Saturday, November 19, 2011

Son says Paterno has treatable form of lung cancer -

Son says Paterno has treatable form of lung cancer -

This is timely news given the fact that it's Lung Cancer Awareness Month - but also hopeful. Lung Cancer is particularly difficult to treat - radiation would be too damaging to the heart etc, so for doctors to feel that it is at a "treatable" stage is definitely hopeful.

I imagine it's tough to be a public figure and have to have your medical needs broadcast to the world - but I do find it inspiring to hear what doctors are willing to do for their patients, and that sort of thing just isn't publicized for the regular cancer survivors like... well, me.

A huge inspiration for me in my battle against breast cancer was all the news surrounding Suzanne Somers and her rejection of chemotherapy - as well as the long fight and ultimate decline of Elizabeth Edwards. Two battles. Two very different approaches. Two different outcomes.

I feel for celebrities who must endure a certain amount of publicity over their cancer. It's a very personal experience, and one that is hard to define until perhaps you are well past it - but whether they know it or not, they are a huge inspiration to the rest of us - we are all human - no one is immune - and we all fight this battle together!!

So, I wish Paterno best of luck for a good outcome - and thank you for sharing your story with all of us.

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