Some tragic news; and some solace in coins

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Severus Alexander, Dec 11, 2021.

  1. ancient times

    ancient times Legatus Legionis

    i will keep you in my thoughts and prayers! keep fighting!
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  3. Tall Paul

    Tall Paul Supporter! Supporter

    Dear Severus,

    Like you I am a cancer survivor. I have had two incidences; testicular at age 28 and in my 60s a number of basal cell removals. I feel for you and what you and your family are dealing with and I admire your strength in facing it. I am heartened to read that there therapies that might work for you. Be strong and keep looking forward.

    Warm regards,

  4. Gavin Richardson

    Gavin Richardson Well-Known Member

    Sorry to hear of this diagnosis, SA. I’m sure you have a lot of people surrounding you with love, prayer, and good thoughts.

    “So come, dear father, climb up onto my shoulders! I will carry you on my back. This labor of love will never wear me down. Whatever falls to us now, we both will share one peril, one path to safety.” Vergil, Aeneid 2
  5. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    I am so sorry to hear this bad, sad news, @Severus Alexander In October my dad was diagnosed with bladder cancer and he is facing surgery next week, and is also on an experimental immunotherapy trial. That's been pretty rough going for my family, but he is in his 80s. That you are dealing with this at your age is just not fair. As others have noted in this post, the medical profession is doing some remarkable things with cancer treatment.

    Thank you for sharing your story - it was brave of you. You have a good attitude; I am glad to hear you are going to continue collecting coins. They can be very therapeutic.

    Always keep in mind you have many friends here (some of us you've never met in person!). I'll be thinking of you.

    Wishing you the best with a trio of health deities from a Graeco-Roman gem, as rendered by a 17th century artist:
    1685 Agonstino Asclepius & Gang.JPG
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  6. thejewk

    thejewk Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry to hear that friend, you will be in my thoughts. I always get great pleasure from your knowledgeable and friendly posts, and I hope that they continue for a long time yet.
  7. CaptHenway

    CaptHenway Survivor

    Contact the University of Michigan medical center. My oldest brother went to them with metasticized melanoma and they gave him five good years, and this was over 20 years ago. Lord knows what advances they have made since then.
    Good luck.
  8. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    I thought Spes was appropriate here, too, but didn’t have one. Does that make me “hopeless”? Not quite. My daughter is named Victoria Hope, so there you go- victory and hope.

    Wishing you both, @Severus Alexander.

    Oh, here’s a Victory reverse.


    Side note: I believe the OP of this thread has the most “likes” I’ve seen on a single post. Obviously likes of solidarity, not of the sobering news.
  9. tenbobbit

    tenbobbit Well-Known Member


    That was a very tough read :(

    Stay strong my friend :punch: we are all in your corner and only a pm away if you ever need to reach out.

    A little British Bulldog spirit for you

    " Now this is not the end,
    it is not even the beginning of the end,
    But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning " Winston Churchill

    My only coin that fits ;)

  10. singig

    singig Well-Known Member

    I read the thread last night , I am so sorry to hear about this , wishing you good health and rapid recovery with the new treatment ! I tried this morning to find a coin depicting a fighter, I think is a good example '' Hercules' fight with the Nemean lion''

    As part of his sentence ordered by Hera, Hercules had to perform twelve Labors, feats so difficult that they seemed impossible. One of the labors was to defeat the Nemean Lion. In the town of Nemea, there was an invincible lion that brought devastation and fear to the town. Hercules was ordered to slay the lion and bring back his skin. Hercules was able to use his brute strength and clever bravery to choke the lion to death and bring the skin to Eurystheus.

