@earscan– After cancer, which changes a person's perspective on life in general, I think that we have a different normal. There's no going back to before because you have had a life-threatening illness. After my first cancer, I never got over my fear of another one, not knowing that I would have many more. That's not to say that I go around thinking about it all the time. But it's there, like a Jimminy Cricket with a negative 'tude!
I recently, on another site, chatted with a gal who has decided against having a lung transplant. She has end-stage COPD. The main reason, she said, was because she didn't want to be a burden on her family because the recuperation and need for specialized care would be too much.
It sounds as if you have decided to stop your treatments, or am I wrong? Your good quality of life that you feel right now will change as your cancer spreads. If I'm correct in understanding your decision can I ask what your family has said about this? It's an extremely difficult, but brave decision. How long have you felt like this?
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my family said so far, go with the "quality of life." I have yet to start these treatments, but I had cancer before. I swore I would never do this again. If my biopsies are positive, then I'm out. If surgery can do it, I might consider it, but chemo and radiation are really bad for a blue-eyed redhead. Last time I had burns everywhere. So I am at peace with it. And you're right, you are always waiting for the other shoe to fall. Thank you for your very honest feedback! You're the best!