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Cancer Leaves a Mark - Again and Again

by GregP_WN

You've heard that saying when someone gets smacked upside the head by a swing set or some other crazy thing happens in a video on AFV, "that's gonna leave a mark". When you have cancer it leaves a mark too. Several of them, some are obvious, some are subtle, and some are hidden. With a history with cancer that covers 32 years of my life, I have a lot of marks, these are just a few of the latest ones. 

Cancer Leaves A Mark, Behind Every Scar Is A Story

Speaking, or the inability to - One of the most profound marks my latest round of...

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Diagnosis #5, Because Apparently #4 Wasn't Enough

by GregP_WN

What's that saying? "God will only give you what you're strong enough to carry"? Or something like that. Well, apparently he thinks I'm the son of Hulk, brother of Thor, with a little Superman in there, and a touch of Batman. I mean, again??? Seriously? Five Fricking Times?

Diagnosis #5

Have you ever thought that maybe your life is just you inside of someone else's video game, like that movie years ago? Maybe that would make sense? When it comes to the bad luck lottery I am the winner, shut it...

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Things Usually Go Right - But Sometimes They Go Left Down the "Highway to Hell"

by GregP_WN

Have you ever considered that when you go to a doctor for anything, a test, a check-up, scan results, biopsy results, or almost anything that you could be going to a doctor for, that things could go alright, or they could go left? 

Things Can Go Right Or Things Can Go Left Down That Highway To Hell

In the amount of time it takes to open a cold drink and take a sip you can go from everything is fine to something's wrong. It could be positive or negative biopsy, a clean scan or a scan with problems, blood test can all look good or one part can have a...

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In Honor of My Patient

by Gumpus 61

In Honor of My Patient

Ann Surprised

I have said that Cancer affords us the experience of seeing the very best of Human Nature. It is also true that most of us haven’t any understanding of this until Cancer touches someone we Love. Even then, Cancer patients keep their worst moments private. Pride and a sense of “not troubling others” has many patients doing a marvelous job of keeping Cancer away from the rest of us.

My Patient was like that. A Uniformly Fatal Cancer struck her in the prime of life and...

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Learning To Live Life As A Laryngectomee

by GregP_WN

In December, I had what was supposed to be a quick, fairly routine, laryngoscopy with a biopsy of a suspicious lesion looking thing on the side of my throat. In and out, 15 minutes, tops. Over an hour later I was in recovery. When I woke one of the residents came to my bed with a long face to give me some bad news. When the conversation starts with "unfortunately", it's not going to be good. 

Laryngectomy

I was told what my diagnosis was, where it was at, and what had to be removed to fix it. None...

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Crazy Things People Say To Cancer Patients

by Jane Ashley

Almost all of us have experienced this — a friend or co-worker or acquaintance acknowledges our cancer diagnosis with an “off-the-wall” comment.

Crazy Things People Say To Cancer Patients 2

What does “off-the-wall” mean? Here are some of the meanings:

• Far out
• Freaky
• Quirky
• Highly unusual
• Bizarre
• Strange in an amusing or entertaining way
• Oddball
• Totally unexpected
• Crazy

Most people aren’t sure what to say so many times, they repeat what they’ve heard someone else say. Many times, they don’t realize how inappropriate or...

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2 Weeks Out From Life Saving, Life Altering Surgery

by GregP_WN

I'm not sure what I expected going into surgery at Vanderbilt 2 weeks ago today. Leading up to it I was anxious and in a hurry to get it done and get it out of me. I was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer that required having a complete laryngectomy and bilateral neck dissection.

Me Pre Op

Sweetie waiting with me for the docs to come get me for surgery

That morning started like so many other mornings that we have been at Vanderbilt for me to have a procedure. Until this one, I have had several...

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Gratitude And Humility - How To Get It

by GregP_WN

How do you get gratitude and humility? First, get yourself a life threatening disease, maybe 4 different versions of it to be sure you get the message that you are not invincible. Then get together with a big group of your closest friends and family just before you go in for a forever life changing, hopefully life saving surgery. 

Dinner Donna's Shirt

This is going to take a minute to cover all of this, so get some popcorn and a drink.

First, I should explain a little background for anyone that doesn't...

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Random Thoughts While Waiting For Cancer Surgery

by GregP_WN

This is the situation. You've been diagnosed with cancer, again, for the 4th time, if that's not bad enough, you have to wait two months to have surgery to remove the tumors from your neck. If you have never had to endure this unfortunate experience you probably don't have any idea how slow time drags on while waiting for your date to show up. For Donna and I, it's Jan. 28th.

You Learn Two Things From A Cancer Diagnosis

While I'm not looking forward to the recovery part of this, I'm past ready to have the surgery since surgery is my...

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Diagnosis #4 Just Got Real

by GregP_WN

If you know Donna and I, you probably know my history about having had cancer three times over the last 32 years, and then being diagnosed again on December 3rd of this year with my fourth. Up until now we have been talking about it, looking at alternatives, all the possibilities. Can we do radiation again? If so it would be the third time, so that is almost impossible to do after all the damage I have from the first two.

Me Sweetie Maine

Chemo is another tool, but again, not for me. Chemo only works on this...

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