I would like to thank Allan Parachini for his article, "Cancer Survivors: Coping With Life" (Sept. 1). Cancer is a life-threatening illness, but not necessarily a terminal one. As was stated in the article, cancer patients are surviving their illnesses more than ever before. And society needs to take a closer look at that fact, and how patients need to be treated as people living with a crisis, but living nonetheless.
Last year, in my eighth month of pregnancy, I was diagnosed as having a highly malignant cancer for which I underwent extensive and disabling surgery following the birth of my son. Because my tumor has a high propensity to spread and recur and because it is not responsive to chemotherapeutic treatment and is highly insensitive to radiation, radical surgery was to be the course of treatment with periodic follow-up tests.
Yes, I am living with uncertainty. I have had two "false alarms" since my surgery and I am monitored closely. My prognosis is sketchy. I am living with a crisis, but I am living! And I will continue to remain optimistic about my future and concentrate on my plans and goals in spite of those who feel I shouldn't be "wasting my time."