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Oct. 14th, 2006 | 12:31 am

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“So, that’s most of what I had to say about the politics of having a terminal illness in the United States.

I hope and pray that things will change in this country. My opinion of having an illness has certainly changed since I have fallen ill. Before I pretty much was under the illusion that I was independent. It’s partial illusion and partial fact that I could survive much easier on my own, without very much help. Be it within this society or outside of this society. Whatever, foraging off the land, building my own home and living somewhere in the jungle or in another country. But, you know, independence is an illusion. And, I want to live, and I know a lot of other people that are struggling who want to live. And, whether physically or emotional, we need each other.

Enough of my preaching.

There is one other thing I wanted to say about the politics of having an illness and interacting with doctors. That is: whatever you do, investigate your disease. Investigate what is going on with you, ask questions. Ask your doctor questions. Get his cell phone number, his home number, his work number and e-mail and ask whatever questions are on your mind. Investigate the medicine you are taking because you may not need to take it.
Look at the long-term side effects of it and above all, look at what the combination of the drugs you are taking might do because a lot of doctors just breeze over that stuff. Look at your diet and look at your way of life. And enjoy it.

I guess I’m not done preaching. (laughter)

Those are certainly things that I am doing.

So, what else do I have to say?

I think I am going to change the blog to “HealJer”. That seems to be what people like most or what most people like. This one will still live too– I’ll keep this one.

That’s it. I hope you are having a great weekend. Lots of love to you. Bye-bye.”

Transcribed by: cauch

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Interdependence & Sangha

from: kilv
date: Oct. 14th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
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Keep on doing, being and healing within the community of those who support you in this journey!!!

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Re: Interdependence & Sangha

from: kilv
date: Oct. 22nd, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
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Have a Peaceful and loving weekend!

-J.

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Shana

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from: girlinthemoon
date: Oct. 15th, 2006 12:27 am (UTC)
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There's much wisdom in what you're saying here.

As always, you have my love, admiration, and support.

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from: anonymous
date: Oct. 16th, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
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J
It' s very good to hear your voice on a regular basis. I keep up with your blog all the time. I think about you a great deal. Yesterday I was up on one of the nearby alpine ridges soaking up a bit of sunshine and I started wishing that you were there with me. I hope you felt a bit of the heat!

I will be in San Fran soon, for a couple of days. I would really like to get together with you if it is possible.

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Sitkaboy

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date: Oct. 16th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
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J
It' s very good to hear your voice on a regular basis. I keep up with your blog all the time. I think about you a great deal. Yesterday I was up on one of the nearby alpine ridges soaking up a bit of sunshine and I started wishing that you were there with me. I hope you felt a bit of the heat!

I will be in San Fran soon, for a couple of days. I would really like to get together with you if it is possible.

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Kolakoski

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from: kolakoski
date: Oct. 29th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
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Indeed, the desire for individualism lies at the heart of American ideology, which unfortunately has duped us all.

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