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CANCER IS A PUNK

Updated on September 16, 2009

That's Right, I Said It! A Punk! But it can definitely take it out of you. No Joke.

My story and advice to those living with cancer.

THE BIG BAD "C" CAN BE BEAT

4 YEARS IN HELL AND BACK

At the age of 13, I was diagnosed with Osteogenic Sarcoma of the Right Distal Ulna. Sounds pretty scary, doesn't it? Simply put, I had bone cancer with a huge malignant tumor growing out of my right ulna. This is the small forearm bone which allows you to rotate your hand and wrist. This was in 1987 and although medical science had made great strides in this field, it was still nowhere near as advanced as it is today. I was a healthy, robust, and highly athletic kid. There was no history of cancer in my family as far as I know because I do not know my biological mother or her side of the family.

LANCE ARMSTRONG ( Brain, Lung, Testicular Cancer )

LANCE ARMSTRONG ( Brain, Lung, Testicular Cancer )
LANCE ARMSTRONG ( Brain, Lung, Testicular Cancer )

THE DIAGNOSIS

My stepmother first took me to Asian herbal doctors and we even tried acupuncture to relieve the extreme swelling and throbbing pain within my arm, but to no avail. Finally, we went to the University of Southern California Medical Center where I was given a CAT scan. I knew it was going to be bad when right away I had an allergic reaction to the injected iodine and broke out in severe hives and grotesque swelling of my lips. I looked like a Korean Fat Albert. They switched to X-ray Dye and completed the CAT scan. They found it to be a tumor and the next week I went to the Orthopedic Hospital down the street from U.S.C. to get a biopsy done. It was malignant, but luckily had not spread beyond my right arm. At first , the doctor's diagnosis of my situation brought him to utter the horrifying word, 'amputation.' Words like tumor, cancer, and lose your arm are terrifying words for anyone, let alone a 13 year old kid who had barely been sick a day in his life. I remember being absolutely frantic to say the least.

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE ( Breast Cancer )

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE ( Breast Cancer )
CHRISTINA APPLEGATE ( Breast Cancer )

AND SO THE PAIN BEGINS

A NIGHTMARE OF A START

My doctor recommended immediate treatment to shrink the tumor before surgery and so I was scheduled for 3 Angiograms (pictures of veins and arteries) along with a battery of chemo drugs, but it started out even worse than the CAT scan. The tube they had inserted through the major artery in my groin area, all the way up through my body, past my shoulder and down into my right arm, ended up hitting a nerve which caused an excruciatingly painful blood clot which they had to surgically remove. I then spent the next 2 days in ICU. Needless to say, it was a nightmare and this being just the first of three initial treatments was not an encouraging thought.

COLIN POWELL ( Prostate Cancer )

COLIN  POWELL ( Prostate Cancer )
COLIN POWELL ( Prostate Cancer )

THE CURE AND TREATMENT

On a more positive note, my orthopedic surgeon had brought in a hand specialist and they devised a purely experimental but revolutionary idea to remove the malignant part of my ulna and screw the remaining portion of it to my radius, which is the big bone in your forearm. The theory was that over time, it would fuse together into a one-bone forearm. The goal was to save my arm and fore-go amputation which I was extremely grateful for. My Oncologist also wanted to use a brand new and also experimental drug called Cisplatin, made with the metal platinum and which made me violently ill. It was a plan for an all out aggressive chemotherapy campaign along with another pinkish-red colored drug called Adriamycin, which ultimately made my hair fall out. I remember us having to sign a bunch of waiver and disclaimer forms, making me a complete guinea pig. At this point in time, I was in the process of graduating from junior high school and had to graduate wearing a baseball cap because of the beginning of my hair loss. The despair I felt at waking up in the morning with clumps of hair all over my pillow, and in the drain of my shower is something that I don't think I could ever fully describe. One week after my third Angiogram, they felt the tumor had been reduced in size enough to perform the surgery. I was under for 7 and a half hours and upon waking, experienced the most extreme thirst from the anesthesia, and pain so intense that I literally begged for pain killer shots every 10 minutes for 3 days after the surgery. I was a 13 year old kid begging for shots so you can only imagine. I went on to have chemo treatments every other week till i was 16 years old and have now been in remission for 19 years.

REACTION TO CANCER

HOW DO YOU THINK YOU MIGHT REACT TO THE NEWS OF HAVING CANCER?

