Posts Tagged ‘heart’

Ice Cream, Sufganiot, Schwarma, and Steak

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

There is only one known cure for stomach cancer. If the cancer is localized, then an operation in which the stomach is removed is performed.

On the other hand, if the cancer is determined to be inoperable, the cancer will spread throughout your system, even with aggressive chemotherapy. That is why gastric cancer is the second most lethal cancer in the world.

As far as I can tell, you have to fit into one of two categories to be eligible for this operation:

Either the cancer has to be caught relatively early, in Stage 1 or Stage 2. This is somewhat rare because the disease does not usually present symptoms until it has progressed.

Or you can be Stella.

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Looking Forward to Chemo

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Is it Tuesday?

I think it is. No, I know it is.

But only because I checked.

But sometimes, I feel that time no longer has the same boundaries as it used to.

When did this whole nightmare start? Just a week ago? Maybe a few more days, maybe a few less.

The test from yesterday was “good.”

So now we need to go to Tel Aviv for another test.

And then after that, another.

What an odd concept that we are actually eager to get to chemo.

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Sing a Song for Stella

Friday, July 1st, 2011

My Friends,

I promise to be honest with you and share with you what we are going through. It is very helpful to us both to know that we are not alone. Far from it, there are people all over the world who are praying for Stella and rooting for us. So I promise that we will keep you all informed about what is going on.

Just not now.

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Japan Should Stop Provoking the Sea

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

So are the Japanese to blame for provoking the sea? After all, they are the ones who have decided to live in an area where earthquakes occur. While the current situation is a tragedy, don’t the Japanese themselves share some of the blame?

O.K. before I get lynched, let me say very quickly that my heart goes out to all the victims of the tragedy in Japan. My wife is Japanese and she has many family members there (so far everyone is accounted for thankfully.) I have put details on how you can help below.

No, one one should ever write what I wrote above. Certainly no journalist would ever get away with it. You simply do not blame the victims of tragedy.

Yet when it comes to Israel, there are those who think that it is entirely appropriate to do just that. The LA Times now has an editorial where they essentially blame the Fogels for their own deaths.

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Pigskin in Kosher Country

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

The sight of two teams in full gear playing tackle football in the middle of Jerusalem may seem a bit out of place. After all, this is a soccer country [Technically, Israelis call it football -Ed.] where the instinctive impatience of Israelis may seem to go against the controlled violence that is at the heart of a football game. I remember once back in Maryland trying to teach an Israeli friend to play. He liked the tackling part but couldn’t get used to the concept of letting the tackled player get up and waiting for the next play to tackle him again.

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