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  •  IT All Works PK! (11+ / 0-)

    Congrats. on your clean scan! amen.  what GREAT news! make sure and dance with hubby and your daughter today!

    I think that using all the powers of our creative minds to cope with cancer works well for us.  It definitely helps us when we at first have to accept that we have cancer.  I think that when we use our creative minds to help us to manage our anxieties about the diagnosis, treatment and managing "the after",  we all feel better about things as they evolve.  

    I too have talisman some are always with me others are always with me when I sleep. One is a medallion that I wear that looks like a dog tag and has the Marine Corps Eagle, Globe, Anchor emblem as well as the saying" Proud Dad of a US Marine" another is my cancer quilt is with me every night when I go to bed, to identify two.  the way I look at it, use it all even if it does not work it does help me keep a peaceful mind and spirit which in and of itself helps heal the body.

    On a personal note:

    I had my first post operative Ct Scan done last week and I go to see my Oncologist next week.  I will have to wait until then for the results, so far I am okay with the waiting............... so far laughs

    Next week I get to start doing full work outs at the gym!!! wooo hoooo finally I can really turn on the effort to maximum .... amen.

    Life is not a problem to be solved but an adventure to be experienced.

    by DarkHawk98 on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:09:50 PM PDT

    •  Thanks, DH! I think that's where I come down (9+ / 0-)

      in the end, too. It all works.
      It is such a major blow to get this diagnosis. It certainly takes all of my resources to cope. Believe me, I am not a Pollyanna or relentlessly cheerful; most of the time I think I'm not that different in attitude than I used to be. (Less likely to sweat the small stuff, perhaps, but that's also only a difference of degree. And my family might think otherwise!)
      Your talismans sound wonderful. Isn't that funny how much they can come to mean to us? Are you a Marine yourself as well as being the dad of one?
      You are a braver person than I to be willing to wait a whole week. I was a TOTAL wreck when I had to wait for a long weekend. That was not worth doing again. I will be pulling for the very best possible results for you.
      That is great news about the gym!  Whoo-hoo for you! I bet you will have a blast.

      Some DKos series & groups worth your while: Black Kos, Native American Netroots, KosAbility, Monday Night Cancer Club. If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

      by peregrine kate on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:22:22 PM PDT

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      •  {{{{PK}}}} (7+ / 0-)

        No, I never served in the Armed Forces, in fact my 3 siblings were all served in the Army.  but I am so proud of my son for the choices he has made.  I know it was very hard for him to make those choices and then to live up to the choices he made.

        Me being brave? laughs No longer,  I think maybe clueless might be a more apt term to use when identifying characteristics I might have.  My days of bravery are in the distant past now for me, however, have those previous life experiences have tempered my mettle as have everyone's life experiences tempered their mettle too.  

        Funny thing about cancer is, we discover things about ourselves we never knew about ourselves.  Sometimes it makes us uncomfortable, sometimes it strengthens our resolve and sometimes we find a sense of well-being and  of grace we never knew existed.  

        These days, I try to live each day such that the Satan himself trembles in fear each morning when I awaken.
        ;-)

        Life is not a problem to be solved but an adventure to be experienced.

        by DarkHawk98 on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 10:00:27 PM PDT

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        •  I am sure you give the devil a run for his money (3+ / 0-)
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          every day. :)
          But yes, I think that cancer (or any crisis, really) just makes us more so.

          Some DKos series & groups worth your while: Black Kos, Native American Netroots, KosAbility, Monday Night Cancer Club. If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

          by peregrine kate on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:54:05 PM PDT

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