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    I remember speaking with the gyn-onc surgeon right after Kate's surgery was over, while Kate was still incapacitated by post-anesthesia haze, and asking for numbers.

    The doc did not want to give me any; she said she didn't believe in providing them. I was still in shock at that point, and more than a little brusque--she had just told me that it was stage III, not stage I--so I blurted, "Look, if you won't tell me, then I'll just Google it on my own."

    That's when she told me: 50% survival at 5 years out.

    And that's when I called my friend Steve, my former AA sponsor, who also happens to hold a PhD in nursing and serves on the staff of the same University hospital where the surgery had just taken place.

    Steve's questions were simple: "Is Kate more feisty than half the people you know? Is she more stubborn than 50% of the population?"

    As anyone who's read PK's writings here can attest, you know the answers were "Yes, and yes."

    "Then she'll be fine," said Steve. Then he bought me a cup of coffee and let me cry a spell.

    In times like these, we cannot make too much music.

    by ProvokingMeaning on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 07:52:11 PM PDT

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