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Oct. 14th, 2006 | 12:27 am

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“Well, I’m not sure what I want to talk about tonight but I do want to make a post and I guess touch on a few things.

It may not be very coherent.

Generally, I am feeling really good, and enjoying every moment as much as I can, and enjoying the connections that I am having with people. I have reconnected with some old friends and that feels wonderful.

I am taking a pretty hard look at what I am doing personally, every day, in terms of taking care of my own physical health. That you know, obviously takes up most of my time actually. But also, what else can I do in terms of adjusting my diet and shifting my meditation. That feels really good.

I’m losing my hair.

Basically, over the last week, if I run my hands through my hair, especially after I take a shower, big strands come out. So I shaved it down to about ¼ inch - with my buddy Jeff – he did it too – that was cool.
And then I just shaved it bald because shorter quarter-inch hairs falling out of your head all the time was no funner than longer hairs. In fact, they’re more irritating and itchy.
So now I have 1/16 inch hairs falling out of my head but hopefully there will be less of that and it will come off easier.

I still have my eyebrows, beard and some hair on my body and it doesn’t bother me that much actually.
I’m kind of enjoying it

I’m going to Marin’s wedding this weekend. Really looking forward to that.

I’ve been thinking about the politics of this and my experience. And the first question about making any of this political is whether or not I have the energy. And, you know, that is a whole level that is really the task of the cancer survivor, and although I plan on being a survivor and I am surviving, I don’t really have the energy or capacity to go there right now.

But I can say, that, you know, well, Lance Armstrong says, “There are five million people living in the United States right now that have cancer and that is a pretty big voting block.” What I can say and ask is that people pay attention to the healthcare changes that are taking place and to make sure that there is funding for research for this disease. That’s huge, so everybody, please do your part. That’s something I will do – make calls and send e-mails and that’s about it.

I am really, really lucky to have a job that hasn’t fired me and continues to pay my health bills. If I didn’t have that, I would be fucked. There are lot of people out there that don’t have the insurance or disability payments or love and support, and that has got to be incredibly difficult.

This system is certainly geared toward the privileged. That just saddens me. It’s probably hardest, although I wouldn’t discount how hard it must be to not have any money, at least when you don’t have any money, it’s easier to qualify for Medicaid or Medicare. If you make a little bit of money, but not quite enough to get by, and I probably fall into that category, the higher end of that category, but there are a lot of people in the lower end of that category who seriously have a very difficult time.”

Transcribed by: cauch

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from: kilv
date: Oct. 14th, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC)

To support Greenpeace (after your primary donations to Heal the Roots)!

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Counting blessings

from: lanihorn
date: Oct. 15th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)

The end of your post really touched me. I can't tell you how many times I've felt extreme gratitutde for the fact that you have insurance and a disability income. Had this happened at other points in your life, the situation would have had a whole other layer of stress, as you tried to sort through big(ger) bureaucratic systems to get your care and keep out of bankruptcy.

One more thing: bald is beautiful! :-)


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from: anonymous
date: Oct. 17th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)

Just for support, I'm gonna cut my hair short too!

-Dang ;)

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