October 31, 2012

Cancer Update!

In January, 2006 I discovered that I had lung cancer.  I posted it on my old site and Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit fame picked it  up and I received wishes for better health from hundreds of folk.

I couple of years later I received news that I had a "brain tumor" but not to worry, it was only a tiny pituitary adenoma and medication would correct it.  When I heard "brain tumor" of course, I thought the worse. 

Then last summer my oncologist did  a bone marrow biopsy and informed me that I had something called Myelodysplastic Syndrome.  A referral to the MD Anderson Cancer clinic in Houston confirmed the diagnosis and added "Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma." 

"Damn," I thought. "Will I ever be "well again."  Well, the answer is you bet I will.  Though my white cell count continued to climb over the next 18 months, I was undaunted.   In the first Part of October, my oncologist placed me on something called Azacitidine.  This medication is to help  the bone marrow produce and release more healthy blood cells and my marrow was releasing scads of immature white cells and insufficient as well as immature red cells.

Monday, October 29, 2012  the news was good.  My white cell count was back down to normal for the first time in well over a year, and my "healthy" red cell count was up significantly but still slightly lower than normal. 

So, I continue my fight against cancer and its consequences, but I damn sure intend to win, just as I really have over the last 6 3/4 years.  Thanks everyone, for your support and for your prayers, and especially thanks to my family who have stayed with me this whole fight, never once leaving my corner.

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October 26, 2012

Why Oh Why?

I'm having a very hard time understanding why any progressive/liberal/Democrat who bitched about the economy in 2008 are supporting Obama today in 2012.  The economy was roaring along in 2006 until the Democrats took over in January 2007 and after they continued to foist "affordable homes" on big banks and allowed reselling of mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac  under bogus circumstances and the economy crashed.  The sub-prime housing market is the prime reason behind the collapse of the financial sector.  I know it, you know it and for damn sure the Democrats know it.

Yet, with the economy continuing in the doldrums, there are those that think another four years under this administration will make things better.  Wasn't it Mr. Obama that made all kinds of promises for his first term, including the to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet
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