"We had Cancer & Christ in Common

"Friendship" by PicassoIt's breast cancer awareness month, and Pat Gohn has permitted me to reprint an affecting piece she wrote a couple of years ago, about her own breast cancer, and the a deep and faith-filled friendship that came like a balm and gift to counter the medical chaos:Sometimes friendships blossom where we least expect them -- like in foxholes. That echoes my relationship with Judi. I was in a battle, but lacked experience. As a cancer veteran, Judi helped me adjust my armor … [Read more...]

Adult Stem Cells Restoring Sight

Before and After Stem Cell Treatment/Photo AP (Via)This is fantastic news:Dozens of people who were blinded or otherwise suffered severe eye damage when they were splashed with caustic chemicals had their sight restored with transplants of their own stem cells — a stunning success for the burgeoning cell-therapy field, Italian researchers reported Wednesday.The treatment worked completely in 82 of 107 eyes and partially in 14 others, with benefits lasting up to a decade so far. One man w … [Read more...]

Barbara Walters' Heart Valve

Barbara Walters is going to get a heart valve replaced.It is common surgery, but no small thing. A friend of mine recently had her mitral valve replaced with a porcine valve (her sister now cruelly oinks whenever they meet), and although she was very fit, the recovery was lengthy and challenging. Walters is 80, so I cannot imagine she'll be doing jigs anytime too soon, but apparently she does think to continue working, after her recovery:Walters added that she and her doctors decided to go … [Read more...]

Morning Plots & Errands

Isn't that great? Reader Brian J (who also made the Nun News Network graphic and the Rush/Bullock/Baseball one) sent that over and I love it. In terms of who is in or out, I have always been "out" and my advice on pretty much anything is worth about a nickle, so it's right-on in every way.This morning is going about working at a local hospital, as I mentioned here.Then, I will be dedicating some serious time toward developing two ideas we have talked about here:1) Funding scholarships … [Read more...]

Vatican funding Adult Stem Cell Research

Did you know that 35 craters of the moon have been named for Jesuit scientist-priests?If you are surprised to learn that, it might be because you have trusted the mainstream press when it has told you -mostly based on their own distorted reporting- that "Christians -especially Catholics- hate science and would send us back to the Bronze Age." The press -and more than a few politicians- like to pretend that faith and reason cannot co-exist, or that science is anathema to the church.It takes … [Read more...]

Prayer of praise, peace, joy, healing

This is a great story:A year ago, Marcella Dubuque was preparing for what she believed would be her last Christmas.A month earlier, she had been diagnosed with stage 3 cancer, the tumour that had been growing in her right breast had already invaded her lymph nodes. It was too advanced for surgery; chemotherapy would be the only treatment.She was 76 years old.So Lella, who pursued life with girlish enthusiasm, quietly accepted imminent death.She got her financial affairs in order. She … [Read more...]

Lymphoma & Heart By-Pass in America

So, much better over here; thanks for all of your good wishes. I think a combination of a super-busy weekend, some lapses with the vitamins and a bug all created a sort of perfect storm over here -was never feverish, just lots of joint pain- and for some reason today my tongue hurts, but otherwise, the ship is aright.But I had some serious news over the weekend, about some friends of ours.1) Adam, age 18, was away at school and feeling short of breath. First they thought it was a cold, … [Read more...]

Pushing Suicide when Love will do…

I don't know how I missed this piece, a guestpost at Jim Blazsik, by someone I think I may have heard of before, a woman who calls herself Sr. Kerry of the Immaculate Heart. who gives a brief bio here and also describes the organization she is apparently in the process of forming, the Institute of the Queen of Peace.None of that is what matters, though. What matters is the incredible truth she has written here, asking "Is Suicide the Answer", and recounting her experiences in a UK hospital … [Read more...]

Ted Kennedy, Healthcare & Purgatory – More UPDATES:

Edward Moore Kennedy, 1932-2009My baby-hood crush on John Kennedy, and my little-girl admiration for Robert Kennedy had kept Ted Kennedy on my periphery. I use this photo because it is the flashing image I always get when I think of Ted, because it was my first real notice of him.I remember being 11 years old and watching Kennedy make a statement on television after the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. What seems vivid in my memory is something I am no longer sure of: was he wearing a … [Read more...]

Your MUST READ on Healthcare

David Goldhill has done all of us a tremendous service with his 10,000 word article in The Atlantic Online. Yes, it's long, but it's thoughtful and true and something that really must be read. I had linked to it as an update, here, but decided that it really needs to be promoted, disseminated and discussed, and not relegated to an "update" that might be missed.Goldhill is a Democrat who looks at the healthcare not as a wonk or a partisan, but from the perspective of a businessman who has … [Read more...]