I'm too old for this crap???? I was just sitting here thinking that, when I realized what a stupid thing to say. There is NO appropriate age for cancer. Sometimes when I happened to be feeling down, I would see a commercial for St. Jude's Hospital showing all those little bald kids with lots of tubes hooked up to their little bodies, and then think, now THAT'S NOT FAIR!!
Friend Betty M.'s 94-year old mother was just diagnosed with ovarian cancer!! That's a crappy deal. Bernice is a lovely woman who is unfortunate enough to get slammed with something major like that in the goldenest of her golden years. THAT'S NOT FAIR!!
I have a comment on the last post from a lady named Angela who was just diagnosed in May. Regardless of her age, THAT'S NOT FAIR!!
I went in to the Oncology clinic yesterday for my 8th treatment of Herceptin. Whoo Whoo, only six more to go! When I was talking to my nurse practitioner, Mindy, we were talking about the advancements that have been made in the last ten years or so. We also discussed the fact that a lot of cancer is probably evolving from our environment. (again, I am almost certain that my breast cancer was caused by wearing my cell phone in my bra - SO, PEOPLE, PLEASE DO NOT WEAR YOUR PHONE IN YOUR BRA!).
I remember when I had the initial scan that showed the nasty cancer tumor and the doctor who was doing it, was reading the screen and said, "Yup, it definitely looks like it's cancer." A river of adrenaline ran through my body and my mind actually went blank for a few seconds. I couldn't believe he was saying those words so casually. In the movies, the doctor always has the patient sit across a desk from him in his perfect office, and looks so concerned as he breaks the news. I guess cancer is so prevalent that it nothing for a doctor to talk about it right in front of a person, even before the tumor has been correctly analyzed. Scary.
I guess what I'm trying to say, is that ANYONE can get it. Even if you are thinking, "oh, I'm sure I won't ever have to worry about getting cancer.", all I can say is FROM YOUR LIPS TO GOD'S EAR. I sincerely hope you are right. It just worries me about people I care about. I don't want them to get it, either, because no matter who ends up with it . . . IT'S NOT FAIR!!
GOD BLESS YOU ALL