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  • You are far braver than I would be in this situation, in both dealing with it and publicly talking about it.

    I salute you. Here's hoping that things go as planned and you're with us for a long long time.
    • Thank you for your kind words too. Of course not only do I plan to stay with you all for quite a long time, but also to start training again, although I am aware that it can't be anytime soon, and that I will have to modify my practicing ways. Unless the doctors unconditionally prohibit me to, I certainly will.

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      • Just for giggles, how are you dealing with the side effects of your chemotherapy?

        The Mr's used to do pediatric oncology, and her dad had chemo, so I've heard all of the horror stories. I hear (in countries where you can do it), that smoking marijuana can help dramatically deal with the side effects.
        • Just for giggles, how are you dealing with the side effects of your chemotherapy?

          You just have to live with them. Hair falling is probably on of the slightest after all. Actually mine used to be very short, but I used to wear a beard in a form or another since many years. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Blazar [wikipedia.org]) Other than that you also feel a general weakness and get easily tired. Around the tenth day since the supply of drugs your white and red corpuscles tend to drop down, and so do other blood corpuscles, so you have to take exams to keep the situation under control just in case they fall to low, and more generally you have to be careful those days.

          The Mr's used to do pediatric oncology, and her dad had chemo, so I've heard all of the horror stories. I hear (in countries where you can do it), that smoking marijuana can help dramatically deal with the side effects.

          Indeed nausea is nothing ever proved before. I've heard stories about some people getting sick on some alcoholic beverage and being disgusted by that beverage ever since, but I did happen to get so drunk as to have to puke, a few times, yet it didn't result in that type of aversion. OTOH after the first few cycles I began feeling nausea solely on entering the department, on a psychological basis.

          As far as marijuana goes, indeed it's well known for its antiemetic propertis, but no it's not legal in Italy and IMHO there's far too much hypocrisy, because it may be a good drug in these situations, whatever you think about it as a recreative one. AFAIK there are no protocols but possibly experimental ones. Speaking of which the last government with a sort of trick managed to approve more restrictive laws, that are likely to send into jail some dude for a joint and leave out some big criminal. Interestingly they published the new threshold values over which one is considered a pusher and not a consumer, and that for cocaine is comparatively higher than that for cannabis. Go figure!

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