May 14th, 2006

Please Read & Repost This!

If you never read another post from me again, please read this one as it is deeply important to me.

This is my beautiful friend Christina. Some of you may know her as sapphsmum. Some may know her as Mom. She's a lot more than any of these things. She's a photographer and a poet, she's a wife and a lover, she's an activist and a humanist and one of the most generous, loving people you would ever have the pleasure of calling a friend. She is also very sick and what is happening to Christina and her family - my family - is something I hope none of you ever have the misfortune to experience.

In August 2003 Christina was diagnosed with a very rare cancer of the salivary gland. The January before she was diagnosed with cancer she had pneumonia, then from March of 2003 until March 2004 she underwent 5 major surgeries. Two of those surgeries were for the cancer in front of her left ear. In addition to the cancer, she has been diagnosed with asthma, Graves's Disease and Sarcoidosis.

She is in a great deal of chronic pain and profoundly tired everyday and is for the better part of the day bedridden for which she now has to be confined to a hospital bed for the majority of the day. Due to all these serious health issues she is permanently and totally disabled and unable to work to help the family finances. In a period of less than two years, they have travelled to the Mayo Cancer Clinic over 22 times. The cost of travel was exhorbitantly expensive, and was out of pocket in order to pay for gas, food, and hotel rooms. Christina's husband of 33 years (Larry, her sweetheart since age 16) lost two jobs due to downsizing, along with a very big loss in pay within the last 4 years, and that coupled with her high medical bills with their co-pays and deductibles along with having to pay extremely high monthly COBRA payments while Larry was unemployed has bankrupted them. As of this writing, Larry (through no fault of his own) is only able to secure part time work which is just simply not enough - let alone the fact that you can only be afforded insurance benefits through full time work, you have to go through a probationary period before the benefits become active in many cases, and that's not even addressing the issue of preexisting conditions.

Larry, Christina and their family are desperately trying to keep up with expenses so Christina may continue going to Mayo Clinic where she has the best chance catching the cancer when it returns, treating it so she can survive and getting care for her list of 23 medical problems that need ongoing treatment. Imagine if the person I was writing about was YOUR mother, YOUR wife/husband/partner, YOUR child, YOUR friend - then imagine being that person or a loved one and not only being forced to suffer the pain and agony of disease but the systematic erosion of everything you ever worked a lifetime to have for your family.

She needs a staff of doctors working together to keep up with the cancer which can return at anytime in her bones and lungs, and other health problems which require constant monitoring. Currently the Sarcoidosis is a tentative diagnosis as the doctors can not say with 100% certainty that it is not cancer in her lungs. The only way that could be accomplished is with a surgical biopsy of the enlarged lymph nodes in her lungs, and they would have to biopsy every lymph node to be sure none had cancer which is not feasible. So she continues to go back for CT scans of her lungs to check for growth of the enlarged lymph nodes which at this point will be the only way of knowing IF the cancer has already returned to her lungs.

With the money put out just for the traveling costs of going to Mayo Clinic they could have taken the trip to Europe they had saved for until Christina was diagnosed with cancer. She has a very complicated medical case including the cancer, and her Endrocronologist at Mayo Clinic says it will be very hard if not nearly impossible to find another doctor to take on her medical care outside of Mayo Clinic in her home town because her health problems both overlap and new ones keep appearing to add to the already lengthy list they treat.

It is my profound belief that everyone reading this can make a difference for this family. If you are able to make a financial contribution, however big or small, every single bit helps. If you are unable to contribute financially, I'm certain someone you know can. The internet is a huge thing, and if I can get everyone reading this post to link it to their own LJ/blog/website, then hopefully others will do the same and more awareness can be made of the Hall family's situation and some relief can come to them. For my part, I'll be auctioning off some things on eBay and donating the proceeds raised to the family. I'll be making some of those swankly little box purses, random designs for auctions and custom ones for anyone who wants a custom piece. I'll be taking some of my photography and artwork and offering prints as well once I decide what to put up for sale. All of this will be detailed in an upcoming post next weekend, but for now, PLEASE REPOST THIS!

