Today was probably the best day I have had in months. My back was not in as much pain, so I was able to slack off some of my pain medicine. I was also able to eat close to normal. I know some of it is mental, but I also really feel like the cancer is shrinking. Today some of my fire fighter coworkers came to visit tonight and it was great. They brought me cards from work and a cancer bracelet to wear. The bracelet said, "What cancer cannot do. Control faith. Shatter hope. Destroy peace. Silence Courage. Invade the soul. Steal eternal life. Kill friendship. Suppress memories. Conquer the spirit. Cripple life." This bracelet makes you want to punch cancer in the nose.
Today I'd like talk about what not to say to cancer patients. None of these comments were said maliciously, in fact I found them comical.
When I had prostate cancer someone said:
1. "My uncle Joe had prostate cancer and he's been peeing in his pants ever since, but he's ok."
and another person said:
2. "My uncle Jim had prostate cancer and he can't make love anymore, but he's ok."
Neither one of those sounded like good options to me.
Lastly, when I was diagnosed with stomach cancer someone told me, "That's terrible. Right now I'm heading to Louisiana to my aunt's funeral. She just died of that."
When I got off the phone I broke out laughing.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34