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The battle goes on, The Ride of the Valkyries

When describing managing cancer, people use words like battle, fighting, cancer warrior, etc.  After a courageous battle he beat or lost... I prefer terms such as living with cancer and managing cancer.  I don't find myself in much of a battle that I'm winning or losing. When hooked up to an infusion pump sitting in an infusion chair, there's really not much you can do other than sit there.  Bring it on, baby!   I often listened to music, tried to read even have some fun visualizing the 'novel agents' entering my bloodstream, targeting a B cell (good or bad), like marking those cells with an X so a Natural Killer NK cell produced by your immune system comes along and kills it.  This is immunotherapy, sort of a targeted chemotherapy.

Just for fun, I visualize that cell level battle underway in my blood system and bone marrow. The best music for this is the "Ride of the Valkyries" by German composer Richard Wagner fully orchestrated in 1856, more recently popularized as the theme in the 1979 American epic war film, "Apocalypse Now".  Many believe that visualization works.  I guess I'm too much of a skeptic to believe. I need to see the evidence.  More often than not, people say, it can't hurt. I say sometimes it can if you fail to act or you don't report certain 'variables' such as alternative medicine, vitamins and supplements to your physician.  But visualization should be OK, unless while you're visualizing, you're not paying attention to your leaking venipuncture. I don't place bets on the metaphysical, literally "the science of the world beyond" which isn't science at all. I suppose that's why I'm betting on forward looking clinical trials.  

For me, the cancer battle is a series of damn irritating events.  Sometimes I got sick, really puke 'em up sick.  I still can't stand (no pun intended) the nasty peripheral neuropathy (pins, needles, numbness, heat, cold, sharp electrical shocks) that I feel in my feet.   This ruined my already lousy golf game.  Damn, I miss swinging the club but I just can't maintain my balance and when combined with my hook or slice, the effects of my cancer can be dangerous to others.  There are many whose cancer management is much more difficult than mine; it seems somebody's always worse off. Just look around in the waiting room and you'll see many in worse shape than you.  

But often those that look the worst are well on their way to a cure and may be out of the program well before you.  One of the first great lessons of cancer and there are many, ya can't be judgmental about people. Period. 

When I first began treatment, it seemed there was some new symptom each week, some caused by the cancer some caused by the therapy.  So, I'd joke with my wife about opening this week's envelop that contained news about a new symptom.   The cancer gods would say, this week let's give him conjunctivitis, "pink eye".  What? Where the hell did that come from?  Oh, sorry your immune system is weak so the tough little immunoglobulines that normally protect you are on strike, they're not working or worse, they left town.    

We take our immune system for granted. Hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of antibodies protect us everyday. If you eat well, get some exercise, keep your overall body cell count in a normal range (don't be overweight where you have 2-3 times as many cells as you should), chances are your immune system will continue performing nicely, taking care of you while you take care of it especially if you are managing your cancer.

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