A Hard Risk to Manage (Serious Life Topic)
When it comes to stock investing, risk is part of the equation which we accept for the potential higher gains, but sometimes in life risk is not a choice so much as an event which happens that we manage as well as we can. (Warning the following doesn't directly relate to investing and the content is very serious, but I consider many of you friends and feel that being open is the best way to move forward in my life.)
Right before Thanksgiving I found out that I had breast cancer. Since then I've taken an odyssey which is familiar to other health consumers--more appointments than I ever had dates in my social calendar and waiting, waiting, waiting, in waiting rooms. I appreciate my husband's support and skill in managing appointments and insurance so I don't have to deal with the hassle.
To be brief, the kind of cancer I have is Stage II triple negative. With chemo and surgery my odds are 70% survival for 10 years. With surgery alone it would be 50%. (The first oncologist we saw didn't really want to discuss odds for different outcomes, but since I'd rather invest than gamble we went with a second oncologist who was willing to check out different scenarios and discuss our concerns in depth.)
The good news is that except for this I'm in excellent health. Also I have insurance that covers much of the treatment costs so it shouldn't wipe out our emergency savings. I do not know the future, but I'm thankful that I've been able to sleep at night. I have friends and family who love me--I didn't know how much until this happened--although I do not plan to take every supplement, etc. they suggest until I judge its relative safety! Ultimately, I have my faith in God not that I will necessarily be cured, but that nothing that happens can separate me from his love. He will never leave me or forsake me.
As I've told everyone I do not want cancer to be my new hobby. It is not who I am. I still prefer investing, literature, gardening and hearing about other people lives.
Any opinions on VUOCD a really volatile penny stock with a recent reverse split 20 to1?