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Cancer

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 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
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/places/culture-places/his...
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.

Comment by Patricia on November 8, 2013 at 4:50pm

I like frozen peas, carrots, corn, lima, sweet peppers, but I have yet to try frozen broccoli, Brussels sprouts, or cauliflower, etc., that tasted good at all.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 8, 2013 at 4:26pm

Daniel, thanks for the information and the video on frozen food.  I didn't know that.  Actually, I don't remember thinking about the nutrition of frozen.  I mostly consider taste, and frozen food usually tastes better than so called "fresh"!

Hope your blurry vision is not permanent, and glad you can get some peace in the garden.

Comment by Plinius on November 8, 2013 at 12:16pm

Stay with us Daniel, we enjoy your company very much! I understand it's hard, but I do hope you can cope with the medicines.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2013 at 11:43am

Daniel, you hang in there; you have so much wisdom and gentleness in you, I/we need your spirit. Your cancer and treatment differs from mine; I can only imagine your struggle with the side effects of meds. 

Patricia’s statement of taking one day at a time makes sense, and finding the joy in each moment rings a bell for me. I very much appreciate you sharing with us. We stand with you with warm and loving affection for you. 

Yes, the prognosis 15 years ago with cancer was very different from today. Not only are the cancer rates still going up, the good news is with treatments of many different kinds, many people live longer and more comfortably with cancer today. That doesn’t say it is easy. Blurry vision and fatigue are tolerable, and the other side effects not so. 

Being productive is a relative word, productive for what? Of course I understand the need to continue working, especially with your fine talents, training, experience and wisdom. 

There are other things you do that take energy, but not the kind of responsibility you carry with your work. Your experiences offer examples of what is wrong in our culture and you have insights that need to be heard. By sharing your story, others can join with you in the determination to make lives healthier and happier and more productive. 

Sitting in your orchard, writing your story, resting when you want to, and getting your hands into the soil offer you the opportunity to just be. That is more than enough! 

 

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