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Re: [MOL] Introducing Russ/Hello Russ



Russ... You are going to enjoy being an active part of this forum.. My name
is Carla and I am a one year NSCLC survivor.  My right lung was removed  a
year ago November...

I have not walked in your shoes exactly, but I have walked on the path you
are travelling...  It sounds like you are doing wonderful things for your
wellness journey. It is paying off and will continue to.  Keep your focus
and your determination going in full force and don't forget to keep
believing...  The power of the mind is awesome and a horrible thing to
waste!!  God Bless you.. Carla
-----Original Message-----
From: Russ Davey <davey@ses.curtin.edu.au>
To: mol-cancer@lists.meds.com <mol-cancer@lists.meds.com>
Date: Thursday, December 31, 1998 4:47 AM
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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