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reply to post by OpinionatedB
don't keep beating yourself up over this, you did the best you could at the time, can't ask for more. Cancer sucks...for the patient, the family, the friends.....
Cigarettes are labeled as causing cancer. Diesel oil has a warning that says used oil skin contact causes cancer in laboratory animals. Someone wanted grilled and baked foods to have warnings of their carcinogenic content they accumulate from having been heated that they don't contain raw, grilled steak has the highest count while bread had almost the lowest and that's mainly from the crust. It's safe to assume that fire causes cancer. Burning things and putting them into your body isn't healthy. That's why you have cancer.
Effective prevention of melanoma is two-fold: First, reduce and limit UV (ultraviolet) exposure both from natural sunlight and artificial (e.g., tanning beds) sources; Second, identify and diagnose melanoma as early as possible.
If you don't mind answering, what would be an appropriate thing to gift a cancer patient that they can actually do during their down times.
I have multiple sclerosis. I've had people tell me that brain and spine lesions will disappear if only I would eat a raw food diet or read this or that book. On my worst day of pain, I have had people tell me "but you look okay".
My heart, and understanding for what you are battling, go out to you OP, but I sure don't have any answers or anything smart or really helpful to say.
I don't talk a lot about it. Probably the only person who *really* knows what I have gone through is my husband. Sure, some other folks know bits and pieces, but that's all. For the most part, you are all right. Most people just don't care, they don't want to hear about it, and when they do, they simply don't know what to say.
I did want to say, the comments about the grieving process, so true, and for more than just cancer patients. It has been something I have gone through maybe 8 times or so. Each stage I reach where I have an unavoidable change in my life direction, I find myself going through it again.
I took a lot for granted. Walking, being able to bend over and pick up dirty clothes, being able to stand and cook, or wash dishes, empty the dishwasher, and now, even folding clothes from the dryer. If I put my arms over my head for any length of time, I will pass out. What seemed like the simplest things in life simply exhaust me. It takes a LOT to just take a shower.
Also, when I shaved my head I didn't like the sad faces people would make. I was happy I did it, my daughter wanted to always be like mommy so when I shaved before she lost her hair, she felt as though she did me a favor my losing it lol so we could look the same.
Like I posted above. Heating and burning things causes cancer. Including the sun and melonoma as someone else pointed out. And to the guy who heard raw foods are safer, they are but the sun creates most foods. Look up what a carcinogen is, they are found in cooked foods and cigarettes among other things. But based on scientific observation eating the skin of a raw apple is probably still bad for you because it's been out in the sun. Grilled meats, sun exposure, used motor oil and cigarettes all known to cause cancer or cancer causing carcinogens. All have contact with extreme heat. They just haven't connected the dots yet.
edit on 15-10-2013 by mattsawaufo because: (no reason given)
I want to thank everyone for all the responses on this thread.
It's easy for me (and all of us I'm sure at times) to get down and depressed and feel alone. Knowing I'm not alone and there are many people in the same boat as I am is comforting in a weird sort of way.
Side note - You fought and survived melanoma?? that's one of the biggies! My husband had melanoma. They got his early. That's one nasty invention .. melanoma. Only a sadistic SOB could come up with inventing that.