This is another very useful post from Janet. I especially appreciate the suggestion that inability to find a silver lining may be a sign that depression is setting in. May we all have doctors who can help us with quality of life issues as well as prescribing treatments.
You nail it here yet again, Tori. I may wish that I didn't have stage 4 NSCLC, but I would not wish to go back to being the person I was before my diagnosis, or the life I was living a year ago. Funny that. A few days ago a friend told me that he could see that I'm living in the present, and I think that's one of the highest compliments I have every received. If there is anything I want to do with the rest of my life, it's to help others do the same. You don't have to have cancer to live now.
Excellent, Janet. Even the majority of people without a stage IV cancer diagnosis have only one truly unrenewable resource in their lives: the number of hours they will be alive. We can all benefit from a similar analysis. As for me, today I'll continue sorting through the stuff accumulated over nearly 4 decades in my household. My first cancerversary is coming up on June 9, and I'll use this blog piece as a touchstone. Thank you.
Another very good site is smartpatients.com. The participants in the forums are strictly patients, survivors & caregivers, and they really are smart, sharing much specific information about treatments, side effects, and latest developments. There also is a very good clinical trials database on the site. It's run by warm and caring people who have long histories as patient advocates.
Thanks for this list, Tori, I'm going to get off my butt and sign up at Lungevity. Sorry I won't be able to come to the Hope Summit this year - too much going on in the family right around that time - but I now have a goal for early May next year! (Best of all, my daughter starts working for the NCI on 5/1, so