Seriously Stage Four Cancer! I guess I can honestly say, without reservation, I know what it feels like to get struck by lightning! I was diagnosed on February 24 with stomach cancer - - I was just working happily two weeks ago!
My GP said I had six months get my affairs in order. Talked to the oncologist on March 3rd and he said it is in operable, but should have no problem getting me two years to five years. And…Without any sarcasm in his voice, he told me not to make any long-term investments.
I am going to get another opinion from a different oncologist. I cannot even begin to explain the tornado in my brain for the last two weeks, friend’s family church members; everybody has a story now. It is amazing I walked through my entire 51 years and never had anybody talk to me about cancer and now all of a sudden everybody wants to talk about it, good bad or ugly stories!
Everything I've read about my stage is not good. The literature says it is in operable, incurable. I just don't want to buy into the fact that this is not something that I cannot defeat. I'm not sure if it's realistic, but it's something I definitely want to try to do. There have been very good days and very bad days in the last two weeks. It is difficult sometimes to get yourself up to push through the next wall emotionally. But it is something that you can do - do not give up your fight internally and mentally to at least make yourself ready to do battle.
I have always had a wonderful relationship with my Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ. But I can honestly tell you that I never thought I would ever say that my faith has been so wholeheartedly tested. My faith is not broken, but I'm telling you right now people - it is being bent in ways I never thought imaginable! James
Thank you for your post, “Seriously Stage Four Cancer - I was just working happily two weeks ago!” Any health problem is a shock and no more so than with stomach malignancies. One minute you are well, next minute – BAM! Life isn't fair, some walk through their lives with no health problems, yet others suffer. You can draw many inferences about this in life. Why do the rich get richer when the poor get poorer, why do some have intelligence when others don’t. So many why’s, but we all have to deal with them to some degree. 1 in 3 of us gets it and that’s a fact. If it’s not a tumor, its heart disease and the two make up two thirds of all life threatening health problems. That’s some statistic..
Chatting about it is still a bit of a taboo really. I guess no one likes to think about their own mortality and yet it is the only sure thing in life. Perhaps we should all talk a bit more about it? I've been reading a really interesting book recently called “Anticancer – A New Way Of Life by David Servan-Schreiber. It’s a fascinating read and I would recommend you take a look. It might give you some inspiration. David discusses the power of diet on tumors and indeed prevention too. What’s inspiring is that he has a brain tumor, but has survived so many years through the changes he made to his lifestyle. He’s a doctor too so he draws on evidence for this as well.
Finally, when it strikes, it shakes anyone’s belief regardless of their religion. It’s only natural for this to happen and that’s a good thing. We should always challenge anything in life. Advancement, contentment and understanding couldn't be achieved without doing so.
Good luck with whatever path you take and do stop by to let us all know how you are getting on with your stage 4 disease.