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Had my follow up scan today and labs and everything look good! The scar tissue continues to shrink. I continue to be in remission almost 2 years after my original diagnosis. I’m so thankful for my health and my life.
Blushing aside, it is really important for anyone with testicles (that aren’t of silicone form….like me) to conduct monthly testicular exams. According to the American Cancer Society, “almost half of all cases of testicular cancer are in men between the ages of 20 and 34.”
I’m tired of seeing women topless with perfect breasts or implants who have never had breast cancer, saying “I’m doing this for breast cancer.” Please, you’re taking the opportunity to show the world your tits. If you really want to do something for the cause… create more videos like this that actually could benefit humanity by showing how to detect cancer in an early stage.
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Just got an e-mail that my next set of labs, my CT scan, and follow up with my oncologist are November 1st!
IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma Bombeck(written after she found out she was dying from cancer).
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, “Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.” There would have been more “I love you’s.” More “I’m sorry’s.”
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute…look at it and really see it .. live it .and never give it back. Stop sweating the small stuff.
Don’t worry about who doesn’t like you, who has more, or who’s doing what.
Instead, let’s cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.
Let’s think about what God HAS blessed us with. And what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally. I hope you all have a blessed day.
Erma Bombeck (via crazy-bumblebee)
I agree with everything except the god crap. Make the most of everyday!
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I’ve seen a lot of posts lately about “foods that cure cancer” and we “just need to go back to basics and we wouldn’t need modern day medicine for cancer.”
While the sentiment is nice, it’s unfortunately not true. My whole life I tried to do everything “right” convinced that if I did I wouldn’t be affected by horrible illnesses that “other” people got. I love working out. I don’t smoke. I don’t drink. I don’t do drugs. I drive an electric car. I’ve been vegan for 12 years and vegetarian for 14. I eat organic. I’ve eliminated most plastic in my life. I don’t use chemicals in my house. I’ve always tried to make a positive impact on the environment, etc.
But I still ended up with cancer at the age of 27. What I’ve learned from this experience is that you can do everything “right,” and still end up with a horrible illness. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do what you think is right. I still follow all of my previous values because beyond my health and the health of the planet I feel it’s the right path for many other reasons. But I understand now that some things are beyond my control. So I don’t stress myself out over not being perfect anymore, and I don’t pretend that there are easy answers when it comes to preventing and curing cancer.
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I think it’s funny how desperate people are to make pot look good that they make up lies that it cures cancer.
But mainly, I just find it annoying.
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After 15 long years battling cancer off and on (pancreatic and liver), my friend Andrea passed away at the young age of 31 yesterday. She was a long standing friend in my family after she dated my older brother when they were in high school. I’m going to miss her! I have so many amazing memories of hanging out with her at my house when I was in middle school and high school while she hung out with my brother. Or her picking me up in her beloved Jeep to go to school. Helping me make the cheer squad. Hanging out with her at my sister Lori’s house and at her wedding. Having her give me advice when I was battling cancer, and taking care of me when I came home from one of my long days at the SCCA. Though she was going through so much, she still took time for others and had a good attitude. It wasn’t fair that she was handed so much in her short life, but she handled it all with a smile and strength that few people have. It’s going to be really weird without her here.
It’s going to be hard going to her funeral. But, I’ve set up a fund to help her family pay for the costs of it, if any of you are able to donate, please do so here.
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Had my regular follow up labs today at the SCCA. The results weren’t back by the time I met with the doctor, but she said she’d e-mail me if there was anything concerning. Haven’t received an e-mail yet! My next scan will be in October. If everything looks good, I won’t need to be scanned anymore unless I have symptoms. Then I’ll continue doing labs every 6 months I think up until 2 years (so one more year) and then they will just be annually as long as everything is going well. It was good to see my doctor again. I love her, she’s really good!
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