Cancer log 32: I’m

Cancer log 32. I'm hoping this morning they'll call me back and tell me if they want me to do one more biopsy before starting treatment. I'm not sure if the Loyola docs are going to give me any kind of clear prognosis / staging -- on tv, they call you in and tell you, very seriously, that you have Stage X cancer, but that appears less clear cut in real life. In my real life, anyway.

When I originally was diagnosed, it seemed like they were going to put me at Stage 2, which had a 95% five-year survival rate, or in another words, a 1 in 20 chance of dying. I was feeling morbid enough that first weekend that I went and looked up various other things that kill us; I was hoping it would turn into a poem, but it never quite jelled. But here are a few odds of death, in case youre curious, culled from various reputable sites.

Heart Disease: 1 in 6
Risk of death in childbearing (Africa): 1 in 15
Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease: 1 in 29
Base jumping: 1 in 60
Traffic accident (US): 1 in 82
(more specifically, ranging from 1 in 50 to 1 in 100, depending on various factors)
Grand Prix driving: 1 in 100
Unintentional poisoning: 1 in 123
Falling down: 1 in 246
Assault by firearm: 1 in 340
Asteroid impact: 1 in 200,000 (perhaps 500,000)

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