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Health Update

Not much to report here. Right now, I am tired of tests and doctors, so I am taking a wait and see approach to things. While I was certainly glad to find out I didn’t have pancreatic cancer, I am no closer to finding out what is really going on. Something is not right, so the hunt for answers continues. These problems are in addition to the chronic, unrelenting pain and debility I live with every day.

Is wait and see the right thing to do? I don’t know, but I have reached a point where I am flat wore out from the tests, doctors, new prescriptions, and huge medical bills. Spring is on the way, so I hope to get out more. This will help to take my mind off of my health. It won’t cure me, but it will help me die in a better frame of mind. (there’s that famous Bruce Gerencser gallows humor again)


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    When I read about your health problems it reminds me of how little the current medical community understands about many chronic illnesses. Last year I was diagnosed with endometriosis. It took about two years, several doctors, and a surgury to find this out. Many people including the right wing tea party/republican “christians” seem to be oblivious of what people with chronic illnesses go through. The costs are enormus financially and emotionally I can think of no better reason for universal health care than the people for whom there are no medical answers. My surgery helped so much but I know it is only a matter of time before I need another surgery. I pretty much wiped out my savings getting to my last surgery as i was unable to work. Have no idea how much I will be spending next time around. but seeing my genetic future through my mother it does not look good. Anyway I hope you have as many good days ahead of you as you need. Are you getting disability? My mother has been trying to get that for a couple years now. Going slower than needed.

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      Bruce Gerencser

      Unfortunately, due to me opting out of social security for most of the years I spent in the ministry, I do not have enough work quarters to qualify for disability. I did apply years ago, and like most people with Fibromyalgia, I was denied. By the time I got the mental/emotional strength to try again, I was beyond the work quarters window. I continue to look for a part time job that would allow me to earn enough quarters to qualify, but I am pretty much unemployable. (at least in this area) I have applied five times now at the local newspaper for a sports writer/photography position. The ad is in the paper 2-3 times a year. I am quite qualified for this job but they haven’t even given me the courtesy of a phone call. I suspect this is due to my outspokenness concerning atheism.I can’t imagine what else it would be since I am more than qualified for the job. And…I am on narcotic pain meds, so passing a drug test becomes a problem for me.

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