last. 

Comment by Plinius on January 1, 2015 at 11:43am

I'm rooting for you, Daniel - but you knew that!


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