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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.

Discussion Forum

Participant Observer, loose bowel syndrome, unexpected and unprepared.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Patricia on Tuesday. 25 Replies

I thought I had given my last participant observer report, but just so others who may go through the same protocol as I did, here is another report on the loose bowel syndrome. The lesson here is,…Continue

Participant observer, toe and finger nails update

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 2. 4 Replies

Finally got all through the red-tape of health insurance referrals and saw a podiatrist this morning. A man in his late 60s, I would guess. Extremely thorough about checking my health history, and…Continue

CD47

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 31. 0 Replies

CD47The most promising cancer treatment to date will begin human trials in mid-2014.CD47 is a kind of protein that is found on the…Continue

Tags: antibody based cancer therapy, CD47

Partipant observer update: cancer treatment and toe and finger nails

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 18. 4 Replies

My present pain is these damnable toe and finger nails, wanting to curl into my skin. I see the doctor today about my big toe. It is now infected and looks a little like this picture. The tips of my…Continue

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Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on February 27, 2014 at 4:52am

To Daniel, Joan and everyone else, it brings reassurance to us all to hear reports like these about the good news of stability. 

Comment by Plinius on February 27, 2014 at 2:30am

Thanks for the update, Sentient,  you can go on like you've done these months! I take my hat off to you, for having heavy challenges like yours while you remain gentle and attentive to everyone here. Have a good 1 year anniversary!

Comment by Sentient Biped on February 26, 2014 at 9:38pm

Joan, my oncologist expects 3 years total on medication.  The jury is out on that because it is so new.  We'll cross that bridge when we come to it. I am almost to the 1 year anniversary - as are you!  Such a journey for you!  So glad you are here, but I wish you didn't have to go through it too!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 26, 2014 at 9:28pm

Daniel, very good news that things are stable, no new growth or growths revealed. Side effects being your new normal, I sincerely hope they are within a tolerable range. I wonder if fatigue ever goes away, even as you have stayed very active through treatment. Gastro rebellion presents a tough challenge; being prepared helps, but it still means being out of control. 

OK, that is the new reality. Given that, my wish for you is that you find comfort, peace and joy! Take good care my friend. 

Joan

Comment by Sentient Biped on February 26, 2014 at 8:31pm

Hey all.

Here's my own cancer update.  I saw oncologist yesterday.  No new news.   Next scan in 6 months.  The side effects of medication are my normal way of being now.  Vision is stable.  Fatigue is unchanged.  Gastrointestinal tract remains in rebellion.

Overall OK.  Very appreciative that we have this forum for discussion.  It's made more difference than I can express.  Thank you. all.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 13, 2014 at 3:34pm

Love his version of Over the Rainbow.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 11:30pm

Daniel, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole and his Over the Rainbow always calm and refresh me. Thanks. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on February 12, 2014 at 9:13pm

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 8, 2014 at 2:35am

There's also a website "autocowrecks"; I believe it's part of Cheezburger.

Comment by Plinius on February 8, 2014 at 1:06am

I like "damn you autocorrect!"

 

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