The Battle’s Over !


In a previous post, I pointed to the growing epidemic nature of Hepatitis C.

I’ve posted here many times concerning my responses to the side effects of what I’ve called the “abusive” drugs I took for the treatment… Yes, “took”.

Today is the first day, after eleven months, that I will not take them! I must have tests at six months and a year to see if the virus is really gone but my immediate battle is over !!

Now, to lick my wounds by working to rid my body of the traces of the drugs (2 – 6 months)…

I want to add a remark I left on the Group, alt.support.hepatitis.c, and the response from one of the most compassionate and knowledgable members of that Group:

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Hey, Fellow Dragon-Slayers, On Wednesday the 30th of April I cease the intake (48 weeks–type 1a) of the “abusive” drugs. I’m well aware I have three most important dates after that–results of the blood draw on that day and the 6 month and one year checks. Still, I’ve been doing some blogging about my experience (including the growing epidemic nature of Hep C) and I want to celebrate the 30th in the blog. You can definitely help. Tell the world how you felt when you stopped taking the drugs. God knows what my percentage is for complete SVR or a “cure”; still, I’m overjoyed about cessation of the drugs!!! Will you help me make my blog shimmer and glow that day?!? ~ Alex


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Well, I dunno about “shimmer and glow”, but here’s what I remember…The last shot of Peg, and a week later, the last handful of Ribavirin, left me feeling elated, relieved – and anxious as heck. I had even mentioned here that – after the full 48 weeks and total compliance to the regimen – I was leery of
stopping the meds. I had been clear from the first VL test (at 12 weeks) through to the end, but being a g1b with a lot of strikes against success, even though I was still anemic as hell throughout therapy, it felt “safer” to just keep taking the drugs, to keep on keeping the virus at bay.

Of course, I stopped on schedule. It would have crazy to keep going 😉 And I was very lucky in the SVR Sweepstakes…and still am.

Cheers

/greyhackles


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World Food Crisis

Google search:


Enews 2.0
Food prices are global challenge, says UN
RTE.ie, Ireland – 3 hours ago
hit by the crisis, and will double lending for agriculture in Africa over the next year to €515m. Rising food prices have hurt the growing mass of urban
UN and World Bank say to tackle food crisis Reuters
UN, World Bank to Coordinate Task Force Efforts in Food Crisis Deutsche Welle
UN chief orders task force to tackle food crisis AFP
BloombergXinhua
all 487 news articles »

Turkish Press
IMF concerned about food crisis in Africa
AFP – 1 hour ago
“We are concerned about it because higher food prices (and) higher oil prices mean higher import bills, and it can slow down economic growth,” the head of
IMF bid to help Africans on inflation Daily Times
all 35 news articles »
Region’s aid groups grappling with global food crisis
Seattle Times, United States – 7 hours ago
But only in the last few weeks have staffers, and much of the world, realized all the incidents were responses to a worldwide leap in food prices — and part
As Food Prices Soar, Mercy Corps Establishes Global Food Crisis Fund Reuters AlertNet
Mercy Corps creates fund to ease food crisis The Oregonian – OregonLive.com
Global Food Crisis Spurs Mercy Corps Action KOIN.com
PR Newswire (press release)
all 26 news articles »

Washington Post
Global Food Prices and Africa’s Economic Famine
Washington Post, United States – Apr 28, 2008
We’re talking about the Post’s Global Food Crisis series this morning. This is an important subject. I’ll answer your questions as best I can. So fire away.
Food crisis translates to economic crisis United Press International
Where Every Meal Is a Sacrifice Washington Post
all 6 news articles »

DigitalJournal.com
“US, EU responsible for explosive food prices
Hindu, India – 9 hours ago
Jean Ziegler held fuel policies pursued by the US and the EU to be main causes for the current worldwide food crisis. Last year the US ‘Video: UN rapporteur talks about the global food crisis – 28 Apr 08’));Video: UN rapporteur talks about the global food crisis – 28 Apr 08UN Special Rapporteur Says Biofuel Production Criminal DigitalJournal.com
all 18 news articles »

Javno.hr
WTO deal seen having little impact on food prices
Daily Times, Pakistan – 15 hours ago
Some may conclude the message of the current crisis is they can no longer depend on imports and must improve food security by raising barriers to protect
Food crisis sparks role reversal in WTO AFP
(UPDATE) UN meets on food crisis Inquirer.net
all 22 news articles »

AFP
UN meets on food crisis
AFP – 20 hours agoFilter
“Responding effectively to the impact of higher food prices must be a top priority for the global community,” he said. But he criticised protectionist

Boston Globe
Economic Stresses, Biofuel Production Add to Food Crisis Pressures
Voice of America – 23 hours ago
By Mil Arcega The World Food Program warns that rising food prices could turn into a global crisis unless the world acts quickly. The UN food agency has
No Free Lunch Food, fuel and finance Inquirer.net
all 4 news articles »
Cabinet to face looming crisis in food prices
The Herald Eastern Cape, South Africa – 7 hours ago
As far back as February, the NAMC warned that rising food prices were a threat to the country’s household food security, and food inflation was a major
SA warned over food security Citizen
all 2 news articles »

Voice of America
UN Announces Food Crisis Task Force
Voice of America – 28 minutes agoFilter
By VOA News United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he will head a task force to deal with the unprecedented rise in global food prices.

