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It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To–or How We Die

July 14, 2014 by

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Kelly had been a real touchy-feely all her life, so her choice about how she wanted to go surprised me–but, as I reminded her distraught daughters, it was her choice that mattered. It’s become trendy nowadays to make our last days into something of a memorial smorgasborg. We’re encouraged to write poems to our grandkids, […]

Why The Armed Forces Are Looking to Black Women For Answers: Suicide in the Military, Part III: And the Soldiers??

June 20, 2012 by

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“I Will Survive!”: But Can You Teach That To The Armed Forces? And, really–can you? That’s the question on everybody’s mind? For we began discussion with the devastating suicide statistics in the military, which contrasted so starkly with those of black women. And then we analyzed what made these women so resilient, frequently despite markedly […]

Why The Armed Forces Are Looking to Black Women For Answers: Suicide in the Military, Part II: What Protects Black Women?

June 19, 2012 by

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We left off yesterday with a run-down of the devastating statistics of suicide in the military (one a day, so far, for 2012), and the VA’s knowledge that it has to act–and fast. And in what sounds like a decision made in theatre,  in their search for answers, the VA turned to black women, the […]

Why The Armed Forces Are Looking to Black Women For Answers: Suicide in the Military, Part I

June 18, 2012 by

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“Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.” ~ Arnold J. Toynbee Suicide is the ultimate expression of abandonment of hope, of an inability to see a better future, of the experience of agony too great to suffer a moment more. It is a death that comes when  the spirit has gone before it. And I’d […]

End-of-Life Decision Factors: Don’t Forget Your Doctor’s Religiosity

May 14, 2012 by

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(picture by luigi diamanti) The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. ~Flora Whittemore We spend our lives making decisions that will impact the rest of our days on this earth. We pick a career, select a mate, decide to have children and how many, make lifestyle choices that effect our health,  move […]

A Retraction Here, A Retraction There. . .A Few Upsetting ‘Whats’ Before The ‘Why’

April 26, 2012 by

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 “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money” ~attributed to Everett Dirksen Unfortunately for us, the phrase goes differently–and, in cancer research, we’re already talking about ‘real money.’ A retraction of a scientific paper on cancer here, a retraction there. . .and pretty soon you’re talking about a real fiasco–for scientists, […]

A Cell Donation Day That Will Live in Infamy–Part I

April 23, 2012 by

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Henrietta Lacks was young, poor, unassuming, African-American. From Virginia, she earned her living as a tobacco farmer, happily married, had five children, and died of cervical cancer at 31. But her story doesn’t end there. In pain and bleeding as the cancer took its toll, she was tested for syphilis and treated for venereal disease–but certainly […]

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