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Elizabeth Edwards Has Cancer

 
 
Ethel2
 
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Reply Thu 11 Nov, 2004 09:32 pm
Here's a email letter I received from Elizabeth Edwards today:

Quote:
Dear [Lola],

First, I want to thank each of you for the support you have given to John Kerry and John Edwards. You gave it in a thousand ways: coming to our events, volunteering to set up and clean up, working the phone banks, knocking on doors, contributing, blogging, standing on corners with signs, whatever it took. Your strength carried us through.

You may have heard that I have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Your strength is carrying my family through too in this latest struggle, and this is a fight we will win. We have (and I say we because John has been with me every minute) started chemotherapy with tremendous confidence, confidence in our doctors, in our ability to face obstacles, and in our friends far and near who we know give us their thoughts and prayers and support today and will continue to do so in the months ahead.

So many of you have tried to reach me recently with your support, and I know that the Senate office and the Wade Edwards Learning Lab have been flooded with calls and e-mails. No complaints there, but in order to take a little pressure off of them, I have resurrected my old e-mail address at [email protected], where you can reach me. I will e-mail periodic updates to you about my progress from there, if you would be interested in getting those. Treatment should last until about next June with follow-ups every three months or so.

I hope you understand how much your support has meant to us. This thank you is to our new and expanded family.

Elizabeth Edwards




By golly Snood.........good to see ya! I'm sorry you were banned. I didn't know. But I'm really glad your back. Welcome and enjoy.
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PDiddie
 
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Reply Mon 22 Nov, 2004 08:27 pm
HofT wrote:
She's a fat woman who chooses at ages 48 and 50 to flood her system with hormones in order to have 2 more children. She doesn't lose any weight after they're born, either, upping her chances of getting breast cancer from about (assuming there's no family history or European Jewish ancestry) 1 in 10 to about 1 in 2. These are the odds, based in US statistics.


This is vile.

I suppose you also blame the Iraqi civilians for getting in the way of the bombs being dropped on them, too, don't you?
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Mon 22 Nov, 2004 09:45 pm
Hey, I expressed sympathy here, but HofT is right on the ball. Can't take truth PD? You might consult a physician...
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eoe
 
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Reply Mon 22 Nov, 2004 11:21 pm
Whoa. Shocked
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HofT
 
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Reply Tue 23 Nov, 2004 08:17 am
PDiddie conveniently overlooked the fact I'm quoting from WebMD article as clearly stated in original post.

Facts are never to intrude into his/her political correctness slumbers <G>
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HofT
 
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Reply Tue 23 Nov, 2004 10:20 am
Upon reflection, the political-correctness-sleepwalker will be unable to find the medical info as well as the statistical info, and while I don't propose to do PDiddie's research for him/her, since I mentioned a specific article I should provide a link to it:

http://my.webmd.com/content/article/96/103855.htm

The correlation between obesity and all cancers is so well established that no particular link to any statistical site is needed - all of them state the identical result.
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PDiddie
 
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Reply Tue 23 Nov, 2004 05:35 pm
H:

WebMD's medical opinions aside, it is your personal characterizations of Elizabeth Edwards which remain some of the most despicable comments I have read in this or any forum.

On a personal note, I sincerely hope you, throughout your lifetime, never contract any kind of disease, lest Internet oddballs post rude comments about your lifestyle choices and their influence on your contraction of said disease in an online forum.

Spare us all another vile response, please.
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Letty
 
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Reply Tue 23 Nov, 2004 06:17 pm
Rolling Eyes Aren't either of you wondering what happened to the Bi-Bear?

Was thinking about "Killing me Softly"

I heard he sang a good song
I heard he had a style
and so i came to see
and listen for a while

and there he was this young boy
a stranger to my eyes
Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
killing me softy with his song
killing me softly with his song
telling my whole life
with his words
killing me softly with his song

I felt all flushed with fever
Embarrassed by the crowd
I felt he found my letter
and read each one out loud
I prayed that he would finish
but he just kept right on
Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
killing me softy with his song
killing me softly with his song
telling my whole life
with his words
killing me softly with his song

he sang as if he knew me
In all my darkness fair
and then he looked right through me
as if i wasn't there
and he kept on singing
singing clear and strong
Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
killing me softy with his song
killing me softly with his song
telling my whole life
with his words
killing me softly with his song

ohhhhhhhhhhh oohhhhhhh...lalalal..ohhhh lalaaaaaaa

Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
killing me softy with his song
killing me softly with his song
telling my whole life
with his words
killing me (softly)

he was strumming my pain
yeah he was seing my life
killing me softly with his song
killing em softly with his song
telling my whole life with his words
killing me softly with his song

By the Queen of Soul, Aretha.

If you two are gonna kill each other,
Do it softly.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 23 Nov, 2004 06:23 pm
I'm still stunned by Helen's post.

Perhaps I shouldn't be.
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eoe
 
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Reply Tue 23 Nov, 2004 06:25 pm
Roberta Flack wrote and sang "Killing Me Softly."
What happened to Bi-Bear? And what did Helen post?
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Letty
 
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Reply Tue 23 Nov, 2004 06:46 pm
I know it, eoe. Just so happened that the lyrics that I picked were also sung by Aretha. Do you know who that song was written about?

