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12. Make a Wish

I’m not yet at the stage where if I were nine, people would be offering to take me to Disneyland.  Fulfilling a dying child’s wish to meet a pop star, or famous athlete, or even famous mouse seems unquestionably to be a kind thing to do for the child.  1,412 more words

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11. Where Did You Last See It?

Having cancer will improve your memory if what we hear is true about the exercise of memory increasing its capacity.  These days, I’m spending quite a bit of time trying to learn and remember what the dozens of available forms of chemotherapy are designed to do and not do, what ZAP-70, 13q, and 17p deletions in the genetics of the white blood cell mean, portend, or prognose, and how different forms of chemotherapy interact with those genetics.  1,829 more words

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10. Quit That Looking at Me!

The first superpower I’d wish for is the ability to cure cancer with something otherwise desirable, like a good belly laugh, substantially increasing the income of good stand up comics and comic writers and weeding out the bad ones.  1,702 more words

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9. I'd Rather Not Know Anyway

There is if not a virtue at least a realism in judiciously embracing the gratifying, comforting state of ignorance when necessary.  Of course, there are many uncomfortable facts that we have a moral obligation to know.  1,447 more words

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8. Keeping My Story Straight

As soon as I received the diagnosis of CLL/SLL, I started making big, ambitious plans for fall semester 2014 and spring semester 2015.   Obviously, I would be going into chemotherapy.  1,155 more words

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7. How to Talk to People about Your Cancer

My surgeon told my wife after the biopsy surgery, while I was in recovery, that he had to remove three lymph nodes rather than one because they were “matted” and impossible to separate.  1,160 more words

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6. Waking Up

I think of all the nurses that have helped me my absolute favorites have been recovery nurses, whether for relatively minor procedures like a colonoscopy or more complex procedures like arthroscopic surgery for adhesive capsulitis.  1,304 more words

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