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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 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. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 20, 2013 at 3:10pm

Yes, Joan and Terry, I know any cancer can be horrible if not treated or caught in time.  I didn't mean to mislead anyone into thinking Basal cell or Squamous cell carcinomas couldn't be dangerous.  Just that I caught them early and they were eliminated without much trouble or worry on my part.

Comment by Patricia on December 20, 2013 at 3:06pm

......And isn't that a wonderfully dignified thing to happen??!!!!

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on December 20, 2013 at 3:01pm

Not many medical doctors get the common cancers I think, because they must surely be testing themselves regularly, considering what they see happening to their patients.

Spud, I have been having basal cell carcinomas removed from my face these last 20 years. Just because they called them rodent tumours for the first ten years I did not know they were bcc cancers but as Joan says, if untreated, they can be horrors.The last one was on my nose, which was awkward to cut out. I now have a slightly upturned nose. A second surgeon who was watching told me that some people come to them wanting the operation to get an upturned nose--and that they get charged up to £10,000 for it. I asked the surgeon who cut the bcc out what would happen if not removed. He said it grows and grows. In a London teaching hospital there is the skull of a 19th century unfortunate man who had much of the bones of his face eaten away--as if by rodents.

Comment by Patricia on December 20, 2013 at 2:54pm

I always maintain we will cope.....good, bad, or otherwise......not coping isn't an option, & I choose to make jokes or find something to laugh at or with.

I am not normally a positive upbeat person, so I have to work hard at it, & it's the ones I choose to be around, or have around me who help immensely. On the other hand, as a loner, I am not around others much, which is also a choice.  

Comment by Patricia on December 20, 2013 at 2:49pm

Unfortunately having cancer once doesn't confer immunity, so diligence must be in the forefront at all times. Even ''beating'' it shouldn't make a person forget to watch & listen to the body signs forever.

Comment by Plinius on December 20, 2013 at 2:37pm

Thanks Patricia! I've read this group for some time now... I am interested in your well being and especially how you cope with what you get. And I admire you for how you cope.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 20, 2013 at 2:32pm

Spud, you wrote, "Just the Basal and Squamous Cell Carcinomas. No biggie." They are biggies! You can die from them, just as internal, unseen cancer cells kill. Just think, in your parents' and grandparents' time, many of them suffered from seen and unseen cells that caused them great suffering. Our generation has so many treatment in an attempt to cure, and many more treatments that alleviate suffering.

Your contribution to this discussion is important and necessary for us all to read and understand. 

Now, on to living well!


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