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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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Here's a good blog on the hallmarks of cancerContinue

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

Started by Dr. Terence Meaden. Last reply by Patricia Sep 16. 3 Replies

Ex Nature Genetics... Genetic tests could identify men having up to 100 genes that together can raise their risk of prostate cancer sixfold. One per cent of men carry a combination of the genes that…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 1, 2014 at 10:34pm

Daniel, you have been through a life-threatening event that impacted not only your body, but your energy level and emotional level as well. You put in so much work recently, I couldn't believe it. I marvelled at it and still am amazed. 

So, maybe your body is telling you to slow down, enjoy the radishes and whatever else is coming up. I know you are still working and that too, amazes me. I don't know how you do it.

Our weather is calling me outside and my body just doesn't want to go. Maybe we don't have our former endurance any more. Well, let's think a minute, I know I enjoy laying on my bed and watching science videos. What do you enjoy doing?

Cary would like me to be up and cleaning up the clutter inside and outside. I just don't want to. So, we each have choices. I can do what he wants me to, or I can do what I want. Maybe a little of each would work. I am lucky that he does the basics when I don't want to, so we aren't living in a pigsty. He has a brain injury and can't work outside the home, so he has the time to do whatever he wants done. He is also picking up skills that he will need after I am gone.

So, in the long run, we are doing just fine; I know I am very content. and I hope he is too.  

Comment by Daniel W on April 1, 2014 at 10:13pm
Hey all. Just some random venting. I thought the B12 supplement was helping but the past week Im back to being half slug and half tree sloth. Discouraged. Is what it is.

I read an ancient Egyptian was found with metastatic cancer. Might hsve been someone else, I forget the details. Might have been adifferent culture. Made me think how lucky we are. But also, cancer has been with us for eternity.

Also read some about roundup increasing risk for breast cancer. To hell with Monsanto!

OK. Better noe. Thanks for reading.
Comment by booklover on March 5, 2014 at 8:58am

Daniel, I hope it works for you!  That would be great!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 4, 2014 at 11:25pm

Daniel, I am glad you had your thyroid and Vit. B12 levels checked. My doctor kept upping my B12. I don't know if the fatigue will ever go away. However, I don't have to function mentally or physically. I can sit in my office and read and write all day. Spring will tell me the truth. 

I know what you mean about woo woo! 

You are getting enough rest, and little time-outs, I hope. 

Comment by Daniel W 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 Daniel W 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

 

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