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Transmissible Cancer

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by theburningmonk Apr 10. 1 Reply

Leukemia spreads in the ocean among soft-shell clams. This is the fourth example of natural cancer transmission in animals.…Continue

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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. 

Comment by Daniel W on September 8, 2014 at 10:46am

Checking in with my friends here and their "little passengers". In the series "Dexter", the main character referred to his malevolent side as his "dark passenger". That is what I think of my cancer.

As for me, I'm pretty unchanged. Just really, really, tired. More forgetful. I've resolved to take early retirement Feb 2016 when I am eligible, if I make it that far and if the company doesn't expand its benefit grabs into making that not possible.

Crummy viral syndrome the past week. Probably not relate to my cancer, except I know it makes me more susceptible. I called in sick friday and today, something I have not done in 30 years. Still coughing a lot and remnant of fever but not as bad as friday.

Comment by Michael Penn on July 19, 2014 at 10:44pm

Joan, I research everything. I do not have the classic liver failure symptoms but they fall into congestive heart failure. I'm working with my doctor on this, but am soon going to take Brewers yeast for B-12 and other vitamins along with vitamin C. This will put back what drinking removes. None of it is a cure for ascites, but if I am correct then ascites will start to receed.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 19, 2014 at 8:30pm

Michael Penn, what are your options? Is there any literature that helps you understand the process occurring in your body? I assume you have done the basic Google search and then sorted fact from fiction. What are your presenting symptoms, if you don't mind my asking? Have you identified the trigger to occurrence, or it it a constant condition?  When do you feel your best? and worst? Does diet effect it? Is it inherited, or environmental? 

These are not questions you need to answer to me, but to ask yourself in order to get some clues to what works and what doesn't. 

I am really sorry to learn of your struggle with this and according to what I read, it can lead to very serious consequences. 


I am interested in what you learn as you research your condition. Please keep us posted. 

Comment by James M. Martin on July 19, 2014 at 7:00pm

@ Sentient Biped, my last bout with bronchial asthma took what little energy I have from anemia and had me almost as exhausted as I was with horrible hemolytic anemia after the last chemo. My right lung and lo and behold lymph nodes on that side of my neck were in bad shape, and it took four or five days for the nodes to go back to their unswollen state. Not fun. Now, I have lost 50% of the taste for food. Good time to diet.

Comment by Plinius on July 19, 2014 at 2:42pm

I'm glad, Daniel!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 19, 2014 at 12:56pm

Good News! Now, onward with a resolve to rest and recuperate as well as you can given the situation facing you. What are the best parts of your day? Can they be increased? What are the worst parts? Can they be decreased? 

Your garden brings you much comfort and the good thing about that is it will continue to grow whether you are tending to it or not. Sure, the weeds take over, but there is a certain amount of scaling back that is necessary at our ages. 

The best part of last year for me was realizing that when I wasn't doing anything, others picked up the slack. My family appears to like the things I used to do, i.e. host dinners, celebrations, etc. and so they plan and do the work to make such events happen. 

The most recent dinner I prepared was at my granddaughter's home and all the great-grandkids pitched in. I'm sure I sent a few of the photos. It makes me very happy to remember that day. Rouladen (beef rolls), Kartoffelknodel (potato dumplings) and German style cabbage. That was in February 2014. 

These are four of my five great-grandchildren and my granddaughter is next to the fine young fellow feeding himself a delicious morsel. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 19, 2014 at 12:44pm

Glad to hear your good news Daniel.


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