• The term Survivor

    Asked by kulaken on Thursday, September 13, 2012

    The term Survivor

    In my opinion :
    After being diagnosed with a brain tumor and only suspected to make another 3 months due to the aggressive nature of this cancer , i find my self having another birthday , over a yr later , i concider myself a survivor with every breath i take , and try to find some quality of life every day , so long as i live and breath , I AM A SURVIVOR ! Life is full of Obsticals , no mater what they are , i can no longer build homes , my body wont let me , so i simply reinvented myself and went on to smaller wood projects for some peace of mind , and quality of life , as well as personal satisfaction. i used to have a similar additude about the term survivor. but got over that eventually and glad i did, feels better to be alive !!

    10 Answers from the Community

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      It's great that you have such a postive outlook. Attitude is everything. God Bless.

      about 4 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      It doesn't hurt that you also live in paradise. Aloha. You have reached Nirvana it seems. Rolling with the punches. Good for you.

      about 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      According to the American CAncer Society, you are a survivor, from the minute you are told you have cancer. As long as your not pushing up daisys, Your here on earthbuilding wood projects. By the way, I'm a avid woodworker, it's my "happy time". I can spend hours sanding away on a project, or finishing it, next thing I know the day is gone. Me and my wife built a six piece set of Adirondack Lawn furniture and gave it away for a relay for life fund raiser this last year. This year we will build a jewelry box and a steamer trunk.

      Hope your still doing well, keep fighting, we are glad to have you as a member of the "survivors club".

      about 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      All cancer survivors need to learn to take all predictions of life expectancy and the underlying statistics with a large grain of salt. I like to tell people that statically speaking I'm dead, though I assure you I am very much alive. Every person diagnosed needs to learn this as soon after the diagnosis as soon as possible. Cancer can be beat and your story is one that can tell this well. Thanks for sharing. Bye the way I am also a wood worker and I enjoy making things for charity auctions. I once got $1950 for a rocking chair I made.

      about 4 years ago
    • Rainbowkdm's Avatar

      My husband was diagnosed at 46, Sept. 23, 2010, with GBM. Guess who is a survivor? He has had the privilege of celebrating 2 more birthdays. Does he feel like he is a survivor? I don't think he does. He is in a daily struggle to maintain some portion of a normal life, which is very minimal. The tumor took away alot from both of us, but we still get to be together. He is the strongest man I know. He took Temodar by mouth for almost a year, then the tumor grew back. Now he is just finished his 22nd dose of Irinoteken/Avastin. It sounds like you have the same cancer as him, because it is aggressive. But 2 years later, he's still here. Just like you said, he should have been gone a long time ago. We are blessed! Sounds like you are, too!

      about 4 years ago
    • PastorDavis' Avatar

      Maybe you are be kept here for an eternal reason. That being, do you know where you will spend eternity after you die? If you are not sure, that may very well be the reason why you still have a heart beat. If you think you are going to Heaven or you hope you are, you need to get it nailed down before it is eternally too late. Here is a link to a page on our church's website: http://www.bethelbaptistoflovelock.com/index.php?p=1_4_Are-You-Going-To-Heaven Please take 2 minutes and be sure that Heaven will be your final home. This is not spam, I am typing every word of this. I am a 27 year survivor of stage 3 testicular cancer (embryonal carcenoma to be exact) and I was never in fear of dying. God bless!

      about 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      No disrespect intended Pastor, but you are saying that if one believes in heaven, they are at deaths door, but if they don't they will continue to live forever. Not a very convincing argument for belief in heaven.

      about 4 years ago
    • kulaken's Avatar

      Thanx Greg , my best time and quality of life is also working with my hands being creative , it along with music , takes me to a place that nothing else matters for that time im busy . needless to say i spend allot of time in the shop,
      Keep on keepin on !!

      about 4 years ago
    • photo1's Avatar

      Discovered the cancer (bladder and prostate) in January of 2011, had the big surgery in March of 2011, and through recovery hoped that I would see another summer sitting on the deck watching critters...I live in the woods on a river and a bayou. This Saturday is the first day of fall, meaning I've now survived TWO more summers, and looking forward to many more. So trust me, the term Survivor is not to be taken lightly (at times I had my doubts). It's to be appreciated for all it brings to your life, like get-togethers with friends and family.

      about 4 years ago
    • sbmontgomery's Avatar

      When I found out I have brain cancer in July I never asked "Why Me" I only said God "Lead Me" I was not born to be a cancer patient, I was born to be Me and that is who I will always be.

      about 4 years ago

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