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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover on Monday. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara on Saturday. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

Tags: poem

Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

Some speeches by atheists are factual and practical, dealing with the nuts and bolts of reality.  Some are diatribes against the superstitions we seek to overcome, pointing out the man behind the curtain and the fallacies and snake oil he tries to…Continue

Tags: life, joy, Richard Dawkins Foundation, Sean Faircloth

Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

Tags: stories, bedtime, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Loren Miller on May 23, 2013 at 10:46am

Comment by Ian Mason on May 23, 2013 at 10:04am

Glad to hear from you Joan and to hear that you're chugging along. That's a really good quote that I'm going to steal.

Thanks for your supportive comments, friends. It can be hard to see loved ones suffering on a downhill path. Your understanding makes that easier to bear.

Comment by Steph S. on May 23, 2013 at 9:26am

Comment by Steph S. on May 23, 2013 at 9:25am

Hello everyone.

Joan I am glad you are getting over the nausea and feel no pain.

I am glad you have a wonderful support group in your family and that they are there for you.

Ruth - the medical professionals really made a mistake in their terminology. That was funny that you called them on it.

Cats in hats are always funny Melinda. Well - to me anyway.

Comment by booklover on May 23, 2013 at 9:12am

Joan, I'm so glad the meds took care of your nausea, and you have your terrific family helping you!

Hi Jessica!  I forgot about that term "chemo brain" until you mentioned it.

Carl, Yes, a lot of planes from O'Hare are diverted to Rockford during bad weather.  It's a really nice airport, but we have very limited places to go from here.  We flew to Vegas from here last year.  UPS is also attached to the airport, and their planes land here daily.  Or nightly I guess!~ Mindy

Comment by Jessica Berman on May 23, 2013 at 5:44am
I'm sorry I haven't posted at all; my mother was treated for ovarian cancer this past year, but I follow the discussions. Joan I'm glad treatment is going well. The ChemoBrain is a strange thing. The whole process was a whirlwind for me, and having that support makes a huge difference. You need pampering at this time, and don't feel like you have to "be positive and happy!" You'll have good and bad days and that's OK.
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 23, 2013 at 2:04am

11:00 PM had my first bout of nausea; Rx took care of it. I feel wonderful. Absolutely no pain, I can't finish a sentence or remember words so Cary, Laura and Laurie did their best to understand what I am trying to convey. I usually get enough of a sentence out into the sound waves to give them a hint of where I was headed. We look like  room of game players playing "Finish Mom's sentence!"

The most lovely people in the Chem Room. So many different stories, each compelling and amazing rich in varieties. 

Thanks, dear ones. My nausea is now totally gone. 

sk8eycat, thank you so very much for sharing your experiences with your mother and her successful although difficult time beating her cancer. Her team of doctor and activist-pharmacist, did their job. So thankfully and successfully so. Your Dad's vein grafts added so much to the challenge factors at an important period of your life. You came through all that trauma with a keen sense of humor, In some ways you remind me of Archie in "Archie and Mehitable".  

''every cloud 
has its silver 
lining but it is 
sometimes a little 
difficult to get it to 
the mint''

Don Marquis (1878-1937), U.S. humorist, journalist. "Certain maxims of archy," archy and mehitabel (1927).

Comment by Ian Mason on May 23, 2013 at 1:09am

The medical profession seems to have improved in some areas at least. Personally I think some of that is due to the higher level of education of society as a whole. We know too much to put up with bad treatment now. I saw a documentary last year where an elderly psychiatric consultant and a psychologist dicussed depression and the consultant bemoaned modern "horizontal" society as having declined from the old-fashioned "vertical" where everyone knew their place. In the good old days people didn't think so much and therefore didn't get depressed. If they did they got better when a doctor told them too because a doctor had the power of authority. What a shit!

Ruth: the pic is a jam sponge. 2 layers of sponge cake with jam sandwiched between.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 23, 2013 at 1:00am

Comment by sk8eycat on May 22, 2013 at 10:57pm

So much to catch up on!  I still don't care much for the skinny "Comments" section; did the webmaster decide we all need to go on a diet, or what?

Joan, I wish my Mom hadd had a "team" when she was going through chemo and everything   She was at home with my sister and me, still recovering from having a tumor removed from her femur (and 45 radiation treatments, too).  Dad was in the hospital having vein grafts in his legs.  It was one hell of a summer! 

Our pharmacist pitched a fit when he realized that her oncologist had not prescribed an anti-nausea drug to be taken before she took the chemo capsules each morning. (He called the doctor and did some yelling, and Mom got an Rx for Compazine. It helped.  Some.)

This was in 1984; I think therapy has improved greatly since then!

The good news was that by the end of that dreadful year, Mother was completely cancer-free, and was able to have a bone graft done to rebuild her leg...because bone is much stronger than the metal rods they use to hold things together.  (Her cancer started in her lungs and spread throughout her body, and we didn't know Jack till that leg bone broke.)

The cancer never came back.  She lived to be 87; that's long enough IMO, but I still miss her.

 

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