EDIE FALCO ( Breast Cancer )

EDIE FALCO ( Breast Cancer )
EDIE FALCO ( Breast Cancer )

DEALING WITH THE ILLNESS

MY LIST OF ADVICE

Now, I would like to share some of the things I did which made my life a little easier while dealing with the sickness involved with treatment.

1. Optimism and positive thinking are an absolute must in order to come out of the experience somewhat complete. You may at times go through depression, almost to the point of suicidal thoughts and you may sometimes wish to just end it all as long as you don't have to be sick and in pain anymore. But, in this I can only say "DON'T BE A PUNK!!" That's right,that's what I said. You must fight. You Must Fight! YOU MUST FIGHT!!! No one can do this for you and no matter how much support you may get from family and friends they will not completely understand what you are going through unless they have been through it themselves.

2. Everyone generally reacts differently to the different kind of drugs used. I have heard of people who didn't lose their hair, or wasn't made utterly sick and unable to keep food down. I experienced all of the above and what I found is that while you are in the sick zone, it is always best to eat plain, non-greasy or heavy foods. Drink things that are sweet like nectar or lemon lime soda so that the taste and acids aren't so bad when you have to give praise to the porcelain god every 30 minutes like i did.

3. Instead of dealing with the gradual hair loss and seeing it on your pillow every day, you may want to go ahead and shave your head beforehand and save yourself the sorrow of the loss. This is exactly what I did after suffering through it for almost a month.

4. Don't be scared to seek out and speak to others who may be going through the same ordeal because you may be able to find some kind of peace or solace in the knowledge that you are truly not alone.I found that people who tried to console me became somewhat wearisome and patronizing when they were not sick or going through what i was going through.

5. Stay as busy and active as your condition allows because as the saying goes, "An idle mind is a devil's workshop." Laying there feeling sorry for yourself and constantly asking , "why me?" is not conducive to healing either physically or mentally. Not to say that I did not have all of those negative thoughts, all I am saying is that you must always think to outweigh the negatives with abundantly more positives. As examples, constantly tell yourself things like,"I am still here, I still have a chance, I'm going to get through this with the help and love of my family and friends, I am Spartacus!, etc. I did not come from a very loving or supportive home. My father and step-mother tended to make me feel like a burden, or a bad person for having gotten sick, but I made it because I constantly reinforced myself with positive thoughts of myself and my self worth.

6. Always keep in mind that no matter how bad you think your position is, there is always somebody out there who might be in an even worse predicament than you. It's like the story of the man complaining about not having any shoes, until he saw the man with no feet.

7. Sometimes you have to almost have the patience of Jesus to combat the truly ignorant individuals you may run in to during your crisis. I remember some people laughing about my baldness and the elaborate plastic cast I had on my arm. I mean, I heard it all from, "Golden Child" to "RoboHong." I won't lie and say it doesn't hurt or anger you, but what are you going to do? Open fire with a sniper rifle from atop the conservatory? Instead of doing something as incredibly twisted and stupid as that, I always found it easier to ignore it, or if you feel the need to confront the idiot, then make use of a severe tongue lashing. If you don't know how, then I encourage you to visit my other lens called, "INSULTS 101" at www.squidoo.com/funnyinsults. I think you can enlighten yourself in the art of verbal roasting and counter-attack there.

JOHN KERRY ( Prostate Cancer )

JOHN  KERRY ( Prostate Cancer )
JOHN KERRY ( Prostate Cancer )

AND SO THIS LENS COMES TO A CLOSE

MY WORDS OF INSPIRATION

In ending I say to all of you struggling with this illness, "KEEP ON FIGHTING THE FIGHT!!!" Be strong for yourself if nothing else. You are worth it. To those who are unfortunately not as blessed as I have been, I say "I MAY NOT KNOW YOU, AND YET I DO. I LOVE YOU DEARLY AND WISH YOU WELL." I know these words may not change your situation or outlook, but please, I urge you to live your life with an all out and never say die attitude. It may make all the difference, because you most certainly will have nothing to lose by doing so.

Most importantly my friends, remember that YOU ARE NOT ALONE in this fight. There is an army of us out there sharing in this. I am just an Average Joe, but perhaps you will recognize some of these other people, above and below, who are also SURVIVORS AND FIGHTERS!

THE "C" WORD

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH ANY VARIATION OF CANCER? IF SO, WHAT KIND?

