Feb 26, 2011 at 16:24:16
“Good for you! And don't forget, there are literally dozens of drugs out there now, to take away the side effects. And they work! Just as a note, my symptoms were so non-existent that after the second treatment I accused my oncologist of not giving me enough chemo because I couldn't feel as well as I did if I was getting "full strength" treatment. That got a good laugh. The amount of drugs they give us is very carefully calculated by weight and height. And they'll ask you your name two or three times, before they start the treatment, just to make sure they have the right person. You might want to ask for a tour of the treatment room, before you go for your first time. It's a strange, scary situation, a new reality, but it doesn't have to end badly. I looked at chemo as my most powerful weapon, and it worked.”
Feb 25, 2011 at 13:37:00
“Carbeth, Nancy may not agree with me on this - in fact, I know she doesn't. But I was stage 4, diagnosed more than 5 years ago, and chemo saved my life. And after waiting for the side effects that everyone expects, mine were so mild that they didn't impact my daily life at all. The truth is, you won't know how you'll react to chemo until you've had your first treatment. But my oncologist said there are more people like me than we hear about. We hear about the worst case scenarios, not the cases where nothing much happens. Perhaps the worst side effect is knowing that once you've heard the diagnosis, no matter what else happens, you can't go back to "before cancer". It's a shock to our lives that never goes away. But bottom line, if your doctors say you need chemo and you refuse, you're adding even more risk to your life. It's at least worth a try. You may very well find it's not anywhere near as bad as you heard it will be.”
Carbeth on Feb 26, 2011 at 10:09:57
“Jesmer e , thank you so much for your thoughtful response. I think my problem is that nine of my friends and colleagues had chemo and they all passed away. However my oncologist says I can see how I feel after one session and if I am so ill I find it intolerable I can stop. Your words are very encouraging for me.”
Feb 25, 2011 at 10:09:12
“That radiologist who told you your cancer would never come back should be censored. If a doctor gave me that seriously flawed information, I would say thanks, and find another doctor, one that dealt with reality. Cancer can't be cured Period. You're proof of how insidious it can be. But of course, you didn't know that when your radiologist pronounced you "cured". "Cancer is curable" is one of the misleading falsehoods that form the foundation to all the pink marches and fundraisers. It implies that if only we catch it early, it can be cured...but it can't! We don't die of early-stage cancer, and far more money has to be allocated to keep more women from dying of this snakey disease.”
Nancy Davis on Feb 25, 2011 at 18:39:47
“We know much more than we did back then! Thanks.....”
Dec 26, 2010 at 12:56:18
“We cannot, we must not forget that doctors are glorified plumbers, whose prognostications are based on statistics, not what's going on in our individual bodies. Having worked with statistics my entire career, I rely on them only in passing. According to the numbers, I should be dead by now. But other than my second cold in a month, I've never felt better in my life. It's up to us to keep ourselves alive. Doctors can only point the way, and a lot of the time, they're only making educated guesses. We have to stand up for what our bodies are telling us, and if our doctors don't get this, we need to change doctors.”
Nancy Davis on Jan 13, 2011 at 02:08:18
“We are finally learning, one SHOE does NOT fit all. In Stage IV all Chemo is not good for all.”
“Please ask your oncologist for his/her cell phone number. There's no excuse for being so far out of touch with your patients, I don't care what holiday it is. There are no holidays from cancer. My oncologist knows this, and so should yours!”
Nancy Davis on Jan 13, 2011 at 02:19:08
“It would seem when you are VERY ill or in major need, you do what is always necessary..911 even if the ONC lives next door.”
Nov 30, 2010 at 14:28:03
“Okay, I'm going to get slammed for this, but I'm stage 4, and I'm not planning on dying of cancer just because I've had a "stage" attached to my condition. Cancer won't kill me.
I'm not saying this because I'm in denial, or because I'm in what "They" call "remission" ever since I finished treatment. It's because I will NOT let The Bastard have the last word. It is a bastard, in the true sense of the word: it's of me, but it's outlaw.
Well, I've got news for it. If it tries to kill me and it looks to me like it's going to win, I will buy an old beat up car, get freaking high, aim for a pole, and put pedal to the metal. That was my plan from before I ever got cancer, because with my family history, it wasn't a case of "if", it was "when".
I have no problem with the idea of killing myself. I know I can do it better than cancer can. The end wasn't pretty for everyone I know who died of cancer, including my mother. I Am Not Going That Way. That's my plan. That, plus the belief that I killed it. My job now is to do everything I can to make sure it stays dead. Once I got all that straight in my head, I morphed into one of the happiest people I know. Cancer's the only thing on earth that really makes me angry.”
“Wake up, Mr. Moulitsas, liberals have nothing else on the ballots worth coming out for. And if you don't think the legalization of pot on the ballot this fall is driving who'll win, especially in California, then you definitely didn't live through enough Summers of Love.”
postrealitysyndrome on Aug 2, 2010 at 19:01:50
“Voting against Whitman is reason enough.”
LegallyPalin on Aug 2, 2010 at 17:26:49
“Um, I have a question. What in the he ll do republicans have on the ballot, a huge NO?”
