We sat together in the waiting room at the oncology center and we were both amazed at the numbers of people coming in to be treated for cancer. We’ve commented on this to each other before after reading the church bulletins – that it seems like a lot of people have cancer. We personally know several dozen cancer fighters and cancer survivors.
I think it musta usta have been worse when they told you “you’ve got cancer.” Before they had drugs to treat the stuff. Back then it was like, “well, how long do I have left?” Before that, I guess, people just died and nobody knew it was cancer.
Now? It’s all about chemical therapy and beating the cancer, working toward “cancer free,” or, in the case of multiple myeloma, “managing” the cancer.
Multiple myeloma is one of the tough cancers. A genre of the stuff which resists going away. Still, the doc is optimistic. She’s got a lot of patients, she says, who are years past the discovery and who are managing quite well. The drugs available today are better than the drugs of yesterday, and new drugs are emerging and being tested even today.
The drugs are good. The drugs are potent. For the time being we still have health insurance. There’s no need to despair.