Friday, December 21, 2012

Twas the night before ‘Cliff’mas

While trying to out-live a ‘recalcitrant’ cancer I find it damn difficult sometimes to watch elected representatives treat it like a bone of contention.

Facing ‘last stand’ obstacles from whiny scientists at NIH who do not like their research directed by “we the people” to a threatened ‘hold’ by a lone Senator … U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) maneuvered the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act of 2012 which had passed the House of Representatives unanimously with bi-partisan support earlier this Fall from an at-risk stand-alone bill to an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.

Now the ‘amended’ National Defense Authorization Act goes back to the House of Representatives for approval of changes.

Why does it even matter? It redirects the previously funded federal research by the National Cancer Institute to target the "most deadly cancers" while adding zero cost to the budget. Priority status given to pancreatic cancer (5 yr survival rate = 4%) and lung cancer (5 yr survival rate = 15%). Plus it's personal ... 
Why does it matter NOW? In parliamentary terms, it’s ‘old business’ of the 112th US Congress which ends on January 3, 2013. If not signed into law by the President before then the clock resets to scratch on legislation that has been years in the works.

As frustrated as I may get ‘watching’ this, I do want to give a Christmas shout out to Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) for standing up and believing in survival.

Now like everything else, forget the Mayan calendar, the better question is what and who among us will survive the Obama/Boehner ‘Cliff’mas holidays? 

Patrick Leer
Health Activist:
Caregivingly Yours, MS Caregiver @

1 comment:

  1. I am here to give my testimony about a doctor who help me in my life. I was infected with HIV virus in the 2012,i went to many hospitals, churches for cure but there was no solution out, so I was thinking how can I get a solution out so that i cannot loose my life, I lost everything I have my husband run away from me and also took my children along because of my sickness. One day I was in the river side thinking the next step to take if it is to jump into the river so that I can loose my life totally or just think where I can go to get solution. so a lady walk to me telling me why am I so sad and i open up all to him telling her my stories, she told me that she can help me out that’s the reason she normally come here to help people so that thy can be cured because she was into this problem before, she introduce me to a doctor who cast spells on people and gave me his number and email so i called him and also email him. He told me all the things I need to provide and also give me instructions to take, which I followed properly. Before I knew what is happening he called me and told me that i should go for an HIV test and which i did as he told me and the result was negative. so if you are also heart brokened and also need a help you can also email him at OR call +2349055637784