Tuesday, 19 July 2005 - 21:42 BSTName: Joanna
I'm going to remember to pray on August 11 for your best outcome and comfortable recovery. You do have an advantage because of finding it early. Most of my friends have been through this. Thankfully all of them have made a full recovery. What was a terrible verdict a generation ago is now a matter of hospital time and surgery with accompaning misery and inconvenience.
You know, cancer is a sore subject with me. Over the past ten years we here in the USA have been bombarded with propaganda re the "epidemic" of AIDS. Maybe that disease is mowing down the population somewhere in the world, but not here. I've never met anyone who had it let alone died from it. On the other hand easily half ot the people I know, that is people in my age category, quite half of them have done time with cancer. I can not think of one family of my acquaintance which has not been touched by cancer. Cancer is our epidemic in the USA. It's as common as head colds in kindergarten. Why is there still no vaccination? No convenient two-week regimen of pills? With so many afflicted, I do not understand why any politician could be stupid enough to moan and whine about the specter of everyone getting sick from AIDS...a disease I have never met in the flesh...and I must have met easily thousands of people. Furthermore, with the exception of young children infected prenatally by their mothers, surely AIDS is preventable by commonsense behavior modification. Cancer is not so simply avoided. Thin, athletic, fanatically health-conscious people get it and so do overweight, alcoholic, pork rind addicted, three-pack-a-day smokers. Nervous, driven ulcer-types get it, but so do happy, relaxed followers of the zen way. Cancer just stalks up and down every street of this country and waves its miserable wand over every house. Most citizens of the USA may as well resign themselves...they're going to have a bout with cancer sometime. From my soap box, here, I'm yelling, "Hey, everybody. Cancer is THE big problem. We need to allocate the necessary resources to produce a quick and painless cure!"
Wednesday, 20 July 2005 - 00:00 BSTName: Tessa
Thanks, Joanna. And yes, I agree cancer is one of the biggest problems in the Western World. Aids is the worst problem in Africa where they probably don't live long enough to get cancer!
They are making some progress with cancer research but very slowly partly because of the lack of funds and also because of the number of different cancers. Some are caused by lifestyle or contact with some noxious substance, some are genetic and some just happen.