Cancer for Dummies

ImageLike sharing stories, passing on advice/information is another tricky area.  We have all probably read something or heard something that could potentially be helpful.  Knowing when to share it or keep it to yourself is a challenge.  My friend, Nat, sent me a press release about a newly approved colon cancer drug.  I appreciated that the information was right from the FDA horse’s mouth.  We took the information to Dave’s oncologist who let us know that it wasn’t the drug for Dave at this time.  It sure didn’t hurt to ask though.  As far as drug trial or medical advice, I like having all the information in print from a reputable source.

Dave has a colleague at work who is a cancer survivor.  She believes strongly that the water that you drink should have a certain pH.  There is an expensive machine that she purchased that filters the water to the correct level.  Dave asked his doctor about this, and they had no objection to him trying it.  So this kind and generous person brings Dave gallon jugs of water each week.  She feels like it is something she can do to help.  I appreciate this because it is something that she tried, felt was effective, and thought Dave would benefit from too.  But she also took the financial risk out of it because she is using her machine and providing Dave with the water.  I would have to say that I would have been reluctant to spend thousands of dollars on something someone who was not an expert suggested.

My friend, May, was spot on when she shared her knowledge.  One afternoon, May stopped by to drop off an absolutely delicious dinner.  I happened to mention to her that Dave is experimenting with making various smoothies containing super foods like kale.  Turns out that May has a wealth of knowledge, but she waits until she knows someone is interested to share.  The next time she stopped by she brought us some things to try (while including the ingredients list so Dave can check with his doctor to make sure there is nothing objectionable).  I so appreciated all of her suggestions and advice and how she essentially waited until she was asked for it.

We have been very lucky to have friends thinking of us and sharing their experience and knowledge.