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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 Patricia on November 13, 2013 at 4:24pm

Yeah, cuz the last time I told the cats to get their own meals, & clean up their litter, it didn't work! But then again.....we all know who runs what around here....hahaha!!!!

Comment by booklover on November 13, 2013 at 3:58pm

Right Patricia!  I am convinced that my daughter, who suffers from depression, does better when she is around the cat my mom gave her.  She has to take care of her, and sleeping with her is comforting, etc.  My daughter would NEVER neglect an animal, so it gives her something to MAKE her get up and do something when she is really down!

Comment by Patricia on November 13, 2013 at 1:26pm

.......And a pet doesn't care if your health isn't what it should be, but they make great nurse companions, whatever your issues.

Comment by booklover on November 13, 2013 at 8:16am

I saw on the Facebook page of the guy my son was friends with as kids, and now has cancer, that he got a 6-month old puppy.  He was very happy, and not posting about his cancer, just how excited he was to have his own dog.  When he is in remission, hopefully, and goes back to college, the dog will stay with his parents.  I am glad he was able to get a dog and that it will help him through his cancer-treatments.:)

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2013 at 5:16pm

Happy to learn your nurse practitioner appointment went well, with you feeling treated with respect and professionalism. I like your photo of Stonehenge and we all exist as Homo sapiens.  Further, we are part of all living things. Get goose bumps just thinking about that. 

Comment by Steph S. on November 12, 2013 at 5:14pm

My thoughts are with you as you get your treatments. I've been keeping up with the postings here.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2013 at 4:57pm
Seeing ancient human-made monuments designed to catch the rising son at a specific time of year helps me to grasp just how long Homo sapiens have been able to think and build lasting structures, how short their lives were, how much space actually exists. Here is a film of Newgrange in Ireland, constructed at the beginning of the Bronze Age by a people who knew how to deliberately design and build such a massive structure. The construction took several generations because life expectancy was only about 45 years. It was over 5,000 years after the end of the last Ice Age; That was over 5,000 years ago. Stonehenge in England had not been built yet.

Historical: Tomb of Newgrange
Comment by Sentient Biped on November 12, 2013 at 11:48am

Thanks all for the encouragement and positive thoughts.  Very much appreciated.


This is the only place for that.  Elsewhere it's all "We'll pray for you" or "God will help you".


I've been referred to ophthalmologist, due to the blurry vision.  That appointment isn't made yet.  I'm not in that much of a hurry.   I figure it is what it is.


Following visit with nurse practitioner at oncology.  Went well.  I felt like I was treated with respect and professionalism. 


Like Joan describes, I'm aware of a growing number of folks with cancer.  More than before.


For some reason, looking at ancient places gives me peace of mind.  Even with all of history, and technology, we are still Homo sapiens.  This is public domain, from wikipedia on Stonehenge.


Comment by Patricia on November 8, 2013 at 5:47pm

Fruits seem fine & I freeze lots of cherries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, plums, apricots, melon.......etc., etc. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 8, 2013 at 4:58pm

Patricia, I'll have to try Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and Cauliflower frozen and "fresh" to see if I can taste the difference.

Fruit is another thing I buy frozen when I run-out of my home-grown.


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