Reflections on Cancer

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In November 2009, the radiation and chemotherapy treatments for my stage three throat cancer ended.

At the time, I was 59 years old, and I hoped that I would make it to my 60th birthday in January 2010.

Here is a clip from the North of 49 TV show that profiled me several months after my cancer treatments had ended.

I hadn’t watched it for a few years, and was shocked to see it now has over 15,000 views on YouTube!

Dr. Karvat, who is shown in the clip, was my radiation oncologist and is now a friend.

Dr. Karvat and Danny (February 2018)                                   Selfie by Danny

 

On February 2, 2018, Dr. Karvat gave me a final ‘thumbs up’ after my last checkup.

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And if you’ve read my previous stories, you’ll know about Vicky Grant and my 40% story.

RT Vicky Grant and Danny

Dr. Karvat and many others at the cancer center saved my life, including Vicky Grant, the radiation therapist who told me I would be in the 40% group that survived.

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In September 2010, a year after my treatments had ended, I called my dear Ma, who was in the hospital in Toronto, to tell her I was coming to Ontario to visit her.

I had not told anyone in my family that I had cancer because I didn’t want my mom to know.

She wouldn’t have been able to help me and I was afraid the news of my cancer would have been too much for her ailing heart to bear.

But six hours after I spoke to Ma, my sister called to say that mom had passed.

She was alone when she died.

I remember my Ma once told me that she never watched horse races because it always made her cry.

I guess she’s where I got my love of animals and nature.

A few years ago, someone sent me a photo of my Ma that I had never seen.

The photo was in rough shape with creases and folds etc.

But I made a digital copy and sent it to my buddy Court Brooker to see if he could repair the damage.

Here’s the photo – my Ma with a dog that I never knew about:

Beulah Mae St. Andrews – my Ma                   Photo restored by Court Brooker

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In November 2019, I celebrated the 10th anniversary of my cancer treatments ending by visiting the Radiation Department of the cancer center in Surrey, BC, where I was treated.

It was treatment room #6 and this is the machine where I received the 37 days of radiation treatments.

Here are some more photos from that day:

 

Living with cancer is not a death sentence but giving up on living is! ~ Danny

Dedicated to my Mom

I hope my stories are a gift to your head and heart.

Hugs,

Danny

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Today’s tune from Danny’s library (purchased):

Run for the Roses – lyrics

Born in the valley
And raised in the trees
Of western Kentucky
On wobbly knees
With mama beside you
To help you along
You’ll soon be growing up strong

All the long, lazy mornings
In pastures of green
The sun on your withers
The wind in your mane
Could never prepare you
For what lies ahead
The run for the roses so red

And it’s run for the roses
As fast as you can
Your fate is delivered
Your moment’s at hand
It’s the chance of a lifetime
In a lifetime of chance
And it’s high time you joined
In the dance
It’s high time you joined
In the dance

From sire to sire
It’s born in the blood
The fire of a mare
And the strength of a stud
It’s breeding and it’s training
And it’s something unknown
That drives you
And carries you home

And it’s run for the roses
As fast as you can
Your fate is delivered
Your moment’s at hand
It’s the chance of a lifetime
In a lifetime of chance
And it’s high time you joined
In the dance

It’s high time you joined
In the dance

Songwriters: Dan Fogelberg
Run for the Roses lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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Daniel (Danny) St. Andrews

An almost famous Film, Television & Stage Actor (as in almost pregnant) living in Vancouver, BC His other passions include cancer patient advocate (he had stage 3 throat cancer), walking with the Vancouver 'Venturers Walking Club, and of course, spoiling his dog, Holly Golightly. If you like the stuff he writes about - please leave a hug (or a comment).
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By Daniel (Danny) St. Andrews

An almost famous Film, Television & Stage Actor (as in almost pregnant) living in Vancouver, BC His other passions include cancer patient advocate (he had stage 3 throat cancer), walking with the Vancouver 'Venturers Walking Club, and of course, spoiling his dog, Holly Golightly. If you like the stuff he writes about - please leave a hug (or a comment).

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