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20 September 2011


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I guess I am what is called a lurker. I enjoy your blog but often don't comment. I really enjoy your post today as, like you, I had a lumpectomy done almost 2 yrs ago, More recently, I had a cancer recurrence in the lymph node near my right collarbone and am undergoing chemotherapy. Having said this, your attitude towards cancer is very much like mine.... a positive one is so essential to deal with anger and fear. You are so right in being proactive about your health. I will think of you as I continue to read your blog.
Take care from a reader in Canada :)

Hello Eunice: I cherish all my readers equally, whether they comment or not (I'm a lurker on a good many blogs myself . . ) But I am always pleased to hear from someone who is walking the same or a similar pathway, not least because we have shared experiences and that, in itself, can take away the sense of aloneness that the cancer journey can sometimes engender. I was so sorry to hear that those pesky cancer cells had had another go at you but, if it helps, the surgeon and the breast care nurse who were with me when I received my diagnosis and who witnessed my response told me that they were in no doubt as to the enormous
contribution that a positive attitude can make to recovery. So I will think of you as you go forward with this stage of your treatment and I am sure that other readers will think of you too. Please keep in touch (on blog or off) and let me know how things go for you.

A very helpful post, D, which gets to the heart of what stands in the way of all life-threatening illnesses. That kind of clear-sightedness about anger and fear stands a person in good stead when dealing with other life's problems, I think.

I'm not surprised about the lack of communication about back-log problems at the hospital. Writing a letter doesn't seem to occur to many people any more in this digital age.

You touch a deep chord in so many people who cheer you on and cheer others through you. Liike Eunice I read anf digest but do not commnent too much because most often I think you say it all. wxx

Facing uncertainty is very frustrating... Your positive attitude will definitely make the treatment go smoothly. Thank you for sharing what you've learned.
"I can see all clearly now" is a great song!

I hope you sense the big hug I'm sending your way. One year 'free' is a big milestone. It bothers me that the person you spoke with appeared to take a 'follow-up' so lightly. I just passed my two-year milestone, and the oncologist told me I could relax 'a little'. Of course he also wrote me a prescription to do something for myself in celebration. I hope you did, in spite of the stress of having to wait for the follow-up.

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Thought for life

  • The House of Breath, William Goyen
    We are the carriers of lives and legends - who knows the unseen frescoes on the private walls of the skull?

Thinking about . . .

  • Daniel Klein, Travels with Epicurus
    I too listen to music more and more. Throughout my life, music has stirred me more than any other art form, and now, in old age, I find myself listening to it almost every evening, usually alone, for hours at a time.
  • Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths
    I began writing because I liked to write things down. I learnt foreign languages because they seemed to enter my head by a process of osmosis.
  • Joan Bakewell, Stop the Clocks
    I live contentedly alone. It's better that way and I am often thoughtful about what has been and what might have been. There are many like me.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Oh to be reborn within the pages of a book.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Why is it that we lose the things we love, and things cavalier cling to us and will be the measure of our worth after we’re gone?
  • Judith Kerr, Observer Magazine, 22 November 2015
    I don't believe in God. I find it much easier to believe in ancestors. I like to imagine they are pointing us in the right direction.

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