I would like to form a group for fellow nudists and their significant others, both male and female, who are struggling with cancer and those who, like myself, are cancer survivors. I have searched through the groups, and can not find one addressing these issues. I'm sure I am not the only member on the site battling this potentially deadly disease.
I, too, am a cancer "survivor". In my case prostate cancer. While in many circles it is not taken seriously and often simply dismissed as an old men's complaint, and not a very serious one at that. A member of the local cancer society was quoted as saying that "these whiny old men" should stop demanding research money when at should be spent on breast cancer. While this may be apocryphal, it does reflect how many people feel. I had a radical prostatectomy about 2 years ago and appear to be entirely cancer free. Except for some minor leakage and lack of erections, I am as good as new.
I am also a surviver of Prostate Cancer. I had a radical prostatectomy in February 2017. I am thankful that the Cancerous tumour has been removed. I have not had to undergo any radio or chemo therapy. I was also fortunate that I was only off work for 5 weeks. I have regained my contenance with rare leakage. Erections are coming back thanks to some medical help. Happy to chat to anyone facing the same problem. Sid
I have communicated with several friends here who have been inflicted with this potentially deadly disease and are thankfully cancer free and although we all have physical scars, emotionally we all are OK because we have the support of friends and family and are not afraid to show off our scars and thank God we are still walking around.
Great idea to start a group for cancer survivors! I am fortunate enough to know little about cancer. I understand that it affects all people of all demographics and intelligence. I also know first hand that the experience makes survivors a gift to all full of much wisdom and practical smarts which are in great demand. Be our teachers and we are all blessed.
Though some cancers may be relatively easily controlled while others may have radical effects, cancer is cancer. When one first hears the diagnosis of CANCER..... the emotional world and inner feelings are immediately affected..... and from that moment on, you are different and you look at things differently. No one should ever be belittled for having a form of cancer that is "easily" resolved. Even after years of cancer free living, that silent awareness that it may return elsewhere is always present. After having several years of bladder cancer and being cancer free for 5 years, the diagnosis of prostate cancer came down. This is one that I may be living with for years..... but such is life. I may not have surgery or other treatments for several years, but I am now one who is living with cancer on an ongoing basis. We all have our won crosses to bear.
My best to you all!
Do not belittle prostate cancer. I'm told it can be a killer by passing the cancer on to other, more vital, organs. My wife died of a form of cancer- Non-Hodgins Lymphoma. When it gets to the lymph nodes it spreads throughout the body. Her lungs pact up. Her best friend had breast cancer several years earlier. She is a survivor after a radical Mastectomy.
Naturally I sponsor Cancer Research. They have reduced the death rate to 50%. That's better than the previous 80%. Some of the findings are that there are many types of cancer, not just one. Each responds to different treatment.
What a great idea setting up a new group for cancer survivors family and friends, I to have had family members and friends pass away with this terrible illness. And most recently I've been told, I to have prostate cancer stage 3, for the moment the doctors are monitoring me. I've also been told I will need an operation somewhere down the line, but for now there happy to leave well alone aslong as I'm happy. I'm still weighing up my options. An advice from any one that's been there.
I was a sun worshipping nudist.
I spent all of my time naked in the sun. I have had over 200 suspicious moles removed, because both of my parents have had melanoma. My mom died of breast cancer at 49, and my father has had advanced melanoma and advanced prostate cancer. My brother has prostate cancer at 53.
All of my grandparents died of cancer. All of my aunts and uncles have had it. Two cousins died in their 40s and one lost a 16 year old daughter to it.
I have had basal cell carcinoma and used immunotherapy on my face that made it a huge swollen scab for a month.
Cancer is not an "IF" it is a "When". It is no fun at all running from it.
An essential subject that needs to be more widely discussed by men.
My wife died of a fairly rare type Leukemia CCL36.
Statistically in Australia, 1 in 7 men will get Prostate Cancer
I am also a survivor of Prostate Cancer. I had a radical prostatectomy in October 2017. It was a very fast growing tumor and was removed as soon as it was diagnosed after 19 years of monitoring, as I had the standard male issues. Because I acted fast with the operation, I have not had to undergo any radio or chemo therapy. I have not fully regained my continence, with small leakage on a 'home day'. However, hikes, shopping etc can be a problem. Erections are not yet coming back, But my specialist masseur is hopeful of regaining it. Deep tissue massages will commence shortly, as I had to wait 12 months after a double hernia. (A common side effect of a radical prostatectomy). But I am alive, healthy and cancer free. I am living for my kids, hopefully grandchildren and my best friend. Friends have been supportive, but not as supportive as they were to my late wife Happy to chat to anyone facing the same problem.
Odd that I would find this today, as I finish a 7 week course of chemo and radiation this week, with the usual hope we all have that the result will be a complete cure. But I face the possibility of some post-treatment problems. One that has me thinking about my life as a nudist is permanent discoloration of areas of my body that were irradiated (too early to tell at this point but a fairly common occurrence). I'm not sure I will be comfortable in nudist social settings with some body areas discolored. I imagined I might bring this up in a forum sometime later, but since I will soon be a "cancer survivor" I figured it's just appropriate to bring it up here. Are any of you faced with self-consciousness about exposing body parts that are scarred, discolored, etc?