08/10/08 - NNHS Newsletter
“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails
“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's birthday observance could hardly be overlooked; I mean, the man is now a resident of The Sacred Soil! But this karaoke midi is the only version of his signature song, "Big Bad John" I could locate. The good news is, it only plays through all those many verses but once, and the lyrics (as always) are printed at the bottom of the Newsletter (well, just above the credits, anyway) so you can sing along.
Or you can check out the bonus link to hear Jimmy sing it himself:
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR9dDdUmdtU - Jimmy Dean - Big Bad John (no video)
Failing all that, just cut your volume lest it drive you batty!
Happy Birthday this week to:
12 - Dave Arnold ('65) of VA AND Linwood Wright ('65) of VA;
14 - Tommie Mouser ('60) of VA AND My Grandson, Joseph Harty of OR;
17 - Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
GUEST BOOK SIGNERS:
1. Mike Fordham ('66) of FL - 08/09/08:
Thanks, Mike! Would you care to join us as a regular??
From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 08/08/08/ - "CA-125 Test":
I don't recall seeing this important info in the newsletter -- altho' it may have been earlier when I was doing a lot of traveling & missed some issues.
And men, so they can help with this issue.
SIGNS OF OVARIAN CANCER
(Even In The Absence Of Ovaries)
An Eye-Opener On Ovarian Cancer
THIS IS A MUST TO READ TO THE END
I hope you all take the time to read this and pass it on to all you can. Send this to the women in your life that you care about.
Years ago, Gilda Radner died of ovarian cancer. Her symptoms were inconclusive, and she was treated for everything under the sun until it was too late. This blood test finally identified her illness but alas, too late. She wrote a book to heighten awareness. Gene Wilder is her widower.
Kathy's Story: this is the story of Kathy West
As all of you know, I have Primary Peritoneal Cancer. This cancer has only recently been identified as its OWN type of cancer, but it is essentially Ovarian Cancer.
Both types of cancer are diagnosed in the same way, with the 'tumor marker' CA-125 BLOOD TEST, and they are treated in the same way - surgery to remove the primary tumor and then chemotherapy with Taxol and Carboplatin.
Having gone through this ordeal, I want to save others from the same fate . That is why I am sending this message to you and hope you will print it and give it or send it via E-mail to everybody you know.
One thing I have learned is that each of us must take TOTAL responsibility for our own health care. I thought I had done that because I always had an annual physical and PAP smear, did a monthly Self-Breast Exam, went to the dentist at least twice a year, etc. I even insisted on a sigmoidoscopy and a bone density test last year. When I had a total hysterectomy in 1993, I thought that I did not have to worry about getting any of the female reproductive organ cancers.
LITTLE DID I KNOW. I don't have ovaries (and they were HEALTHY when they were removed), but I have what is essentially ovarian cancer. Strange, isn't it?
These are just SOME of the things our Doctors never tell us: ONE out of every 55 women will get OVARIAN or PRIMARY PERITONEAL CANCER.
The 'CLASSIC' symptoms are an ABDOMEN that rather SUDDENLY ENLARGES and CONSTIPATION and/or DIARRHEA .
I had these classic symptoms and went to the doctor. Because these symptoms seemed to be 'abdominal', I went to a gastroenterologist. He ran tests that were designed to determine whether there was a bacteria infection; these tests were negative, and I was diagnosed with 'Irritable Bowel Syndrome'. I guess I would have accepted this diagnosis had it not been for my enlarged abdomen. I swear to you, it looked like I was 4-5 months pregnant! I therefore insisted on more tests.
They took an X-ray of my abdomen; it was negative. I was again assured that I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome and was encouraged to go on my scheduled month-long trip to Europe . I couldn't wear any of my slacks or shorts because I couldn't get them buttoned, and I KNEW something was radically wrong. I INSISTED on more tests, and they reluctantly) scheduled me for a CT-Scan (just to shut me up, I think). This is what I mean by 'taking charge of our own health care.'
The CT-Scan showed a lot of fluid in my abdomen (NOT normal). Needless to say, I had to cancel my trip and have FIVE POUNDS of fluid drawn off at the hospital (not a pleasant experience I assure you), but NOTHING compared to what was ahead of me.
Tests revealed cancer cells in the fluid. Finally, finally, finally, the doctor ran a CA-125 blood test, and I was properly diagnosed.
