Saturday, May 10, 2014

Thankful Just To Be Alive



Hi folks!  Haven't been around the old blogosphere for a few days.  Been busy don't you know?  

So what have I been doing?  Basically getting Casa Tipton-Kelly ready for The Season and that means buying plenty of flowers and plants.  LOTS!

But before I start down that road I just want to say I'm thankful to be alive.  I've added a new notch to my Life Experience Gun.  I'm a cancer survivor.  That's right folks, a year and half hour after being diagnosed with prostate cancer I'm still here, bringing joy to some people, pissing off the Usual Suspects and delivering pure happiness to a couple of Very Special People (they know who they are).  

This is the post I did this morning on the website Inspire, a support group website for those of us with different medical maladies.   






Happy to be alive. This morning was just another reminder.

18 comments:

  1. the usual suspects - hee hee! :)

    June 21 will mark my 25th year as a cancer survivor. there are many of us out here. there are also many who were not as lucky and are not here to share in the joy of survivorship. I wish you continued success.

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    1. Thank you Anne Marie and congratulations on 25 years as a cancer survivor. I am glad you're still around bringing joy to all who know you.
      I wish you many more years of life.

      Ron

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  2. And I am happy you are here with us! You bring happiness and a healthy dose of curmudgenness to the world each and every day! We all need that!

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,
      I wish I could control my curmudgeonly ways but they seem to be creeping into my personality with more regularity the older I get. But I do bring happiness to some folks and for that I am thankful. And of course there are a few folks who make me VERY happy.
      Ron

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    2. Curmudgenness is GOOD! We need it to keep the rest of us on our toes!
      Jay

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    3. Jay,
      Did you read the comment from "Anonymous" (of course it was from "Anonymous") last week? He (or she) said "Ron, I like you but sometimes you can be a dick." Hey, that's me! Bullseye!
      Ron

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  3. Ron, you've been through a helluva lot - - and you've done it with courage, dignity, and a sense of humor. Congratulations on being a survivor!
    Now you can continue devoting your time to "bringing joy to some people" and especially "pissing off the Usual Suspects."

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    1. Jon,
      Tell me about it. Thank you for your kind and generous compliment. And yes, now I can continue to bring unbridled happiness to a few special folks and you know I DO enjoy pissing off the Usual Suspects. My mission in life.
      Ron

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    2. Ron - you are a trooper for all that you've been thru. And like Jon says having done it with "courage, dignity, and a sense of humour." Wow I along with many others want you to stay on board. And congrats to Anne Marie too! It takes a lot to go thru what all cancer patients must experience from receiving knowledge and enduring treatment. And, Ron, I just love the way you continue to be who you are. You bring more joy than bother - and to a lot of people.

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    3. Thank you Pat! Just between you and me, I didn't see any other way to face my medical drama last year other than to "just get through it." What was the alternative? I'm monitoring Wayne's situation now and I feel mightily for him. He's going through some very tough times right now. He is an inspiration. I'm glad I encouraged him to blog years ago when his relationship broke up. Blogging helps us get through things. I find it better than therapy. Of course Dr. Spo probably wouldn't agree but this works for me and apparently Wayne. And I'm sure you would handle any medical drama the same way. We just do what we have to do to survive another day with some degree of sanity.
      Ron

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  4. Congrats Ron an the anniversary. That's one worth celebrating Big Time!

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    1. Bob,
      Yes it is! Thanks.

      Ron

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  5. Dear Pod person;
    wherever you deposited the real RT (on death's door and proud of it); please let him out of his cage and return him pronto.

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  6. My compliments and admiration, Ron.

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    1. Thank you George. It's been quite a journey. Not quite yet over but going in the right direction, I'm still here.

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  7. Anonymous10:05 AM

    I am glad of your current healthy condition and I trust it will improve further. Please let me make a remark of the term "cancer survivor". In my opinion, this term, together with a supposedly worrisome increase of cancer diagnostics (“cancer epidemics” say some) have been artificially promoted by the medicine industry to make money and disguise the slow progress to prevent mortality in the most aggressive cancer cases. One survives an earthquake or a heart attack, something threatening your life that comes and goes, even if it has some risk to happen again. The preventive treatment to prevent a long term threat from cancer hardly falls in the same category. Similarly, there would be a great number of hypertension, obesity or diabetics survivors.

    According to these concepts, I would be a hypertension survivor risking to become a cancer survivor one of these days due to my high PSA numbers. But I prefer being considered somebody with some common health threats associated to my age that tries to use preventive medicine in a moderate and cautious way. Just as I see you are wisely doing according to your nice blog.

    Although I do not comment much, I enjoyed your posts and everyday photographs, especially those on your trips, South or North. I hope you can report some more in the near future. Best wishes. Juan.

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    1. Juan,
      Thank you for your comment. Respectful and informative comments like yours are always appreciated in this quarter. Sad to say their won't be a trip South this year. We are missing the trip for sure. Even though those trips were very stressful (lots of driving and costly staying in all those hotels) we did enjoy getting away from the regular routine and seeing a different side of life. This year my Canadian friend Pat will be visiting us in Delaware. And later this summer I'll be visiting Pat at his home in Toronto, Canada.
      New friends, new venues. It's all good.
      Have a great day!

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