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We define ourselves. Cancer does not define us.

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Comment by Daniel W on December 28, 2013 at 7:41pm

Patricia, I don't think recovery from surgery was that bad. But then I was doped up. Oh well.

Comment by Daniel W on December 28, 2013 at 7:27pm

Last night I aspirated some of my cancer medication. I was so tired when I came home from work. Got some supper out of the fridge. Took my medication, then went to bed.

Unfortunately with a small stomach, eating then going to bed is a bad idea. It comes back up. Pardon my French, but that shit is bitter, it burns, it irritates the lungs, it persists, it stimulates secretions, they get coughed up, the throat burns, and it goes on for hours! Holy Jesus! Ning thought I was coughing up a lung! By the way, when you have diarrhea and you are coughing up a lung, it's best to be in the bathroom already. No more details on that, over-share.

Well got over it. Tired and felt bad all day. Lesson learned. Thanks for letting me whine.


OK< nuff said.

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 Daniel W 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 Daniel W 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 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 Daniel W 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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