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Re: Relationships

Postby Fivelives » Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:41 pm

Ehn, it comes back every few years. Metastatic melanoma is a right bitch. It's chemo-resistant, radio-resistant, and operations can't free you from it. If you catch melanoma before it metastisizes, you're generally in the clear (it's one of the more survivable cancers), but once it's started to spread you're on a countdown clock to your use-by date. Luckily, so far it keeps going back to my liver. This is the first time it's hit the lymph nodes, but I'm told that those are the two most common spots for melanoma to metastisize to. Luckily, the liver regenerates, so removing most of it every few years isn't hurting anything, and we've got far more lymph nodes than we need, so taking those out isn't much of a hassle.

I generally don't even bother noticing it, other than regular checkups to make sure I don't have tumors forming, and even those are easily snipped.

It's really nothing to worry about. Your prayers are appreciated, but unnecessary, I'm doing fine.
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Re: Relationships

Postby Arnock » Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:00 pm

Well, at least it's only the liver and lymph nodes then.
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Re: Relationships

Postby Fivelives » Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:09 am

Yeah. When I start running out of lymph nodes is when I'll start worrying. Either that, or if it hits somewhere else that's less of a non-issue.
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Re: Relationships

Postby Arnock » Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:42 am

I'm generally REALLY leery about any sort of "alternative medicine" but have you heard about hedge apples?

My Grandmother contracted a chemo-resistant colon cancer several years ago. The tumors had metastasized to her lymph nodes and liver, and the doctors only gave her about 6 months left to live after they found the tumors unaffected and still growing after a few rounds of chemo.

She refused another round of chemo because she didn't want to deal with the side effects for the rest of her life, but she started taking a spoonful of hedge apple several times a week on the recommendation of a friend.

Much to everyone's surprise, at her next exam the tumors had stopped growing, and over the next several scans they began to shrink, eventually disappearing after ~4 months.

I know that anecdotal experiences don't mean much, but it might be worth a try, for what it's worth.
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Re: Relationships

Postby katraya » Sat Sep 28, 2013 3:58 pm

Look at the hottie I was hanging out with 2 weeks ago:

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Re: Relationships

Postby Levantine » Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:24 am

I never thought I'd be jealous of all you people living in the Americas, but here I am. Assholes.
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Re: Relationships

Postby Nikachelle » Sun Sep 29, 2013 4:35 pm

That's an awesome picture of us! Love it!
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Re: Relationships

Postby Barathorn » Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:52 pm

katraya wrote:Look at the hottie I was hanging out with 2 weeks ago:

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Really nice picture of you two.
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Postby Sabindeus » Mon Sep 30, 2013 2:17 pm

BALLMER!

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Re: Relationships

Postby Amirya » Sun Oct 06, 2013 2:42 am

So, my mother's surgery appears to be a success. We discovered she has the same loopy reaction to Percocet that I had back in the day, so she's been doing 1/4 tablet for the pain as needed. Some minor bleeding from the incision site, but that's about it.

However, they did find a cancerous polyp on the section of colon removed, so it appears that she's going to have to start 12 weeks of chemo. She'll confirm for sure next week, but that's where we appear to be standing.

It's had a hell of a toll on us, that's for sure. But she'll do fine. She's invincible, after all.
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Re: Relationships

Postby Nikachelle » Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:18 am

Dumping a shameless self-promo plug here. I opened up a blog that's primarily about makeup (I can hear all the guys on here screaming in excitement) with some occasional fitness stuff. As with most things, it's a work in progress but if I waited till it was perfect before loading any content, I'd probably be another year down the road!

http://www.makeup-your-mind.net/
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Re: Relationships

Postby cdan » Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:01 pm

Two things immediately spring to mind.

- Somebody with more ovaries than I have will have to explain the whole smokey eye thing to me. It just looks like you're either having 80's flashbacks about your goth years or haven't slept since those goth years.
- The bit at the corner of your eye that looks like you didn't stop or just didn't know where your eye stopped. What's that about?

So I guess that means I have to visit the website to find these things out? Will I catch anything if I do? Girl-cooties or anything?

