If you are a fan of irony

I was reading a blog this morning by keepthecalm, where she mentions the laundry list of drugs she is on and I had to comment.  We spend a life time avoiding cancer causing poisons.  Stay out of the sun, don’t eat foods with tons of additives, watch what you put in your body and on your body, eat organic, load up on antioxidants, etc. etc. You would have to live under a rock to not know all the things that cause cancer.  Yet, you get cancer anyway. You do all the right things, you try to eat right and exercise, get plenty of rest, and either family genetics or just bad luck sneak up on you and bite you on the ass. Some things you just can’t predict, avoid or outrun.  The irony is in the cure.  To combat the cancer you voluntarily allow doctors to pump you full of poisons on a regular basis for months. You lie still while they blast you with (cancer causing) radiation, you subject yourself  to MRIs, xrays and full body scans.. more radiation,  more over a few months period than many people have in a lifetime. You read the short and long term side effects of the medications and find out that many cause cancer. Yup.. I will cure my breast cancer, but now I’m at a higher risk for uterine and ovarian cancer.  My previously healthy heart may be weakened by the chemotherapy, I could have long term numbness of the hands and feet. Yet what real choice do I or any of us have?  Better to kill the devil we know than worry about the one that may or may not rear it’s ugly head down the road. And if it does, we will use more poisons to kill that one and worry about the long term effects of those.

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5 comments

  1. Loopynutter · February 5, 2012

    Sadly so true!!!

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  2. Herdy · February 5, 2012

    This is something I have been worrying about….so ironic….after all my ‘treatments’ I too will be at greater risk of developing skin cancer. My heart may also be weakened by the effects of chemo. My fertility will definitely be in question. My one remaining kidney may be damaged by the radiation. The lack of choice propels you forwards, but you can’t fail but be concerned about the future.

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  3. jelebelle · February 5, 2012

    thank you for the mention. your thoughts have been the same of what plagues me…
    i too eat soloely organic, avoid parabens, yaddayadda….and here i am, here we are. i wonder how my non-cancer health will hold out. luck to all of us!

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  4. Susan · February 5, 2012

    You write so well, I wish I could put my thoughts into words so eloquently. I really like this post. It hit home with a big bang.

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  5. kimmyapple · February 18, 2012

    Your comments hit home with me too. Cancer free but now on lots of drugs.
    Now have arthritis in knees. My back is screwed up. I have been doing therapy and going to doctors for a year now… still no answers. I walk sometimes like I’m 90 yrs old.
    (only 46) used to look 10 yrs older…. not anymore. I received heavy chemo drugs and a 30 day round of radiation.
    You just got to love it when the doctors say… well you were not active for a year what do you expect?! ugh payment for getting breast cancer. They thought ovarian was a possibility. I got them out one year after my lumpectomy & lymph nodes surgery.
    guess it is better to gripe about knees and back vs. having cancer.
    Let’s all think positive!!! My sister is now going through it. She had chemo today. Lucky her.. she is not losing hair. Myself, lost hair on every part of my body. No eyelashes were just plain weird.
    🙂 think positive stay strong

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