Daily Star – Lebanon
No simple cause – or easy cure – for rising food prices
Daily Star – Lebanon, Lebanon – 18 hours agoFilter
This example contradicts the wave of accusations that biofuel production is to blame for sparking the food price crisis.

Vancouver Sun
Fidel Castro warned of food crisis a year ago
Reuters South Africa, South Africa – 20 hours ago
Violent protests ignited by rising food prices toppled Haiti’s government earlier this month. Increased demand from rapidly developing nations led by China,
Finding the right shade of green Ottawa Citizen
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Just A Quote…

“O ye dear friends! The world is at war and the human race is in travail and mortal combat. The dark night of hate hath taken over, and the light of good faith is blotted out. The peoples and kindreds of the earth have sharpened their claws, and are hurling themselves one against the other. It is the very foundation of the human race that is being destroyed. It is thousands of households that are vagrant and dispossessed, and every year seeth thousands upon thousands of human beings weltering in their life-blood on dusty battlefields. The tents of life and joy are down. The generals practise their generalship, boasting of the blood they shed, competing one with the next in inciting to violence. ‘With this sword,’ saith one of them, ‘I beheaded a people!’ And another: ‘I toppled a nation to the ground!’ And yet another: ‘I brought a government down!’ On such things do men pride themselves, in such do they glory! Love—righteousness—these are everywhere censured, while despised are harmony, and devotion to the truth.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 1

New Interview

Anna’s Wisdom

Peopleized by: amzolt – Sunday, 27 April 2008


flameoflife

Anna is a very special person. A poet who can break every rule while she’s creating new “rules”. A soul-glowing friend who has the voice of an angel !

amzolt: How long have you been writing?

flameoflife: I have been writing since I was thirteen years old. At least that is when I began writing non-stop. I would say about eleven years total.

amzolt: Is it mostly poetry?

flameoflife: I am more comfortable with poetry. Though…I am working on a novel.

amzolt: When were you first published and in what form?

flameoflife: I was first published at the age of fourteen via a self publishing company. I would call it a vanity press which fortunately though at the time was offering a free publication for the duration of one month. The book was entitled Embraced and it was a paperback of poetry.

amzolt: What makes you write?

flameoflife: The flame that sparks the pen.

flameoflife’s Page: Anna’s Site Authors Page: amzolt
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Our Amazing World

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Yes, that’s a map of the world but the shapes have been altered to show each country’s relative population.

I found the WorldMapper site by watching a video on one of my all-time favorite web sites: TED Talks.

Here’s a list of map categories you can explore (with nearly 600 maps):

* Basic * Movement * Transport * Food * Goods* Manufacturers* Services* Resource
* Fuel* Production* Work* Income* Wealth * Poverty * Housing* Education* Health
* Disease* Disaster* Death* Destruction* Violence* Pollution* Depletion* Communication
* Exploitation* Action* Cause of Death* Age of Death* Religion

“‘Let not a man glory in that he loves his country, but that he loves his kind.’ All are of one family, one race; all are human beings. Differences as to the partition of lands should not be the cause of separation among the people.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 55

“…all the members of the human family, whether peoples or governments, cities or villages, have become increasingly interdependent. For none is self-sufficiency any longer possible, inasmuch as political ties unite all peoples and nations, and the bonds of trade and industry, of agriculture and education, are being strengthened every day. Hence the unity of all mankind can in this day be achieved. Verily this is none other but one of the wonders of this wondrous age, this glorious century. Of this past ages have been deprived, for this century —the century of light—hath been endowed with unique and unprecedented glory, power and illumination. Hence the miraculous unfolding of a fresh marvel every day. Eventually it will be seen how bright its candles will burn in the assemblage of man.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 31

Peopleizing

SuperSweetLifeWisdom

Peopleized by: amzolt – Saturday, 26 April 2008



SuperSweetLife

I’ve found a delightful social networking site where people interview other people about their blogs and/or their lives!


Here’s my first interview, with the owner of SuperSweetLife.

amzolt: What makes you get up in the morning?

SuperSweetLife: My alarm clock. And knowing that the daily responsibilities that I dread will soon be no more!

amzolt: What makes you blog?

SuperSweetLife: Being able to express myself when words don’t always come so easy. Getting my thoughts and feelings on ‘paper’ and out into the world is liberating!

amzolt: What will your degree be and why?

SuperSweetLife: My degree will be in Counseling, with a credential to work in a school setting. I have always had a passion for working in a helping profession, but unfortunately I have recently learned that school settings are not the place for me. I will, however, continue to pursue human services work in the future.

amzolt: Who designed you blog’s graphics?

SuperSweetLife: David Zemens, of www.1955design.com

amzolt: What will bring about global unity?

SuperSweetLife: When people stop competing for power and money and realize that those things don’t matter at all in the end.

amzolt: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

SuperSweetLife: Vanilla fudge ripple AND mint chocolate chip

amzolt: What inspires you the most?

SuperSweetLife: Nature.

SuperSweetLife’s Page: www.supersweetlife.com Authors Page: amzolt
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