Thursday, September 20, 2012

Just Another Tasty Thursday

Living with a chronic disease makes daily life interesting, even in the most quiet of times. There are days, only five or seven per week, where the day plays out more like a classic country song. And cancer is only the seasoning.

Today was such a day.


My daughter is mentally ill.

My grandchildren are heavily medicated.

My dog had to be put down.

Think I will call my lawyer.

We can't get the documents we needed yesterday.

My 12 year old tried to commit suicide.

Her younger sister is cutting herself.

Think I will call my lawyer.

The court won't follow the federal mandate.

The government agency hasn't complied...for 14 years.

My aunt won't give back my meth-addicted sister's children.

Will you be her lawyer?

My attorney screwed up.

The trial is next Monday.

The deadline for the appeal is in two days.

Will you be our lawyer?

. . . .Oh, and can you do it pro bono?   ~ TWANG ~


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

שנה טובה ומתוקה


Shanah Tovah 'שנה טובה  ‎ (5773)
During these days of Yamim Nora'im ימים נוראים, may your final sealing in the Book of Life be good.
Sincere wishes for a healthy new year filled with simcha
Tizku leshanim rabbot ייתכן שתזכה שנים רבות !


Bad Manners or Good Etiquette?


Well, at least it’s not c-a-n-c-e-r! 
So many times I hear this pronouncement when someone shares the travails in their life or that of a person close to them.  What does this self-assuring phrase mean to the utterer? What does it mean to the hearer?

It harkens me back to the victorian age when C-A-N-C-E-R was hissed in hushed tones, as if saying it in polite conversation was unseemly, bad-form, or worse – made the disease communicable.

To the one sighing in relief, “well…at least it’s not cancer”, it is comforting as if this means the sufferer in question has somehow dodged a terminal bullet.

To the recipient of this sighed utterance, it can mean further isolation – especially if you yourself has C-A-N-C-E-R. Those of us with C-A-N-C-E-R do not have a red letter on our chests (or a pink, or a purple…but I digress).

It may mean that in the minds of the speaker anything is still better than c-a-n-c-e-r … that O-T-H-E-R disease. It may mean that C-A-N-C-E-R is still the feared death-sentence that it has historically been. It may mean that subconsciously people do not b-e-l-i-e-v-e the propaganda perpetuated by the C-A-N-C-E-R   I-N-D-U-S-T-R-Y. They may not believe the rhetoric that “awareness” is somehow a cure. They would accept anything but c-a-n-c-e-r.

I don’t buy into the billboards, TV commercials, print ads, direct-mail advertising, pop-up ads, runs, walks, retail-awareness. I do, however, understand the fear and the loneliness C-A-N-C-E-R can engender in a person. I would not wish C-A-N-C-E-R on my worst nemesis. Yet, I will not be hushed when I say C-A-N-C-E-R when speaking about myself, because it is part of life and reality.

What do I say in return when I am privy to the sighed utterance, well at least it’s not….     ?


I nod.

It would be unseemly and bad-form to do otherwise. One social faux-pas in a conversation is quite enough.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Random Thoughts


The past cannot be cured. ~ Elizabeth, I. Spot on wisdom.

I have shared a common theme with varied people over the last two weeks, in different contexts: All you can do is go forward. Going backward is just not an option.

Why then do so many seem to pine for a constructed rose-colored past?

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Приветствия моему российских читателей


Я весьма признателен за всех вас в России, которые читают мой блог. Рак молочной железы всасывает в любом языке!


Saturday, September 8, 2012

WooHoo...Broke 30,000 this Month (Sept 2012) !


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More on CAM* (Complementary Alternative Medicine)



A Critical Review of the Effects of Medical Qigong on Quality of Life, Immune Function, and Survival in Cancer Patients

  1. Byeongsang Oh, PhD1
  2. Phyllis Butow, PhD1
  3. Barbara Mullan, PhD1
  4. Amanda Hale1
  5. Myeong Soo Lee, PhD2
  6. Xinfeng Guo, PhD3
  7. Stephen Clarke, MBBS, PhD1
  1. 1University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, Daejeon, South Korea
  3. 3Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China
  1. Byeongsang Oh, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Camperdown 2050, New South Wales, Australia Email:


Background. Due to the limitations and side effects of conventional cancer treatment, especially in relation to quality of life (QOL), patients are increasingly utilizing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to supplement health-related outcomes. However, evidence for the safety and efficacy of such treatments is lacking. The purpose of the current review was to investigate evidence for the role of one CAM, medical Qigong (MQ), in supportive care. Methods. The literature was searched for reported effects of MQ in improving QOL, immune function, and survival in cancer patients. Results. Although many studies possessed methodological limitations and small sample sizes, encouraging evidence was found for the effects of MQ on these health-related outcomes. More robust evidence in the form of randomized controlled trials with larger sample sizes also reflected positive results for the role of MQ in improving QOL, mood and fatigue parameters, and reducing inflammation. Conclusion. Given such encouraging results, further research is recommended in methodologically sound approaches to further delineate the action of MQ. These findings support the utilization of MQ by cancer patients and the place for such programs in comprehensive cancer care.