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.

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 Idaho Spud on December 22, 2013 at 2:08pm

Joan, I'm glad the worst is over for you and you're feeling much better.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 22, 2013 at 2:07pm

Daniel, I'm hoping your present treatments are effective and over soon.  Like you, I don't think I could (or want) to handle much of what some of you have been through or going through.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 20, 2013 at 11:13pm

Daniel, I can understand how you feel and support you in whatever is best for you. I want to say how very precious you are to me, and I deeply care about your health and welfare.

I hope you talk to others, possibly to those who have had your kind of cancer, and get a feel for the prognosis probabilities. You may have experience in your work and understand better than I what lies ahead for your situation.  In any event, reach out to others for comfort and care. And of course, you know we are all good listeners, have strong shoulders, and want to walk with you as you carry an emotional load. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on December 20, 2013 at 8:05pm
Terry I dont know if there are data on what cancers are seen for doctors. I've known several with prostate cancer, one with ovarian cancer, one with breast cancer, one with pancreatic cancer. That's off the top of my head, over the past several years. Mostly in their 50s, some in their 60s. Mine is unusual - a type of gastric sarcoma - and there is no screening test for this. Makes me feel special I guess. :-)
Comment by Patricia on December 20, 2013 at 6:15pm

True Daniel....''it is what it is''.

Comment by Sentient Biped on December 20, 2013 at 5:59pm
Patricia, on coping - I try to cope by being honest, thinking about what is the worst thing that can happen, how will i deal with that, and once I figure that out Im OK. I get tired of always being sick. Have always taken pride in being a tough guy who could weather anything..... it is what it is.
Comment by Patricia on December 20, 2013 at 4:37pm

No Terry, I meant the one with the bones eaten away as if by rodents.

Comment by booklover on December 20, 2013 at 4:14pm

The same wish for you Joan!  I'm so glad for you that you are done with treatments and can get back to doing whatever you love to do the most!

Comment by Sentient Biped on December 20, 2013 at 4:03pm
Terry how disappointing to think you were being checked but were not. I hope your treatments are effective and not too heinous.

There is a tremendous amount of controversy regarding effectiveness about prostate screening. I think its a good idea annually but to be honest I havent had myself checked since developing cancer because Im not sure I would bother treating a second cancer in myself. I dont know if I could handle it.
Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on December 20, 2013 at 3:11pm

Patricia, do you mean the slightly upturned nose? I must say that I like it. 


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