If you have 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 Patricia on December 2, 2014 at 1:57pm

Hope everything stays ''looking good'' Spud!

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 2, 2014 at 10:55am

My new dermatologist removed a Squamous Cell Carcinoma from my ear yesterday, and everything is looking good.

A couple of weeks ago, he removed about 35 itchy spots and dark growths.  That's going to make shaving and hat wearing a lot less irritating.

Comment by C.L.A.W.S. on November 9, 2014 at 1:47pm

That's a great idea!

Comment by booklover on November 9, 2014 at 8:15am

Trees are a beautiful sign of life.  I am picturing you being there to see them bear fruit.  Peace to you too, Daniel.

Comment by Daniel W on November 9, 2014 at 7:33am

I've been following a support group for GIST, my type of cancer.  It's important to have some major filters on - the god and prayer talk is pervasive and often oppressive.

On the other hand, there is personal experience and information I've found no where else.  On the other hand, too much of it is like a sword of Damocles.

It is what it is.  I ordered a couple of trees to plant in Feb.  It's what gets me through the winter, regardless of whether I'll see them bear fruit.


Comment by Idaho Spud on October 26, 2014 at 8:24am

Daniel, your old oncologist sounds like an astibule.  Good that you're rid of him.

Comment by Plinius on October 26, 2014 at 2:20am

I'm glad you got another oncologist Daniel, even if it was accidental.

Comment by Daniel W on October 25, 2014 at 7:21pm

Joan, post all of the politics and religion that you like!  Your passion is so energizing!  I hang on every word.  You give me hope.   Or, if you need a break from it, that's fine too.  There is plenty to discuss with gardening, permaculture, and food, and anything else.


Mindy, I agree with you on the jerk part.  I am not assertive when it comes to taking care of myself.  Firing him was kind of accidental.  I asked another Dr. for who he thought would be a good match, and he contacted my now-new oncologist and asked if he would take me on. 


James, I'm glad you got the MRI.  Compression fractures are not good to miss. 


Joan, I hope you like Chalker-Scott's book.  I learned from it and have read the book twice.


I should try the Q10.  I don't mind the cramps but it is probably better not to have them.  What I don't know is, if the Q10 would interfere with the Gleevec.  There are quite a few medications that do, and Q10 may not be studied in that regard.  Interesting to me, grapefruit juice is not recommended because it increases the Gleevec level.  But that might be a good thing....   I should check the GIST support group forum and see what they say.


I planted a seedling ginkgo tree in the yard.  That must mean I plan to see it grow.  Or just as well, someone else might see it grow.



Comment by Joan Denoo on October 25, 2014 at 5:24pm

Oh Daniel, Your body has been through so much. I knew when you first reported your cancer and I looked it up, I found that Gastro-Intestinal-Stromal-Tumor was a very serious form. There has been more research published since I last looked. 

I am glad you did not keep your previous CA doctor. He wasn't a good fit for you. This new one may be a better listener.

The explosive and unpredictable diarrhea is just the pits. Hope you have some good creams for your skin. 

My leg cramps were pretty intense and the Primary Dr. recommended CO Q10 150 mg a day. It is an over the counter product.

I know you did not have chemo, but my chemo Dr Rx was Glutamine for muscle performance and cell volumizer. None of these is probably beneficial to your kind of muscle cells. It is the only thing I can offer as a suggestion.

Well, dear friend, I am going to stay away from politics and religion until you are totally well. You make such insightful comments to my postings and you don't need that gloom and doom these days. This winter, we can just be in the virtual garden. I have one e-book by Linda Chalker-Scott, The Informed Gardener and The Gardens of Democracy: A New American Story by Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer. 

Please keep us posted on good days and bad. We have broad shoulders and wise-acre mouths. We will either cheer you up or die for the trying. 

Comment by booklover on October 25, 2014 at 3:42pm
I'm sorry, Daniel. I can't believe your Dr. just got up and left the room! What a jerk! I had to leave my Dr. when he started acting like he was MAD AT ME, because he couldn't help me. Vent away! You know how much we all care about you here!
James, I'm glad someone found the reason for your problem. I remember being stunned as an adult when I actually realized that just because you have something wrong, and you see a doctor, doesn't mean they automatically diagnose, & fix it. I was very naïve!

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