• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Teaching though Cancer treatment

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Teaching though Cancer treatment

    I will be receiving Radiation and possibly chemo (depending on if testing shows it will be effective) starting early november and am trying to figure out if I will still be able to teach my students, maybe even from a chair, during that time. I dont want to have to stop teaching AGAIN so any advice would be helpful. Thanks in advance.
    Mitkowski Equine Services
    Love my Fjord Magni "Tigger" and my HanoxTb Frescoe "Wenny" --- My boys

  • #2
    First, im very sorry to hear about your situation.

    Where is the cancer? My father went through 6 weeks of radiation this year. Cancer was in his throat/jaw area. He was extremely fatigued, and could not eat. Lost 40-50 lbs in that time. He was not well enough to do almost anything. Luckily, he's retired. But most days he could not even ride the mower to cut the grass. He just didn't feel well. Some of this was due to placement of radiation--it killed his taste buds. He also had major nerve damange and pain from surgery, so you may not have this much trouble.

    Also expect for the side effects to last well beyond treatment. My dad finished radiation in late may/early June ish, and still cannot taste many things, can't be in loud or busy places, and has a general tired feeling.

    Good luck. I would say take a brief break from teaching so that you can get well.
    Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
    White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

    Mystical Moment, 1977-2010.

    Comment


    • #3
      Been there, done that. It sucks.

      I can't give you a 'for sure' answer one way or the other. I was diagnosed in 2002, had surgery, chemotherapy, and then radiation. The answer is probably, you can continue to teach. It will depend on so many different things. How sick you get, how tired you get, how fit you are now, how big your lesson program is, how tolerant your client(s) might be if you had to reschedule, or teach from a chair, and of course, how well you can handle the mental stress. Just focusing on the cancer would be a major mistake. I wanted to still be 'me'.

      When I had radiation, I went every day, Mon to Fri, had the weekend off, until I had 17 doses. They were scheduled for right after lunch. It would not have been a problem for me to teach during the radiation, which did tire me somewhat. Your program could be very different.

      My suggestions are to sit down with your oncologist and have a good talk about what you can expect. I don't mean only in terms of side effects, fatigue, etc., but also in terms of scheduling, location, duration, etc. Will there be transportation issues? In order to use radiation on my neck, they had to make sure I could not move my head, and this involved literally fastening me down with a mesh mask over my face. I am claustrophobic and could not tolerate the treatment without a strong tranqualizer. If you should rest for x hours after each treatment, how will that impact when you teach?

      My next suggestion would be to have a talk with the clients, all at the same time if possible, because one thing you are going to find out is this is a strange disease. There is a mostly self-imposed etiquette when you have cancer, along the lines of: I must be brave and not upset people and I can't act annoyed when I have to answer the same fracking question 4001 times. I would suggest the use of some sort of social media that you can use to post information about your condition. I can't think of the name of the web site, but there is one that peole with a major illness can use to post info, so that they don't have to explain stuff over and over.

      You might even just use a special FB account, or something, and only friend your clients. You could use this site to give notice if a lesson had to be postponed. Don't say 'cancel', say 'postpone', it helps to keep the clients happy.

      If you have any secific questions you don't want to address in this thread, you can PM me and I will be a happy to answer you.

      And last but not least, good luck with your illness. If you have chemo and your hair falls out, would you like to borrow my platinum LIME GREEN wig?

      Comment

      • Original Poster

        #4
        Thanks guys. Its incurable Brain Cancer from a low grade astrocytoma the radiation about 35 treatments i believe is to slow down my main symptoms speech difficulty and the declining loss of use of my left side leading to paralysis on that side. Clients are all aware and new clients are told immediately. I keep everybody updated through a carepages site that lets them know whats going on. A few have stuck with me throough my 11 month hiatus from a car accident and 2 brain biopsy's so I know they will stay with me. The new ones are aware of the fact lessons may be moved, cancelled, or I may not teach at all for a period of time but I have worked out a homework system in that case.
        Mitkowski Equine Services
        Love my Fjord Magni "Tigger" and my HanoxTb Frescoe "Wenny" --- My boys

        Comment


        • #5
          ACP has said it all.

          It will depend on your reaction to treatment and also side effect. Do not force yourselff into anything, do not put any other stress on you. Just live it as it is and you will find soon if you can teach or not.

          I have my own story here on COTH that I update regularely; maybe my own experience can help you in some ways.

          Big hugs and Good luck ! xx
          Élène

          Fighting ovarian cancer ! 2013 huge turnaround as I am winning the battle !..
          http://esergerie.wordpress.com

          Comment

          Working...
          X