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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

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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Metastatic cancer killed man 4,500 years ago.

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Comment by booklover on September 8, 2013 at 8:50am

So glad you are done with your last big chemo Joan. It sounds like Cary has been such a help and comfort to you.  What a great son to have with you. :) 

I'm always thinking about you Joan and Daniel!  Patricia, you are such a great comfort I'll bet, having beat cancer!

Comment by Daniel W on September 7, 2013 at 7:38pm

Joan, I know you are glad that was your last big chemo!  You got through it!  Good for you! 

Now for some healing and recuperating.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 7:24pm

My last BIG chemo on Wed. was rough on me. I spent most all day Thurs. and Fri. in bed and felt much better this morning. Nothing would stay inside me, and that added to my weakness. Even though I still feel weak, my spirits have returned. Cary walked to the store and brought me some mineral water this afternoon and that tasted so good. He just fixed me a tuna sandwich and I think that might stay inside me for a while. 

Hopefully, you are able to rest when you feel like it Daniel. I find sleep is the only thing that helps during these hard times. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 7:20pm
Daniel, this is a beautiful sourwood! You will just love it. My cousin in Enumclaw, WA. has one as big as his house, and it is so healthy. I like the way the flowers fall into a nice cluster.

So very sorry to learn of your feeling down this week and having a disrespectful oncology pharmacist. I so wish you had access to a facility such as mine. They offer great support and encouragement.
Comment by Daniel W on September 7, 2013 at 5:37pm

Here's the tree. It's planted now. A bit awkward in its youth, but should fill in and grow nicely over time.

Felt kind of down this week, and tired. And the oncology pharmacist had a chip on his shoulder and was amazingly disrespectful for no apparent reason other than I was a human being with a question. Well, everyone has bad days.

Thanks for the positive comments, you all make it better. :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 5:01pm

Daniel, the Sourwood tree is so beautiful. It will be a nice reminder of progress being made. 

Comment by booklover on September 5, 2013 at 8:35am

Beautiful tree Daniel!  Wonderful idea!  I've never heard of a Sourwood tree.  Now I have! 

Comment by Daniel W on September 4, 2013 at 8:36pm

Now coming up on the 6-month point after "Day Zero" - the day my cancer made itself known. 

I had the afternoon off and went to a local nursery, bought a tree to plant as a marker of this event.  I want to see it take root, leaf out in the spring and bloom next year.

My selection is native to the US but not to the Pacific NW - Sourwood tree.

This is a photo of Sourwood tree from the web.  They have flowers with nectar for honey, and red leaves in fall

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2013 at 8:26pm

Patricia, I just want to let you know much I enjoy Tim Wheater's music. A very real calming experience. 

This is just one of the pieces I have on a playlist 

Michael Hoppe & Tim Wheater - The Lovely Land

Here is the playlist:

Music Tim Wheater by Joan Denoo

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2013 at 6:32pm
Patricia, I have much to learn from you. Especially your spirit. "Never futurize!" Count the pluses! You really do make me laugh.
 

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