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FRAN DRESCHER ( Uterine Cancer )

FRAN DRESCHER ( Uterine Cancer )
FRAN DRESCHER ( Uterine Cancer )

KYLIE MINOGUE ( Breast Cancer )

KYLIE  MINOGUE ( Breast Cancer )
KYLIE MINOGUE ( Breast Cancer )

MELISSA ETHERIDGE ( Breast Cancer )

MELISSA ETHERIDGE ( Breast Cancer )
MELISSA ETHERIDGE ( Breast Cancer )

OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN ( Breast Cancer )

OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN ( Breast Cancer )
OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN ( Breast Cancer )

RICHARD ROUNDTREE ( Male Breast Cancer )

RICHARD ROUNDTREE ( Male Breast Cancer )
RICHARD ROUNDTREE ( Male Breast Cancer )

ROBERT DENIRO ( Prostate Cancer )

ROBERT  DENIRO ( Prostate Cancer )
ROBERT DENIRO ( Prostate Cancer )

ROD STEWART ( Thyroid Cancer )

ROD  STEWART ( Thyroid Cancer )
ROD STEWART ( Thyroid Cancer )

RUDY GIULIANI ( Prostate Cancer )

RUDY  GIULIANI ( Prostate Cancer )
RUDY GIULIANI ( Prostate Cancer )

SHERYL CROWE ( Breast Cancer )

SHERYL CROWE ( Breast Cancer )
SHERYL CROWE ( Breast Cancer )

CHARLIE WATTS ( Throat Cancer ) Stones Drummer

CHARLIE WATTS ( Throat Cancer ) Stones Drummer
CHARLIE WATTS ( Throat Cancer ) Stones Drummer

PATRICK SWAYZE ( Pancreatic Cancer )

PATRICK SWAYZE ( Pancreatic Cancer )
PATRICK SWAYZE ( Pancreatic Cancer )

STEVE JOBS ( Pancreatic Cancer )

STEVE  JOBS ( Pancreatic Cancer )
STEVE JOBS ( Pancreatic Cancer )

JOE TORRE ( Prostate Cancer )

JOE TORRE ( Prostate Cancer )
JOE TORRE ( Prostate Cancer )

KEN GRIFFEY, SR. ( Prostate Cancer ) / ALBERTA GRIFFEY ( Colorectal Cancer )

KEN GRIFFEY, SR. ( Prostate Cancer ) / ALBERTA GRIFFEY ( Colorectal Cancer )
KEN GRIFFEY, SR. ( Prostate Cancer ) / ALBERTA GRIFFEY ( Colorectal Cancer )

SUZANNE SOMERS ( Breast Cancer )

SUZANNE  SOMERS ( Breast Cancer )
SUZANNE SOMERS ( Breast Cancer )

NELSON MANDELA ( Prostate Cancer )

NELSON MANDELA ( Prostate Cancer )
NELSON MANDELA ( Prostate Cancer )

KATHY BATES ( Ovarian Cancer )

KATHY BATES ( Ovarian Cancer )
KATHY BATES ( Ovarian Cancer )

TOM GREEN ( Testicular Cancer )

TOM  GREEN ( Testicular Cancer )
TOM GREEN ( Testicular Cancer )

CHARLESTON HESTON ( Survived Prostate Cancer 1998 , Died of Alzheimers 2008 )

CHARLESTON HESTON ( Survived Prostate Cancer 1998 , Died of Alzheimers 2008 )
CHARLESTON HESTON ( Survived Prostate Cancer 1998 , Died of Alzheimers 2008 )

DAN ABRAMS ( Testicular Cancer )

DAN ABRAMS ( Testicular Cancer )
DAN ABRAMS ( Testicular Cancer )

SCOTT HAMILTON ( Testicular Cancer )

SCOTT HAMILTON ( Testicular Cancer )
SCOTT HAMILTON ( Testicular Cancer )

RICHARD BELZER ( Testicular Cancer )

RICHARD BELZER ( Testicular Cancer )
RICHARD BELZER ( Testicular Cancer )

IN MEMORIUM. CELEBRITIES WHO LOST THEIR FIGHT AGAINST CANCER

May God Bless Them and Keep Them. R.I.P

Unfortunately, not everyone is as fortunate as I, and countless others have been. I give tribute to those who have tragically fallen during their fight with Cancer.

Below is a short list of famous idols and icons who fell to Cancer.

