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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 Dr. Terence Meaden on September 11, 2014 at 8:27am

Joan, that's welcome good news. Keep it up.

Terry

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 11, 2014 at 7:23am

Love the good news Joan.  Happy puttering.

Comment by Plinius on September 11, 2014 at 2:09am

Good news, Joan! Congrats!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 10, 2014 at 9:44pm

Thanks Patricia and Daniel. This year and a half has been terrible/wonderful! 

Comment by Daniel W on September 10, 2014 at 9:13pm
Joan that's awesome!!!
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 10, 2014 at 8:41pm

A big day! My chemo-port was removed today Sept 10, 2014. It was a piece of cake, only took about an hour with all the chatter and well wishes. Dr. Parviz, my surgeon and her assistant, Pat, did the job in quick order. We had a young pre-med student who was "shadowing" Dr. Parviz for the week; it gives me great pleasure to see young people coming up the ladder into medical care.

Laura and Larry went with me just for the fun of it, I didn't need a driver, or anything like that. However, they have been so sweetly attentive to each step of my care and this was a day of celebration.

Now, a few days of not leaning over or lifting heavy things, and I will putter off into autumn in good shape. 

Chemo-port removed today Sept 10, 2014 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 9, 2014 at 12:59pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 9, 2014 at 9:17am

Daniel, I'm glad to hear you're retiring in a year&1/2.  That should let you enjoy gardening more.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 8, 2014 at 5:39pm

Daniel, the wind blew me in from the garden and I am catching up on mail. Your news concerns me, as I am sure it does you. I know you take good care of yourself through nutrition, rest, plenty of water and staying positive. 

Perhaps reframing your fatigue into a positive experience , recognizing that all your hard work over all these years gives you the opportunity to take it easy during this phase of your life. Yes, it is tough to be tired, I don't take that lightly. Just sitting, resting, doing nothing is doing something. You are alive, have all your faculties ... well, forgetful is OK, ... and joy comes from many different sources. 

I was thinking of you as I sorted the different varieties of garlic into packets for family and friends. Your garlic is so good and I was careful to save yours for a particular part of the garden where it wouldn't get cross-pollinated with the many other varieties I have growing. 

I'm glad you are taking time off from work to catch up on your energy. I also like your Feb 2016 retirement plans. It is time. 

I hope you find contentment in your slowing down, dear friend. Do write to us about your daily progress. 

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on September 8, 2014 at 11:36am

As always Daniel, you have us --your deeply sympathetic friends in this real world.

For me, every day I think of and thank the scientists who are keeping us alive with well targeted drugs. But I too am tired, bodily but luckily not my brain---just the body. Cheers to all. 

 

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