“David, you obviously don't live in California. Those of us who lived through the Santa Barbara spill will NOT allow drilling off our shores, regardless of your naive position that it should be scaled back. We've already been too patient, too long. If Jesus has the answer about how to fix BP's failure, please tell him to speak up NOW.”
Dwight Eisenhower on Jun 9, 2010 at 19:43:04
“I think God would say, "sorry pal, you broke it you have to fix it, now."”
“About the MMS: This isn't really about which party is in power, it's about the lazy, corrupt culture of career government employees. We're just seeing one department close up, but they're all like this. They're bored, cynical, punching the clock until they collect their pensions. They are more powerful then any of us outside Washington realize. Nobody goes into any position in the government because they're drawn to service. It's either for money or power, or both. Sorry, but that's the facts, Jack. I grew up in Chicago -- just look at the fool the state Dems chose to run for Obama's seat. As Whoopie says, W.T.F.?! Until people who are qualified and caring step up to the plate, this is what we're going to get. I'm so angry that if I was 40 years younger, that's exactly what I'd do.”
Beatcomber on May 27, 2010 at 20:03:19
“I used to work in government. MMS workers are going to change big time. A few will lose their jobs and the rest are going to get their new marching orders and straighten up. This group will be squeaky clean for at least the duration of this administration. The oil companies will complain to the next administration and that's when things will start to get sloppy again.
The employees are only as good as the managers around them. You blame the generals for a screwed up campaign not the privates.”
coveark on May 27, 2010 at 19:18:14
“hind sight is so easy for all of us...............but your observations are not necessarily true. The government agencies that I have dealt with were helpful , courteous and took care of business........
But then, there is Michele Bachman, Sarah Palin, Orly Tainz............a whole different story.”
“I'm sorry I didn't get to this yesterday, when the story first appeared, but I want to go on record, anyway. My life path didn't give me the opportunity to know any of the original members of the BPP, but right from the beginning, I admired their service to the community. In later years, I was lucky enough to meet two Panthers. One lives in Detroit, and is involved in providing affordable housing for the community. The other lives in New Orleans and heads a wonderful organization, Common Ground, that focuses on many aspects of community service. The thing I've concluded, after knowing both of these men - who, by the way, don't know each other - is that even after all these years, Panthers are community activists in the best sense of the words. They started serving the community that badly needed their help, and these many years later, they still do. To compare them to the rabble-rousing whining of the Tea Party, with that racist cry of "take the country back", is an insult to the men and women of the BPP, who have yet to get the recognition and respect they deserve.”
“So they get to declare $40 as the definition of the amount of "fault"? I don't recall ever agreeing to that. Even Directv doesn't have a late fee. I shouldn't have to justify being a day late. Especially when $40 is more than twice the payment due. Poor department stores, just trying to make an honest buck...”
RickshawJohnson on May 18, 2010 at 09:54:19
“And they shouldn't have to wait around until you feel like paying them. You signed a contract when you got the card, you agreed to the terms, and it is your responsibility to pay back the money that YOU BORROWED, ON TIME. Get it?”
RickshawJohnson on May 18, 2010 at 09:53:01
“You agreed to that when you signed the contract you dolt.”
“It's not just banks. I had two department stores slap $40 late payment charges because my payment arrived one day late. That did it. Let the phone calls begin, because I'm through. They've had their last dollar from me.”
RickshawJohnson on May 18, 2010 at 09:52:39
“Why don't you make your payment on time then?
What in the name of God is wrong with you silly, silly people? Do you not understand what consequences are?”
Gtoole on May 17, 2010 at 19:15:03
“Hummm you were late......was that the stores fault...”
“I actually agree on both points. Unfortunately, he's going after the wrong senator. If he really wanted to make a difference, he'd go after Feinstein. Of course, that would mean waiting until she's up for re-election - 4 years, isn't it? And waiting is sooo boring. I already don't believe him.”
“I'm a straight woman from California, but I'll remember the name "Ruth Hassell-Thompson", too, because she voted her conscience. How rare is that? So rare that her name is memorable for doing it. What a sad commentary that is, on that lack of conscience that prevails among our legislators!”
“I keep reading how smart Scalia is. I'm confused: is that the same kind of "smart" that people said Bush was? Because Scalia's arguments don't produce any evidence of the brilliance people say resides within. I think he's contrary for the sake of being contrary. Because he can.”
SharpDressedMan on Oct 8, 2009 at 20:13:26
“Scalia was a star in the legal world but that was in the past. His popularity started tanking when he helped Bush 43 get into the White House in 2000. Then he referenced Jack Bauer (from the "24" TV show) as part of his judicial decisions.
“Well. Is anyone actually surprised that the media, in it's phony quest for "balance", treats both sides of issues with equal weight, even when one side is ... I don't know, Glen Beck? Let's thank Ronald Reagan for a job well done. By allowing news media to be concentrated in a few corporate hands, we get editors who don't edit. Editors are supposed to make the tough decisions - remember Ben Bradley at the Washington Post during Watergate, anyone? That kind of news is no longer available. "Balance" isn't making our country stronger, it's weakening our ability to make decisions based on rational thought. When the idiots get the same coverage weight as the experts... Well, that's what we've got. God help us!”