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4/22/09 6:59 P

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Fifty eight rounds is a lot, but I have no idea abouth how these things work and how much one person can take.

I hope your son's camp goes well. It is amazing how well children can rebound from such an illness. But, I suspect that the emotional scars run so much deeper. I hope the camp gives him an outlet for his fears and his tears. All the best.

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4/22/09 4:22 P

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I didn't know anyone could have that much radiation. I hope you find strength.
My son, Nathan, is at Camp Blue Bird (cancer camp) for 3 days, so I hope he will open up and talk to others about his Testicular Cancer. He still has a 3rd and 4th round of Chemo to deal with. emoticon

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emoticon to both of you. My prayers are with you both.

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4/21/09 8:58 P

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56Rose - isn't everyone a trekie deep down inside?

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4/21/09 1:26 P

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Thanks for sharing this! I was given the gift of one last hour alone with my Sis. I stroked her arm (something we did as children to comfort one another), asked her if she was feeling any pain, and told her how much I loved her. I'm so grateful for this time alone with her during her last few days on earth. My Dad also was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a long, long time ago. He chose to spend his last few months in Florida with his Mom and siblings so I never had that same opportunity to say "I Love You" and "Goodbye".
Enjoy the Gift; time is so precious!

PS My husband is a Trekkie! We have Star Trek photos all over our office!

Edited by: 56ROSE at: 4/21/2009 (13:29)
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I am in the uneviable position, as are many of you, of having to watch family members struggle with cancer. My neice of six years has just been deemed 'cancer-free' after her bout with stage IV neuroblastoma. She underwent a double stem cell transplant and 12 rounds of chemo plus radiation. We had a week as family to enjoy this cancer-free status.

Now, three days ago, my father was told he has metastases possibly linked to the twelve years he has been battling squamous cell carcinoma. I know he is dying. His options are 1) surgery (maybe) where they will remove the bottom half of his face on the left side 2) radiation (although he has already undergone 58 rounds of radiation) 3) let the lumps continue to grow until he dies. The options are all traumatic to me. And yet, I watch my father continue to be a 'dad'. He wouldn't let me see his fear or grief for anything. He's so incredibly stoic. He even had me laughing yesterday as he tried to mime what life without much of his face would be like.

This disease is tearing my up inside, and yet I can't help but think of my friend Sharon who spoke to me of difficult gifts. I am being given a gift. I can make peace with my dad. I can say goodbye. I can share a laugh and cry with him. I can find strength in his strength and love in his willingness not to hurt me with his disease. All these amazingly difficult gifts are there for me. I am grateful for the time I have been gifted with him. I am crushed to know those gifts are finite.

Kirk, out.


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