I thought I'd share something a bit comical that has become a habit since I got my hair cut. Maybe I can get away with calling it a quirk at this point since it hasn't been that long since my locks were shorne. But either way, I have been awaiting the day that my hair might fall out. Every day, I actually pull on my hair just to make sure it is still attached to my head. So far so good... I am not bald yet, but I might very well end up with a sore scalp if I keep going.
I also have some interesting statistics that Kevin has come across in his internet research. He spends time making sure that he has found all the latest and updated research information about medication in regards to my particular cancer. My oncologist is such a wonderful man and he is always open to any information that we may run across. Anyway, here are a couple of tidbits.
- The incidence of any race female between the ages of 35-39 being diagnosed with Gastric Cancer is 1.5813 per 100,000.
- The incidence of Asian females between the ages of 35 - 39 being diagnosed with Gastric Cancer is 2.4005 per 100,000
- For those of us that make it 5 years after diagnosis, the likelihood of making it 10 years jumps dramatically
What do these statistics mean to me? They are emotional statistics... I tear up writing them, but just briefly and then I figure that if I'm so unique that I would be that 1 or 2, then I can be that odd statistic that makes it... I don't know what "making it" might mean, but why not me? It also means that the longer I fight, the longer I'll make it. I will embrace these statistics and make my own.
This also reminds me what my wise Oncologist told me when I asked him for a "benchmark" after our first meeting with him. I had decided early on that I wanted a number... how long would I have? Originally, I had decided that if I had this number/benchmark that it would give me a goal or something to beat. Do you know what he said? He said, "no". He said that he can give me statistics, but none of those statistics are me so "no", he couldn't honestly tell me. He also said he didn't know the future and he didn't want to guess. He's a wonderful doctor and I'm grateful that he is mine.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, I can honestly say I did.
Until next time...