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It is hard to find any stops or time outs on the cancer train once it starts. I will post updates when possible. SO the chemo port is in, chemo starts next Monday and I am eager to get on with this battle. It would be remiss not to stop and thank all of you who have sent encouragement, prayers, positive thoughts, hugs and well wishes. You may not know it, but all of these e-mails, cards, calls, texts, FB comments, and blog comments have become my greatest weapon in the fight so far. The first part of the war involves “attitude”…..keeping a positive attitude is one of the keys to beating cancer. Every one of you who have given encouragement, have provided me with ammunition against self pity. During the chemo port installation, we were given the message that everything was running 45 minutes late. I was vulnerable to self pity, because my pain meds were going to run out and faced 45 minutes of increasing pain. Hubby gave me a big hug and said “It will be OK”, I turned away from him to have a good cry, then got a text from a friend sending hugs. I turned back to hubby and away from self pity and started thinking of all the well wishes. BOOM! Take that cancer! SO now every time I am vulnerable to self pity, I picture little ZAP! Boom! Pow! messages, think of my friends and say, “Take that cancer!” I feel like Adam West in Batman, LOL! Eat broccoli, then say POW! Take that cancer. So Thank you so much for the ammunition! ZAP! Take that cancer!


Comments on: "The War with Cancer starts" (17)

  1. I’m wishing you a speedy recovery Arlene!

  2. Shirley Perkins said:

    Arlene, It saddens me to no end knowing you have cancer. If your phone rang every time I think of you (always fondly) the noise would drive you crazy. When I try to put myself in your place, I try to figure out how in the world I would get through it. I think, the only way to really get through it is to think like a child. Life is your lollipop. Sometimes your lollipop falls in the grass. Don’t throw it away. Pick the grass off it and get back to licking. Maybe you will get a blade or two in your mouth, just spit those out as they come and keep on licking. Life is still sweet, even if it gets a little grassy sometimes. And don’t forget your playmates… they’ll help you pick the grass off and now and then, even give you a few licks of theirs! You know I love you, Sis!

  3. Karen Guinn said:

    You are right Arlene-you are going to kick Cancer’s butt!

  4. Dawn Potts said:

    wishing you all the best of luck and knowing what type of support system you have you shall make it through this. Cancer is no longer a death sentence as it once was. Instead it is merely another obstacle in life that causes inconveniences but proves who is truly there for you. It is a scary time and it is ok to be scared every now and then, but like you said. Take a look around and see who is there supporting you and fighting right along with you. You are not alone and never will be. You are loved by many and God makes miracles happen. Whether that miracle is in the form of a medicine that has been discovered or an unexplainable event God is always watching over us and you are one of his Angels he placed here on earth and I know he is smiling saying she’s got this! Love you

  5. We’ve got your 6, Bert!

  6. Great attitude, take that, cancer!

  7. Sending positive thoughts and wishes for a speedy recovery!

  8. Dina Neatherlin-Schiaffo said:

    I love you cousin. Keep on keeping on. Prayers and lots of healing energy are being sent to you.

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