I’m sorry to hear about your tough medical journey Bruce. My first wife won a long struggle with breast cancer. I will tell you from that experience that the emotional component gets steadily better every year. Hopefully you’ve crossed the low point. Twelve years later I lost her to an entirely independent disease. Do not look back Bruce. Very few of us know when or how we’ll eventually die. One of my favorite quotes is attributed to Samual Clements (Mark Twain): “I’ve seen many terrible things in my life. Some of them actually happened.” Celebrate your recent recovery and enjoy your life.Dkayak and Grim, I've been reading this thread since it began. Lots of good dialogue. And yet, I believe we can all agree the 'science' behind this virus is changing almost by the day. There are so many concerns regarding safety protocols, it's hard to keep track. What's good for one county is not okay for another county, state to state, nation to nation.... It's a friggin' free-for-all.
With all this, I offer a small anecdotal piece. A year ago September, I had my urologist of ~25 years check me out. I had been having problems urinating my whole life. I thought my prostate was getting too large. The exam confirmed that. However, by shear accident, he discovered a type of bladder cancer. They performed a FISH test (look it up). Turned out I had two types. One is similar to polyps or mini mushrooms. The other is like peat moss on a rock. The treatment I went under was 6 weeks of having 2 oz's of a clear compound pushed up into my bladder using a thin catheter in the office. It's called BCG or Baccillus Calmet Geurin. It's a LIVE bacteria. It's what's used as a vaccine for TB.... It causes all of your antibodies, T and B cells to rush to the bladder to "fight" this. After each treatment for a day or two, you urinate blood and the lining of your bladder wall. In chunks. The safety concerns during this time are unreal: sit when you urinate (NO SPLASHING), bleach in the toilet for 20 minutes, protected sex for months afterwards, etc, etc.
Six weeks ago, I finished up 3 rounds of 'maintenance' to make sure we got it all, but it's a type that will reoccur. But, at 71....meh. While all this is going on, I read up on this treatment and others using chemo. By accident, I found a few articles, one by the NIH, that states........cigarette smoke is the main reason for bladder cancer. HOWEVER, the use of marijuana, weed, contradicts the effects of cigarette smoking and can actually prevent it from occurring.
Now, I may die from lung cancer, but I feel comfortable I have the bladder cancer under control... Isn't science a remarkable thing? I believe with all my heart, we should keep politics far from this right now. But,I know that just won't happen with 6 short months to an election that will be at the least very contentious.