I HAD THE CLASSIC SYMPTOMS FOR OVARIAN CANCER, AND YET THIS SIMPLE CA-125 BLOOD TEST HAD NEVER BEEN RUN ON ME, not as part of my annual physical exam and not when I was symptomatic. This is an inexpensive and simple blood test!
PLEASE, PLEASE TELL ALL YOUR FEMALE FRIENDS AND RELATIVES TO INSIST ON A CA-125 BLOOD TEST EVERY YEAR AS PART OF THEIR ANNUAL PHYSICAL EXAMS.
Be fore warned that their doctors might try to talk them out of it, saying, 'IT ISN'T NECESSARY.' Believe me, had I known then what I know now, we would have caught my cancer much earlier (before it was a stage 3 cancer). Insist on the CA-125 BLOOD TEST; DO NOT take 'NO' for an answer!
The normal range for a CA-125 BLOOD TEST is between zero and 35. MINE WAS 754. (That's right, 754!). If the number is slightly above 35, you can have another done in three or six months and keep a close eye on it, just as women do when they have fibroid tumors or when men have a slightly elevated PSA test (Prostatic Specific Antigens) that helps diagnose prostate cancer.
Having the CA-125 test done annually can alert you early, and that's the goal in diagnosing any type of cancer - catching it early.
Do you know 55 women? If so, at least one of them will have this VERY AGGRESSIVE cancer. Please, go to your doctor and insist on a CA-125 test and have one EVERY YEAR for the rest of your life.
And forward this message to every woman you know, and tell all of your female family members and friends. Though the median age for this cancer is 56, (and, guess what, I'm exactly 56, women as young as 22 have it. Age is no factor.
A NOTE FROM THE RN:
Well , after reading this, I made some calls. I found that the CA-125 test is an ovarian screening test equivalent to a man's PSA test prostate screen (which my husband's doctor automatically gives him in his physical each year and insurance pays for it). I called the general practitioner's office about having the test done. The nurse had never heard of it. She told me that she doubted that insurance would pay for it. So I called Prudential Insurance Co, and got the same response. Never heard of it - it won't be covered. I explained that it was the same as the PSA test they had paid for my husband for years. After conferring with whomever they confer with, she told me that the CA-125 would be covered.
It is $75 in a GP's office and $125 at the GYN's. This is a screening test that should be required just like a PAP smear (a PAP smear cannot detect problems with your ovaries). And you must insist that your insurance company pay for it.
Gene Wilder and Pierce Brosnan (his wife had it, too) are lobbying for women's health issues, saying that this test should be required in our physicals, just like the PAP and the mammogram. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO SEND THIS OUT TO ALL THOSE YOU CAN. BE IT MALE OR FEMALE, IT SHOULD NOT MATTER, AS THEY CAN FORWARD IT ALSO TO THOSE LOVED ONES THEY KNOW.
IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH FORWARDING SOMETHING AS IMPORTANT AS THIS, HERE'S A LITTLE HINT THAT MAY ASSIST YOU WITH YOUR DECISION ~ JUST PRETEND THAT THIS IS A JOKE, WHICH IT CERTAINLY IS NOT, AND SEND IT OUT TO ALL THE FOLKS YOU WOULD IF IT WAS. THANKS
Thank you so much, Ronnie!
From the Head Cheerleader of 1965, Pam Smith Arnold of VA - 08/08/08 - "RE: Friday, 08/08/08":
It is a wonderful day - it is my grandson's, Sammy's, first birthday.
And - on July 26, outside! in Tucson, AZ, my son, Pete, got married. Now I have a new daughter, Sarah.
Cheers and happy thoughts to all,
What fabulous news! I was just thinking of little Sammy the other day; perhaps that's why! A birthday and a wedding, too - congratulations all around! Thanks, Cousin Pam!
From Brenda Eakes Insley ('66) of VA - 08/08/08 - "Who I Am Makes A Difference":
Thank you, Brenda! As is so often the case, there is some question as to the veracity of this entire selection.
But as is also so often the case, that does nothing to affect the truthfulness of the principles involved. Whether or not the story is completely accurate in every detail or merely allegorical, it contains a valuable lesson for us all, and I do so appreciate your sharing it with us!
From Billy Fitzgerald ('58) of VA - 08/08/08 - "follow up":
Thank you, Billy! We all seem to be related one to another, in varying degrees - and isn't it grand?!?
I tried to locate some images to scan of those you mentioned, but was unable to do so.