Bottom line, something has to be done and this is what I'm going to do. I spoke with her by phone on Friday and told her about this post, and also told her that she, Larry, & Jillian (her baby) are as much my family as Damien, Maggie, and Christi are. Please, PLEASE - help me help this family out. If nothing else, please copy & repost the code below to help raise awareness, even if you cannot help then there's a good chance someone will by your example!

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Christina Hall
2793 East Mill Road
Byron, Illinois 61010

Copy & paste this code to link to this post in your own journal:

1. Right-click inside the text box above, press Ctrl + A to copy (Ctrl + C) all of the code.
2. Paste (Ctrl + V) into your own LJ or blog update portal or client, and post.

Here's what will appear in your post:

An urgent message from your neighborhood jesus_h_biscuit

Double Barrelled

On Mother's Day

Is this the gayest present ever or what? She's going to love it just based on how it looks, I can tell you that already. This was a very carefully chosen Mother's day present. D and I decided that we'd give her a movie oriented present as she got a DVD player for Giftmas and has yet to get any DVD's for it. In the gift bag is actually two different sets of goodies, the first comprises the DVD's for Gone With The Wind and The Color Purple, two of her favorites, and a pack of Kleenex ;-) - the second is a movie theater popcorn box with two packs of microwave popcorn and a bunch of her favorite candies. She's gonna dig this for sure.

I have a great story to tell about my Mama to give you an idea of what she's like, and it may give a better idea of why I am like I am being that she raised me. This is a perfect illustration of her, it really is. A couple of months ago I suppose, my sister Shay and her friend took Mama to the movies. Shay finally got tired of Mama's pestering for them to go see Brokeback Mountain, so off they went. Ever since I first told her about this film, she's been chomping at the bit to see it, but at the time she still lived upstate and it wasn't playing there. Anyway, they go to see it and just after the scene where Alma (Michelle WIlliams) says to Ennis (Heath Ledger) "You don't go up there to go fishin'", it got very quiet in the theater and Mama started laughing and yelled rather loudly "THEY SURE DO! SHORT POLE FISHIN'! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!" My sister said the entire theater was in uproarious laughter. Have I mentioned that she's 74 years old? That's my mama, alright.

So for all of you Mothers out there, be you actual ones, figurative ones, would-be ones, whatever - Happy Mother's Day... *warm biscuit love*


If you reposted the link to the post I made earlier regarding my friend Christina, PLEASE GO BACK and repost it as the code was broken and didn't link back to the original post - all fixed now, sorry for the inconvenience.

This Just Made My Day, Seriously!

Poll: Clinton outperformed Bush
In a new poll comparing President Bush's job performance with that of his predecessor, a strong majority of respondents said President Clinton outperformed Bush on a host of issues.

The poll of 1,021 adult Americans was conducted May 5-7 by Opinion Research Corp. for CNN. It had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Respondents favored Clinton by greater than 2-to-1 margins when asked who did a better job at handling the economy (63 percent Clinton, 26 percent Bush) and solving the problems of ordinary Americans (62 percent Clinton, 25 percent Bush).

On foreign affairs, the margin was 56 percent to 32 percent in Clinton's favor; on taxes, it was 51 percent to 35 percent for Clinton; and on handling natural disasters, it was 51 percent to 30 percent, also favoring Clinton.

Moreover, 59 percent said Bush has done more to divide the country, while only 27 percent said Clinton had.

When asked which man was more honest as president, poll respondents were more evenly divided, with the numbers -- 46 percent Clinton to 41 percent Bush -- falling within the poll's margin of error. The same was true for a question on handling national security: 46 percent said Clinton performed better; 42 percent picked Bush.

Clinton was impeached in 1998 over testimony he gave in a deposition about an extramarital sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinksy. He was later aquitted by the Senate.

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He also has the biggest dick of any president in history, and I for one would still shag him senseless - flaws and all.

In other news, fuck Bill "who has a Band-Aid for this gaping wound" Frist again, but thanks to Chuck Hagel for setting the rubber stamp on fire. Obama makes me fall a little bit more in love with him for this gem. Oh yeah, and fuck John McCain again, too - right in his hypocritical ear. So much for "straight talk." Next he'll convert to Judaism and try to get Tom Metzger paroled under the guise of "he's just misunderstood". Fucker.