A couple of weeks ago, when we went to the
I commented to Bob, "It's almost as if cancer is contagious". Each week there seem to be more and more - new faces. There are those that we see almost every time we go, and folks with whom we've become friendly. People in our same situation (with cancer), walking our same pathway (treatments). A few that we've met have Multiple Myeloma, but we've also met those with breast cancer, lung cancer, etc. One man had lung cancer, and is in remission, but now has a secondary cancer, in his back. His wife is a breast cancer survivor.
It’s devastating to learn that you, or someone you love, have cancer – but it’s hard to explain how depressing it is to see more and more people filling the waiting room, in the
Those who have relapsed are back in their own level of turmoil, fighting just like they did the first time around. I look at those who seem to be new, and I have a sense of knowing how they feel. You hope they’ll know all the right questions to ask, that they’ll know enough to do some research, and that they’ll know enough to ask for a second opinion. Most of all, you hope that they have a fighting chance.
Bob was diagnosed just a little over 6 months ago, so we're still considered "Newbies" in this world of cancer. How quickly we've had to learn. And, just as quickly as we've had to learn, is how quickly treatments and research is changing. There is info, online and on Multiple Myeloma websites, regarding vaccines for cancer, as well as the use of genomes (DNA) for selecting the correct protocol for treatment.
We can catch a virus, we can catch the flu, and we can catch an infectious disease. Having said that, there are contagious viruses (HIV) which have been thought to cause some types of cancer. So, does that mean that some types of cancer can be contagious, indirectly???
All this, just because the room was full!!