Article Talk: Dealing With the Threat of Coronavirus as a Cancer Survivor

Started by SurvivorStrong, March 14, 2020
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I get the "What else can happen" attitude, but I think your approach toward COVID-19 is far too casual and, frankly, a disservice to yourself. I don't know your medical details, but it's quite likely that your immmuno-compromised from having had cancer twice. The coronavirus is the enemy of folks in that camp. My story: triple-negative Stage 3 breast cancer 15 years ago and a recurrence in all nodes and micro-metastasis 10.5 years ago. Lots of chemo and radiation . . . and prayers. Treatment saved my life, but left its mark: lymphedema in my right quadrant and a compromised vascular system. The world sneezes and I get pneumonia. I am actively engaged in a second career as an ESOL tutor, hike every chance I can get, travel as my checkbook permits, love my time with family and friends, and can't wait for more grandkids to join the pack of three that now bless my life. I have EVERY reason to want to live longer and will not for a second put myself--as an immuno-compromised SURVIVOR--in harm's way. Rather than asking "What else can happen?" I ask every day of my wonderful LIFE "What MORE can I have?" Take good care of the wonderful life and health you have. Be safe and enjoy!
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