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G'day Russ,
and welcome to mol. You will find lots of support and information here,
these people are absolutely fabulous. You are right when you say that just
writing things down helps, and you will get lots of replies, I promise. In
the meantime, hang in there, and know that you have come to the right place.
I am also in Oz (Newcastle, NSW) and will help where I can. Right now, I
have to go to bed got a double shift tomorrow :)
But rest assured that you have been added to the mol-angel prayers, and we
are here for you anytime.
A very happy new year to you too.
Love Mam
-----Original Message-----
From: Russ Davey <davey@ses.curtin.edu.au>
To: mol-cancer@lists.meds.com <mol-cancer@lists.meds.com>
Date: Thursday, 31 December 1998 20:49
Subject: [MOL] Introducing Russ


>Dear MOL-ers,
>
>I'm a 46 year old guy from Western Australia who was diagnosed with
>inoperable non-small cell cancer (upper right lung).
>
>Since June 1998, i've had 6 weeks of radiotherapy, taken vitamin and
>mineral supplements, 'got into' fresh vegetable juices in the morning,
>received frequent sessions of psychic/spiritual healing (including Reiki,
>Spiritual Healing, Didgeridoo Healing, 'Shamanic' Healing), and meditated
>on nearly every day.
>
>In late December i was told the tumour had shrunk from 6cm to 3.5cm. Though
>the cancer is still classified 'in-operable', i'm scheduled for an MRI on
>26 Jan 1999.
>
>According to research i've read on this 'condition', survival rates are not
>high.
>
>What i would like to know, is:
> 1. is this rate of shrinkage good?
> 2. do any of you other MOL-ers have a similar condition?
> 3. is extreme tiredness normal? (at the moment the only drugs i'm taking
>are MSCONTIN (morphine) 10mg per day and PANADOL (paracetamol) 1000mg -
>3000mg per day)
>
>i noticed in one piece of e-mail, a MOL-er (half-joking?) said s/he was
>suffering from memory loss. Me too. i'm in the middle of a PhD study, but
>have been unable to work on this research for 6 months (no energy, little
>concentration, memory lapses). Surprisingly, the only work i've been able
>to do has been 'messing about' with computers (re-building and up-dating
>the hardware/software). Does this mean computer technology requires less
>brain power than study, or does it use a different part of the brain (i'm
>only half-joking!)?
>
>most of the time i feel OK (i can laugh and joke - especially about my
>condition), but sometimes i feel sad, scared, angry. sometimes i just don't
>know what to do, and at other times i'm completly un-motivated.
>
>i've just realised that one of the benifits of a chat line like this is
>simply the opportunity to write down what i'm feeling/thinking. though i'd
>like a response, some part of me already feels lighter, happier.
>
>To all of you MOL-ers, and your friends and families, i wish you a very
>happy New Year - may you each find the answers you seek.
>
>Regards,
>Russ Davey.
>
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