DON KNOTTS ( Lung Cancer )

DON KNOTTS ( Lung Cancer )
DON KNOTTS ( Lung Cancer )

WALT DISNEY ( Lung Cancer )

WALT DISNEY ( Lung Cancer )
WALT DISNEY ( Lung Cancer )

DESI ARNAZ ( Lung Cancer )

DESI ARNAZ ( Lung Cancer )
DESI ARNAZ ( Lung Cancer )

NAT KING COLE ( Lung Cancer )

NAT KING COLE ( Lung Cancer )
NAT KING COLE ( Lung Cancer )

PETER JENNINGS ( Lung Cancer )

PETER JENNINGS ( Lung Cancer )
PETER JENNINGS ( Lung Cancer )

LOU RAWLS ( Lung Cancer )

LOU RAWLS ( Lung Cancer )
LOU RAWLS ( Lung Cancer )

YUL BRENNER ( Lung Cancer )

YUL BRENNER ( Lung Cancer )
YUL BRENNER ( Lung Cancer )

PAUL NEWMAN ( Lung Cancer )

PAUL NEWMAN ( Lung Cancer )
PAUL NEWMAN ( Lung Cancer )

DAVE THOMAS ( Liver Cancer )

DAVE THOMAS ( Liver Cancer )
DAVE THOMAS ( Liver Cancer )

EARL WOODS ( Prostate Cancer )

EARL WOODS ( Prostate Cancer )
EARL WOODS ( Prostate Cancer )

MERV GRIFFIN ( Prostate Cancer )

MERV GRIFFIN ( Prostate Cancer )
MERV GRIFFIN ( Prostate Cancer )

ANNE BANCROFT ( Uterine Cancer )

ANNE BANCROFT ( Uterine Cancer )
ANNE BANCROFT ( Uterine Cancer )

BOB DENVER ( Throat Cancer )

BOB  DENVER  ( Throat Cancer )
BOB DENVER ( Throat Cancer )

JOHNNIE COCHRAN ( Brain Cancer )

JOHNNIE  COCHRAN  ( Brain Cancer )
JOHNNIE COCHRAN ( Brain Cancer )

CHIEF JUSTICE WILLIAM R. REHNQUIST ( Thyroid Cancer )

CHIEF  JUSTICE  WILLIAM  R.  REHNQUIST  ( Thyroid Cancer )
CHIEF JUSTICE WILLIAM R. REHNQUIST ( Thyroid Cancer )

BOB MARLEY ( Malignant Melanoma )

BOB MARLEY ( Malignant Melanoma )
BOB MARLEY ( Malignant Melanoma )

BEA ARTHUR ( Unknown Cancer )

BEA ARTHUR ( Unknown Cancer )
BEA ARTHUR ( Unknown Cancer )

DANA REEVE ( Lung Cancer )

DANA REEVE ( Lung Cancer )
DANA REEVE ( Lung Cancer )

GEORGE HARRISON ( Throat Cancer )

GEORGE HARRISON ( Throat Cancer )
GEORGE HARRISON ( Throat Cancer )

JEFF HEALEY ( Retinoblastoma / Sarcoma )

JEFF HEALEY ( Retinoblastoma / Sarcoma )
JEFF HEALEY ( Retinoblastoma / Sarcoma )

EDDIE RABBIT ( Lung Cancer )

EDDIE RABBIT ( Lung Cancer )
EDDIE RABBIT ( Lung Cancer )

GEORGE HERMAN RUTH "THE BABE" ( Oral Cancer )

GEORGE HERMAN RUTH "THE BABE" ( Oral Cancer )
GEORGE HERMAN RUTH "THE BABE" ( Oral Cancer )

HUMPHREY BOGART ( Esophagus Cancer )

HUMPHREY BOGART ( Esophagus Cancer )
HUMPHREY BOGART ( Esophagus Cancer )

JACKIE BOUVIER KENNEDY ONASSIS ( Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma )

JACKIE BOUVIER KENNEDY ONASSIS ( Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma )
JACKIE BOUVIER KENNEDY ONASSIS ( Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma )

SAMMY DAVIS, JR. ( Throat Cancer )

SAMMY DAVIS, JR. ( Throat Cancer )
SAMMY DAVIS, JR. ( Throat Cancer )

MICHAEL LANDON ( Pancreatic and Liver Cancer )

