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Fri, Sep 20 6:28am · Optic Nerve Meningioma patients in Brain Tumor

@andavis1189 Not knowing another person with a particular medical condition seems very hard to take. I feel the same way. In my case it's "burning mouth syndrome" (or something like that). It's daily torture, no real treatment, numerous docs know nothing about it, and those that do offer no cure and barely any relief. This topic comes up on Mayo discussion line, but I have never met or heard personally about anyone with it.

Sun, Sep 1 1:26pm · Facing Cancer Recurrence, PTSD & Acknowledging Mental Health in Cancer: Managing Symptoms

@alamogal635 @merpreb Just reading these stories is terrifying. No wonder you are afraid. And yes, the unknown makes everything worse. I wish AA stood for "anxiety anonymous," but unfortunately it's not that simple.

Thu, Aug 29 7:43am · Facing Cancer Recurrence, PTSD & Acknowledging Mental Health in Cancer: Managing Symptoms

@merpreb I am sure all the advice to be positive is correct; but it doesn't always work. I feel I am doing all the right things–that is, I have endless work to do, much of it is my professional work as an academic. Add to that eating right, exercising, and filling the day with activities and people. But the general sadness and gloom never leaves.

Thu, Aug 29 5:49am · Facing Cancer Recurrence, PTSD & Acknowledging Mental Health in Cancer: Managing Symptoms

#janlandenz Yes- the general consensus is that a positive attitude is best. Still, I wonder if it is an honest way to go. Stories like this make my sad and depressed even if I am OK myself. Indeed– what are we to think when terrible things happen to good people? Great books have been written about this subject but offer little solution.

Sun, Aug 25 12:40pm · MAYO email announcements in Just Want to Talk

@colleenyoung I did notice that the announcements were rearranged to feature medical info and inquiries, rather than listed carillon concerts. Thanks for acting on my suggestion.

Thu, Aug 15 7:10am · MAYO email announcements in Just Want to Talk

@colleenyoung TI might add that the listing of numerous carillon concerts seems to be a change from previous arrangement of info on daily announcements.

Wed, Aug 14 8:31am · Sharing the burden of hearing loss in Hearing Loss

@raykraemer Yes, hearing loss is often not recognized as a "disability." The reason may be that it is associated with old age, and old folks are freely the butt of jokes (granny, old guy, eh? what'ed you say? etc.) Remember, the youth culture is dominant. Over 40 = over the hill. Not to mention over 70.

Tue, Aug 13 7:24am · Sharing the burden of hearing loss in Hearing Loss

@thodson3 With all the talk about inclusion, discrimination, "other," and the whole PC mania, there is still plenty of discrimination out there. It just so happens that hearing loss does not belong in the current PC list. No wonder people do not want to be seen with hearing aids. The same person who would gladly hold the door for someone with crutches, would look awry at a person with hearing aids. Does this disability not come under the "Americans with disabilities act"?