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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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what is cancer?

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Men at risk of Prostate Cancer could in future be identified by Gene Tests

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Comment by Idaho Spud on July 19, 2014 at 12:44pm

Glad to hear your good news Daniel.

Comment by Daniel W on July 19, 2014 at 12:23pm

Thank you all for your expressions of support.  The CT scan was negative for any new tumors.  As in most such scans, there were vague findings that leave one with a slight questions.  That is "nonspecific lymph nodes" which have been present all along without change, no different from a year ago, and which you can find in people without cancer as well.  As long as those don't grow, they are just observed with time. 

Your support really does make a difference.  More than you know.

James, answer to your question, they manage the oral contrast / barium here by giving us packets of powder to take home.  Mix with the right amount of water and refrigerate overnight.  Drink half, 2 hours before the scan, and half 30 min before the scan.  I don't mind it, the mix here is smooth like milk, has a citrus sweet flavor, and drinking cold may help as well.  It will never sell as a soft drink, but is worth the effort.

Comment by James M. Martin on July 15, 2014 at 11:35pm
@ Sentient. I hate scans. Did they make you swallow that goopy shit, or is that just fore MRI's?
Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on July 15, 2014 at 7:03pm

Daniel, I am rooting for you. Like all of us, I know the feeling of waiting for those precious results to arrive. 

Terry

Comment by booklover on July 15, 2014 at 6:53pm
Daniel, I will be thinking of you as you wait for your results. <3
Comment by Daniel W on July 15, 2014 at 6:53pm

I get the feeling this is not the healthiest bunch of people....  :-)

Joan my hours are down  to about 50 but I don't keep track.  There is a lot of on-line work, which I don't know how to account for.  My brain gets foggy.  There is mental and physical and I am worn out on both.  Ning thinks I should quit work, and forfeit retirement.  I don't think I can do that.

Comment by Michael Penn on July 15, 2014 at 6:32pm

I'm early stages of all this and don't know where it's going to go. I'm still very strong but I have shortness of breath. I had an aversion to one fluid pill and made the doctor remove it. So far we have not been prescribed any others. Strong as a horse, but sometimes I have to take an afternoon nap these days.

Comment by Michael Penn on July 15, 2014 at 6:10pm

My innards create ascites which is a fluid buildup in the abdominal cavity. My doctor calls this the "beginning of congestive heart failure" but I don't see that anybody is doing anything about it. They say if they drain it, it will just come right back.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2014 at 5:28pm

Daniel, are you putting in 70 hour weeks at the hospital? Surely not! With travel time, and the usual everyday chores that need doing, you know you have to monitor your time and set limits on what you do. Oh! Please do take good care of yourself! Your patients will understand, and hopefully the admin. will too. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2014 at 5:21pm

Daniel, sounds as though you have a straight pipe through your intestines, with flowing barium. Do hope the scan clearly reveals all that needs to be seen. 

Your description of the nail trimming machine sounds dreadful. Poor fellow! Hope he is doing better. My podiatrist trims my toenails on nine week intervals, giving me much relief. Wish he could help the man you portrayed. 

 

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