The Truth . . . About The News Of Cancer & Politics

BEFORE IT METASTASIZES:

About 25-Years Ago . . . A Dentist Friend of my Sister & Brother-In-Law Saw a Swelling in my Throat (Neck) Under & Near my Left Ear, which for a Number of Years, I Took for Granted, that the Swelling was Nothing More than a Fatty Deposit.

At The Same-Time . . . Also for a Number of Years, I Couldn’t Properly Rotate my Neck to See Behind me when (Riding My Horse) in the Saddle, for me to Speak with Whomever was Riding Behind me, Without me More-Or-Less Rising in the Saddle to Rotate my Body.

Also . . . For More Than Just A Few Years . . . I Couldn’t Open my Mouth Wide Enough to Take a Big Bite out of a Thick Smoked-Meat Sandwich. And if I was Able to Open my Mouth Wide Enough, my Jaw would Snap. At One Time, my Jaw Snapped so Loudly in a Crowded Restaurant, that People on the Other Side of from Where were Seated in a Relatively Large Room Heard-It.

I Spoke to a Temporary Replacement for our Family Doctor, who said “Don’t Worry”, the Swelling is Probably just an Infection. She gave me a Prescription for Antibiotics & More or Less Brushed-Me-Off. So Much For Public Healthcare.

I Also Spoke with my Own Dentist About the Snapping of my Jaw, and he Said, it’s Probably “TMD”, Meaning that my Jaw was Probably Misaligned and the Treatment to Realign my Jaw Would be Worse than the Misalignment.

So I Did Nothing – Until that One Night in our Home at a Small Party Anne & I were Hosting, When this Dentist Friend of My Sister & Brother-in-Law Insisted that I Go Back to the Doctor & Demand Further Examination.

This Dentist Had A Strong Inkling Of What Was Wrong With Me – But Didn’t Want To Say . . . But He Was Right.

There’s a Great Deal More to this Story than Just what I Wrote in the Preceding . . . But the Moral of the Story was, that I was Satisfied in Not Really Knowing what the Real Problem was, as much as in Just Accepting the Opinions I was Content on Hearing.

The Bottom-Line Was This . . . Not Only Did I Have Cancer, and Probably had this Cancer Brewing in my Neck for a Period of many Years, it was Called a Mixed Tumor, with an Extremely Aggressive (Fatal) Cancer being Sheltered Inside a Larger Benign Tumor, which was Literally Days-Away of Breaking Free from the Benign Tumor.

Had it Not been for the Dentist that Insisted I Revisit the Doctor, and for Anne Who Forced the Expediting of the Tests, Surgery & Treatments . . . It Was Virtually a Guarantee that I Wouldn’t have Survived More than a Few More Weeks.

I Went From Ignorant Bliss Of Not Knowing – To Surgery – To Intensive Therapy.

From The Surgeon’s Office – After Hearing the Dreadful News, Anne & I Walked Along the Hedge-Lined Montreal Street Beside the Hospital Amongst the Winter Debris . . . Dirt, Sand, Refuse, Dull Weather & Early Spring Dampness.

AND AS HEART-SICKENED AS I WAS . . . I HAD AN INCREDIBLY STRANGE THOUGHT:

My Thought Was How Lucky I Was To Be Alive & How Beautiful All This Detritus Appeared To Me.

I Won’t Delve Into The Long & Extremely Uncomfortable Recovery Regime . . . But I Will Tell You This. The Moment I Discovered . . . that What was in my Neck was Cancer, and that I Had More or Less Been Living on Borrowed-Time Before the Surgery . . . I Came To Several Life-Altering Epiphanies After The Worst Sleep-Night Of Dreams In My Life.

1 – I Awoke the Next Morning of this Horrific Semi-Conscious Array of Night-Thoughts Feeling Unbelievably Refreshed, AS IF . . . If I Were To Have Died, I Would Miss all the People, Animals & Flora that Meant so Much to me . . . BUT I ALSO FELT – THAT I WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CHEATED BY ONE IOTA OUT OF LIFE.

It Was Fascinating . . . How After Coming so Close to Death, That I Realized How Important It Was To Live – And Not to Focus on What Was . . . as Much as What will Be, And When That Day Comes, As It Will For All Of Us . . . Having No Regrets About The Life We Lived Might Just Be The Greatest Gift You Can Give To Yourself.

2 – I Also Realized That Ignoring Symptoms Does Not Make The Symptoms Go Away.

3 – And From Time-To-Time . . . When Dealing with the Most Unpleasant Circumstance, the Only Remedy is an Equally Unpleasant Response. And just Like Cancer, If You Don’t Deal With It . . . It Won’t Go Away & It Will Deal With You.

