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If you have cancer.

If you had cancer.

If you know someone with cancer.

If you want to talk about cancer.

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

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 November 7, 2013 at 9:38am

Sorry you have to stay with Dr.'s you don't like in your health plan Daniel.  We have to switch everything in January because my husband's Union will have a new contract with his company, and there's no way the company will agree to our wonderful health plan anymore.  We have not paid one single dime for ANY prescription in 25 years.  THAT will not happen anymore. What I'm worried about the most is that I will no longer be able to go to UW Madison to see my gastroenterologist.  I am anxious about that.

Comment by Sentient Biped on November 7, 2013 at 8:50am
Joan thank you for the update. knowing that you are mending means a great deal.

I have oncology sppointment today. They are pretty dysfunctional here but I have to stay within my health plan. No big surprises expected.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2013 at 1:25am

Thank you all so much for your encouragement and support. I had the Herceptin pump this afternoon and went out for Chinese food; I feel wonderful. 

I have 10 more Herceptin pumps, every three weeks, so that means I will be finished in 7.5 months if all goes well. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 6, 2013 at 5:00pm

Wonderful news indeed Joan.

Comment by booklover on November 6, 2013 at 9:36am

Me too Joan! :)

Comment by Sentient Biped on November 6, 2013 at 7:44am
I senond what Chris said!
Comment by Plinius on November 6, 2013 at 4:41am

Wonderful news, Joan! Enjoy yourself!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 5, 2013 at 11:34pm

Another cancer participant observer report: My underarm tissues heal nicely with only about a one inch square patch left to rebuild new skin. That pain and itching virtually is over. My gastric system is back to normal with great appetite for all things delicious. I have another Herceptin pump tomorrow and that takes only about 30 minutes with absolutely no pain or aftereffects.  Herceptin pump continues for several more months every three weeks. It is a chance to see all those lovely people at Cancer Care Northwest. My fingernails and toe nails continue to have zebra strips across them that are growing out and deep ridges that run the length of my nails and they, too, are growing out. 

I am still weary and enjoying it because the snows came and I am snuggled in my bell, Kindle books and blanket and lots of opinions to share. Could not be happier. 

SARITHA C. THUMMA, MD

Medical Oncologist and Hematologist
St. John's Medical College, Bangalore, India 
Medical College of Wisconsin (Internal Medicine) 

An outstanding teacher and hugger! 

Comment by booklover on October 31, 2013 at 1:20pm

Happy Halloween!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 28, 2013 at 12:19am

Daniel, thanks for this informative article on cancer rates and deaths due to cancer rates going down. That is very refreshing news for me. I am reposting it on Twitter. 

Sauerkraut and potatoes make a wonderful dish and I bet the almonds make it even more special. 

Another mix is sauerkraut and tangy apples. 

 

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