This interface is weird and incomprehensible on the first posting so my first post above is empty and apparently not deletable. Anyway, very well written article, Doc. I look forward to your next one on the meaning of the word "cure".
The stages we go thru as you described them hit the nail right on the head. When first diagnosed I spent the first couple of years focusing on me. Then as time went on I (I very proudly can say I facilitated the start up of 2 support groups, assisted with one already in progress and met with a group of church members wanting to start a group. I ended up sband them in view of their concept of a support group.I attended several conf e fences over time reinforce that I was on the right road with oblo. I was motivated to do the work of the groups as I had been involved with a wonderful group shortly after my diagnosis and surgery. 7 years later my husband and I moved to another state. To my dismay support groups were few and far between, thus my involvement in startups. As time went on zI became a little the worse for wear and could not be as involved. Local recurrence, Mets to spine and lose of a kidney (strictly renal cell carcinoma) it took a little more time to take care of me. Ultimately my husband and I moved back where we came from. Breast Cancer problems still continue as well as gener older age problems. I have lived wth breast cancer 25 years in January, 2018.
Having given you my story, I sincerely wish we had far more oncologists of you caliber - caring for your patients.
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