2.04.2016

Health Research, and No New Answers

I oftentimes stay worrying about my tumor. I feel like I'm missing an important set of guidelines, behaviors our care. Like I'm not getting enough information accidentally.

It makes me uncomfortable. But these feelings are passing, and don't make me spiral into a frenzy of anxiety and worry. I just stop worrying and keep on with what I was doing.

There just isn't anything to do except have the doctors check it every six months. That's what it is like to live with a benign tumor. You just are patient and wait six months.

From the National Library of Medicine:

"Tumors are abnormal growths in your body. They are made up of extra cells. Normally, cells grow and divide to form new cells as your body needs them. When cells grow old, they die, and new cells take their place. Sometimes, this process goes wrong. New cells form when your body does not need them, and old cells do not die when they should. When these extra cells form a mass, it is called a tumor.

Tumors can be either benign or malignant. Benign tumors aren't cancer. Malignant ones are. Benign tumors grow only in one place. They cannot spread or invade other parts of your body. Even so, they can be dangerous if they press on vital organs, such as your brain.

Treatment often involves surgery. Benign tumors usually don't grow back."

NIH: National Cancer Institute

1.16.2016

Misha Stalking a Mouse

Meet Misha

I adopted a cat in very early January. She is very  sweet and polite,  and is getting along fine with Benny the  Beagle.

Misha is a 8-12 month calico. She doesn't  know it yet,  but she's getting spayed soon.  :(

Chicago Restaurants to Try in 2016

Photo borrowed from http://www.greencurtainevents.com/
Chicago is amazing ethnically and the restaurant scene represents it well.

Here is a rather long list of restaurants I've just discovered through some brief research, which I would like to try out this year.

These are among the top and newest restaurants in Chicago.

Au Cheval
Avec
Band of bohemia
Bavette's Bar and Boeuf
Boka
Cantina 1910
Demera Ethiopian
Frontera Grill
Girl and the Goat
Green River
Hakka Bakka
La Scarola
La Sirena Clandestina
Latincity
Lula Cafe
Mexique
Mindy's Hot Chocolate
Momotaro
Monteverde
Parachute
Publican
Quartino
Smoque
Spacca Napoli
Spiaggia
Swift & Sons
TangoSur
The Angry Crab
Topolobampo
Urban Belly (korean noodles)

12.25.2015

Favorite Charitable Causes

Today I was driving a lot around Tampa with family, and during a moment of quiet, I started thinking about all the charitable causes that are important to me. I thought I'd record these here for future reference, and also in case anyone else is looking at causes to search for the one (or more) to help/support.

I really like not only these causes, but also the fact that many provide me at least three ways of supporting: by purchasing a gift or tchotchke so a portion of the moneys go to the charity; by directly donating so all moneys go to the charity; or by signing a petition to help elevate the voice of the charity with government officials. I like having options for how I support! :o)

Without further ado, here's my list of favorite charities in alpha order: