The RedToeNail was an “on line” cancer support forum created by Dr. Phillip Berman in 2005. In 2004 he was diagnosed with Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) that had matastasized in his liver, brain and bones. In 2004 only 15% of those diagnosed with NSCLC made it one year. He considered himself a dead man walking “with hardly any time left on the bio-clock.” Well he surprised himself and one year after diagnosis he was still alive. As a reminder of how blessed and fortunate he was, he painted one of his toe nails bright red and created RedToeNail.org. He committed to paint an additional toe nail on every anniversary, hoping for a full set. Although he didn’t accomplish the full set, he did complete one foot. He successfully extended his life significantly beyond the odds.
The odds of living one year after diagnosis of Stage IV matastasized Colon Cancer is about 50/50, much better than Dr. Berman’s odds. But my odds of making it five years is under 10%. I do like the RedToeNail concept. It’s silly, fun and celebratory. I am hoping to do a complete set of toe nails and then on to my finger nails. That’d give me a sweet twenty more years of painting cats! But I have a serious dilemma, Lee wears red toe & finger nail polish. Since we have a pact of never wearing matching outfits, red nail polish is off the table. So…how about green & electric yellow, the Oregon Duck colors? What the hell, why not paint my nails with the Oregon logo!!
Here I am entering the PET scan tube, what fun! I like this picture, my hair looks more brown than grey. Tomorrow we visit with Dr P to go over the results and implement a treatment plan. Hopefully a Plan that will result in “20 painted nails”.