Aug 16, 2012 at 14:26:04
“Thank you for your kind words! And you're exactly right. If I've learned anything in this 1.5 year journey (thus far) it's that the time frames don't mean much. Supposedly I'd never walk again and I was supposed to be dead by the end of 2011 (that was the first diagnosis). I tend to give the time frames only because it helps to communicate and clarify where things are at medically speaking (and I always add that phrase too). It helps people understand and have a broader context for my story. But the reality is that I've known too many people who have beat those time frames by far or who have fallen exceedingly short!
My wife and I try to live one day at a time and take every moment as a gift (much easier said than done right?!).
That's so wonderful that you've exceeded the doctor's expectations by so many years! I hope that your recent surgery continues that trend and that you've got many many more years ahead of you!
Aug 15, 2012 at 22:10:20
“Haha, this comment is quite comical to me. To speak so cut and dry about something as complex as cancer, the human body, etc is just rediculous. I'm sorry, but as someone who (medically speaking) is months away from dying of spinal cancer I can't help billy scoff just a bit at the arrogance of your comment. I have no history of cancer in my family, my wife and I live a chemical free life, organic foods, no chemical cleaners, etc. I take piles and piles of pills and supplements from a renowned local naturopathic doctor, ive got thousands of people praying for me, I drink the magic water, practice yoga, eat the diets...and I still got cancer and I'm still dying of it. It's just not as simple as you make it out to be.
My apologies for my strong response, but I think it's important to remember that sometimes bad stuff just happens and it doesn't matter what treatment you choose. Everyone's invited to do the best with what they've got (information, resources, partnerships...) and we shouldn't beat people up for making a different choice than what we might do. Cancer is too hard and too difficult to add this extra weight! I know you've got good intentions, but you've got to find another approach!
“Sorry to hear that you have been given only a few months. You need to get that prediction out of your head though. I was told 3 to 6 months to live and that will be 3 years ago this October. Not saying I am cured, far from it. I personally just a few weeks ago had 1 of 4 tumors removed from my brain (4.5cm) and that still does not count the 4 to maybe 5 others that are just left be. It is just that only you can keep your spirits up and that is what is going to keep you going more than anything else. Good luck & Blessed Be.”
Jul 1, 2012 at 02:04:11
“Thank you Jeff for what you've written here. At the age of 29 I'm one year into my cancer story (I've got stage four brain cancer and have been given three months to live) and what you've written here articulates my experiences exactly. I hope you don't mind that I've posted a blog pointing people to what you've written here. This is a great article and I need my friends and family to read it for my sake and for theirs.
Ryan Woods www.gr-c.org/blog”
mojo1436 on Jul 1, 2012 at 17:08:23
“Ryan, F&F for being willing to share your journey! I always felt honored to be with my brother during his journey. The human spirit is an amazing thing. I will keep you close in my thoughts and i wish you well.
Peace back at ya!