Edit: Just looked - you certainly look like you know your way around a liner pencil or two! Looks good and good luck with it :)
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Re: Relationships

Postby Nikachelle » Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:22 pm

Step aside folks, we're in my territory now! :D

Smokey eye: anything that has a darker colour near the eyelashes and then fades out. Usually, black, brown or pewter are the main colours used. Here's a decent example (not me):

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Not the same as Goth eye, which tends to look more like this (this is me):

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Although if I'm honest, they usually do it less precise than that and it usually looks like a godawful mess (which may be intentional).

Your second question is a bit up for debate. You'll either seen one of two things:

1. Super bright inner corner (supposed to make your eye pop)

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2. Eyeliner drawn further down (towards the nose) to attempt an elaborate cat eye look.

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Which one are you referring to?

Edit: Oh wait, maybe you mean the other corner?

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If you mean the shot above, then that's just a trend. It makes your eyelashes look fatter and longer.
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Re: Relationships

Postby cdan » Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:40 pm

The bottom example is what I meant. It might look like you have bigger eyes from a distance, but from anywhere under 50 feet it looks like Michael J Fox was handed the eyeliner.

Although I must admit that you seem to be very proficient so maybe I have just seen some bad examples that have really stood out. I know from my mrs' chats with my daughter (who is just venturing into the world of makeup) that the idea is to enhance what is already there and not have people notice the makeup.

(Edit: Forgot to add - thanks for the lesson on smokey eyes. Makes sense now :)).
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Re: Relationships

Postby Nikachelle » Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:53 pm

I personally like that look but it really does depend on how it's done (your Michael J Fox example can be pretty apt actually. hah). It's also pretty popular look right now so you may just be getting an overdose of it.

I'm personally not a huge fan of the natural look. I KNOW it looks more flattering on me, but it's also boring as hell so I don't tend to opt for it very often. So to that degree, I'm actually looking for people to notice my makeup. For me, it's like a new art project every morning before work. :D
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Re: Relationships

Postby cdan » Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:04 pm

Being in New York these days I see everything from the scary, "I haven't slept since Nixon resigned" look to the "I'm wearing every bit of make-up I could find in my house" look so to really stand out it has to be bad. At least there are a lot less of the "orange as a skin tone" looks I used to see when I lived in London.

I take your point about the natural look, but I think there is a big difference in makeup competency that means people like you can get away with expression through slap (my Mum's term for makeup) because they do it well and those who should just stick to a bit of lip gloss on special occasions because any more and it just looks garish.
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Re: Relationships

Postby Nikachelle » Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:23 pm

cdan wrote:I take your point about the natural look, but I think there is a big difference in makeup competency that means people like you can get away with expression through slap (my Mum's term for makeup) because they do it well and those who should just stick to a bit of lip gloss on special occasions because any more and it just looks garish.

Absolutely agreed. (And well said btw!)
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Re: Relationships

Postby Delphineas » Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:06 am

Well I just got some awesome news. Mayo sent me something about a bill being denied and to call my insurance to give them the information they needed. So I call BCBS and find put that they need information on my preexisitng condition, and they don't have to cover it until Jan 1st. Six months from insurance date might have been tossed in, not sure, all this shit confuses that hell out of me.


Basically what I took from it was this:
1) They don't have to cover this until Jan 1st. My policy runs out Dec. 1st
2) Which would be a big fucking loophole, as they covered me when this manifested when I was 10 to age 24, when I aged out of the policy. (It's my dad's)
3)I may be on the hook for 110,000, which is also retarded as for my preop screening they said they wouldn't go ahead unless THEY GOT PAPERWORK STATING IT WAS COVERED. I think this pisses me off the most. Especially since nothing was stated after that.



Oh, and tried applying through the marketplace only to get denied there too. Think it's because I'm covered NOW. So either I lie about being covered, since those don't start until Jan 1st, and risk perjuing myself, OR I wait until Dec 1st and risk something being full/starting late.

