Cancer Remembered: Support

This post is part of a month-long series on my cancer experience of 2013. They originally appeared on my blog at
Another common question is, “What kind of support do I need right now?”
The truth is, I don’t know. I know that I don’t like to ask for help, but honestly, I’ve  never been through something like this so I really don’t know. Prayer does help, so if you’re the praying kind, by all means pray. But ummm….shouldn’t we be praying for friends and loved ones already? (I’m just saying).
What has helped is talking to each of you and ending the conversation with “I love you.” What’s also helped is when you speak my language…telling me about things you’ve googled, blogs I should read, and talking to me in medical terms like I’m you know…medical.
I really enjoy feeling smart…and I am really proud to have so many doctor friends. The medical talk is me really paying homage to the coolness that is medicine. So, go with me here….the tumor is in my thoracic region (not my chest).
If you run across anything I can do at home to help prepare my body for surgery…herbal teas or vitamin supplements I can take, let me know. An important part of cancer recovery is eating right. I have had a love affair for more than 30 years with french fries. The french fries are being traded in for fresh fruits and veggies, wheatgrass, and other things.
Oh…I hate the word suffering. It sounds so pitiful. I am not suffering. I am dealing with health issues, but not suffering.
For my out of town friends, I understand the need to stay in touch. As my line sister psychologist Vanessa says, “I need to see you and hear you.” We can Skype, Facetime, or Google Video Chat…anytime!

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