• rick replied to the forum topic Cancer Fear in the group Group logo of SurvivorsSurvivors 5 years, 6 months ago

    NLawton says:
    I can connect with that same situation. i was working in a spine case. It was a 39 year old woman with young children, who while taking a shower , fell. She was ”clumbsy and stumbling a lot […]

  • rick replied to the forum topic Cancer Fear in the group Group logo of SurvivorsSurvivors 5 years, 6 months ago

    Rena,
    Absolutely beautifully put. Perhaps the fear is a way to scare us into better living to reduce the risk of getting cancer. And in that way the fear may be beneficial. I just wish more folks would adopt a […]

  • Rena Bird replied to the forum topic Cancer Fear in the group Group logo of SurvivorsSurvivors 5 years, 6 months ago

    I don’t know that there is a sure way to get rid of fear. For me, fear is a signal that I need to pay attention and to be present to what is going on. When I got my diagnosis my stomach dropped out through my […]

  • Mary Hayes-Sharp replied to the forum topic Cancer Fear in the group Group logo of SurvivorsSurvivors 5 years, 6 months ago

    Oh, and I hope you had a calm weekend being ”on-call.”

  • Mary Hayes-Sharp replied to the forum topic Cancer Fear in the group Group logo of SurvivorsSurvivors 5 years, 6 months ago

    Well, I used a lot of visualization. I ”saw” myself enjoying life with my loved ones. I concentrated really hard on things I wanted to do in the future. It really helped me. It was stronger than my fear.

  • rick replied to the forum topic Cancer Fear in the group Group logo of SurvivorsSurvivors 5 years, 6 months ago

    I totally agree Mary. I think people carry with them the preconceived notion cancer is a death sentence. Nothing more. Nothing less.

    I personally think there needs to be a lot of education and change in […]

  • Joyce Hislop posted an update in the group Group logo of SurvivorsSurvivors 5 years, 6 months ago

    This week I had a wonderful experience which confirmed, once again, the reasons I’ve practiced nursing in the oncology field for 30+ years.
    In the past few months, through a healthy-you web site recommended by a nurse friend, I’ve “met” many people, some who live 20 minutes from me and some from as far away as England, Dublin, Australia and…[Read more]

    • rick replied 5 years, 6 months ago · ·

      Cancer survivors are an amazing group. Many don’t know that, as they report that they are just doing what they need to do to get by. Both true. Nonetheless. It keeps me doing, and loving the job I do too.

  • Mary Hayes-Sharp replied to the forum topic Cancer Fear in the group Group logo of SurvivorsSurvivors 5 years, 6 months ago

    Rick, you remember how frightened I was, but I couldn’t imagine not fighting for my life. I wanted to live, had so much to live for, loving husband, grandkids, wonderful friends, just an amazing life. Went […]

  • rick started the forum topic Cancer Fear in the group Group logo of SurvivorsSurvivors 5 years, 6 months ago

    We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    I had a troubling case this week of a woman diagnosed with cancer 3 years ago but never came to see the oncologist due to […]

  • July 20, 2006|By Richard M. Boulay, Special to The Morning Call – Freelance
    These are my sentiments published in the Morning Call 5 years ago.

    She’s Just a Little Girl
    The tears welled in Bethany’s […]

  • “I have a highly developed sense of denial” Gwinneth Paltrow

    At a recent survivorship celebration a gentleman shared that after 6 year of survivorship, a counseling session brought out the revelation that his […]

  • Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known. ~Garrison […]

  • rick posted on the forum topic Things cancer didn't take away in the group Group logo of SurvivorsSurvivors: 5 years, 9 months ago

    Being a caregiver and not a survivor, my perspective may be a bit more simplistic. When my wife was diagnosed with leukemia, our daughters were 9 and 13. My uncle had died of the same disease in the 1980′s when his son, my cousin was 14. I saw the trauma that they went through ( [...]

  • Something I never thought I would be able to do was to fight cancer. Because my father died of cancer, I thought that if he couldn’t live through it neither could I. My dad was my hero. He could do anything. That’s why cancer was something I was always terrified of. If I heard of [...]

  • My life – that was the one big thing cancer never took away from me. Even though it tried very hard . The list of things I have had the chance to do since diagnosis continually grows. I never imagined for one minute that I would ever be able to speak in public – now [...]

  • rick posted on the forum topic Cancer cause and lifestyle change in the group Group logo of SurvivorsSurvivors: 5 years, 9 months ago

    I had an twitter exchange from a gentleman who was adamant that these issues be brought up by the physician. And he was glad his doctor did because it resulted in a healthier lifestyle for him (weight loss) that allowed him be proactive and do more in his survivorship. My experiences have been more in [...]

  • rick started the forum topic Things cancer didn't take away in the group Group logo of SurvivorsSurvivors: 5 years, 9 months ago

    “It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.” ― John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent With a cancer diagnosis comes so much grieving. So much loss. So many dreams that may never materialize. But now that you’ve been on your journey a while, [...]

  • I agree with Rena. Anyone who is overweight is aware of it and suffers every day when they look in the mirror. It is enough to come to terms with a cancer diagnosis. I know I feel better about myself in every way when I exercise and when I weigh less and I know I’m [...]

  • I already knew the risk factors for cancer and made some changes but got breast cancer anyway. I think we all do the best we can with what we have. My concern is adding blame and shame to an already full plate of treatment and all that goes with it. My doctors have chosen to [...]

  • Just to add to the conversation, I am a 6+ yr survivor of Stage 4 colorectal cancer. It’s a whole different ballpark to live with cancer as a chronic condition. I am on my 5th course of chemo after 4 recurrences. Cancer rarely leaves my thoughts, there is often something that brings my mind back [...]

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