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  •  Your final line is so very important (7+ / 0-)

    "This is one of those things that easily may not be understandable by those who haven't experienced it."

    Personally having faced a diagnosis of lymphatic cancer (at Roswell Park here in Buffalo) and being told I had 1 of 2 options:

    1. Go through chemo and live, maybe 2 yrs.
    1. Not do anything and die within a yr.

    Each of us must face our own mortality on our terms. I chose the latter.  The decision was not an easy one, but it came down to how I wanted to die.  

    Did I want to die already dead with no hair, drugged up to deaden the pain and not knowing I was even alive?

    Or did I want to die enjoying what time was left, fully aware of my friends, family and loved ones? Enjoying life for all that it was, facing life and death for what they truly are. A beginning and an end.

    I wanted to enjoy life, knowing the wonders and awe of nature and truly appreciating the most simplest of things, like the finches' chatter around 4pm every day when they gathered in my bushes.  What are they talking about?  The days events of where there's good food to be found or are they talking about "Bob finch" and his fancy flying skills or "Steve finch's sexy walk?

    I'm truly grateful I took the time to "stop and smell the roses."  

    You see, the growths on my kidney's they found and the excruciating pain I had had for almost 2 yrs finally stopped.  By the way, those growths are still there and I feel them every once in awhile.

    That was 13 yrs ago. And dammit, I'm still here! And I have wonderful pondering's to reflect upon.  

    Who knows what one will decide when they come to that bridge? Will they cross it? Or will they look for another bridge or even another way around?  

    I know in my heart today, it must be the privy of each individual.

    •  roswell took good care of my friend who had (5+ / 0-)

      non-Hodgkin's.  Did they screw up your diagnosis or have you managed to beat the odds for this long?  Either way, glad you are still with us :)

      I hadn't realized you are from Buffalo.  If you don't mind my asking, have you ever tried to get your concealed carry license out there?  I'm told that it's practically impossible in Erie County.

      There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap box, ballot box, jury box and ammo box. Use in that order.

      by Crookshanks on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 12:09:50 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks, I don't honestly know the answer (4+ / 0-)

        Roswell was the final place I was sent to by my Primary, after almost a year of seeing 3 different doctors, being told different things.  One said I was passing kidney stones, another said I had a bladder infection and ultimately Roswell telling me that I had lymphatic cancer. They wanted to do a biopsy to confirm what my blood and x-rays were showing.  

        They reviewed the options with me and set up an appointment in 3 weeks for me to go in and have the biopsy, they gave me instructions on what I was to do the night before but that morning, I just didn't go.

        I decided I wanted nothing more to do with doctors.  I just walked away. I had taken time off from work to prepare and I ended up just getting in my car and driving.  I found myself at my Mom's house 5 hours away and said nothing.  I continued that drive after the short visit and I found myself in the town I grew up in, Texas, NY and by the time I made my way back home to Buffalo peace was coming over me.

        I know that what they said and what has happened are two different things.  I don't know if they were mistaken or if I've been just lucky.  

        As for the concealed carry, nope never tried or applied for one.

        •  amazing how a good long drive can clear your (3+ / 0-)
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          head and body isn't it?  I think it's the solitude and open road, at least for me.

          There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap box, ballot box, jury box and ammo box. Use in that order.

          by Crookshanks on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 01:23:44 PM PDT

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          •  And some good music to listen Olivia (3+ / 0-)
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            Newton-John, or the Carpenters or Dan's out...I'm a nerd for soft music...LOL...

            And yes, the drive was wonderful.

            I used to take "day trips" to where ever I end up...just get into the car and drove "thatta way".

            Some of the prettiest sections of road I drove on was 80 right through the heart of PA, there's a section there that you feel like you are part of the picture you're seeing...truly awesome.

            •  I-81 in Virgina through the Blue Ridge is like (2+ / 0-)
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              that.  One of my favorite drives.

              I also like driving out US-20 when I visit your town.  50 miles less than the Thruway, no tolls and great scenery.  It's getting too much truck traffic these days (not that I blame them for not paying to pay the tolls on I-90) but it's still a good drive.

              There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap box, ballot box, jury box and ammo box. Use in that order.

              by Crookshanks on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 02:21:01 PM PDT

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          •  +1 to this (4+ / 0-)

            Though for me, it's a good long ride. The open road, the roar of the pipes through my ear plugs, the feel of the wind against your face, the leaning through curves and corners, the power awaiting just a twist of your wrist. When I ride, I'm truly free.

            (RKBA) Right to Keep and Bear Arms: interested in a DKos RKBA group? Email in profile. Share Our Wealth

            by KVoimakas on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 10:05:28 PM PDT

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