Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Still here

It has been two weeks since my last entry.
I'm still here.
I just haven't had much to say.
Call it the summer doldrums.

One interesting note: The site meter I use for this blog allows me to see how people wound up here. Lately, there have been a few visitors (or perhaps the same repeat visitor) who have been steered here through search engine inquiries on parathyroid cancer and related topics.
This is a compelling development, in that I'm always willing to share my experiences with other people who have this illness. I encourage such visitors to contact me either by commenting on this blog or through e-mail (via the hyperlink on my profile).

Please know, however, that I'm not interested in dwelling upon doom and gloom. Sometimes, I have a natural inclination to do so, but I strive to rise above it and I certainly don't need fuel for it.
So, yes, I'm very interested in sharing my experiences and hearing about yours, but let's try to be as circumspect and optimistic in our correspondence as possible without ignoring reality.

Finally, just a word of advice for those of you who may be using the Internet as a research tool on parathyroid cancer -- or on any serious illness, for that matter.
Don't do it.
Or, at least, don't consider the information you glean from the Internet to be the final, authoritative word.
A lot of the information is outdated or misstated. What you read will have you thinking that it may be time to settle your earthly affairs and prepare for the end.
That's bullshit.
Find a competent doctor, and then find a second and a third to weigh in on one another's opinions.
Otherwise, you'll scare yourself silly, often needlessly and mistakenly so.

OK, I'm off my soapbox.


Phats said...

Hello Michael!
I don't know if I told you but I receieved good news after my last check up, that my medication dosage had been decreased!! :) 1 less pill to take and lug around on vacations. GO ME! :0)

I hope you're doing great, and I can't believe summer is over. You live in NY correct? You should check out the US Open! Or get me tickets haha :)

Lone Wolf said...

I admire your optimism Michael.

Michael said...

Hi Phats,

I'm glad you got good news! I hope all continues well.

Hi Lone Wolf,

If I didn't force myself to be optimistic, I don't think I would've made it this far.

Jules said...

Michael: you rock. Never surrender. I hope you're having fun.

Michael said...

Hi Jules,

Thanks for stopping by! I hope the transition taking place in your life is a smooth one, and that new paths and possibilities open up for you.

Kitty said...

Sounds like we're on the same schedule ... I took the last couple of weeks off, too. Going with the flow ....

Michael said...

Good to hear from you, Kitty!