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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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How cannabis compound could slow tumor growthResearchers at at the University of East Anglia have…Continue

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Colon cancer patients should avoid soda

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Cancer patients, avoid BPA

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Sentient Biped Jun 28. 1 Reply

If you're a cancer patient, avoiding BPA is best.BPA exposure caused breast cancer cells to grow faster than untreated cancer cells regardless of whether the cancer was estrogen receptor-positive or…Continue

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Comment by Patricia on March 4, 2014 at 10:30pm

Only time will tell the tale Daniel, but at least you were checked.

Comment by Sentient Biped on March 4, 2014 at 10:02pm

Well, this is a fine kettle of fish.  I asked my primary Dr. to check thyroid and vitamin B12 levels.  There are good solid biological reasons either could be low, with the surgical change of anatomy / malabsorption / and/or medication effects.  Either would slow me down, cause fatigue, make me punky, and clouded thinking.  As it turned out, the B12 was very deficient.  Not just low.  Low low.   Thyroid was normal.

We'll see.  It would be nice to have even a slight improvement in energy.  Supplement started today.  I should have said something sooner - I know to check these.  People can be patronizing and condescending when B12 and thyroid questions come up - lots of woo woo about these - but it can make a difference.  Actually, my oncologist was kind of patronizing.  

It's funny, I feel strangely more alert.  I took the fast-absorbing sublingual.  Research does not support that as better than oral, but again, there's the changed anatomy and medication effect, and the research has been with people with intact stomachs.  The feeling strangely alert might be entirely psychosomatic.  My body is still tired, but the brain is, for the moment, sparky.

Strange.  Tomorrow is another day.  We'll see if I'm doing cartwheels up the road.

Comment by booklover on February 27, 2014 at 6:41am

I agree with Dr. Meaden!  I'm glad for the good report Daniel.  I can commmiserate about the rebelling digestive system, but for different reasons. 

Thank you both for sharing this past year.  It helps others to understand what people who have had cancer go through.

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. 

 

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