MY CANCER ADVENTURE – Episode Three – “Don’t It Always Seem To Go …”

MY CANCER ADVENTURE

Episode Three
Don’t It Always Seem To Go …

Joni Mitchell wrote, “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what
you’ve got ’till its gone …” Ain’t that the truth!

I mean, how often do you appreciate your glands? Thank your organs? Express
gratitude for your eyeballs?

The prostate cancer research continues. Getting “the second opinion” is the
priority. I don’t think we can make too many assumptions until then.

Thanks to my sister and her network of friends, we have a personal
recommendation of a specialist at Dana-Farber in Boston. Lynne was making the
arrangements via cell phone as we visited my parents in NJ yesterday. It was
somewhat surreal to be with my parents in the living room, waiting for the right
moment to break the news, as Lynne was in the bedroom working out logistics with
Dana-Farber. Both the visit with my parents and the scheduling of appointments
went smoother than expected.

It has become so very clear to me that my care and outcome depends on so many
people – some of them I know, most of them I don’t. That’s why research and
personal recommendations are so crucial, as we determine to the best of our
abilities … who to trust.

Much love

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7 responses to this post.

  1. I remember my eighty-something dad saying a couple of years ago, that you never stop worrying about your kids. As tough as it was to break your news to your parents, they must have been devastated to hear such news from their son. As a parent, myself, I know I would.

    While you and Lynne seem to have the process somewhat “under control,” there’s got to be a natural reaction for your parents to jump to the rescue of their son. And an incredible feeling of powerlessness in realizing that they can’t. All they can do is be supportive, when every fiber of their being screams “Let me take care of you; let me make it go away.”

    Good post Jerry.

    Best,
    Scott

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  2. “Oh, well, a touch of grey,
    Kind of suits you anyway.
    That is all I had to say,
    It’s all right.
    I will survive. I will survive. I will survive. I will get by.”

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  3. Posted by Fredda fischman on June 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    If anyone knows the path to the best care it is you-bless you and all the millions of people who love and care for you and may your journey be successful-remember you have Dorotyh and all her friends to go with you down the yellow brick road/highway

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  4. Posted by Pat Taylor on June 1, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Surgery is your best option.

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  5. Posted by Fred Bass on June 2, 2012 at 1:03 am

    You are discovering that the ‘cure’ involves a major leap of faith. This became apparent to me while being evaluated for consideration to become a candidate on a waiting list for transplant. It really is all about miracles Jerry. It is a marathon that has no finish line. Don’t let it take the joy from what time you have left…, good or bad. Keep us posted.

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  6. Posted by Diana Lemieux / Radisson on June 2, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Hey there, sorry to hear the news. Your an amazing,positive person be strong and continue to use those positives energies. You can fight this. Wishing you a fast recovery. Diana Lemieux / Radisson

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  7. Posted by Tom Heany on June 6, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Good to have a second opinion. I suspect that anyone who has had a medical adventure on this scale can tell you stories about excellent doctors looking at the same patient and drawing different conclusions.

    You will be basing a lot of very important decisions on the opinions of a small number of people. Having as much confirmation as you can will give you more confidence in those decisions.

    And never forget our old friend Sherlock Holmes’ warning about reasoning in advance of the facts.

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