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As many of you probably know, in September 2018, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer; Her2 positive cancer cells. It’s a progressive cancer, but thankfully there are two immunology drugs for treatment. As of March 1, 2021, I am now 2 years NED (No Evidence of Disease).
Sadly, my heart hurts for those still on the journey, and those whose journey ended.
Some of you might know Michael Hulshof-Schmidt. His blog is Social Justice For All. Michael’s husband is leaving the blog up, and I am grateful for that.
I don’t quite remember when it was that Michael and I met. It may have been in 2013 or 2014, but we became blogging buddies. Michael went through chemo for colon cancer, a massive heart attack, and then the cancer recurred in his liver. He put up a courageous fight, but on January 30, 2021, he transitioned.
Then there are other courageous people on the journey who find time to encourage others, such as Ilene of the Cancer Bus.
Now, I’m on conservative follow-up of every 6 months. My cancer marker tests have consistently scored 17 for over a year now. Any score under 30 is good. Meanwhile, I had surgery on my left foot in February and currently have sterile-strips on my big toe. Hopefully, I’ll be able to wear a closed-in shoe in a week. Read the rest of this entry
Thanks to followers, visitors, and participants, past and present.
Last month I received notification from WordPress that it was my 8 year anniversary. My, time does fly. These past 2 years makes it seem much longer. The breast cancer treatment journey caused months to fly and at the same time, time slowed down. I suppose one has to have been or is on that journey to understand, because words are insufficient to describe how time can move slow but at the same time, move fast.
It was a year in March that I had surgery and was declared NED/NEC (no evidence of disease/ no evidence of cancer). Then there were post-surgical treatments with immunology drugs for 3 months, followed by tests, followed by physical therapy. July marked my one year anniversary since ending post-surgical treatment. I’m still receiving treatment for some of the side-effects that chemo left behind.
In 8 years, three of my best friends have died. We also lost at least one blogger to death, and several disappeared without a word. I miss them all. There are bloggers I met in 2012 who no longer blog, but are on Twitter. Read the rest of this entry
Regarding the coronavirus sweeping across the United States, on March 22, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet;
“WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAS WE WANT TO GO!”
During his briefing on March 23, 2020, Trump made it clear that his perception of a highly contagious virus with potential to kill is a “problem” rather than a public health issue. Rather than avoid the spread of the virus, he wants people to return to work. He wants the stock market to go up.
According to Politico, the prospect of resuming typical business has horrified public health leaders.
“At a White House briefing Monday night, Trump seemed adamant that the economy would come back to life “very soon,” insisting that the government can fight the viral spread while also going to work — ‘we can do them both at the same time’.”
Let’s be clear about something. The White House recommended “social distancing” but Trump, neither anyone in his administration, gave stay-at-home orders. He can’t rescind nor change orders that he didn’t issue.
As of March 24, 2020, Governors of 16 states have issued stay-at-home orders. The mayor of Atlanta issued a stay-at-home order for that city.
Donald Trump lacks jurisdiction to order Governors and Mayors to cancel their orders. Read the rest of this entry
Yesterday when asked about mask shortages for medical personnel, Trump responded about “past administrations”. SMH
Here is some of what President Trump in the US has been saying about the coronavirus disease (covid-19) for the past two months:
22 Jan 2020 (1 confirmed US case): “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”
02 Feb 2020 (11 cases): “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China. It’s going to be fine.”
10 Feb 2020 (12 cases): “Typically, that will go away in April. We’re in great shape, though. We have 12 cases, 11 cases, and many of them are in good shape now.”
24 Feb 2020 (14 cases): “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA … Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”
26 Feb 2020 (15 cases): “We’re going to be pretty soon at only five people. And we…
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If Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is spread by coughing and sneezing, how are people getting it from others who are not coughing and sneezing and have no symptoms?
From the CDC;
How COVID-19 Spreads
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
What are they not telling us?
U.S. tourism drops, GOP to cancel primaries, Trump coerces NOAA, Dem controversy, and health concerns
Thanks for the updates.