MICHAEL LANDON ( Pancreatic and Liver Cancer )
MICHAEL LANDON ( Pancreatic and Liver Cancer )

DAN TURK ( Testicular Cancer )

DAN TURK ( Testicular Cancer )
DAN TURK ( Testicular Cancer )

BRIAN PICCOLO ( Testicular Cancer )

BRIAN PICCOLO ( Testicular Cancer )
BRIAN PICCOLO ( Testicular Cancer )

FARRAH FAWCETT ( Anal Cancer )

FARRAH FAWCETT ( Anal Cancer )
FARRAH FAWCETT ( Anal Cancer )

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      I want you to know this lens has made a huge difference to a friend of mine currently suffering from bone cancer -- your story touched him and changed his attitude to a much more positive one, which is something no one else had been able to do. For that you have my eternal gratitude. This lens has been blessed and featured on my "Still Wing-it on Squidoo" lens and my tribute page to my sister-in-law, Dawn, who died two years ago after a 15-year struggle with Lymphoma. My thoughts and best wishes to you and your family.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You my dear, are an inspiration to anyone!

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      HuntAndFishGuides 5 years ago

      One thing's for sure, we need to kick this cancer's ass! It's taken away too many of our loved ones.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your dilemma about your bone cancer. I myself have had a DePuy Pinnacle hip implant in the past. This device has gotten me worried after learning of the lawsuits filed against the device's manufacturer. A lot of information regarding these issues can be found on the DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuit website.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      papawu 6 years ago

      @Tarra99: Hi Kat! Hope all is going well with you still. Sorry haven't been around, but I've been rebuilding my business and kicking the crap out of a heart attack I had last year...I know, I'm so young....I swear, sometimes I feel like JOB from the bible...lol...Anywho, Just wanted to say hi and give my well wishes. xoxo

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      papawu 6 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Hi Susan! Sorry it's been so long since I've been around. Between work and having myself a heart attack last year, time has been extremely limited..lol..Just wanted to check in on you and see if you were in remission yet, or if not, how you are. Hope all goes well Hun.

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      papawu 6 years ago

      @Spook LM: Hi ya Kevin! I know it's been some time since I've been around and I wanted to stop in and check on you guys. Rebuilding my business has kept me busy this past year. Plus, I actually suffered a heart attack last year. Just another thing I've managed to survive and live through...lol..Anyways, hope all is well with you and yours my friend.

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      papawu 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Just wanted to stop by and let folks know that I am still alive and kicking. Have been building my business back up this past year and I have not had much time to do much of anything but work. Unfortunate, but work we must, I guess. Hope all is well with you buddy.

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      papawu 6 years ago

      @julieannbrady: Hi Julie! Just wanted to stop by and let folks know that I am still alive and kicking. Have been building my business back up this past year and I have not had much time to do much of anything but work, but I hope to have a little more time soon. Hope all is well with you Hun. ;-D

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      papawu 6 years ago

      @blue22d: Hi Sandy! So very nice to hear from you. Happy belated Valentines to you Honey. Sorry I suck at checking and answering e-mail.lol. My love and warmest wishes to you and I hope all is as well with you as can be. xoxo

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      blue22d 6 years ago

      Had to come back today, Valentine's Day, and give my special Angel blessing. Thanks again Ken for your support during my loss. I only wish my husband, Bruce, and I could have met you. May God continue to bless you with success in all that you do. Sandy

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice post you have here. It's really not an easy thing to deal with cancer. I hope patients will be open to alternative cancer treatments

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Hello my dear. I have thought about you many times over the past year PLUS. Just rechanneling what I said In my case on June 17, 2009. "I can say that it was a mixture of ALL these reactions over the past several years. Dealing with a difficult biopsy and following that up with more than a couple differences in medical opinion left me confused and more than a little frustrated. My heart goes out to those who have had to deal with having cancer as it is not always a straightforward situation and you have to do the best you can. You have to make some tough decisions and have faith in a higher power. That's how I feel about it." Thank you for making a difference!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very moving article, Ken. I'm not even going to attempt to imagine what you went through, but a beautiful triumph. The pictorial at the end was quite moving also. The world is a better place with you in it.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nice page thanks great information i learned a few things 5 stars!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Back again to this great lens to give you a sincere Squid Angel Blessing!

