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    is complicated. First of all, particularly if you have cancer or know a loved one who lives with it, stress is unavoidable. I attend two support groups that act as the equivalent of MNCC. One is formal and hosted monthly by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Portland, OR. The other is informal and is comprised of acquaintances from my hometown of Hood River, OR.

    Both groups help to keep me grounded. I have a blood cancer, Multiple Myeloma. This December will be the 5 year anniversary of my diagnosis. The first year of treatment included significant chemotherapy and an autologous stem cell transplant at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. I responded well to the therapies. My cancer, which is incurable, is stable.

    I am not stressed out about my condition. I attribute much of my peace of mind to the support groups. And, I am happy to discover that Daily Kos has yet another "club", which I can join.

    I also believe that writing and reading about others living the life is therapeutic and helps me to cope. I hope it's OK to pimp my blog: Good Blood, Bad Blood

    Our Thanksgiving was joyous. My son and his wife hosted dinner for 30 friends who comprise our extended family in the Upper Hood River valley.

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