By Robert A. Vella
Tourism to the U.S. is declining due to international concerns over mass shootings, xenophobia, trade wars, and foreigners’ dislike of President Trump. The loss of revenue to American businesses is estimated to be in the tens of billions from 2018-2020. GOP officials in several states are planning to cancel their presidential primary elections in order to protect Trump from challengers to his reelection campaign. Embarrassed by his contrived, inaccurate, and illegal publicized “weather forecast” for Hurricane Dorian, Trump apparently coerced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) into rebuking its own National Weather Service (NWS) agency for having the temerity to tell the truth. NOAA’s statement was suspiciously authorless and the timing of its release suggest that the White House ordered it as an act of retribution and to protect Trump’s prodigious yet fragile ego. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is involved in another internal party…
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Mueller to testify, government secrecy, Supreme Court news, China-Canada tiff, NRATV, and ICE insight
By Robert A. Vella
He didn’t want to, but former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will comply with a subpoena to testify in public before the House Judiciary and House Intelligence committees next month. Whether or not Democrats will ask probing questions about his truncated prosecutorial decisions, as well as about his reluctance to investigate leads implicating President Trump in criminal behavior, will reveal how serious they really are about impeachment and their constitutional duty to check abuses of power by the executive branch. Government secrecy, a trademark of authoritarian regimes, is obviously increasing under Trump as Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests are being undermined by administrative actions and policies on top of Monday’s egregious ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. Addition of the contentious citizenship question to the 2020 census has run into a logistical obstacle which can now only be overcome by overt intervention by the Supreme…
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Friends, followers, and visitors!
It’s been a week since I published a post. My, time does fly. It’s not that I can’t think of anything to write. In fact, there are about 10 different posts I want to write. Several are results of trials. There is an award I need to accept, (thanks, Ilene), and I can’t leave politics out of what is on my mind.
Yesterday, I managed to catch-up on 5 days of blogs that I follow, but there are over 400 Word Press notifications of blog posts in my in-box. I might not be able to catch-up on those, but try to start fresh this week. Please forgive me if you’ve not seen me on your blog recently. Read the rest of this entry
Thanks for the reminder. It’s a real pain re-setting clocks and watches.
The people who try to make you feel bad and/or afraid are those who are addicted to the pain and fears they cause themselves.
Don’t let them treat you like a cigarette; as their enabler, to fulfill their addiction to fear.
When you draw boundaries, they look for another Brand and forsake you.
Forgive them anyway and keep going without them.
Earlier this year, an itchy rash appeared on my left arm, then my right arm. The appearance of the skin indicated to me that it was an allergy. I had not eaten anything unusual, so was very puzzled what could be causing the reaction.
Then, my doctor placed me on an anti-biotic. The rash went away. Also this year, I’ve had recurring sinus infections more than usual. The rash on my arms reappeared about two weeks ago. It was worse than the first time.
Last week Friday while getting ready to take my second dose of Vitamin D3, I happened to read the ingredients. Mostly, I order vitamins and supplements from a company that advertises no preservatives, artificial coloring, etc. In fact, I’ve ordered from that same company for years and trusted their products. Such it was with Vitamin D3 which I began taking this year.
For those unfamiliar, Vitamin D3 contains vitamin D, calcium which is necessary for the body to process vitamin D, and magnesium.
On the label of the Vitamin D3 was “calcium source; oyster shells”. I am allergic to shellfish! So all year, I’ve been consuming something in the Vitamin D3 that I am allergic to and didn’t know it. It’s been 6 days since I took that brand of Vitamin D3. The rash is clearing. My breathing is no longer shallow. Then I noticed another ingredient in my vitamins. Soy.
That caused me to start researching soy, and I was shocked by what I found. I stopped taking those vitamins that contain soy and since doing so, my sinuses have immensely improved. I began to check the ingredients on other things in my cabinets and refrigerator. A short list of what I discovered contains soy, or soybeans, or soybean oil includes:
Canned tuna in water; Green Giant brand frozen broccoli, including with cheese, and with carrots; Three different brands of salad dressing; Miracle Whip; Worchester Sauce; bread, including hamburger and hot dog buns.
It’s all in the garbage now.
Since part of my reason to learn about soy is to decide on what is best for me as a cancer patient, I began by researching soy and breast cancer. Is soy safe or not? That depends on what you read. The Mayo Clinic says:
“Studies show that eating a moderate amount of soy foods does not increase risk of breast cancer — or other types of cancer. A moderate amount is considered one to two servings a day of whole-soy foods, such as tofu, soy milk and edamame. Soy contains protein, isoflavones and fiber, all thought to provide health benefits.”
“So where did the idea come from that soy increases breast cancer risk? Isoflavones, which are found in soy, are plant estrogens. High levels of estrogen have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. However, food sources of soy don’t contain high enough levels of isoflavones to increase the risk of breast cancer.”
This is difficult for me to write. Occasionally, I’ve written about health issues, such as sinus infections. This time things are more serious.
