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Re: [MOL] Introducing Russ



Hi Russ!  I enjoyed your post, glad you realize that talking things out is a
big part of this cancer battle.  Being fatigue, lack of motovation is also a
part of the game.  To me you sound on a good track.  One of our molers has
had radiosurgery and even though all the tumors had not left, the few
remained one's were dying from the inside out.  Now that makes good sense to
me.  Have a good New Year and keep your sense of humor.  Your friend,
lillian
-----Original Message-----
From: Martha S Cerreto <MJTCERRETO@prodigy.net>
To: mol-cancer@lists.meds.com <mol-cancer@lists.meds.com>
Cc: mjtcerreto@prodigy.net <mjtcerreto@prodigy.net>
Date: Thursday, December 31, 1998 9:11 AM
Subject: Re: [MOL] Introducing Russ


>Hi.  I'm just guessing; there are people on the list who have the same kind
>of cancer you do.  But I would think that the morphine/radiation might be
>making you tired.  The cancer itself would probably decrease your energy
>level; remember it's taking up room you usually use for breathing.  I think
>the morphine could have something to do with the memory lapse/concentration
>problem; but I am still just guessing, never having been on morphine.
>
>A series of treatments, which I have not had, with chemotherapy, seems to
>cause memory problems from reading the notes of others on this list who
>have had such treatment.
>
>I can vouchsafe that hormonal anticancer drugs that many of the women on
>this list are on, including me, and the menapause it brings on, also causes
>problems with memory.
>
>Have a 3.5 cm tumor sounds a hell of a lot better than having a 6 cm. one,
>although I cannot talk to you about rate of shrinkage.   Usually a doctor
>will change the treatment plan, i.e., add something to it or take away
>something from it, if he feels that the rate of shinkage is too slow.
>
>It sounds like your doctor is trying to shrink you down so he can
>operate--but stay tuned to this list because there are people here who have
>had the same kind of cancer you have.  It sounds too like you need to do a
>lot more talking with your doctor because he should be answering some of
>these questions for you.
>
>I would think, that there are many things one could do with computers, that
>would require a concrete level of thinking rather than a higher level,
>creative one, and thus would be easier to do if you are not feeling well.
>
>About survivability; I personally don't believe in statistics.  Maybe
>that's because however bad things have been for me, they could be worse.
>But I think that focusing on statistics is really a kind death-centered way
>to live because that's what they are, i.e., dates of death.  If there's
>anything I've learned about having cancer is that it is much easier to live
>with if you have a life oriented approach to living.  This involves living
>each moment to its fullest, living in the present, doing all you can to
>appreciate the good things you have and give back that love to others.  A
>lot of things you are doing, the meditation, etc., sound real good to me.
>
>But stay tuned as I'm sure you'll get some more responses.
>
>Lots of Love and Good Wishes for a Happier and Healthier New year,
>
>Martha Cerreto
>
>P.S.:  We have some list members from Australia.
>
>----------
>> From: Russ Davey <davey@ses.curtin.edu.au>
>> To: mol-cancer@lists.meds.com
>> Subject: [MOL] Introducing Russ
>> Date: Thursday, December 31, 1998 8:00 AM
>>
>> 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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