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January 07, 2005

Popping Cancer Update 1-7-5

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a final word:

Biopsy Wednesday.

Chemotherapy soon after. LOTS of it.

Our goal is no longer to cure the disease, it is to prolong my life.*

With the loss of the key chemotherapy drug, the doc is calling for a 20-30 percent chance of significantly shrinking the larger tumor. I know from my own history and from my time working as a chaplain that the most important numbers are determined by the strength of the patient.

My cancer diet is in place. Whole wheat grains only, no caffeine, no red meat, low sugars, horrific tasting tea.

Fasten your seatbelts.

*Note that "prolong my life" includes the possibility of a lengthy remission or two, but a cure for metastatic cancer from a sarcoma is not possible. It's in my blood, it's mine for life.

Posted by Dan at January 7, 2005 10:04 PM

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Okay, work with me here: Close your eyes.

Scratch that--you can't read if your eyes are closed. So read all the instructions before starting, I guess.

All right. Close your eyes.

Now, picture your bloodstream. There's some red blood cells, gooey plasma, white cells, a school or two of grouper, and them little sarcoma bits.

Now, examine one of them little cancer cells. Who does it look like, Dan? Who is it? That's right, Dan. It's me. I'm in your blood.

You hate me more than anything, right? Fight me, Dan. Kill me. All the little folkbums in your blood, in your body.

Kick my ass, Dan.

Posted by: folkbum at January 7, 2005 10:45 PM

You might not believe this, but that not only cured my own cancer, but the man next door had his pneumonia clear up, his wife is suddenly fertile and I could swear their dog's leg is growing back.

Posted by: Big Dan at January 7, 2005 11:18 PM

Believe it or not, there's some medical evidence that those sorts of visualization techniques can work.

Posted by: Dean Esmay at January 8, 2005 12:45 AM


I used to be bald.

Posted by: Ara at January 8, 2005 03:24 AM


I'm big with the visualization. Before most chemotherapy treatments last bout, I'd listen to Bernie Seigel's now-popular series of four tapes. If nothing else, it calms you in the middle of the storm.

Posted by: Big Dan at January 8, 2005 06:21 AM

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