Last week, my ENT specialist prescribed a different medication for an ear infection that appeared in December and doesn’t want to leave. I picked it up the prescription from the pharmacy and after getting home, began reading the 9 pages; 5 titled “Medicine Information Sheet” and 4 titled “Medication Guide”.
In the third paragraph of the “Medication Guide”, in bold letters it says, “Some of these serious side effects can happen at the same time and could result in death.”
I’ve not started taking this medication and honestly, don’t know if I will. Only, it doesn’t stop there.
Yesterday, I got the frightening news from a diagnostic surgeon that I might have malignant cancer.
Now, out comes the soapbox. I miss the old days when there were neighborhood physicians who took care of mostly everything. Back then there was only hospitalization insurance. Doctor visits costs $20 to $50. If the neighborhood physician decided surgery was needed or tests, he would admit you into the hospital so the insurance would pay for it. All providers would be together, and staff made sure that you received the proper diet and medication on time.
Now, patients might have several doctors. Indeed, I have 6, and if we count the nurses who take vitals and asks questions, that doubles the number of times that I have to repeat the same thing. Shall I add in the physician assistants who I see me more than the actual physicians? Read the rest of this entry
Has it been 6 years already?
Thanks to followers and those who have been my inspiration and encouragement.
Hello everyone. There are no words sufficient to express my appreciation for followers, old and new. Will you accept flowers instead?
As most if not all of us know, things are hectic in the United States. Everyday, Trump has said or done something that stresses the masses. Remember to vote. Read the rest of this entry
There are things that happen with Word Press that the public does not know unless they visit the forums or read blog posts about certain issues. Earlier this year, some Word Press bloggers were attacked by email followers with weird email addresses, all from the same domain. Word press does give blog administrators ability to disconnect followers, and they also worked to prevent the fakers from following. That issue seems to have been resolved.
Now, me and others find loads of comments in the spam folder. The only content is “what ?” and they seem to come in bunches of 20 to 25 at a time. Since they never make it to the public board, people are not bothered by them.
The most recent game played by whomever it is, does expose their activity to the public. The spammers are using “likes” to comments to make themselves publicly known. They are taking time to actually open Gravatar accounts in order to perpetrate this nuisance. I noticed that on some blogs that I recently commented on, “likes” were clicked to my comments by the same nonsensical and in some cases, obscene handles. Read the rest of this entry
It’s not a comparison between Vanessa Williams and Melania Trump as persons but rather, that they did the same things but were treated differently.
In 1983, Vanessa Williams was crowned Miss America 1984. She was the first Black woman to receive the title. In July 1984, directors of the Miss America pageant asked Vanessa to relinquish her title and crown. Vanessa resigned. Here is why.
A free-lance photographer named Tom Chiapel remembered taking nude photos of Vanessa in 1982. He pitched them to Playboy, who refused his offer. Eventually, he sold the photos to Penthouse magazine. Vanity Fair reports that Penthouse paid more for Vanessa’s photos than they had ever previously paid for a spread.
The Washington Post archived a 1984 article about the story, stating
“For 10 months Vanessa Williams has served the pageant and the title of Miss America well,” said the statement released by pageant directors, “but we must make it clear that we cannot and do not condone her actions either in posing for the photographs or in failing to reveal the facts at the appropriate time in the selection process that led to her being awarded the crown.”
“The pageant celebrates the whole woman and its spirit is intrinsically inconsistent with calculated sexual exploitation,” the pageant’s statement said.”
Vanessa called the experience her “rock bottom.” She was 21-years old when she resigned her Miss America crown and title. Read the rest of this entry
Brevard County Judge Removed From Bench. What Happens When Those In Authority Taint An Entire System
Character makes the difference between those who will not abuse their authority, and those who act like street fighters, bullies, or are criminally minded. The way one behaves in a negative situation, with self-control, is a quality of a good person and a good leader.
People have problems. They have bad days. They go through stressful situations. When they hold positions of power, they cannot allow problems or stress to cause them to do the wrong things. They cannot abuse their authority because of personal problems or stress. They must be above reproach.
Super humans? In a way, yes. When people are placed in positions of authority to do super things, the public expects them to always be professional and have the interests of the people they serve as priority.
Just imagine someone who lacks self-control telling others what they should or must do and having the authority to punish or retaliate when people don’t obey them.
There must be millions of people who have completed their educational goals and did everything just right, but they don’t have what it takes to handle authority. When I say authority, I’m thinking about those positions where the lives of others can be ruined by a stroke of the pen, or the pulling of a trigger, or when signing Executive Orders.