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    Frantic34 wrote on downbutnotout's wall

    I originally asked this question whe I was first diagnosis and was told maybe 5-7yrs that was back in 2008.Well I am still here and is in remission and doctors won't say when. Don't ask because they are not God. God has the last word anyway. Just live each day has it was your last. This illness is different for everyone.

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    Have you seen the video of this nurse being dragged out of an ER by a jerk of an investigator for refusing to do a blood draw on an unconscious driver that had just run over another vehicle? She was simply following Hospital policy and got dragged out and threatened to be thrown in jail for interfering with an investigation. The officer that did it should be fired!

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      BoiseB

      I believe it is protocol in most hospitals, that blood cannot be drawn without an order from a Dr. or Physician Assistant, or possibly a Nurse Practitioner. Had she drawn the blood she might set her hospital up for a big suit. Also I think there might be something about that in HIPPA

      21 days ago
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      BuckeyeShelby

      Oh c'mon. Is HIPAA really that important? I'm sure someone will decide to do away with that as well. HIPAA, DACA, EPA, ACA -- let's find some more letters to do away with.

      20 days ago
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      BoiseB

      Shelby don't give people ideas. I can't even go to my medical center and demand that they draw blood. Now if I were arrested for drunk driving (and there would need to be probable cause), I might be required to take a blood alcohol test at the police station.

      20 days ago
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    downbutnotout asked a questionMultiple Myeloma

    Have you asked the question "how long have I got" to your Doctor?

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      meyati

      I'm so sorry fluteplayer-- hugs--

      16 days ago
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      Carool

      fluteplayer, well, your first doctor was wrong - wonderfully wrong! I hope your cancer markers are also very wrong, and that your new meds will prolong your life for many years to come.

      16 days ago
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      BoiseB

      Flute player you are still on my prayer list. God helps me remember who needs prayers.

      16 days ago
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    downbutnotout asked a questionMultiple Myeloma

    How do you stay confident and sure of yourself through the day during or after cancer?

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      Lynne-I-Am

      Interestingly while I was reading your guestion this morning , Good Morning America had a segment in building your confidence and overcoming stress. The main two points I found helpful for myself 1. Attack your fears, realize you have no control over others but you do have control over how you think, what you do, 2. Say to yourself and aloud " I've got this. " For me, my confidence overall has grown since cancer, I mean, I am much more assertive and less likely to go with the flow. During treatment, I had a great support group to help see me through really tough times but I remember also saying to myself " you can do this". You are no less a person for having or having had cancer. Think of yourself less as a victim and more as a survivor or thriver.

      about 1 month ago
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      Carool

      I can't advise you or anyone else on getting back self-esteem after a cancer diagnosis, but my first thought after reading your question is, maybe people aren't looking at you more than before. I felt self-conscious after I lost all my hair and wore Wiggy, but I got over it pretty quickly. And you said you don't look different from before.

      I see you live in Indianapolis, a big city. I live in NYC. I'm mentioning this because, in any big city in the U.S., there are going to be probably thousands of people undergoing treatment for some kind of cancer. When I was bald (though bewigged) and looking sallow and puffy from chemo, I'd tell myself that all around me, on public transportation or walking in the street, there are many other cancer patients and cancer survivors. I didn't know who they were, of course, but telling myself this helped me not feel so unusual.

      As for self-esteem, it's overrated!

      about 1 month ago
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      LiveWithCancer

      I am so happy that i am still alive, that if people want to stare and whisper about me, let them!!! I have been through the fire and i survived!!! Makes me feel like Wonder Woman.

      (I do not look sick. In fact, we drove up to radiation oncology today and the valet guy ran around the car to help my husband out of the passenger seat. I am the one that will be having radiation, not him!)

      about 1 month ago
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