HofT is Helen of Troy and Paris is to blame for all of it.
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Letty
 
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Reply Tue 23 Nov, 2004 07:13 pm
One more time:

Midnight At The Oasis


Written by: David Nichtern
Sung by: Maria Muldaur



Midnight at the oasis
Send your camel to bed
Shadows painting our faces
Traces of romance in our heads

Heaven's holding a half moon
Shining just for us
Let's slip off to a sand dune, real soon
Kick up a little dust

Oh, Cactus is our friend
He'll point out the way
Come on 'til the evening ends
'Til the evening ends

You don't have to answer
There's no need to speak
I'll be your belly dancer, [romancer]
And you can be my sheik

I know your daddy's a sultan
A nomad known to all
With fifty girls to attend him, they all send him
Jump at his beck and call

But you won't need no harem, honey
When I'm by your side
And you won't need no camel, oh no
When I take you for a ride

Oh, Cactus is our friend
He'll point out the way
Come on 'til the evening ends
'Til the evening ends

Midnight at the oasis
Send your camel to bed
Shadows painting our faces
Traces of romance in our heads.

"I fear the Greeks, m'lord, even when they come bearing gifts..."
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eoe
 
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Reply Tue 23 Nov, 2004 09:21 pm
James Taylor?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 23 Nov, 2004 09:26 pm
Yeah, me too.
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Letty
 
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Reply Tue 23 Nov, 2004 09:28 pm
eoe, It was written about Don McLean. Do you remember Starry Starry Night? Fantastic song about Vincent Van Gogh. Too bad that McLean went country. It just didn't suit him.




Starry, starry night.
Paint your palette blue and grey,
Look out on a summer's day,
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul.
Shadows on the hills,
Sketch the trees and the daffodils,
Catch the breeze and the winter chills,
In colors on the snowy linen land.

Now I understand what you tried to say to me,
How you suffered for your sanity,
How you tried to set them free.
They would not listen, they did not know how.
Perhaps they'll listen now.

Starry, starry night.
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze,
Swirling clouds in violet haze,
Reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue.
Colors changing hue, morning field of amber grain,
Weathered faces lined in pain,
Are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand.

Now I understand what you tried to say to me,
How you suffered for your sanity,
How you tried to set them free.
They would not listen, they did not know how.
Perhaps they'll listen now.

For they could not love you,
But still your love was true.
And when no hope was left in sight
On that starry, starry night,
You took your life, as lovers often do.
But I could have told you, Vincent,
This world was never meant for one
As beautiful as you.

Starry, starry night.
Portraits hung in empty halls,
Frameless head on nameless walls,
With eyes that watch the world and can't forget.
Like the strangers that you've met,
The ragged men in the ragged clothes,
The silver thorn of bloody rose,
Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow.

Now I think I know what you tried to say to me,
How you suffered for your sanity,
How you tried to set them free.
They would not listen, they're not listening still.
Perhaps they never will...
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eoe
 
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Reply Tue 23 Nov, 2004 09:30 pm
Ya got me.
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HofT
 
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Reply Wed 24 Nov, 2004 07:45 am
There's no arguing with statistics, and the probabilities I posted are those used by the insurance industry in calculating premiums to be charged to clients.

Some familiarization with risk factors for diseases might be useful to those who found the numbers "stunning". The medical background is from the WebMD article - on which nobody commented so far.

Facts are awkward things but can't be wished away.
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FreeDuck
 
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Reply Wed 24 Nov, 2004 07:53 am
Actually, I read the article. It doesn't talk about insurance premiums. It is mostly a discussion of her risk profile and whether or not her fertility treatment contributed to it.

Quote:
Though it's currently impossible to pinpoint a cause behind breast cancer, medical research has shown there to be an association between breast cancer and certain factors, such as older age, family history of breast cancer, having your first child after age 30 or never having children, starting periods before age 12, beginning menopause after age 50, and being overweight. And there are likely many other unknown factors -- and many are likely beyond a woman's control.


Quote:
Research published as recently as April 2003 in the journal Sterility and Fertility offered new evidence that the fertility drug Pergonal may increase the risk of breast cancer in some women. As such, the researchers -- working under the auspices of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development -- made a strong case for further study in this area.

At the same time, however, Pisarska reminds us that other studies have shown no link to breast cancer. In addition, she says research shows that breastfeeding lowers a woman's overall risk, as does pregnancy itself, and, that other hormones present in the body during pregnancy may also reduce some cancer risks as well.

"Again, we're back to the idea that there are clearly no finite conclusions on this subject -- and we need more studies and we need more statistics, before we can accurately draw those conclusions," says Pisarska.



It's a very interesting article, to be sure, but it in no way suggests that Elizabeth Edwards caused her own cancer. And even if it did, I'm not sure why that would matter.
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HofT
 
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Reply Wed 24 Nov, 2004 07:56 am
The statistics are NOT on WebMD, Duckie, the medical intormation is; reading before commenting isn't a widespread habit around here, obviously.

You and PDiddie can take a course in reading comprehension, or can continue in your present state of ignorance - excuse me while I ignore your posts in the latter case.
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FreeDuck
 
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Reply Wed 24 Nov, 2004 08:01 am
My post was about the article, not the statistics, which I will assume you got from a reliable source as you didn't post one.

If you have a specific issue with my comments, feel free to go at it. The only thing I am unable to read and comprehend, is your mind.
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