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Jan 07, 2013 - 3 comments
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I’ve been thinking about my own mortality a lot recently. Not to be dark and gloomy or anything, but I’m a little scared. I’m sitting here, core body temperature nearly high enough to boil water (kind of an exaggeration), and I realize…I have a serious illness that could kill me. I could die. I could be dead soon. These thoughts start repeating over and over in my head in a variety of different grammatical constructs, but I’ll spare you the superfluousness. Now, this is not the first time I’ve realized this or had these thoughts, but after so many tests, procedures, surgeries, and treatments, those thoughts can fade into the background and randomly resurface on nights like these.

I have been really stressed out and depressed lately, but thinking back…in my short 22 years of life, the vast majority of them were wonderful and amazing. The ones that weren’t so much so (2012, if we’re naming names) had their amazing parts, as well. I’ve had a very blessed life up to this point. Last year, I graduated college and was accepted into medical school. That’s huge! That’s been my dream for as long as I can consciously remember (NOT an exaggeration).

I talked to my mom today, and she reminded me that a lot of people get depressed this time of year. She’s right. She suggested some things that I do, and her suggestions are always very good. I should take them, but will I? I’m not sure. It depends on how motivated I feel towards doing anything at all.

I talked to a friend of mine, and she pointed out that no one knows how long they have. That seems so obvious now, but it’s something I never really thought about, I guess. I mean, unless you have some kind of life shaking event happen to you or someone close to you, most people tend to take it for granted that tomorrow they’ll wake up and jump right into the daily grind. Anything could happen to anyone at any time, I just get slapped in the face with reminders of my own mortality more frequently, that’s all.

Life is really short. I’ve been really angry and upset about what’s going on in my life right now, and I still am, but right now…in this moment…I can actually have some perspective and focus on all the things that have gone right. There are so many more of those that it just doesn’t seem fair to discount any year as a loss, really. Even though 2013 has not gotten off to a good start by any means, I’m still here to experience it, and that’s half the battle, I guess. I’ll see where this crazy life of mine takes me next.

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by carolT, Jan 15, 2013
I think you are amazing and wonderful and totally normal.  I am not 22 but 57 and am trying to get used to the thought that I will go through all the treatments and could still die from cancer.  This is my second bout (19 years ago I had breast cancer, chemo and XRT) but this is scary - squamous cell and sarcoma of uterus and periaortic nodes with one growing
into my superior vena cava,  I  think that med school would be so wonderful and your illnesses definitely will help you be
more empathetic and order the little things that make the most differences in care,  I was a nurse, a nursing educator and a school nurse and teacher. Having so many illnesses really let me put  myself in my patients shoes.  You will be in my thoughts, hang in there!

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by millachris7, Jan 15, 2013
Thanks. It's a strange thought to even grasp. Sometimes it scares me, and sometimes I can't completely understand it. I was hoping to be able to use these experiences in order to relate with my future patients. Thank you, you will be in my thoughts as well.

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by carolT, Jan 18, 2013
I hope you are better. Remember take good care of yourself and give up on the small stuff!

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