RhondaLea

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  1. Dan, of all people, deserved better. So sad. Thanks, Wendy. If you don't know where you're going, you should know where you came from. Gullah Proverb
  2. Heartbreaking news. Robbie was one of the kindest people I've ever known, and the world is diminished by his loss. Condolences to his family, on and off the dz. If you don't know where you're going, you should know where you came from. Gullah Proverb
  3. FYI, Outlook 2013 does not allow disabling of the test message that it sends during account setup. I had no problem logging into the server, but for whatever reason, the test message failed. Repeatedly. And yes, all my settings were correct. I ended up exporting to a spare Gmail account, but I wanted to make note of this in case someone else has the same problem. If you don't know where you're going, you should know where you came from. Gullah Proverb
  4. The names you're looking for are at the bottom of each forum between the post links and the icon legend. See the attachment. Clicking the individual links will take you to your selection's profile. The profiles have a link to send a private message, immediately under the personal profile information. I understand why you're angry--I even agree with you--but you're mistaken if you think it was ever any different. I hope the man in charge comes along soon to address this, but I figured that in the meantime, you'd want to be able to reach out to the appropriate moderators. rl If you don't know where you're going, you should know where you came from. Gullah Proverb
  5. Looks like we have an answer to the what--no surprise considering what the first one did to him--but the when was after October 31, 2010. That's the date of his last post in r.s. rl If you don't know where you're going, you should know where you came from. Gullah Proverb
  6. Unhappy anniversary. If you don't know where you're going, you should know where you came from. Gullah Proverb
  7. http://www.lankfordfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Vicki-Johnston/#!/Obituary If you don't know where you're going, you should know where you came from. Gullah Proverb
  8. She was a wonderful person. I'm so sorry, Mike. If you don't know where you're going, you should know where you came from. Gullah Proverb
  9. This came up in the comments to a legal blog post about spammers (and ponies--never forget the ponies). It made me a bit sentimental, so I thought I'd post it here. http://www.instructables.com/id/Making-a-Paracord-Whip/ (This was the post: http://www.popehat.com/2013/11/17/the-three-habits-of-extremely-entitled-marketeers/ IMO, everyone has something to learn from Popehat.) If you don't know where you're going, you should know where you came from. Gullah Proverb
  10. Great post, Jim. I don't have time to read the whole thread, so if this is a repeat, I apologize. This link has all the tools required to do death planning, and if you elect to receive the emails, it will periodically remind you to get your shit together: http://getyourshittogether.org/ rl If you don't know where you're going, you should know where you came from. Gullah Proverb
  11. RECAP's copy of the complaint: http://ia601809.us.archive.org/11/items/gov.uscourts.nvd.95379/gov.uscourts.nvd.95379.1.0.pdf RECAP's copy of the docket: http://ia801809.us.archive.org/11/items/gov.uscourts.nvd.95379/gov.usc If you don't know where you're going, you should know where you came from. Gullah Proverb
  12. Near-perfect characterization. I'd add "generous, fair and loyal" to round it out. I can't believe he's gone.
  13. I did not find anything you posted to be offensive, and I understand your anger. I hope you're able to get the treatment you want and that it leaves you dancing with NED for good. rl If you don't know where you're going, you should know where you came from. Gullah Proverb
  14. In case anyone cares to read it, the novel on which the movie was based is available here: http://www.drought.com/gypsy.htm If you don't know where you're going, you should know where you came from. Gullah Proverb
  15. The classic non-cancer example of this is thalidomide, but another example is bone marrow transplants for breast cancer patients: http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/the-rise-and-fall-of-bone-marrow-transplantation-for-breast-cancer-a-tragic-success-story/ On the other hand, two of the women in my support group just died (along with many others) because TDM-1 (now called "Kadcyla") approval did not come soon enough. I still have worries about the accelerated approval TDM-1 received because we don't know what will happen in the long term. Also, I've known several women to fail on it. I very nearly missed out on radiation (which is not routine for mastectomy patients). I asked about it twice because my cancer is a variety that likes to metastasize even from very early stage. I was told "no" by both my surgical and medical oncologist. Then my nurse made an erroneous assumption, and the subject came up again. To stop my whining once and for all, I was given an appointment with a radiation oncologist. He advised me that two very recent studies indicated a clear survival benefit conferred by radiation for some mastectomy patients. My other oncs were not aware of these studies. I dodged a bullet, and that indicates to me that to get the best care, patients need to make nuisances of themselves. One big problem is that patients have a hard time balancing the social responsibility of participating in clinical trials with the issue