Apr 12, 2010 - 11:44 am
When I read the postings here, I realize what is bothering me doesn’t compare to what so many people are going through. But I wonder if the following seems unusual to y’all, the undisputed experts. First, at 64, I am the last of my original immediate family. My father (57), brother (54), and sister (66) died of heart disease. My mother (69) died of colon cancer. The oddity, to me, is my friends. My best friend from pre-school, my best friend from elementary school and high school, another friend from our high school group, my best friend from college, my best golfing buddy, my brother-in-law, and a good friend from summer church camp have all died young from cancer. I seem to be thinking of them all the time. Do I dwell on this because I am I just missing them? I certainly do. Or am I just feeling sorry for myself and scared? I don’t think that is it. My diagnosis is metastatic melanoma, but we think the surgery got it all. I’m doing the interferon but the prognosis is still 50/50 for five years. I have good family and friend support and am not lonely.