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 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 September 9, 2013 at 4:41pm

Patricia, that's quite a list!  My most horrible thing that I just cannot deal with was the EXTREME nausea.  It was un-relenting.  I am now on a few meds that make it go away about 90%.  I will not complain about that!!!  You have a great attitude about doing things that make you happy!  I need to find some more things that make me happy.  I might volunteer somewhere just to get the heck out of the house.  That's cool you wear purple and even got a purple cell phone! :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 9, 2013 at 4:22pm
Comment by Patricia on September 9, 2013 at 4:20pm

Being with my husband, kitties, music, reading, scootering, pc, receiving email newsletters containing jokes, eating out occasionally, having housekeepers do the cleaning I always hated twice monthly, (I hired them as soon as I began OAS pension), cooking, & always re-inventing my homemade bread. I used to volunteer at the extended care facility at the hospital, the library, & of course wearing & finding things purple.....I got a purple cell phone last year!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 9, 2013 at 3:57pm
Patricia, this horrid group o ailments saps energy and joy! What do you do that brings you joy?
Comment by Patricia on September 9, 2013 at 2:49pm

Throw in fibromyalgia too, just for interest.......

Comment by Patricia on September 9, 2013 at 1:34pm

I have arthritis, a hiatal hernia, reflux, irritable bowel, & collagenous colitis, which are all chronic, several surgeries including the major back operation which had a very long recovery. Oh yeah.....& 2 types of aggressive breast cancer.

My husband has the severely damaged heart, along with several life threatening episodes which he's managed to beat so far. do what ya gotta do, & get on with it. I wear purple...... hahahaha!!!! 

Comment by booklover on September 9, 2013 at 8:29am

Oh, I know Patricia!  I'm sure the worry is ever-present.  I worry about it, and I haven't had it.  I can barely deal with my own medical condition which is chronic.  I can't imagine trying to deal with cancer on top of it.  It seems more and more people are getting diagnosed with cancer and also auto-immune diseases, like my son's type 1 diabetes.  What have we done to our Earth.  Very scary.

Comment by Patricia on September 8, 2013 at 1:36pm

It's no picnic Melinda, & I really wish having cancer once would confer immunity.....but.....wishful thinkin', I know.......

Comment by booklover on September 8, 2013 at 8:50am

So glad you are done with your last big chemo Joan. It sounds like Cary has been such a help and comfort to you.  What a great son to have with you. :) 

I'm always thinking about you Joan and Daniel!  Patricia, you are such a great comfort I'll bet, having beat cancer!

Comment by Patricia on September 7, 2013 at 8:52pm

Chemo is a huge hurdle & the end of it is always terrific!


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