    The second coin is the only Severus Alexander I bought this year.
    I hope you will like them.
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  11. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Well-Known Member

    Thomas, I'm sorry to hear of your medical diagnosis but glad you are sharing it with us. I've never embraced a specific religion so I won't pretend to pray for you, but I would like to share my own experience with stage 4 cancer with the hope it provides some inspiration for you. Don't accept your diagnosis as a death sentence & never give up hope that you will win this battle. Seven years ago I was diagnosed with with stage 4 cancer after going through many tests & a surgical biopsy. My PC physician suggested I see two specialists about various treatments. I was shocked with the diagnosis & began preparing for the worst. I made & paid for my funeral expenses in advance & even wrote my own obituary :rolleyes:. After a conference with the three doctors, a plan of treatments was offered to me that included chemo-therapy for 8 months, radiation therapy for 6 months that was grueling & painful, followed by an unusual surgical procedure that involved 3 doctors. My medical insurance wouldn't cover even a tiny fraction of the cost for this plan, so my PC physician said start the plan anyway & apply for financial assistance. I went through the entire plan faithfully & kept this experience a secret from my remaining family & close friends. The staff at the Unity Medical Center gave me the certificate below before the final surgical procedure.
    When the surgical procedure was complete along with the recovery period, my insurance company sent me a shocking bill that covered everything :eek:. Much to my delight, the University of Rochester paid for everything :jawdrop:! Earlier this year the 3 doctors declared me cancer free :happy:. So never give up hope ;).
  12. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Supporter! Supporter

    The coins I gifted me with while facing my first cancer (1996)





    And those I bought to celebrate the second one (2017)






    When life doesn't treat you right, one has to manage on their own....

  13. TheRed

    TheRed Supporter! Supporter

    I'm so sorry to hear this Severus. I'm not a very eloquent person so struggle with the right words to say. Just know that you will have a lot of people down here in Maryland praying for you and your family.

    Edward I was known as the hammer of the Scots. I hope you will be the hammer of cancer.
    Edward I Penny 1c.jpg

    And like Seleukos I Nikator you will be Severus Nikator "Severus the Victorious"
  14. Nicholas Molinari

    Nicholas Molinari Well-Known Member

    I’m very sorry to hear you are having such serious health troubles. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  15. Cachecoins

    Cachecoins Historia Moneta Supporter

    Stay strong. I know this is devastating. I hope you have looked into every possible avenue. There are a lot of new treatments out there.
  16. Numisnewbiest

    Numisnewbiest Well-Known Member

    I am sending heartfelt and positive thoughts, but words fail me, and so I leave those up to Marcus Aurelius:

    "You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength"

    "Look well into thyself - there is a source of strength which will always spring up if you will always look"

    "Nowhere can a man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul"

    Not even Marcus Aurelius could have said it better than you did!

  17. galba68

    galba68 Well-Known Member

    It's terrible news, but as far as I know, you won't give up..I want you to get well soon, Alex..
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  18. ArtDeco

    ArtDeco Active Member

    Do not give up hope yet! Adjust your mind!
    Take more vitamins, do some outdoor activities if you have a chance when the weather is less cooler!

    That being said, we should make it a habit to get our CAT Scans every few years.......
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  19. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

    So sorry to read about your health issues. I like your outlook and strength as it will get you through much of what you face.
    I wish you and your family the best.
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  20. Parthicus

    Parthicus Well-Known Member

    This is very sad news @Severus Alexander , I am definitely hoping for the best for you. Here are two fierce horse-mounted archers to add to your team. First, a drachm of the Afrighid dynasty (c. early 800s):
    And second is my avatar coin, a Parthian tetradrachm of Artabanos IV (c.10- 38 AD). Artabanos had been king of the Parthian vassal state of Adiabene and was invited in by some discontented nobles to overthrow the unpopular Vonones. Artabanos was initially defeated, and forced to seek refuge with the semi-nomadic Dahae beyond the Caspian Sea; Vonones even issued coinage proclaiming his defeat of Artabanos. But Artabanos raised a new force, tried again, successfully expelled Vonones, and went on to reign for over 20 more years. He was a fierce warrior who never gave up. On this coin he receives the palm branch from Nike.
    Artabanos II tet.jpg
  21. galba68

    galba68 Well-Known Member

    One of my best findings, sestertius, shows Alexander S. going to war against the Persians..
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