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I feel fortunate today. I attended the funeral of someone that died from liver cancer today. He was ready, having lived a full life. I don't feel ill everyday. I don't have the look of the stereotypical patient. I don't need a regular caregiver. I can do most of what I want to. I have a 'thankful jar' that I add to most days.

I have much to be thankful for.

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Many of us here remember Dean Carl.Many newer members maybe don't.Dean was one of our very supportive and inspirational members here and was blessed with much wisdom.We lost Dean a while back but his wisdom still exists here in the Path Less Traveled Forum.This is a poem he wrote himself back in March2004.

Cancer!

Oh, how we fear that word!

I say to you, "I have cancer"

And I watch you,

refuse to hear.

I say to you, "I have cancer"

And I watch you,

bury me with your eyes.

Yes, I have CANCER.

Please,

Please hear the word.

But do not lay me in my grave,

At least,

Not just yet.

Oh, I know this disease

Will someday take my life.

The chances of that are,

Shall we say,

Rather high.

Yes, I know that which will take me,

From this world.

But not today!

But then again,

That's all I've ever had.

Today.

And to tell the truth,

(which I've been known to do at times)

That's all any of us ever have.

Today.

So today, I think,

I'll get up early,

And watch the sun set fire to the sky.

Today, I think,

I'll tell my wife,

"I love you", at least a hundred times.

Today, I think,

I'll find a way to laugh so hard,

I'll give myself a stomach ache.

Today, I think,

I'll go to the cliffs above the ocean

And ask old man Ocean what he knows that I don't.

Today, I think,

I'll climb down into the abyss,

And spit in the Devil's eye.

Today I'll do so many wonderful things.

And those I don't get done today.

I'll do tomorrow when tomorrow becomes today.

Yes, I have cancer

Yes, I will die from it someday.

But not today.

Not today.

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It was hard this week...I was really ill, if we lived closer I might have had him take me to the hospital. I dropped 15# this week. I did leave a message on the dr VM. I am better, have progressed to an egg this evening. Still maintaing the best attitude I can.

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Sorry to read that you were not well this weekend. I hope this morning things are a little better. Please don't wait too long if you thing the hospital would help. Sometimes becoming dehydrated can be a concern...

My thoughts and prayers continue for you-

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