of personal survival. Not everyone makes it into the experimental arm, and it means that some of the controls go looking for other options. The consequence is that it takes a long time to recruit for these trials, and those who need treatment now will need to make other choices among approved protocols. (Either that or apply for compassionate access, but that's not an option for proton-beam therapy for prostate cancer.) So here I am squarely on both sides of the fence, and I can promise you that it's as uncomfortable as it sounds. I do hope that Steve can get the therapy he wants. Apart from the perceived physical benefit, there's a real psychological benefit in receiving a treatment one sees as lifesaving, and I've known patients who have hung on longer for that very reason. If you don't know where you're going, you should know where you came from. Gullah Proverb
  16. I hope your insurance company can be made to see the light of reason, but as a treatment for prostate cancer, proton beam is the controversy of the day (more so than I realized, actually). http://curetoday.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/article.show/id/2/article_id/1976 I'll add that if I had had a choice between five months of chemo (plus an additional year of targeted infusions) and radiation, I'd have picked radiation. (As it was, I had it all--slashed, burned and poisoned--and it was still 100% better than walking around with an active, aggressive tumor. The last thing I want to be is metastatic.) Please look into the crowdfunding. It's extremely effective (from what I've seen based on the results of people I know), and you feel strongly enough about this that it's worth asking for help to do it the way you want it done. If you don't know where you're going, you should know where you came from. Gullah Proverb
  17. The insurance company's probable justification is a study published on December 14, 2012 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Abstract: http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/105/1/25.short The study says, bottom line, that proton-beam therapy is no better than radiation (re outcome). Short term, it appears to confer better results with respect to side effects, but a couple of years down the line, lingering side effects are comparable. Proton-beam therapy costs about $32K and IMRT is $19K. I don't know much about prostate cancer and its treatment, but I have seen similar insurance company behavior towards breast cancer patients, and very often, the treating institutions are able to persuade them to reverse their decision. It will help that there appear to be studies since which lean the other way (although I don't know if they're good studies). If you're really determined to have the proton-beam therapy no matter what the insurance company ultimately decides, you might want to consider crowd-sourced funding. Three good sites for medical funding are: http://www.gofundme.com/ http://www.youcaring.com/ (this one has no fees) http://www.giveforward.com/ Keep fighting, but know that even if you lose, it's not a survival issue. (I didn't find radiation (6 weeks) to be horrible, and I highly recommend calendula after each treatment to mitigate radiation damage.) Good luck to you. P.S. I'm pretty sure that prisoners are not getting cutting edge treatments. There's no doubt they get the so-called "standard of care" but they don't have the same options as those of us who are walking around free. If you don't know where you're going, you should know where you came from. Gullah Proverb
  18. :) I hope you can find the pictures. If you do, please remember to post them (if you're permitted to do so). rl If you don't know where you're going, you should know where you came from. Gullah Proverb
  19. I replied to your thread in Skydiving History & Trivia, but the link you need is here: https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en&fromgroups=#!searchin/rec.skydiving/memorial$20jump$20http/rec.skydiving/IU0jyr4qZeY/ACyTFmmRYdEJ If you don't know where you're going, you should know where you came from. Gullah Proverb
  20. Jerry Carmichael Chris Fiala did the video. Here's the start of the thread: https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en&fromgroups=#!searchin/rec.skydiving/memorial$20jump$20http/rec.skydiving/IU0jyr4qZeY/ACyTFmmRYdEJ Unfortunately, all the video and stills links are broken. I wasn't able to find it elsewhere, but I'm sure someone has a copy. If you don't know where you're going, you should know where you came from. Gullah Proverb
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    Consolation prize attached just for you, Andy. :) If you don't know where you're going, you should know where you came from. Gullah Proverb
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    What 186 MPH of Wind in the Face Looks Like Blow Job Video And yes, except for the post title, it's entirely safe for work. If you don't know where you're going, you should know where you came from. Gullah Proverb
  23. Acrobat 7 will run in Windows XP Mode: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx You'll need Win 7 Professional or better to use it.
  24. This clip makes it pretty clear that he had no clue what was going on. http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000122657&play=1 Arrogance? Perhaps it's the last thing to go. To me, though, it looked more like desperate confabulation in the face of declining cognitive function. Poor old man. If you don't know where you're going, you should know where you came from. Gullah Proverb