A final posting from a cancer patient.

September 4, 2012
The last post
By Derek on May 4, 2011 7:51 AM | 148 Comments | No TrackBacks

Here it is. I'm dead, and this is my last post to my blog. In advance, I asked that once my body finally shut down from the punishments of my cancer, then my family and friends publish this prepared message I wrote—the first part of the process of turning this from an active website to an archive.

If you knew me at all in real life, you probably heard the news already from another source, but however you found out, consider this a confirmation: I was born on June 30, 1969 in Vancouver, Canada, and I died in Burnaby on May 3, 2011, age 41, of complications from stage 4 metastatic colorectal cancer. We all knew this was coming.

That includes my family and friends, and my parents Hilkka and Juergen Karl. My daughters Lauren, age 11, and Marina, who's 13, have known as much as we could tell them since I first found I had cancer. It's become part of their lives, alas.

From: http://www.penmachine.com/2011/05/the-last-post



August 28, 2012
This morning I realized that I was bad and neglected to do a blog the past week. There was so much happening and time was not enough to get to everything. 
Now for an update on what is happening with the drive. 
I have been keeping the site up to date - except for the blog, my appologies, as well as the Face Book page. Twitter also saw very little of me this last couple of weeks. 
With two projects on the run at the same time, I had to devide my time, but needless to say, Endangered Cat Species ...
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Living with cancer.

August 20, 2012
Cancer is often a disease that lasts a long time, and people may be treated for it for many years. Sometimes, people close to the patient who were very involved at first grow distant as the treatment continues over the course of months or years. It is understandable that you can become "burned out" when supporting a person with cancer. Still, people with cancer need emotional support throughout the entire course of the illness. Remember that the encouragement and support of those around them ...
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Cancer and Fitness.

August 14, 2012
Most of us know the many benefits of physical activity by now: improved cardiovascular endurance, lower blood pressure, reduced depression and anxiety, and improved self-esteem and body image, to name a few. But despite these benefits, working out or going for a brisk walk is often the last thing people coping with cancer want to do.

The initial shock of the diagnosis, in addition to coping with chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery, can shatter cancer patients’ sense of control over their ow...
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Social Media and Cancer

August 10, 2012

Over the past couple of months, I have used mostly FaceBook to spread the information about the planned drive. I have reached many people by using this format of interaction with people that I might get to meet along the way during the drive. 
It would seem that unless cancer directly affects a person, they are not interested in a cause or the intended message about cancer.
There are however a couple of support groups where people can make postings and hope to get an answer from another pe...

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Menopausal Hormone Therapy and Cancer Risk

August 4, 2012
For decades, women have used hormone therapy to ease symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and sweating. This is called menopausal hormone therapy, and you may see it abbreviated as HT or MHT. You may also hear it described as hormone replacement therapy (HRT), postmenopausal hormone therapy (PHT), or postmenopausal hormones (PMH). 

In the past, many doctors and their patients believed HT had other health benefits besides helping menopause symptoms. But several well-conducted studies have...
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National cancer week

July 31, 2012

It's National Cancer Week (31st July to 5th August 2012)
The question that you need to ask yourself, are you going to be one of the 12 million people that will be diagnosed with cancer this year?
The fact that there are so many cases of cancer being diagnosed per year is scary, but the fact that so many diagnoses will be to late for successful treatment is even more scary. The objective of the drive will be to ensure that the message of early detection is even more important so that the tr...

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Cancer and the Internet

July 26, 2012

There are many useful articles and help sites on the Internet relating to cancer. There is information on health foods, self examination, information on the various cancers and many more. 

Then I came across that claim that they found the cure to cancer. But guess what? In order for them to share the information that they have on the so called cure, you need to buy an e-book.

These e-books claim many things and make assumptions that are very irresponsible. These individuals that sell th...

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Faith in the mission

July 17, 2012
When I tell people the way that the message was given to me about the drive I get varied responses. Some are very positive and then there are those that just want to make fun of anothers faith. Some of these replies to an article that I posted about the drive are as follow:

Charles Dumbwin - July 17, 2012
 Is this for real? Who do you think was talking to you? 

Bergie - July 17, 2012 
 it was the vooooices. . . . . .woooo hooo hooooooooo 

zaatheist - July 17, 2012  
I this some scummy scam to pr...
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Faith and Cancer.

July 15, 2012

Faith is one of the things that humans can not live without. It can be faith in any God that you ascribe to, but what happens when you receive the news that you are terminal with Cancer? 

In some cases, the person get so angry at their specific God that they start cursing that God for allowing this thing to happen to them. They break all ties with the religion for allowing this evil disease to happen to them. They start looking for answers in all the unlikeliest of places. Some turn to for...

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About Me

I am the organizer of the Pole2poleandback drive for the awareness of cancer and to raise funds for two of our indispensable NGO's that rely almost solely on donations. The reason for the drive is my mission to make more aware of cancer and that early detection can lead to effective treatment.


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