Monthly Archives: August 2012

Is That Kind of Blood Banking For Real?

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Ok so if you are squeamish this is probably the time to stop reading………Fair warning…….

So I was talking to my cousin today who is pregnant and we were talking about cord blood banking. I was going to donate my cord blood but because of misunderstanding with the doctors and the people around here not really knowing what they were doing I was not able to do that.

At the time since we didn’t really have any medical problems that ran in our family I didn’t think it was cost effective to bank the blood through a private banking system and pay the money that they charge for that, especially since it didn’t last forever but only a limited number of years. My thought was if I donated it and something ever did happen with her that it was a very likely that her own cord blood would still be in the system.

So as my cousin and I were talking she was telling about this new thing where you can bank your menstrual blood. Sounds kind of creepy but it did get my curiosity juices flowing…sorry that just sounded gross didn’t it? J

Still I was curious so I decided to do some research. And believe it or not it is true. Menstrual cycle blood is shown to have a much better success rate of in growing heart muscle than the currently used method of bone marrow. Similar to Cord Blood menstrual blood cells have the ability to morph or grow into various kinds of cells. It is currently being tested and could eventually help or cure things such as Heart disease, Stroke, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Diabetes, Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s.

There is currently a company Celle.com who will bank and store your menstrual cycle blood. There is an initial $499.00 and $99.00 a year fee. The collection is done at your doctor’s office on the heaviest flow day and the device used is similar to a tampon.

Still seems kind of icky and it is not yet being actually used as a treatment but if I had a disease that I knew could be cured by using my own or even someone else’s menstrual blood I would definitely do it.
Ick Factor versus cure for alzheimers….. Cure will win every time I bet!

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The Ghost of the Woman she was

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My mother is gone. Don’t misunderstand she is still alive but the woman I knew as my mother has faded away. The Cancer has taken away her strength. The Cancer has taken away her mind.

Growing up my mother was always my rock. She was my soft place to land. It wasn’t easy growing up in my home. My father loved us but he was very hard on us. It wasn’t until after he passed away that I had the light bulb moment and realized he was bi-polar. When he was good to us he gave us the world. But when it was bad, it was very bad. During those times my mother looked out for us choosing to divert my father’s anger away from us and onto her.

She was a workhorse! She painted and cleaned apartments, she cleaned out the storage rooms they bought and sold, lifting heavy items, she even worked on the van most of the time when it broke down.

She was a listener and a giver and now she is fading away while I watch.

 I enjoyed having my parents over for dinner and playing a few hands of Canasta. Dad was a real competitor like me so we always made mom and Tony partner up while dad I kicked their butt… Oh the fun times.  She was a great cook; she always cooked those big Sunday dinners that you would expect with all the sides. She made some mean Chicken and Dumplings and Meatloaf!

It is so hard to watch her slip away. The once strong woman now has to depend on me to pick her up and take her to the bathroom. The once strong woman now has to struggle to get the words that she is thinking out and very often the ones she speaks is not the ones her mind is trying to say. This morning she told me she didn’t need to paint her breath. I never figured out what she was trying to say with those strange words.

My heart longs to be able to sit with my mother and have one of the conversations we would have had a few years ago, talking for hours about something as simple as the current books we were reading. But all we can talk about now, all she can maintain in a conversation are short answers and short thoughts. My heart breaks for those moments.

Cancer is an awful disease. It not only kills but it robs you of your life while you are still living. Don’t take your relationships for granted. Enjoy your friends and family because you never know when you will lose them.

I look at my mother and then at my daughter.  I want to make sure I give my daughter a ton of moments to remember, a ton of conversations and love and friendship. Because I realize now that at the end of my life those are the moments that will be most precious to her.

Just a Reminder, It is a Free Country!

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With all that is going on in the media right now about the whole Chick-Fil-A issue I think we should take a moment and remember that no matter what your beliefs, on July 4th, 1776 our country became a FREE country.  This means we have the right to worship as we like, we are allowed different opinions, we don’t have to dress alike, act alike, or believe alike.

Part of what makes this country great is that we have these freedoms. This is not communist Russia or any other country where you are belittled because of your religious beliefs. Well, at least I didn’t think we were.

Freedom of Speech – guess what, I can write down what I feel right here on my blog and if you don’t like it all you can do is move on and quit reading. It is my right to voice my opinion. To say what I want to say. No one is my censor.

Freedom of the Press – That applies here too, because I am basically publishing this. But it is my right.

Freedom of Religion – Here we go….. We all have the right to believe as we wish. We are a nation of Baptists, Catholics, Jewish, Atheist, etc… The point is we can believe like we wish without facing persecution. At least we are supposed to be able to. When Mr. Cathy of Chick-Fil-A shared his opinion on the traditional family, he had every right to do so. Whether you agree or disagree with him he had the right to state his beliefs because we live in a country that has….FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH!

Freedom of Assembly – This is what occurred yesterday. We as a nation had the freedom to do what we wanted and many people “assembled” at Chick-Fil-A to show their support. That is our right. Also, it is being said that tomorrow the gay and lesbian community is going to Chick-Fil-A for a Kiss in. That is their right!

Did I go to Chick-Fil-A yesterday? No. And not because I do or don’t support Mr. Cathy it was simply because I am on a budget and eating out on the weekdays is not in that budget.  And that my friend is my right!