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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-02-04 05:26
Subject: [cancer] Seeing my medical oncologist today
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Tags:cancer, family, health, personal, radiantlisa
I am seeing my medical oncologist today. This is our first post-operative consultation in my brave new world of multi-site, multi-focal metastasis. I have some educated guesses of how this is going to go, and a five-page sheet of questions for them, but still, here is where the rubber really meets the road on understanding my disease progression and my mortality.

Lisa Costello and Dad are both coming with me. For moral support and note taking both, but mostly in recognition of the fact that things have gotten even more complex and more serious for me. I don't think it will be an easy morning. A lot of possibilities lie ahead, from the genomic testing of my tumor to the second opinion consultations, and more, but all of them are frankly born of desperation.

Tomorrow I shall report on what I learn.

I am alive today. For now, that must be enough.

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The Green Knight
User: green_knight
Date: 2013-02-04 13:46 (UTC)
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I'm wishing you all the best on the road ahead.
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Rhonda Parrish
User: rhondaparrish
Date: 2013-02-04 15:47 (UTC)
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You'll be in my thoughts.
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User: torreybird
Date: 2013-02-04 16:16 (UTC)
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Best of luck. Go, five-page sheet of questions, go!
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User: kellymccullough
Date: 2013-02-04 20:05 (UTC)
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One of my oldest friends died of cancer in June. He wrote and recorded a song a few months before the end. Given the themes and the things you have in common at the moment, I thought it might be something that you would want to listen to. It's called Rocket Ship: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbZtDheY1B4&feature=youtu.be

Edited to add: His name was Michael Matheny and he wrote and recorded a lot of songs over the years, being a professional musician. This just happened to be one that I thought might mean something to you.

Edited at 2013-02-04 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Jay Lake: writing-retro_spaceship
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-02-05 01:01 (UTC)
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I liked that a lot. Thank you.
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User: kellymccullough
Date: 2013-02-05 14:59 (UTC)
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You're welcome, I'm glad.
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User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2013-02-04 21:16 (UTC)
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fingers and claws crossed for ya...
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User: a_cubed
Date: 2013-02-06 03:08 (UTC)
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