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What's Up Doc?

Preparing for surgery can be scary and exhausting, so take time out to laugh.

Some of us were drafted into the fight against cancer. Some have volunteered to join the struggle. 

I never wanted to be a part of this group, but here I am. With every hug, every caring e-mail, I understand what a strong and special community this is.

I always knew cancer didn't play favorites, but let's face it, nobody thinks it will hit them. Carcinoid cancer knocked me for a loop, but when I got back on my feet I found I had support from an amazing group of people.

Thank you all. Thank you for your wit and wisdom, for your sage advice and for sharing your own stories. I'll take all that with me when I go to Stanford Medical Center on Wednesday for an operation that should remove any existing tumors.

I know the fight won't end there and I know I'll never be the same. Even after the tumors are gone, cancer will still be a part of me, for better or worse.

Those of us fighting cancer and the friends and families of those whose lives have been altered by cancer will have the chance to show their enduring strength with the Relay for Life, July 30-31 at Novato, and Aug. 27-28 in San Rafael.

There will be a "Mini Relay For Life Walk" at Northgate Mall on June 18, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Registration is $5 for individuals and $10 for families.

Some of the best advice I've heard lately, "Take time out to sit down, drop your pants and slide on the ice." Let's face it, cancer is depressing. Cancer is exhausting. Cancer is a pain in the butt. But, we continue to go to the gym, we laugh and smile, and we don't give up.

There is good news coming out of Chicago where doctors are meeting this week to compare notes on cancer treatments. Medications are proving more effective in the long-term survival of cancer patients, according to releases from ASCO.

Aloha.

holly June 07, 2011 at 12:56 AM
I will be thinking of you and wish wisdom for the doctors and an easy recovery for you. Holly from the Pottery
Pat June 07, 2011 at 01:39 PM
I will keep you in my good thoughts & prayers for a great recovery!
margot Jasie June 07, 2011 at 04:23 PM
margot You are in my thoughts. I love how you are sharing with the community. I look forward to happy days ahead as you and your team celebrate recovery.
Pamela Feinsilber June 07, 2011 at 05:46 PM
Let's look ahead to the day AFTER surgery. It'll come soon, and won't that be nice? And then to when you'll be feeling strong and well again. You have so much support from people who don't even know you (and, of course, those who do), I'm sure that will help speed the process.
Phyllis Galanis June 08, 2011 at 01:37 AM
Derek, I had no idea of the battle you are in until I read your article today. May the surgeons be calm, attentive and skillful. May your recovery be swift and as comfortable as possible. May you feel the love of your friends and the warm thoughts of those of us who only know you from CM Council meetings. All the best, Derek, Phyllis G.

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