Thanks for the info, Shannon and Morgoth.
I think the perspective you offered, Shannon is a very good one. I wish there was a way that I could use it to get my friend to see how people facing higher risks can cope and gain confidence by using knowledge and common sense to evaluate the actual reality and plan for possible future events. Basically I see that as a healthy way to merge "fate" ( a realization that what will be, will be) and "control" (the ability to use what power we have to take charge of our future).
I appreciate that your decision is a hard one and that there will be much agonizing over it. And that there will be times when nothing but this issue will be on your mind. But I think that is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation in your case. There is no dispute that if there is any reason to have a justifiable "cancer phobia" your situation is it and I am impressed that you are calmly (and thoroughly) considering your options. You have educated yourself about
red flags, you have an immediate plan of action and are working on the long-term management; everything that I wish my friend could value. That is the approach I am trying to lay-out for my friend. To allay his immediate fears and to empower him by giving him knowledge of what he can do if the worse becomes the worst. I guess I am trying to instill the "hope for the best but plan for the worst"philosophy so he can then put it all out of hisr mind until he needs to access that plan, if ever. Thank you for sharing a very personal part of your life. It has certainly given me a basis to combat some of his fears I think.
Morgoth: I am very familiar with the life and philosophy of Adolph Hitler (he has been the object of my personal research for the last 10 years of my life). Ironic that you have mentioned it. Hopefully that is the only thing that my friend has in common with Herr Hitler! I am sure you are not implying that all cancer phobics are evil closet tyrants and murderers (
- Although I have to caution that I do not think Hitler and **** germany should ever be taken as a joke; it is a very serious manifestation of what can happen to any country / people if the conditions allow it, I think; I just wanted you to know that I was joking about
you linking my friend with Hitler; Right now I am studying the battles in the Netherlands - Fall 1944; I am in Arnhem / Niemegen - I think a little closer geographically to you than to me).