If you have cancer.

If you had cancer.

If you know someone with cancer.

If you want to talk about cancer.

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.

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


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 Joan Denoo on January 22, 2014 at 7:36pm

Grinning Cat, that is a beautiful card with a special sentiment. I am so glad you called it to my attention because I missed it when I was on this page before. I can, with pride, dignity, a sense of authority, state I am 78 years old! Notice how nicely the sounds slip between the teeth, over the tongue and through the lips! 

I feel special, reading your words. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 22, 2014 at 12:41pm

Joan, many hugs and colorful greetings on this, one of your unbirthdays. I hope you have a wonderful year!

Comment by booklover on January 22, 2014 at 10:35am

Happy Birthday Joan!!  Here's to a great year for you! Hugs, Mindy

Comment by Plinius on January 22, 2014 at 5:27am

Happy birthday, Joan! Many happy returns!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 21, 2014 at 11:28pm

Daniel, thank you so much for the colorful greetings. The very best thing about this week is your healthy report from your tests. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 21, 2014 at 9:45pm

Spud! That is so special! What an imagination some people have and I thank you for sharing this with me, and the b.d. cake. I burst into laughter when I saw the cake. 

You are special. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 21, 2014 at 7:48pm

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 21, 2014 at 7:38pm

Wow - a birthday!

 Happy Birthday Joan!

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Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on January 21, 2014 at 5:27pm

To our Joan Denoo from us all

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dearest Joan
Happy birthday to you.

Comment by Plinius on January 21, 2014 at 7:46am

I'm so glad to hear the news, Daniel!


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