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Seth (madscientist) wrote,
@ 2007-10-06 23:42:00
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empyreal
2007-10-07 01:56 (link)
I can't help but wonder if he would feel the same way if he had 'walked a mile in your shoes', to coin a phrase.

What I mean is, if he had cancer, or knew someone who did, would he not want to explore every option, regardless if it seemed impossible, if there was a glimmer of hope? To what ends would he go to save himself or a loved one?

That is the difference between you two, and I am positive it isn't the only one, but the main one I'm seeing within this post... and it will be that difference that has you standing far and above this guy. That very difference may just save someone's life.


"Because of cancer"-- you are who you are. I dunno about you, but I like you just the way you are.

I don't know anyone who would willingly choose the path that you had to take, but many walk it. Some make it through, some give up before they even head down the path. You're not one of the latter. You're a fighter, that much is obvious.

Keep fighting, Seth. You know as well as I do.. you'll make a difference.

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madscientist
2007-10-07 09:50 (link)
He's a different kind of guy. I do think he has been hit pretty close by cancer, but I also think he's incredibly jaded by his time in academics. He spent a lot of our meeting telling me how studies like mine don't get published because they don't work. And then he went on to rattle off a half dozen of his attempts to make something vaguely similar work. I understand this is his experience speaking, but I also understand that nothing is guaranteed to work. It might not work, but it MIGHT work. That's all the hope I need.

As for who I am, I am happy with that person. Honestly, I've felt more comfortable in my own skin the past year or so than I ever have. A lot of that has to do with accepting who I am and being happy with that person, flaws included. I'm not sure where I'd be without cancer. Sometimes it sucks, but a lot of the time it's been a good thing. I think it's all a matter of perception.

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yodelayhayhoo
2007-10-10 02:37 (link)
It might not work, but it MIGHT work. That's all the hope I need.

This is just one reason I love you. The world needs more people like that... Seriously.

I'm not sure where I'd be without cancer. Sometimes it sucks, but a lot of the time it's been a good thing. I think it's all a matter of perception.

I agree. And it's taken me years to adjust to my own cancer enough to finally feel like I, for the most part, see it as a positive experience/opportunity rather than a burden or a curse. I've learned a lot from you, mister. Thanks. ♥

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