Aug 28, 2021 09:07PM
Aug 28, 2021 09:26PM
My opinion is not directed to anyone on these boards who has had cancer, currently has cancer or is stage IV cancer like I am. I know there are people with medical reasons to not get vaccinated, including those in treatment that don't want one more "shot". If you take those in to consideration, as a world we could still reach herd immunity if the vast majority get vaccinated. Without enough people vaccinated, we will continue to have variants. It seems to me that the general public does not understand the science and the general public is very self centered.
Three of my neighbors are Phd Microbiologists. 2 have been working on the Covid vaccine (one has been on cnn and national news quite a bit) and the other one is working on type 1 diabetes. We had a casual outdoor gathering last night in our Court (bring your own lawn chair and beverage) and these scientists are shocked and horrified that the US and the world are in the position. They warned us that the lambda variant is very strong and on it's way - all because people want to shout "my body my rights" . This only works if your decision doesn't impact the rest of us. Yes, it is my choice to take Ibrance/Fulvestrant. If I choose not to take these drugs, most likely my cancer will progress faster and I will die sooner. It will not spread to others in my household and my community and potentially kill them. MY BODY MY CHOICE. When the news media announces a variant, the "anti-vaxxers" start up with the "see - vaccines don't work" DUH - they won't work unless we have a very high percentage vaccinated? It is really sad/frustrating/unreal to me.
I am stage IV, I would LOVE to travel while I am up to it, I would LOVE to see my family that lives far away. I am not able to live freely due to too many people discounting the serious nature of the pandemic and the actual science. This is like Polio. Polio vaccines were mandatory. Polio was eradicated.
Teedoff, I hear you. I also feel cheated out of living the life I have left.
edited to add: Yes, I have had the Pfizer vaccines and my husband has as well. We did not have any reactions (besides sore arm, slightly achy). We were vaccinated in March and I just had the booster, on the advice of my oncologist as my husband and i will be traveling by plane on Sept. 3rd to the east coast. I really don't want to get Covid, have Ibrance and my current treatment put on hold, and have my cancer get worse.
recurrence in lymph nodes (superclavicle/mediastinal)"You can do it like it's a great weight on you, or you can do it like it's part of the dance." Ram Dass
11/7/2008, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
11/13/2019, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to other, ER+/PR+, HER2-