Maybe I should play some left for dead 2 to calm down. Or not, cause bots are stupid.
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Re: Relationships

Postby Amirya » Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:09 am

Mayo is awesome (but I'm biased, my mother works there), but BCBS? I'm not sure I like them. I can pretty much confirm, from my own experience with Mayo and surgery, that if BCSB had denied it initially, they'd have told you as soon as they got the notice.
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Re: Relationships

Postby Amirya » Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:19 am

Amirya wrote:So, my mother's surgery appears to be a success. We discovered she has the same loopy reaction to Percocet that I had back in the day, so she's been doing 1/4 tablet for the pain as needed. Some minor bleeding from the incision site, but that's about it.

However, they did find a cancerous polyp on the section of colon removed, so it appears that she's going to have to start 12 weeks of chemo. She'll confirm for sure next week, but that's where we appear to be standing.

It's had a hell of a toll on us, that's for sure. But she'll do fine. She's invincible, after all.

She starts 6 months of chemotherapy next week. Had minor surgery yesterday to insert a stent into her chest for part of the treatment, and is currently doing the zombie-shuffle because it hurts to move her head.
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Re: Relationships

Postby Nooska » Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:12 am

So.. for my first "giving" post in this thread...
Was at a kickoff meeting last night prior to the municipal elections, and while entering a soda into my calorie tracker, the phone vibrates in my hand (had it on silent).
GF calling with what she calls "some bad news" - first thought; she found our hamster dead (she wanted to change the bedding, I said no, lets do it tomorrow (today) together).
No, not the hamster. Her uncle (fathers brother) was found in his house, her aunt (fathers sister) having gone up there to check on him as noone had heard from him for a few days. He had hung himself in his attic, noone saw it coming.
Noe we are worried about her grandmother, 94, who is being told today (same sister going up there to tell her).

We like going up to see her family (we go about 5 times a year now), but darn it, not like this :(
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Re: Relationships

Postby Arnock » Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:10 pm

So I managed to see the Ender's Game movie a few days ago.

I went into the theater with a rather cynical attitude, afraid that hollywood would take the book, gut it, and turn it into a generic action movie for a quick buck, which the trailers all seemed to suggest.


I was wrong.

The filmmakers actually managed to stay very true to the book's premise, and it's easily the best new movie I've seen in a very long time.
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Re: Relationships

Postby Aubade » Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:47 pm

Arnock wrote:So I managed to see the Ender's Game movie a few days ago.

I went into the theater with a rather cynical attitude, afraid that hollywood would take the book, gut it, and turn it into a generic action movie for a quick buck, which the trailers all seemed to suggest.


I was wrong.

The filmmakers actually managed to stay very true to the book's premise, and it's easily the best new movie I've seen in a very long time.



Nice! I've been wanting to see it because I know it's a lot of my friend's favorite books (They're not HUGE readers haha). I don't want to see it yet until I read the books though, I really need to get on that!

Good to hear it was good though!
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Re: Relationships

Postby Fivelives » Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:31 am

Is it one that you have to see in the theater, or can it wait for DVD or "in-theaters on demand"? I have to admit that I wasn't planning on seeing this movie at all, because I was also worried that it would wreck one of my absolute favorite books of all time. But I'm hearing that the trailers lied from a lot of different people, so I'll probably see it.

I find myself less and less inclined to visit theaters nowadays, since they're so beyond ridiculous now price-wise. I'm paying $12 for a ticket (with a veteran's discount - it's $16 without) and my medium soda and nachos comes to another $13 (plus an extra buck for each little carton of extra nacho cheese).

So it costs me $25 to go see a movie. I could buy the fucking blu-ray cheaper than that when it comes out, with enough left over to buy a 2 liter of Pepsi and make my own fucking nachos. They'll taste better anyway.

The only thing that gets me in theaters any more is a huge set piece exploding. Repeatedly.
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Re: Relationships

Postby KysenMurrin » Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:34 am

I never get food or drink at the cinema. Just seems like a waste of money, especially at the in-cinema prices. I usually eat before I go.

As for Ender's Game... I'm one of those people who's refusing to spend any money that might somehow make its way back to Orson Scott Card.
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