Tag Archives: cancer

Not enough to worry about?

14 Nov

Cell phone users: take note of this New York Times article citing a book which covers research into cell phone radiation and possible ties to increased cancer rates.

An increase in brain cancer in the 20-29 age group.

“Henry Lai, a research professor in the bioengineering department at the University of Washington, began laboratory radiation studies in 1980 and found that rats exposed to radiofrequency radiation had damaged brain DNA. He maintains a database that holds 400 scientific papers on possible biological effects of radiation from wireless communication. He found that 28 percent of studies with cellphone industry funding showed some sort of effect, while 67 percent of studies without such funding did so. “That’s not trivial,” he said.”


Extended TDY

13 Nov

No family likes it when their soldier son, husband, brother, nephew goes TDY (tour of duty).  The separation is oh-so-noticeable.  My brother was an adventurous sort, though.  He loved to travel, and travel he surely did.  This final tour, the extended one, I imagine he will be doing what he did, what he loved to do,  his whole professional career: going on ahead, preparing the way for the safe, secure embarkation and arrival of others.

The sharp new tang of this, his last departure, tends to encroach and overwhelm the reality of the necessity to keep on keeping on.  I need to remind myself of my own duty here.  He surely would remind me, in tones and words not subtle or especially kind.

As I age and friends and family leave me behind, 1 Corinthians 15 has become for me much more vivid, real, and affirming.

John Sackett III is much more able now to perform his duty than ever he was here.  The perishable has become imperishable; the mortal, immortal.


Second Brain Surgery Update

3 Jun

Well, my brother seems to have come through the second surgery to remove another tumor.  Today the shunt/drain at the back of his skull was removed so radiation can proceed.

He was in good humor and expecting to be moved off the Neuro ICU today and possibly discharged tomorrow.

He turned fifty Monday, June 1st and ate home-cooked food and cake his wife spent the morning preparing.

He had this second major brain surgery last Friday.  The first was a month ago.

Only God’s grace and the intercession of so many can account for how well he is doing

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