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Gender: Female
Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 01:09 PM
Number of posts: 47,690

About Me

Retired from a career in Social Work//Mental Health, now I concentrate on being the "Queen of Everything" in our house in the woods. (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

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Medicare is providing a 5 year cancer treatment program as of this July. UPDATE:Map of centers

This is really huge deal, since talking about it started in 1999. I have read the info. about how the grants, and programs work, and that our local rural hospital has one!
The reason this is so cool is I knew I had cancer when I felt the lump June 9, had mastectomy July 14th, and was instantly referred to the new cancer program in our hospital. Otherwise I would have had a 2 hour 90 mile trip down to Mobile for everything, which is incredibly exhausting......180 miles a day round trip, 4 hours just driving does not leave much room for those 8 am appointments.

The program is targeting some rural hospitals, so urban cancer treatment clinics who got the grants moved a team from Mobile to my rural county hospital.
And it is billed as outpatient.....even the mastectomy was "outpatient" thus saving me the high deductible for "inpatient".
Medicare Part B covers cancer drugs used in outpatient (and inpatient) cancer treatment if the drug is administered by the hospital or clinic or dr.
as opposed to a patient buying the drug by prescription.
( 20% co-pay applies to the drugs used and some lab. services)

This new program has sites across the country. I am trying to remember where I filed the location maps.

Here is map of treatment centers for this program.
On left hand side of map is a drop down where you can enter your state.

Please notice: your county/area might be listed under a larger medical center.
For instance, my county is listed on map as being part of a Mobile Ala Cancer hospital. So there is no "dot" on my state map of our county.

Louisiana flooding forces Katrina survivors out of their homes;

pics at link

Thousands of people across Louisiana were forced to leave their homes this week as feet of rain caused widespread flooding across the state.
The southern half of the state experienced the worst of the flooding with some areas receiving over 30 inches of rain in a two-day period. This accounts for nearly half of the rain that typically falls in an entire year in this part of the country.
This flooding has been so extensive that the Red Cross has called this event the "worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy."

"It's all gone again," Jeannique Branche, 34, of Baton Rouge told NOLA.com.
She survived Hurricane Katrina and relocated to Baton Rouge, where she lived in a second-story apartment.
"Now I've lost everything again," she said.

Here's an idea we might to return to...........

POLITICS HISTORIC: Obama Announces He’s Ending Private For-Profit Federal Prisons

Last week, the Department of Justice released an inspector general’s report on private prisons that found for-profit detention centers to be substantially more dangerous for both the inmates and for the correctional officers. In response to those findings, the Obama Administration is moving to stop keeping federal detainees in private prisons altogether within the next five years. President Obama has already overseen a fifty percent reduction in the use of federal private prisons, which are run by three corporations and cost over $600 million tax dollars annually.

The 13 privately run facilities will not close overnight. Yates said the Justice Department would not terminate existing contracts but instead review those that come up for renewal. She said all of the contracts would come up for renewal over the next five years…. by May 1, 2017, the total private prison population would stand at less than 14,200 inmates.

Spotted in Seattle: A naked, life-size Donald Trump statue—without balls. NSFW!!

"His pubes look like ramen," said one Stranger staffer.

I am not gonna post the pic, but it can be seen here:


edited to add:

Naked Donald Trump Statues Are Popping Up All Over America
an anarchist art collective INDECLINE decided to take him down a couple peg in a hilarious way – by setting up naked Donald Trump statues in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Seattle.


I unofficially qualified for this group early last month...

and today want to officially join, because discussions about other issues on DU somehow don't seem quite as important now as they did.

Went from mammogram to biopsy to mastectomy in about 3 weeks. Mastectomy was July 14.
Diagnosis is Stage II B, invasive Mucinous carcinaoma of left breast.

"Mucinous carcinoma of the breast — sometimes called colloid carcinoma — is a rare form of invasive ductal carcinoma (cancer that begins in the milk duct and spreads beyond it into nearby healthy tissue)." says Breastcancer.org, which is massively helpful site, I have been living on it practically, learning a lot.

In my case, post mastectomy, the treatment plan is for 12 weeks of chemo at rate of 3 times a week, then 5 years of hormone therapy to reduce as much estrogen as possible and starve the beast. The cancer feeds on estrogren.

So next week I see oncologist for 2nd time to discuss beginning chemo,
and I could really use handy tips and tricks and honest realities of what to do and not do on chemo.
Mr. Dixie is incredibly helpful, can very well handle everything the house and I need, thank god.

Have not started treatment yet but for the last 2 weeks have been very tired and sleeping a lot. I have a friend who in an RN who says that is normal, as the body recovers from the intensive surgery, and toss in my over 65 years, we don't bounce back as we used to.
But the surgeon says I am healing remarkablely fast.
I plan on asking about the sleeping thing when I see him this Monday.

Good news: Hospital for all treatment and test is 5 miles down the road.
And I do have Medicare A and B and the chemo AND the operation are on what Medicare calls an outpatient basis, so 80% is covered.

Gonna be reading y'alls posts now.......

Here is why Pres. debates are so very very bad....it's who controls them

......the Commission on Presidential Debates, which runs them, is a private organization controlled by elites from the two major parties whose goal is to protect their standard-bearers.

And under the guidance of the commission, presidential debates have become echo chambers for the two major party candidates to repeat familiar talking points and lob rehearsed one-liners, rarely deviating from their scripts.

Each cycle, the CPD decides not just the time and location of the debates, but the format and who will ask the questions. Meanwhile, the Republican and Democratic campaigns also negotiate a joint “Memorandum of Understanding” laying out a host of details about how the candidates are to be treated. Although the CPD claims that the MOUs are not binding on the organization, the contracts themselves specify that if the commission does not abide by them, the campaigns reserve the right to seek an alternative sponsor.


Run by Party Elites and Lobbyists, Sponsored by Corporations

In 1988, the CPD wrested the stewardship of general election presidential debates away from the fiercely independent League of Women Voters (LWV), which had run the events from 1976 to 1984.
The CPD is nominally a nonpartisan organization, but its co-chairmen, Frank Fahrenkopf, Jr., and Michael McCurry, are senior Republican and Democratic Party figures, both of whom leveraged their time in politics to later work for corporate interests.

I have been wondering what happened ....interesting to know, now.

Elizabeth Cheney, daughter of ex-Vice President, wins Wyoming Republican primary for US House

Wyoming DU-ers.......is there a strong Dem opponent facing her????

Overwhelmed by student loan debt? Here is a program which might make a loan go away.

Found the page on the web, have been reading it.
Appears to be sincere.
Might be worth your time to at least look it over...

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.
If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program .

The site describes "qualifying" and to me it sounds like the programs that were around when I was in Grad school.....
you find a job in specific areas, they erase your debt.


ALERT: Alabama’s ‘Amazon Tax’ set to go into effect....*^&%$#!

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Beginning November 1, Alabamians will be paying 8 percent extra anytime they make a purchase on Amazon, thanks to the state’s new online sales tax. The tax was signed into law in October of 2015, and forces online companies to collect, report and distribute the money back to Montgomery.

Melissa Warnke, a spokesperson for the Alabama Retail Association, told WSFA that “Amazon, for a long time, has been for paying online sales tax. They have been on the same side of all of the brick-and-mortar businesses that have been fighting for e-fairness.”

Alabama consumers will now be paying more at 52 different online retailers that all have to collect the state’s 8 percent.

Living in a rural part of Alabama, I use amazon a lot.

I wonder if this effects the independent book sellers who sell via Amazon?

Might be can get those cheap book prices by just going to the seller's stores.

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