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 Sentient Biped on September 7, 2013 at 5:37pm

Here's the tree. It's planted now. A bit awkward in its youth, but should fill in and grow nicely over time.

Felt kind of down this week, and tired. And the oncology pharmacist had a chip on his shoulder and was amazingly disrespectful for no apparent reason other than I was a human being with a question. Well, everyone has bad days.

Thanks for the positive comments, you all make it better. :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 5:01pm

Daniel, the Sourwood tree is so beautiful. It will be a nice reminder of progress being made. 

Comment by booklover on September 5, 2013 at 8:35am

Beautiful tree Daniel!  Wonderful idea!  I've never heard of a Sourwood tree.  Now I have! 

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

Great idea Sentient!!! Very pretty tree to look at as well.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 4, 2013 at 8:36pm

Now coming up on the 6-month point after "Day Zero" - the day my cancer made itself known. 

I had the afternoon off and went to a local nursery, bought a tree to plant as a marker of this event.  I want to see it take root, leaf out in the spring and bloom next year.

My selection is native to the US but not to the Pacific NW - Sourwood tree.

This is a photo of Sourwood tree from the web.  They have flowers with nectar for honey, and red leaves in fall

Comment by Patricia on August 27, 2013 at 9:25pm

I have their music on cd's, & they are a favorite among many. So beautiul.

Karunesh, Donald Quan, Sacred Spirit, Paul Lawlor/Mark Holland, among many, many, many.....

I have things from Elvis, to the Mills Brothers, to Boy George, to Kenny G, to 3RD Force, to Brian Culbertson, to Euge Groove......lots more!!!!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2013 at 8:26pm

Patricia, I just want to let you know much I enjoy Tim Wheater's music. A very real calming experience. 

This is just one of the pieces I have on a playlist 

Michael Hoppe & Tim Wheater - The Lovely Land

Here is the playlist:

Music Tim Wheater by Joan Denoo

Comment by Patricia on August 24, 2013 at 6:53pm

I told my dr. when he took the staples out of my incision, that if he sold them for scrap metal, I wanted half!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2013 at 6:32pm
Patricia, I have much to learn from you. Especially your spirit. "Never futurize!" Count the pluses! You really do make me laugh.
Comment by Patricia on August 24, 2013 at 2:49pm

I never ''futurize'' & appreciate that we're here right now.

I didn't have too much problem with depression as I was so damn grateful to get that betrayer right boob cut off & away from me!!!

After I had the second round of ''Parton'' taken off the ''Dolly'' on my left side, I can wear things that will actually button up, which I wasn't able to do since I was about 16. That's a plus.....& I don't mean my size anymore!


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