Is this ever an impetus to respond to as well.
Gerry, Lee, Judy, via Orchid, I have had the pleasure of knowing all
of you personally, many thanks to Hanuman and Ton. I had a very
nasty event in March 2011 which separated me from my love and
fabrication of Jewelry, which caused lots of anger. In September of
2011 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, second severe shock of the
year. Thankfully I became involved with San Diego Cancer Research
Institute and began to take classes in Expressive Arts. This
reengaged me with life. It also included some simple jewelry and I
made many Mala Bracelets donating them back to SDCRI, there is a
Gallery selling them and donating money back to SDCRI. I have tons
of designs swirling through my head and may indeed get back to Torch
I began advocating for Dense Breast Tissue Notification actively to
become Law in California. Took two tries, but we made it, and now
this vital may help in identifying cancers early enough
for successful treatment. Next I was asked to participate in Art For
Barks. This is a Charity offering a wonderful Free Registry for
anyone with a Pet family member. To all reading this visit register
your Pet and Vet. This allows any EMT treating you away from home to
be aware there are pets at home that may need care. We are planning
country wide registry. I manage the FaceBook Page Art For Barks, do
take a look there as well.
I was invited to join PFCC UCSD, this is Patient and Family Centered
Care. The goal is to change the focus of medicine to the patient and
family. Changes so far is 24/7 visiting patients, no restrictions.
Listening rather than telling is a current in progress procedure as
Activity, I joined a wonderful Social Meet Up Group and am out to
Concerts, Play Readings, Comedy Hours and Happy Hours. Began playing
Live Prize Trivia about a year and a half ago and that is an every
Sunday evening brain stretch. Got back to play a bit of Golf, and
took up Bowling after probably a 50 plus year layoff. Joined a
League, bowl weekly with them and practice two more days, so bowl
three times a week.
This is what the 80’s look like to me. I am far more active, happy,
and have lots of good new friends. Aches and pains, “I’ve had a few
and then again too few to mention.” Let me share this with those
that have mentioned pain and pills in your comments. Especially
those within States that have recently changed their laws. I attend
a cancer support group and within that group I have made an 180
degree change in my own attitude about Marijuana. From viscerally
hating the stuff for all, I am now advising people living with pain
to think about using Medical Marijuana in one of its available
forms. The majority of those in the support group are finding great
relief of side effects of cancer care. Chemically the High producing
THC is removed and the CBD (cannibinoid) level is increased. There
are minimal side effects in contrast to the majority of pain pills
chemically made. Morphine can depress breathing and narcotic based
pain controls impact kidney and liver. Our MD Ph. D group leader has
said he would rather someone take a puff than a pill. Cannabis Oil
is also impacting some tumors based on recently released research. I
am not currently doing this for myself, but the next time an MD
tries to stick a needle full of steroid into me, I may choose Pot
instead. Google this for more Medical Marijuana was in
use until a Senator got it outlawed. Maybe we will once again be
able to use Hemp Fibers and Ropes. Who knows.
Approaching my 83rd birthday my greatest problem is financial.
Cancer took every cent I had saved for the Rainy Day, but left none
for the days following. I will be with Hanuman’s permission of
course, selling off much of what I have treasured, Books, Tools,
Stones both faceted and cabbed. Inherited Breakfront Crystal and
Silver pieces. etc.
I refuse to use age as an excuse for anything. That is my Mantra.