I'm reminded of the time a couple of years ago when we tried to show the relationships of the various members of the Cutler family, and in the process so scrambled them, I wonder if we ever resolved it!
Thanks again, Sweetie!
From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 08.09/08 - "Bible Drill":
Try 'em.....then try
them again and again....it is really interesting to see just how well you do
This is neat; they ask different questions each time you take a drill. It's addictive ... and amazing at the same time. Click on the link below to begin.
Take your first 10....
Bible Drill - http://teachingtruth.org/quiz.php
This is so cool! Thank you, Norris!
From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/09/08 - "signs":
In a Podiatrist's office:
'Time wounds all heels.'
On a Septic Tank Truck:
Yesterday's Meals on Wheels
At a Proctologist's door:
'To expedite your visit, please back in.'
On a Plumber's truck:
'We repair what your husband fixed.'
On another Plumber's truck:
'Don't sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.'
On a Church's Bill board:
'7 days without God makes one weak.'
At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee:
'Invite us to your next blowout.'
At a Towing company:
'We don't charge an arm and a leg. We want tows.'
In a Nonsmoking Area:
we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire
On a Maternity Room door:
'Push. Push. Push.'
At an Optometrist's Office:
you don't see what you're looking for,
On an Electrician's truck:
'Let us remove your shorts.'
On a Taxidermist's window:
'We really know our stuff.'
On a Fence:
'Salesmen welcome! Dog food is expensive!'
At a Car Dealership:
'The best way to get back on your feet -
Outside a Muffler Shop:
In a Veterinarian's waiting room:
'Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!'
At the Electric Company
'We would be delighted if you send in your payment.
In a Restaurant window:
'Don't stand there and be hungry;
In the front yard of a Funeral Home:
'Drive carefully. We'll wait.'
At a Propane Filling Station:
'Thank heaven for little grills.'
And don't forget the sign
'Best place in town to take a leak.'
Sign on the back of another
'Caution - This Truck is full of Political Promise
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 08/05/08 - "We've All Been There!!! " (#4 in a series of 15):
We've All Been There!!!
GIGGLES! Thanks, Joyce!
PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):
Jerry Allen ('65) of VA -
update of 07/25/08 -
update of 07/28/08 -
"Jerry's HOME!!! He is ... feeling much better. He will still have to tackle
some health issues, but we are getting there!"
2.Julius Benton ('58) of VA - diagnosed years ago with Pick's Disease; update of 07/18/08 - SEE: 07/19/08
3. Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP;update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"; update of 03/28/08: re-hospitalized; $1475.00 received so far; still short of $2000.00 goal; update of 04/28/08 - SEE: 04/28/08; update of 06/23/08 - surgery on right eye - 07/01/08; surgery on left eye to follow several weeks later as financial goals are met
Connie Bloxom ThompsonD 21015
4. Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA - broken hip - early this year; still recovering and in pain; update of 06/17/08 - SEE: 06/18/08
5.Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07
6. Emily (daughter of My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever; update of 03/18/08: had some ups and lows, but is home again; update of 04/14/08 - still in pain, running a fever; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08; update of 05/05/08 - "finally getting better. Her hamstring stretching is painful, but making a big difference. She has years of physical therapy ahead of her, but is doing soo much better"; update of 05/13/08 - has had a setback; going to see the surgeon in Richmond on 05/15/08; update of 06/15/08 - SEE: 06/17/08
7. Dale Chestnut (Nakina HS, NC - '54) of VA suffered heart attack on 07/25/08, fell on sidewalk during attack, breaking his nose and cheekbone and losing a tooth; is in critical condition in Mary Immaculate ICU; update of 08/04/08 - SEE ABOVE
8. Carol Cook Campbell ('62) of VA - update of 07/26/08 - heart catheter; at home now and doing fine
9. My Niece, Shari, of VA - hospitalized 07/19/08
10. Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA - stroke on 06/17/08; update of 06/25/08 - SEE: 06/26/08; update of 07/02/08 - SEE: 07/03/08; update of 07/26/08 - "went home July 10th and is doing GREAT; walking each night, having therapy a few times a week and progressing very well"
11.Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - knee surgery with complications on 07/01/08 - update of 07/10/08 - SEE: 07/12/08; update of 07/20/08 - SEE: 07/21/08
12. My second granddaughter,Rachel Harty of IL - broke her ankle/leg in 3 places on 05/17/08; clean breaks, no surgery required, but located in a tricky place for a growing girl, so proper healing is essential; update of 05/30/08 - "healing nicely. They put her in a cast below the knee. She still can't put any weight on it for 2 more weeks. Then she will be in a walking cast for 3 weeks after that"; update of 06/14/08 - Her leg is healing much faster than the doctor had expected. She is in a waterproof walking cast now for 3 weeks, then this cast will come off and she will have physical therapy; update of 07/06/08: SEE: 07/07/08; update of 07/27/08 - "has completed her physical therapy, and is now totally healed!"; update of 07/29/08 - SEE ABOVE
13. Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA - update of 07/26/08 - hip surgery - at home now and doing fine
14. Bitsy Heath ('57) of VA - 07/02/08 - abdominal aneurysm requiring surgery; also having other issues with breathing and pulmonary output; SEE: 07/03/08
16. Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"; update of 05/10/08: "continues to do well since the surgery for pancreatic cancer and will now begin the follow-up treatment to be decided upon following the consultation and evaluation at MD Anderson (Houston).
