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Life, Interrupted: Fighting Cancer, and Myself

Health & Wellness  (tags: health, cancer, treatment, medicine, disease, Body-Mind-Spirit, illness )

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There is a dreadful routine to chemotherapy. My life has been synched to a chemotherapy calendar ever since my leukemia diagnosis last year. I have become an expert at predicting when side effects and symptoms will set in.

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Dee C (229)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 10:20 pm
It’s a ghoulish monthly party, and the guests always arrive on time: nausea, vomiting, chills, exhaustion, fever, mouth sores, pain, infections and emergency hospitalizations.

Despite the clockwork of these cycles (start chemo, wait for symptoms, get sick, go to the hospital), at the start of every new round I convince myself that the outcome will be different. This time, I am going to be stronger than my treatment. This time, my mind will outwit my body. This time.

But over the past year, after 28 rounds of treatment, not once have I “won” this secret battle with myself.

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Nancy M (197)
Monday August 20, 2012, 10:46 am
Thanks for the article Dee.

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Monday August 20, 2012, 11:28 am
Noted with thanks.

Let cancer suffer cancer and get out of this world.

Dee C (229)
Monday August 20, 2012, 11:48 am
You cannot currently send a star to Rajee because you have done so within the last week.

I second those word Rajee..No one should have to suffer through this whirlwind..

Janet R (38)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 7:48 pm
That was eye-opening reading. It really shows that we need single payer in the US. With the hostile Congress, President Obama was lucky to get Obamacare passed. Our government really needs to address health insurance after layoff. $500 per month for COBRA or going without for 3 to 6 months until you can get on the new company's policy just doesn't cut it.

Rin S (10)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 3:13 am
This is a beautiful article. Thankyou.

Justin M (2)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 5:45 am

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