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      MikkiGVee 7 years ago

      A wonderfully inspiring lens - from the heart. Your closing remarks and tributes are truly touching. Great job on a difficult subject. -Mikki

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      Paul Hassing 7 years ago

      Jolly good lens. Your gallery of pictures really brought the message home. Many thanks! Best regards, Paul. :)

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Thanks for this lens! I was just diagnosed with anal cancer and have treatment and survival ahead of me. I appreciate your wonderful positive attitude despite such a horrible diagnosis as a child. That had to be very scary.

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Thanks for this lens! I was just diagnosed with anal cancer and have treatment and survival ahead of me. I appreciate your wonderful positive attitude despite such a horrible diagnosis as a child. That had to be very scary.

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      Just dropping by again to see a wonderful personal story. Blessed by an Angel.

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      Holley Web 7 years ago

      You have given hope to many and encouraged people to live their lives even in the face of this terrible disease. I am so happy to be our friend. ~ Blessed by a Squid Angel ~

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      lyechin2002 8 years ago

      pls visit my blog www.earthrises.net

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thank you for writing your story. I hope you live a long happy life now that you are in remission. I agree with you about attitude helping (not always, but sometimes). I hope that some day a cure will be found.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wonderful Lens. You are blessed and I'm so glad you're here to help others who have gone through and are going through similar ordeals. Keep up the great work.

      Thank you for your comment on my lens. I left you one on there too.

      Stay strong.

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Congratulations NEW Giant!

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      irenemaria 8 years ago from Sweden

      I made a lens about Glioblastoma Multiforme Braincancer - the bad kind that my husband died from. I could acually see his photo in the last long list you have made.

      Your lens is realistic and very well done!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you for creating this lens it has helped me understand cancer more and will help me to cop with the passing of my sister!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you for creating this lens it has helped me understand cancer more and will help me to cop with the passing of my sister!

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      Zut Moon 8 years ago

      Quite a story - quite a list of people with cancer. I guess we all have something to deal with sooner or later. In my life, it was the suicide of my only daughter which I speak of in my lens Self-Destructive Behaviour. It is essential that we tell our stories so that others may benefit. You are an A1 Guy even though you are Asian/American - what kind of a combination is that anyway ... just pullin on your chain. Thanks for sharing.

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      Princessa LM 8 years ago

      Awesome lens, I am glad you invited me to visit it has been fantastic you are a very brave man!

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Ken, you are amazing -- we need more men like you to help balance us women. Thanks for your words of support, encouragement and inspiration. I know you have touched a chord with a lot of us.

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      sittonbull 8 years ago

      Ken... I reiterate all the compliments and well deserved kudo's cited by your visitors and: 1) I marvel at your resiliency and determination at such a young age 2) I celebrate your 19 years of remission and 3) I appreciate your inspirational guidelines to cancer victims from "one who has been there"! This is a significantly powerful lens which will provide help and understanding to those that have the disease and their families and friends. I appreciated your comments on my lens before... but they have now take on added meaning. May you continue in remission and in your capacity to communicate to and inspire other victims as a survivor!

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Nicely told story. Blessed although I am not sure if the Angels tool is working. (It has been down since the new templates came on line.) I'll check back another time.

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      Tarra99 8 years ago

      You've helped me a lot already...through this lens and mainly via email. I appreciate that!

      Lensrolled.

      p.s. how was Vegas?

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      blue22d 8 years ago

      Thanks Papawu for sharing you story. You touch my soul as well. I so love your sense of humor (I looked like a Korean Fat Albert). May you continued to be blessed.

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      Fatih LM 8 years ago

      Thank you papawu, your story touched my soul. Blessing on your long life. High fives!

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      JenOfChicago LM 8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your story! Have you ever been to a Relay for Life? They have a survivor ceremony every year - sounds like you deserve a medal! I have a lens on Relay at https://hubpages.com/politics/americancancersociet...

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Three years of chemo! I can not even imagine. That must have felt like forever, especially at that age. I salute to you.

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Great lens! My step dad died of esophogeal cancer... not fun to see a loved one go through...but it took him fairly fast.

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      Oh my gosh--you make me feel like a punk for complaining about anything, after you beat cancer at 13. That's only a year older than my eldest son. I'm in tears just imagining. But your story is so, so inspirational. The polaroid photo gallery is very moving, too. Beautiful lens, 5***** and a favorite!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What an incredible testimony to all those with cancer! You are an inspiration to all those around you who suffer. An easy 5 stars!

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      RaintreeAnnie 8 years ago from UK

      Thank you for sharing your story with us. I particularly liked your advice for dealing with the illness and wish I had seen that when members of my family were going through cancer treatments. I think this will be an inspiration and help to many people. 5 stars to you !

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      thank you for sharing your story. I can't imagine getting a disease such as cancer at such a young age. I love that you survived it and serve as an inspiration to others. Bless you! Bear hugs, Frankster aka Bearmeister

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      Karicor 8 years ago

      I can not begin to imagine what you must have gone through at a very tender age. May your story serve as inspiration to anyone touched by this terrible disease. I wish you a long happy life and bless this lens for your courage. ^:)^

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      kathysart 8 years ago

      Oh my goodness... all the images of people who have had cancer and those who have passed... touching, worrisome. Thank you for all your wonderful advice.

      FIVE Cancer Free Stars!

      ~Kathy

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      Risa28 8 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your story and your positive attitude. I honor your courage for dealing with cancer at a young age and making a lens about your experiences. I had skin cancer and it seems almost everybody's life is touched by it. 5*s.

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      Spook LM 8 years ago

      I'm truly humbled Papawu but more importantly I'm ashamed that it has taken me so long to find this lens after your constant support of mine. I'll leave it there but am going to give this the full treatment.

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      casablancajen 8 years ago

      A great lens and really inspiring story! Your advice is really useful for both people sufferers and supporters. I've lensrolled this on Breast cancer in Africa.

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      Janusz LM 8 years ago

      Amazing Lens! Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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      honeytwin 8 years ago

      Awesome lens! I really really like your style of writing as I can see so far. Congratutations at beating the cancer! My grandmother died of breast cancer in 1983. I was 10 and therefore didn't realize what kind of impact her death would have on me later. Since I have been adult, I have really struggled with why she had to die and why I couldn't know her as an adult instead of just a kid. Anyway, I commend your bravery and the great lens! Good job!

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      MichaelJones 8 years ago

      What an inspiring story. So great for you to have beat the big bad C!

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      Congratulations on 21 years (wow!) I am coming up on my third year out (breast cancer) and remember the Adriamyacin quite well, although I ended up getting my husband to just shave my head :o) 5* for a great lens.

      Http;//www.Squidoo.com/PinkThink

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      Allurre 8 years ago

      Amazing breakthrough story bro.

      I've very pleased to hear with your resiliency and recovery.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love this lens and I love you for making it! I wish you a long and happy life. :) - Susie

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Keep your chin up! Great lens :-)

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      ZBT 8 years ago

      Papa Wu, you amaze me! You rock! You are a true, living testament to the power of being positive and what good can come out of it. You are definitely an inspiration! Keep on keeping on, y'hear? Oh, and by the way - I'm glad that you found my Squidoo Security Words lens to be amusing. You got it/you get it ... that was exactly my point.

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      ZBT 8 years ago

      Papa Wu, you amaze me! You rock! You are a true, living testament to the power of being positive and what good can come out of it. You are definitely an inspiration! Keep on keeping on, y'hear? Oh, and by the way - I'm glad that you found my Squidoo Security Words lens to be amusing. You got it/you get it ... that was exactly my point.

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      Jeff Wendland 8 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      Thanks for spreading some hope and love Papa Wu!

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      Delia 8 years ago

      Hi Ken, Happy New with much Joy and Good Health...I hope all is well with you...it is the most out of control feeling to hear someone tell you that you have cancer...as a surviver it has impacted my life for the better, so am thankful for that....I know my purpose in life... thanks for sharing....5*

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      qlcoach 8 years ago

      This is an amazing, scary, uplifting, hopeful, loving lens. I rate it a 10 plus! Thank you for the courage to share your story. I am surprised that more people haven't seen this. I also really appreciated your wisdom on how to cope with despair and chronic illness. Please check out how I try to help others in new ways too. Sincerely: Gary Eby, author and therapist.

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      kephrira lm 8 years ago

      very good lens - 5 stars from me.

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      Cynthia Davis 8 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Five stars. I never knew half of these people had cancer. Thanks for all the great information.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your story with us, it is inspiring.

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      Amanda Blue 8 years ago

      Excellent lens and I am so glad that you have made it through for these many years!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      You have done a wonderful job with this lens and I am sure it wasn't an easy one to do. Thank you.

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      Bellezza-Decor 8 years ago from Canada

      Lensrolled into 'How to Make Hemp Oil'