17. Charley Mugler of VA - suffered massive on 07/20/08
18. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm; update of 03/17/08 - still experiencing difficulty with heart racing, breathing and pressure in her chest; pray that cardiac ablation procedure will not have to be repeated, and that Pam can learn to REST!; update of 05/04/08 - "in about eight months she will indeed have to have the ablation process repeated."
19. Marsha Rice ('62) of VA - update of 07/26/08 - knee surgery - at home now and doing fine
20. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"; update of 06/09/08 - "still at home recovering. I am sure they would love receiving cards/notes from NNHS friends."
22. Jim Wilson ('58) of VA recovering from prostate surgery on 06/02/08
23. All of Us
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 -NNHS CLASS OF 1968:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion-class-of-1968.html - 03/31/08
2. Saturday, September 27, 2008 -EVERYONE:
Evelyn Fryer Fish's Birthday Party for All of Us
3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008- NNHS CLASS OF 1963 - AND PERHAPS OTHERS:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion-class-of-1963.html - 07/23/08
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Big Bad John
- Written by Dean and Roy Acuff
(Jimmy Dean, 1961)
Every morning at the mine you could see him arrive
He stood six foot six and weighed two forty five
Kinda broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip
And everybody knew ya didn't give no lip to Big John.
Big Bad John
Nobody seemed to know where John called home
He just drifted into town and stayed all alone
He didn't say much, kinda quiet and shy
And if you spoke at all, you just said "Hi" to Big John.
Somebody said he came from New Orleans
Where he got in a fight over a Cajun Queen
And a crashin' blow from a huge right hand
Sent a Lousiana fella to the Promised Land - Big John
Big Bad John
Then came the day at the bottom of the mine
When a timber cracked and men started cryin'
Miners were prayin' and hearts beat fast
Everybody thought that they'd breathed their last-'cept John
Through the dust and the smoke of this man-made hell
Walked a giant of a man that the miners knew well
Grabbed a saggin' timber, gave out with a groan
And like a giant oak tree he just stood there alone - Big John
Big Bad John
With all of his strength he gave a mighty shove
Then a miner yelled out "There's a light up above!"
And twenty men scrambled from a would-be grave
Now there's only one left down there to save - Big John
With jacks and timbers they started back down
Then came that rumble way down in the ground
And then smoke and gas belched out of that mine
Everybody knew it was the end of the line for Big John
Big Bad John
Now they never reopened that worthless pit
They just placed a marble stand in front of it
These few words are written on that stand
At the bottem of this mine lies a big, big man - Big John
Big Bad John
"Big Bad John" karaoke midi courtesy of http://www.freemidi.org/download.html?id_cmp=10535&id=1405&Big+bad+John&Jimmy+Dean - 08/09/08
"Big Bad John" lyrics courtesy of http://www.boyscouttrail.com/content/song/song-1364.asp - 08/09/08
First Image of Jimmy Dean courtesy of http://www.jamd.com/search?assettype=g&assetid=3242238&text=Jimmy+Dean - 08/08/08
Second Image of Jimmy Dean courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/scary/darkorion98/actors.htm - 08/08/08
Guitar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been in my files since 02/01/05
Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of http://www.feebleminds-gifs.com/guestbook-gifs.html - 03/07/06
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Army Seal clip art courtesy of
Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art
also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks again, Al!
Marine Corps Seal clip art
courtesy of the late
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
Famous Marines who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!
Animated Laughing Kitten courtesy of Joyce Lawrence
Cahoon of VA - 07/29/08
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