Apr 25, 2003 - 1:13 pm
Yes, I am a man, but I have a sister with an amazing medical history that includes almost every medical disaster that can befall the human critter except heart disease (her sister and I take care of THAT family trait). In childhood she suffered from all the diseases children suffered in the '30's, save polio, culminating with TB in the '40's. As an adult, she has had relapses of TB, breast cancer and a mastectomy followed by cancer in the OTHER breast and a mastectomy! When she was to go into the hospital for reconstructive surgery, they found a large intestinal tumor. Later, ANOTHER intestinal tumor was surgically removed. Meanwhile she has had BOTH hips replaced due to arthritic damage (she still teaches square dancing!) and last year her husband, a Pearl Harbor Survivor veteran, was diagnosed with Alzheimers!
You'd expect that to depress or sour almost anybody, but my sister is the happiest, gayest, most cheerful and upbeat person I know!
Oh, by the way, that last abdominal cancer is one day going to kill her. They took all they were able, but it was mucoid and clung to the surface of all of her intestines and organs and as hard as they tried, they could not remove it all. Does this get her down or slow her down? Not a whit!