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11th-Aug-2006 01:41 am

My dad met this dude at the hospital who had almost the same kind of cancer as he had. He has been living with the diagnose for 6 years, and he gets chemo every 3 weeks. He had just been in to see if he needed radiation therapy, but he didn't. His cancer value was 0. Cancer value is this thing where they measure the amount of cancer in your body. When there is someone coming into the hospital with some strange illness and their cancer value is over 4, the hospital runs more tests to see if they have cancer. The highest value this guy that my dad talked to has had while he was sick, was 17. When my dad checked his, a couple of weekends ago, his value was 1800. So yeah this is some serious shit. Let's hope the chemo works...we'll probably know in a month or so.
11th-Aug-2006 12:03 am (UTC)
you really can't underestimate the power of having a strong will to live and an unwavering optimistic outlook when facing disease. you won't get it from a doctor either; it has to come from within. for my research, i interviewed several people who have survived an AIDS diagnosis for as long as 20 years, and most of them were told they would be lucky to last months. well every individual has a different response to treatment, and i have to believe from my interviews that people who go in thinking "i'm going to die" usually do (and did, back in the 80s), and people who refuse to give up often overcome the most dire diagnoses.

11th-Aug-2006 11:33 am (UTC)
Yeah you're right. And I think my family has been great at just enjoying life instead of giving up. If you've seen my picture entries, you should understand what I mean :)
11th-Aug-2006 12:07 am (UTC)
we pray for it. eaven if i'm not religious.
11th-Aug-2006 11:37 am (UTC)
thank you :)
11th-Aug-2006 12:22 am (UTC)
I've spent 10 years of my life fighting cancer with treatments and to date I have had surgery 7 times. I wish your father all the best and may God (whatever spiritual being you may believe in) give him the strength to make it through the process and never give up hope. It's a long hard battle for anyone and he is lucky to have someone like you and your family to support him.
11th-Aug-2006 11:38 am (UTC)
Wow, that is incredible. Good luck with fighting on :)
11th-Aug-2006 02:01 am (UTC)
awww I'll keep praying for him and all of your family!
11th-Aug-2006 11:38 am (UTC)
thanks ali :)
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12th-Aug-2006 11:56 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm real sorry about your granddad too.
12th-Aug-2006 06:50 am (UTC)
Wow, that's insane. From what I've read, your dad seems extremely determined to make the best of a horrible situation. I hope the chemo works.
12th-Aug-2006 11:57 am (UTC)
He's amazing. He's such an amazing man, you really have no idea.