BEFORE IT METASTASIZES:

What We’re Facing Now . . . Worldwide, But Specifically for You & Me in North America – Is An Aggressive Socio/Political Cancer Metastasizing Throughout Our Society, With which we the People Have the Treatment in Numbers Far Too Big to Ignore or Defeat.

I Couldn’t Deal with the Issue that Was Killing me Before I Knew The Issue . . . But Politically we Know the Issue . . . And The Treatment Isn’t A Secret – The Treatment Won’t be Pretty . . . But Neither Was Defeating Cancer.

Knowing What I Know Today . . . I Will Not Be Denied My Pleasure Of Life & Freedom & I Still Intend To Die With No Regrets.

Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov

10 Comments

  • Howard..good that you took the time to address issues that could not be ignored. Complacency is not an option. Sitting on the fence…hopeful things will change is foolhardy. Unless one steps up to the plate to right the ship…the strikeouts are inevitable. Still a good smoke-meat sandwich is illusive. This is white-bread country! We have every reason to be broygas…

    Marty Lemish, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Your analogy of ‘dying & what’s going on in our WORLD today’ is perfect! Not facing up to REALITY is truly ‘Lying by Omission’! People have TAKEN FOR GRANTED the FREEDOMS they’ve had in America and have AVOIDED defending its RIGHTS! Although not perfect, there’s only one person who will SOON be able to LEAD the PEOPLE in the RIGHT DIRECTION=TRUMP! It will be up to them as to whether they will ACCEPT his DIAGNOSIS or continue to dissuade themselves! Don’t WAIT ’till it’s TOO LATE! AMEN!

    PAULINE M DEMERS, Woonsocket, RI -,
  • So glad you were able to fight the terrible disease. What would be do without you? Wish it were as simple to extricate all the bad diseases in our gov’t. In my 80’s and fear for my children and grandchildren that they’ll never know the blessed,simple, childhood we had.Even with WW11 and all the sacrifices we made – no new tires or busses, oleo, no butter, food coupons, saving fat, no nylons, drawing our dark shades at night so the glow would not alert. the enemy, keeping our brave guys safe.

    Marie Quale, Shapleigh, ME, United States
  • As U age in life, U accept your fate. U know what the end will be, just not the when. U live a good and full life and then R prepared for the inevitable. The only thing that worries me is becoming a burden to my family. We need MAID for all members of society who REQUEST it, not just for those who have an incurable disease. U can only control today, so treasure every minute of it. Never waste time worrying about tomorrow. All the Best

    Gerri Anderson, Didsbury, AB,
  • I don’t believe in coincidences or mere happenstance. Your life was savd by a miracle because God had bigger plans for you. As for our vaunted government- monopoly healthcare system, our Medicare consumes 49.6% of every provincial budget. As aging seniors place greater financial burdens on the system, it is obviously unsustainable. Note that this is a situation of unsustainability that Big Government apologists will never address. Our American friends should take note of this important fact.

    Barry Jackson, St. Lazare, Quebec, Canada
  • As a dentist, the truth is we discover head, neck, and intra-oral cancers in numbers far exceedingthose of GP MD”s. You’re a lucky man who beyond doubt has a Guardian Angel watching over him. Never mind Power Ball…you won the biggest lottery a human being could ever hope to win, Howard. Mazel Tov!

    Joel Goldman, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Whew but that was close for you. So glad you got it out in time; otherwise we would not have your thought-provoking articles & Anne & your pets wouldn’t have your love. The US is under attack by insiders & being invaded by illegals which also makes us under attack. I’m not sure we can wait four years to get Biden/Harris out of WH, or even two years for mid-term elections in Congress to bring change in majorities to GOP conservatives, or at least those who advocate Constitutional law.

    Patricia Robinson, Waynesboro, VA,
  • The bigger cancer in our culture are the Liberal Educators, they are destroying the minds of the children. Colleges are the worst, taking weak minded people and turning them in to zombies. No wonder Biden wants Free College. that way the government will control their minds for 2 years. Our country’s future looks scary as does Canada’s. We are allowing weak minded sheep their way and Power grabbers in Politics to survive in cushy jobs. Vote them all out, require 2 years military for all at 18.

    Azevedo, Star, ID, United States
  • I am in 199% agreement w/ the above comment. This so called education (indoctrination) into Socialism has been going on for decades and decades. How can we reverse this culture? It will REQUIRE strong national leadership in the US as well as Canada.

    Lee Norman, Sharpsburg, Georgia, USA, Small Retailers/Resellers, USA

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