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I am writing this on June 1st, 2011, two years to the day I last saw an oncologist. And a year ago when I last wrote the fir part, my story. You can find that here.. .http://www.dailykos.com/...*

My reason in writing has many aspects but mostly I think to say that I have not forgotten Health Care with all that has happened, especially here in Ohio. It still resonates with me and I will tell you what I have learned. You see, I am still alive, continuing to thrive, still very tired at times, still with the vertigo but I know I am cancer free. One day something will come along to get me, but not cancer..

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This will just be  a short one. Here in Dayton Ohio this morning in the cold and rain nearly a thousand people came out to protest State Bill 5, which like Wisconsin, wants to ban most Union activity.

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Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 05:46 AM PDT

My Cancer Did NOT Come Back *UPDATED*

by Matglaze

I have debated for months writing this diary. It is my response, in a way, to a diary from months ago, My Cancer Came Back. I read her entry with such despair, as I do all cancer stories. It is a terrible illness, one that leads to so much pain and destruction. I know.

Updated   I wrote this dairy after many months of thought. Ultimately I thought it might help someone. That's it, I will help if I can. It may be ignored, but maybe someone will see, and think. I will go watch Jon Stewart now, I can, I am still alive.

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I will make this short, it's a basic fact of politics, give your time. That's what candidates really need, your time. You, making phone calls, walking the streets, answering the phones, anything. They need people to step up and give a few hours for someone they believe in. They need your time.

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Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 06:10 AM PST

Jon Stewart does Glenn Beck.

by Matglaze

I can't say much more than he does. He says it all, perfectly, on the money, he nails Glenn Beck,s phony patter and bluster with a piece that is outrageous and, as I said before, perfect.

You know, despite the criticism, I just wanted to get it out, get people to see it.I've had lot of chemo, radiation in the past two years, I don't get everything right, at least not here. Sorry if I didn't do it right. That's all.

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This is the story of Kimmy Young from Oxford, Ohio. One of John Beohner's constituents. She died because she did not have health care. Read her story. Tell me that is world is not missing someone with the potential to be great. Tell me she won't be missed.

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As I said, I have had cancer four times in two years. Friday, April the 13th 2007, to Monday April the 13th, 2009.Actually fairly humorous to find out on such a day. It started with small lump in my mouth and grew, with everyone telling me it wasn't cancer including my ENT doctor, into lymphoma.
In the following two years I have had it four time in my head and brain, endured 20 horrible chemo's 10 hospital stays, seizures that left me unable to walk for months, and radiation, lots of pills and lots of very hard times.And it always came back. In six months there it was again, somewhere else and another round of chemo. Months ago the wanted to put a port in my head to deliver chemo there, no guarantees, maybe a few more months. I finally said no.

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Tue Apr 21, 2009 at 05:38 AM PDT

Barack Obama ~ What I have learned

by Matglaze

This will be short. I have cancer, four times in exactly two years, a bit much. But I digress. The cancer stopped me working after thirty years as a goldsmith but has given me many good months. It gave the the opportunity last summer and fall to work almost every day for him here in Ohio at headquarters. Anything they wanted done, I did. For many, many hours each day. Something I wouldn't have been able to do if not. I put in hundreds of hours with Kerry, Brown and Strickland, but found over time, Barack was something very different.

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I'm a volunteer here in Ohio. Hundreds and hundreds of hours for Kerry, Brown and Strickland and now Obama. I'm one of those true believers, he is the only one, this is his time and place. I got to drive in the motorcade, meet Barack, have my picture taken, signed my book. It was a dream come true, I couldn't have asked for more. But something happened the other day that spoke to me of the millions of people who feel like me.

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I am someone who knows these Iraqi's well. They have been here no longer that 6 months, all trying years to come here through Syria and other countries. The obsession CD which was put in newspapers in just swing states was a scare tactic, pure and simple. This crime was the result of that.

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