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Amy@UWM
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Hear, hear! We should hold ALL of our elected leaders as accountable as we hold our children. We should not stand for any more whining or spreading misinformation about this issue. If you disagree with what's being proposed, respectfully propose an alternative solution. Jump in, roll up your sleeves and get to work with your colleagues on both sides to get something done. Do the job you were elected to do. Let's not tolerate ANY more bad behavior from Congress.
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TypePad HTML EmailAlix, thanks for your help in publishing my comment. Really appreciate it. Apologize for the duplicate messages. That was my vain attempt to get it published a few ways. Unfortunately, you'll get another email today. I tried to publish the comment again today, hoping it was just a temporary glitch yesterday. Amy@UWM http://upwithmoms.blogspot.com
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The story just boggles the mind. Not only does this mother now have to forge a new relationship with her daughter and granddaughters, but all three have to be so damaged by that monster. How do you possibly navigate those rocky waters? I just so feel for the Dugard family and especially for all three of those girls.
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Hi, Alix. Thanks so much for sharing your mom's story. It's a tough one. It may be little consolation to you, but we have made alot of progress in cancer treatment. I'm a good case in point -- I had late-stage Hodgkins Disease and came through it. I do suffer from some long-term effects of my chemo, but they're minor compared to what your mom went through. We also know alot about cancer prevention already -- smoking and tobacco-related illness accounts for 1/3 of cancer deaths. Poor nutrition and physical activity account for another third. There are three things that ACS's CEO say are the key to curing cancer -- prevention, more research and access to care. That's why health care reform is so critical -- to allow people to get the preventive care they need. Cancers are occurring because people aren't getting preventive check ups where a doctor can intervene. Some insurance plans don't even cover preventive care. ACS's advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN is very active in pushing for HCR now, rather than later. We will never cure cancer without it. ACS's movement for more birthdays is all about people banding together to do all that we can do to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. That includes practicing prevention and early detection in our own lives (see how here http://tiny.cc/MLnAD)so that we can stay well, helping those with cancer get well, helping raise money so we can invest in more research and advocating to ensure our government is doing all it can to eliminate cancer as a major health threat. I hope you and everyone reading this will join us at http://morebirthdays.com.
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My sister-in-law's father went through the same thing. The treatment was rough, but he made it through. He's taking Gleevec which is keeping the cancer at bay. He's been able to celebrate a good number of birthdays (can't remember how long its been) since. Hoping a smooth recovery and many more birthdays for your dad!
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Awww. That's a great story. What a great dad. When my daughter was 4, she wanted a fox party. I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to make a fox party. I could not find a bakery to make me a fox cake anywhere!
Toggle Commented Sep 1, 2009 on Best Birthday Ever at Chicago Moms Blog
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I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt. I'm sure that makes your other aunt's birthday very bittersweet. Thanks for sharing your story!
Toggle Commented Sep 1, 2009 on Bittersweet Shared Birthdays at NYC Moms
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Actually, here's an even better page. Read the ads in the orange box. Pretty startling. http://www.acscan.org/healthcare
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I had a similar story. I happened to be diagnosed with cancer while I was waiting to get insured from a private insurer because I was just out of college and not yet employed. Fortunately, my father COULD afford Cobra, so I was able to get treated and celebrate more birthdays. But not everyone has the same happy ending as me. Access to health care is an essential issue for ACS. Everyday we get calls to our call center from people who have lost their jobs or their coverage or think that their coverage would cover them only to find out that they'll still owe thousands of dollars after their insurance pays only a portion of what they owe. ACS's sister advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN is pushing for health care reform now and not later. See their campaign here: http://www.acscan.org/
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Wow, Darryle. What a powerful story. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. She sounds like a great woman and a great fighter.
Toggle Commented Sep 1, 2009 on The birthday present at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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Wishing your mom, and everyone you love, many, many birthdays for years to come. Hope you're doing ok.
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That's just awesome. I'm going to do that from now on -- celebrate half birthdays AND real birthdays. My daughter's half birthday is this week and mine is next week. BTW, I had my first date with my husband on my half birthday 19 years ago, so it's another reason to celebrate. I remember it clearly because I thought about bringing up my half birthday during our date, but decided against it because I didn't want him to think I was a total dork!
Toggle Commented Sep 1, 2009 on Half-birthdays at NYC Moms
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Our parents are as far as yours or your husbands, but they're far enough that they tend to miss out on birthday celebrations too.
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Amen. There is a HUGE FUD factor going on here...
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You're right in that medical malpractice and the need for tort reform is a major factor in driving up health care costs. Joe Klein wrote a fascinating article in Time Magazine about how special interests have stymied health care reform. There's an explanation in that article about why tort reform is not a part of this debate right now. Here's the link: http://tinyurl.com/ntvr32
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I read a similar article about a woman who got excellent care in a European country (can't remember which one) for absolutely no cost. It's sad that we're so behind other countries on this issue.
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I agree with Kim. I think you're either a camp person or you're not. I was NOT. Didn't love day camp or sleep away. I actually felt the social pressures that happened in school even more acutely at camp. That said, my older daughter LOVES camp, especially her sleep-away camp.
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Wow. What a scary, scary story and experience for all of you. I think the dad made the right decision too. If he went back out to save his wife and left the child on the beach, he likely wouldn't have made it and the child would be completely alone. So glad everything turned out ok.
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Looks like it'll come down to what you want most. It's a tough choice. Don't know anything about nursing -- can you do part time (a couple of shifts a week?)?
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I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. The American Cancer Society can be a great resource if you have any questions or you or he need anything. Their cancer information specialists are wonderful -- 1-800-ACS-2345.
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2009 on The Big C at Chicago Moms Blog
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That's hilarious. Neil has the potential to take up the Dr. Seuss reigns!
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2009 on Fathers Day Ode to Dr. Seuss at Techmamas
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Did I make it? Count me in!
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I'm a career girl like you and I'd hate to have that choice taken away. But that choice thing is complicated for us moms. The feminists forgot about our hearts and that invisible but powerful tie we have with our kids -- that desire to be with them and see every minute of their growth that our husbands don't seem to have. Enjoy this time with your daughter!
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Bless your heart. I don't know how single parents do it. I really don't. Hope you find your understudy or an endless supply of patience soon. Just know that even us moms with partners need time outs and ice cream sometimes.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2009 on Can I at least get an Understudy? at LA Moms Blog
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After hitting rock bottom, I've had to learn to say no too. It's never comfortable to do in the moment, but it feels so much better in the long run. Good luck keeping it up!
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2009 on I am finally learning to say "No." at DC Metro Moms
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