On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Saturday, July 30, 2011


I wrote another letter to my congressman in the House of Representatives regarding the debt ceiling crisis and how it is affecting this family.  The only difficulty is that I don't see him as part of the problem, but at least I did something besides wring my hands.

Yesterday morning I walked 2-1/3 miles with a friend plus Brix and Demi and then last evening I walked another mile with Steve, Brix and Demi.  So I walked and I walked and walked some more and my dogs got exercise too. That was the good part of the day.

Will our Social Security checks arrive on Wednesday?  Just the fear that they won't has curtailed our spending - so the economy is going to slump even further because so many of us are afraid to spend anything for routine needs.  What a mess!


  1. I predict your check will arrive on Wednesday and Obama will be in Chicago at his planned huge Birthday party... it is shameful the way they tried to scare people about their Social Security checks being stopped... there is plenty of money to pay the debt and Social Security, military and a whole lot more WITHOUT borrowing 1 nickel...

  2. I'm still hopeful that there will a resolution in time, but I also believe that the problem is real.

  3. I'm afraid the debt is real but you will get (or have now) your check. I think people need a wake-up call but instead of SS payments being cut or the pay of our soldiers why ISN'T a tax on the wealthiest that was there previously when they had no trouble paying it, there now? Let's face it, the very rich have the most to lose if our country goes belly up. They just don't know it yet. We need to stop policing the world and concentrate on taking care of home. Why are we protecting oil ships from pirates instead of those oil countries that ship it? Why are we helping the Libyans but not the Syrians or the Somalians or Bahrain citizens? Why are we trying to do in Afghanistan what the Russians and French weren't able to do but which broke the Russian economy just as it is ours? Oh, I have lots of questions and don't like the answers any more than anyone else but before cuts are demanded from those with less we should be asking a bit more from those who can't even spend all they have. We are NOT a Christian nation if it comes to brotherly love and "taking care of the least of these". I guess I shouldn't go on and on. A bad deal is going to get voted on today and it isn't going to help anyone.

  4. Hi Timaree - I have some real concerns about the tax issue you mentioned. I'm glad the vote was taken, passed and signed off on, but I don't think anyone is going to be pleased once more jobs are lost and additional services are cut. There will be more suffering ahead. Thanks for checking in again.


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