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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

they are both survivors

i think of them frequently
whenever i see her postings on facebook
she reads my blog frequently
occasionally makes comments on it

i keep up via facebook on her family
the kids as they grow up

i saw this picture posted on her facebook page
with the accompaning story

may i post this on my blog and write a blog
about your story

yes she wrote back
any time to
provide hope
im in

here is in her own words on what happened to her
from p&h services stories on their survival clients

I was diagnosed with breast cancer on December 4th, 2008. Just 5 days later, I found out I was pregnant. My oldest daughter was just 5 years old. Who knew? You can’t have a glass of wine while pregnant, but you can have chemo! So…. when I was 12 weeks along, I had surgery followed by 5 rounds of chemo while pregnant. I gave birth to a perfect and healthy baby girl on July 25th, 2009, and when she was a month old, I started back with 12 more rounds of chemo followed by 36 rounds of radiation. I feel truly blessed to have been pregnant while going through treatment. Not all my appointments were cancer. I got to see tiny fingers and toes and feel her precious spirit with me every day. Having my beautiful daughters to focus on instead of the cancer has been such an amazing gift.

here is a picture she sent me after delivery

here is the family today

sometimes as a doctor
ive noticed this after retiring
there are patients stories that will remain with you forever
this is one of them

i think about them 
what would we have done

knowing what i know
knowing how i feel about things
i will admit i would have wanted to go a different direction
had she asked me in the office what she should do 
i would have never told her what i would have done

this would be a difficult difficult decisions for all of us

i think her and her husband and daughters
should be listed as true heroes

she will always have my greatest respect
for the decision she made

i would not been able to do it

people say to me all the time
you are so brave to talk about your diagnosis and being involved
in research studies

i would say to them
is true bravery

wishing her and her ;youngest daughter and her familythe best
for the future

can you tell the story 
of two people being cancer survivors together like this 

true hero she is

the organicgreen doctor

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