If you have cancer.

If you had cancer.

If you know someone with 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 Michael Penn on July 19, 2014 at 10:44pm

Joan, I research everything. I do not have the classic liver failure symptoms but they fall into congestive heart failure. I'm working with my doctor on this, but am soon going to take Brewers yeast for B-12 and other vitamins along with vitamin C. This will put back what drinking removes. None of it is a cure for ascites, but if I am correct then ascites will start to receed.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 19, 2014 at 8:30pm

Michael Penn, what are your options? Is there any literature that helps you understand the process occurring in your body? I assume you have done the basic Google search and then sorted fact from fiction. What are your presenting symptoms, if you don't mind my asking? Have you identified the trigger to occurrence, or it it a constant condition?  When do you feel your best? and worst? Does diet effect it? Is it inherited, or environmental? 

These are not questions you need to answer to me, but to ask yourself in order to get some clues to what works and what doesn't. 

I am really sorry to learn of your struggle with this and according to what I read, it can lead to very serious consequences. 


I am interested in what you learn as you research your condition. Please keep us posted. 

Comment by James M. Martin on July 19, 2014 at 7:00pm

@ Sentient Biped, my last bout with bronchial asthma took what little energy I have from anemia and had me almost as exhausted as I was with horrible hemolytic anemia after the last chemo. My right lung and lo and behold lymph nodes on that side of my neck were in bad shape, and it took four or five days for the nodes to go back to their unswollen state. Not fun. Now, I have lost 50% of the taste for food. Good time to diet.

Comment by Plinius on July 19, 2014 at 2:42pm

I'm glad, Daniel!

Comment by booklover on July 19, 2014 at 2:41pm
Yay Daniel! I'm so happy for you!<3
Comment by Patricia on July 19, 2014 at 1:23pm

Very glad to hear this Daniel! I've been thinking of you constantly.

Just found out 2 of my husband's coffee pals aren't going to win their battles, so your news is very good!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 19, 2014 at 12:56pm

Good News! Now, onward with a resolve to rest and recuperate as well as you can given the situation facing you. What are the best parts of your day? Can they be increased? What are the worst parts? Can they be decreased? 

Your garden brings you much comfort and the good thing about that is it will continue to grow whether you are tending to it or not. Sure, the weeds take over, but there is a certain amount of scaling back that is necessary at our ages. 

The best part of last year for me was realizing that when I wasn't doing anything, others picked up the slack. My family appears to like the things I used to do, i.e. host dinners, celebrations, etc. and so they plan and do the work to make such events happen. 

The most recent dinner I prepared was at my granddaughter's home and all the great-grandkids pitched in. I'm sure I sent a few of the photos. It makes me very happy to remember that day. Rouladen (beef rolls), Kartoffelknodel (potato dumplings) and German style cabbage. That was in February 2014. 

These are four of my five great-grandchildren and my granddaughter is next to the fine young fellow feeding himself a delicious morsel. 

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

Glad to hear your good news Daniel.

Comment by Sentient Biped 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?

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