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Hi Melissa I've been widowed 3 1/2 yrs next week and a couple of months ago someone asked me how my husband was. It still feels like a slug to the gut region.
I remember when I was a new widow I would try to avoid the grocery store where I might run into someone who didn't yet know.
Last summer I had the reverse experience of someone just about bolting from me as she was a new widow of only a ...
September 30 at 6:02 PM
I know there are lots of treatments out there depending on staging. My friend started with shingles on his face in 2012 while he was caring for his very ill wife who was on hospice. His dermatologist ordered blood work which included the PSA. (never his primary) The PC was discovered via biopsy. Luckily it had not spread.
Radiation followed. The dr said he had never gone thru a change of life and so his hormone...
September 11 at 6:55 PM
I had a tiny area near my temple that would flake. Went to dermatologist and biopsy was basal cell. I go now every year for full body scan. I am fair red head. My grandkids are not fair and live for the sun which really scares me. The tan and don't use sun screen. Think they are safe from the rays but I had a cousin who was 32 and tanned when diagnosed with melanoma and passed away before the age of 36. I wish ...
September 11 at 6:34 PM
I guess I am getting too good at recognizing melanomas. Back in the early 90's I spotted one on Phil's shoulder. He complained as the surgeon dug it out blaming me for him being there. The surgeon said you should be thanking her she saved your life. ( I sure wish I had some insight with the EC years later. :(
A couple weeks ago I noticed something on my friend's back. No way he could see it. I said get it check...
September 09 at 6:50 PM
My friend had radiation to prostate a couple years ago. His PSA is neglible. They have him on bicalidimide and he gets an anti hormonal shot every 6 months now.
He has been told that those shots will stop a year from now in November. My question is will he remain on the pill or does that stop too? Has anyone had experience with this situation?
He has a lot less energy and the hot and cold flashes take a lot o...
September 09 at 6:42 PM
Kathy I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Chuck.
The one thing we learn on this journey is to treasure all the time we have with our loved ones. It's much too short. Terrible way to learn that lesson.
Please take good care of yourself.
Much support on the berevement board when you feel up to wandering there.
August 25 at 10:51 PM
Marie I have found peace in thinking tht no matter what we tried to do, to the best of our human ability, it was Phil's time to leave this physical world with us. Before I accepted that I felt full of guilt that I could have done more.
The serenity prayer has helped me: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the diff...
August 20 at 2:06 PM
Glitzy If you find the way to beat grief sell it to us, please. While my husband was still alive those last nine months I tried to memorize everything about him. Not sure if that idea was a blessing or curse at least not a first. Both our sons resemble him so I have only to look there and see a huge part of him. I miss the sound of his voice. Wish I had captured that but probably would have worn it out by...
August 18 at 5:02 PM
Hi Carrie Wonderful idea of pillow cases and teddy bears etc! I donated much of Phil's things a couple years ago. probably between 3-6 months into this new life. I too thought if something happens to me our sons would have so much to go through. I have tried to downsize a bit of my own things just because of that reason.
There are a few things i did save. Like the jacket he wore back in the late 60...
August 18 at 4:55 PM
Hope everyone is doing well today. It feels like autumn here in NJ today. I don't mind even though I prefer summer and the heat. Hard for me to get warm once I am cold and I get cold once those temps dip below 60. Yup I am a sissy.
So now I have picked up two more instruments. Crazy? probably but why not? I ask. What do I have to lose? Nothing. What do I gain? Fun learning, plus I can drive ...
August 15 at 2:28 PM
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