Reply to "Don't Look Away"

Good Morning Vinod,
I think you may have something of a problem here because those who would benefit most from, and have the most to offer at this kind of event are the least likely to feel comfortable at attending; particularly where the press are involved.
The more extrovert group (to which I belong)are quite happy to talk about the problems but don't give in to the psychological pressures which torment the lives of many.That does not mean that we have no worries about our condition, we have but don't allow it show in the same way. I regularly see the spectre of recurrence, which I don't suppose is too surprising when one considers that in the last five years I have had seven biopsies and five operations for mouth cancer (four of them to remove tumours) When I join others for a meal I often feel cheated that I can not enjoy the food in the same way as those around me, I no longer have the self confidence which was an integral part of my life up to March 2004 when I was told "you have cancer"
I could go on; but sufficient to say that I have always had a rather stubborn nature which hitherto has not allowed surmountable difficulties to stand in my way.
The contents of this posting contain a good proportion of the moaning I have ever done about my problems so if you feel I have anything to offer at this meeting I would be only too pleased to attend.
Keep Smiling
John
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