Monday, October 25, 2010

The Ostrich Pulls her Head out of the Sand...

When I was adding the link to Ironwood Cancer and Research Center in one of my posts, I decided to look around and clicked on Esophageal Cancer.  Now I could tell from the reactions of all the doctors that are caring for me, that this was a pretty nasty cancer.
I was not prepared to see that only 5% of people survive to five years post diagnosis.  What amazes me, is that when I READ it, it scares the crap out of me, but as soon as I put it aside, it just becomes numbers and statistics, and … hey, someone DOES survive, and why can’t that someone be ME?  Hope that doesn’t sound selfish.
I think at the beginning, I didn’t want to know anything about stages and my chances of survival because I didn’t pay attention to that stuff with the BC, and I got through it with flying colors.  And in the general scheme of things lots more people GET BC, and so more research has been done to cure and/or control it.
Esophageal cancer is relatively rare.  Estimated new cases in the United States in 2010 (of which I am now one) will be 16,640.  This is from the National Cancer Institute.  14,500 people will die from this cancer in 2010.
I know this posting isn’t exactly in keeping with my normal positive writing, but I needed to put it there, type it, see it, and not be afraid of it.  I am not afraid of it.  Not thrilled in any sense of the word, but certainly no longer afraid to know the truth about it.  I am ‘strong like bull.’
And now, I can just get on with the fight.  The truth is out, and when you think about it, they’ve been telling me for quite a while that my lungs would shorten my lifespan, so I have, for a good long time, now, taken living as an amazing gift.  That won’t change.  And although there will probably be quite a few unpleasant things in store for me, I still have my family, my wonderful friends, Chihuahua slobber, beautiful Arizona skies, my hibiscus, and the trees in my back yard.   I can still write, I can still read, I can still watch The Food Networks and eat vicariously through them. :D

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