MY CANCER ADVENTURE – Episode Ten – “Back To Work”

MY CANCER ADVENTURE
Episode Ten
“Back To Work”

I am so very grateful and thrilled to have recovered enough to resume my speaking work. Still, I’m not allowed to lift more than 10 pounds for another couple of weeks (glad the ukulele ain’t heavy). And no solo long-distance travel for another couple of weeks.

I am reflecting on some of the key points that made my “cancer adventure” as easy and successful as possible. Unquestionably, the single most important factor was the support and partnership of my wife. We worked as a team, increasing efficiency, providing continual emotional support and comic relief!

Some of these points might be important to you, too …

1. Got the PSA test yearly – caught the cancer early.
2. Listened to my primary care physician and saw a urologist.
3. “Bit the bullet” and had the biopsy.
4. Got the diagnosis and began extensive research.
5. Told our network of friends and family that we needed to get the best, most professional second opinion.
6. Thanks to my sister’s friend’s cousin, we connected with a top oncologist and surgeon at Dana-Farber. The best!
7. Received lots of generous input from cancer survivors; prayers and emotional support from friends, colleagues, strangers …
8. Decided on treatment based on our research and the meetings at Dana-Farber.
9. Didn’t wait, scheduled the surgery.
10. Shared the experience by writing an ongoing blog.
11. Determined to be the best patient possible – cheerful, kind, appreciative.
12. Determined to be the best husband possible – cheerful, kind, appreciative.
13. Again – best hospital, best surgeon.
14. Great experience at the hospital – treat people the way you’d want to be treated.
15. Keep positive, hopeful attitude, keep complaints and crabbiness to a minimum. Maintain sense of humor.
16. Following orders – from doctor and Lynne.
17. Writing a daily gratitude journal.
18. Ice cream.

Much love.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. What flavor?

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  2. Posted by Jan Carlson on August 7, 2012 at 4:00 am

    I love your list, Jerry…and think you did a terrific job making the best of it and getting through it with grace and gratitude. So happy you are getting on with your life and work. All the best…

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  3. Posted by Sharon Palma on August 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Welcome back to your “normal” world Jerry! I love your list. Many should be no-brainers, but numbers 11, 12, 14, 15 & 16 are things we should all do, all the time. Like daily! Thanks for sharing your experience and approach. You’re an inspiration.

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  4. Posted by Kathy Hazelett on August 8, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Jerry- Glad you’re back and you made the experience as positive as possible. You’re a constant inspiration to always look for the good in every situation. Praying for a complete and speedy recovery for you.

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