A number of months ago, I discussed (via emails and running comments on other diaries) with PK my write a diary on my navigation with my limitations, some very big and deliberate changes I was about to make in my life. Now, almost 6 months later, I have determined that I do not know if I can win the Oscar for Procrastinator of the Year, but I am at least a nominee for the award.
First I feel that I should provide a brief discussion of my "Cancer History" so that our newer folks might better understand how my cancer has imposed limits on me.
(this is a week of cancer-related anniversaries for me too*yikes* so please, bear with me).
On Feb. 6, 2012 I went to see my PCP for a lingering cough. I got a chest x-ray then a CT-Scan that day. The next day I was referred to and seen by a Pulmonologist because of a very suspicious mass in my left upper lung lobe. April 6, 2012 I received my clinical diagnosis from my Oncologist: 5 cm tumor in my Left Lung Upper Lobe. I had Stage IIIA, Non-small cell lung cancer, Moderately differentiated Squamous cell Carcinoma. The next Monday I started the first of 3 cycles of Chemotherapy prior to having surgery scheduled. Surgery ended up being delayed after finishing my chemo because my body decided it wanted to revolt for a while. I finally had Surgery February 5, 2013. Last week (January 28, 2014) I met with my new oncologist and I am Currently with the Diagnosis of: History of Lung Cancer, No Evidence of Disease (NED).
There are a lot of details between February 6, 2012 and Today but let me just say that although I was never a drama major in College, I think I earned a PH.D in Dramatic immune systems over the past 2 years. (this discussion will continue below the orange colored birds nest)
Monday Night Cancer Club is a Daily Kos group focused on dealing with cancer, primarily for cancer survivors and caregivers, though clinicians, researchers, and others with a special interest are also welcome. Volunteer diarists post Monday evenings between 7-8 PM ET on topics related to living with cancer, which is very broadly defined to include physical, spiritual, emotional and cognitive aspects. Mindful of the controversies endemic to cancer prevention and treatment, we ask that both diarists and commenters keep an open mind regarding strategies for surviving cancer, whether based in traditional, Eastern, Western, allopathic or other medical practices. This is a club no one wants to join, in truth, and compassion will help us make it through the challenge together.
Life has intervened, I was not be able to complete my discussion on this topic.
My apologies to everyone.
Open thread! may I suggest a great topic of discussion? people who fail in their commitments, how does it make you feel?