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Glenn Friedman

"Encouraging goodness, kindness & forgiveness"

Bourbonnais, IL, USA
male, age 63
married, 3 children
Speaks: German - bit rusty
Joined Dec 7, 2006


 
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I sat on the rocking chair on the front porch and watched the lightning storm in the distance.  I needed more time to digest all that I was told by my doctor at the University of Chicago.  I had just got home from the clinic where I was told that I had 6 weeks to live without treatment.  With chemotherapy, I may live another 6 weeks.  The doc was honest with me.  He doubted that I would see Summer.  He did say, it is possible for me to live a year, but the odds were against me.  It appeared that my bone marrow function is shutting down.  The blasts in the bloodstream increased 6 fold in just two weeks which indicates bone marrow failure.  At some point, my white and red blood cells and my platelets will start to drop more than they have already.  I asked him how I might die and he went into a few scenarios - all of which would be rather fast and easy to bare.   I might not need hospice care.  My leukemia nurse was a little more hopeful.   She reminded me that I just survived a potentially fatal infection.  My body has learned to adapt to extremely low blood counts.  That could help me get me a little more time out of life.
Strangely, I am calm and accepting.  Sure, I'm sad.  But life has been good to me.  Since I met Debbie, almost seven years ago, it's been wonderful.  I have enjoyed my time on earth.  It could have been a little longer, but it sure couldn't have been any better.  
On Monday, I'll start a new chemotherapy drug.  If that doesn't work, there is another one that can be tried.
I hope to get the full 12 weeks of Spring and, if lucky, I might get even more.

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 Lately, I've combined my appreciation of the spoken word with my love of photography by creating over 120 images dealing with  the struggles and meaning of life.   For years, I have been concerned with kindness matters.  Now that I am terminally ill, I have spent even more time thinking about loss and grief, justice and mercy, tolerance and forgiveness and the real important issues of life.  I have created these little ponderings as a way to convey meaningful quotes to those who are also travelling on life's rough road.   Click here to see a slide show of my photographs.  As long as I am able, new images to this slide show will be added every week or so. 
  Due to a serious bone marrow disease, I decided it was best for me to close my candy business before the beginning of the new school year.  I had concerns that some of my customers would call in orders and then, due to the illness, I wouldn't be able to make any more deliveries.  As many of you know, I had major difficulties making deliveries during the past school year.  I recognize that I am most fortunate to have lived this long.  I was given a median life expectancy of just 5 months and I have lived far longer than that.  I just don't want to push my luck any further.  I really need to keep working, because I really need the money to pay my bills, but I have finally accepted the reality of my medical condition.  Chemotherapy in combination with an experimental drug has kept me stable, but there is no cure.  I consider the treatment to be a success since I am still alive and kicking.

For the last 27 years, I have been serving my customers and making deliveries.  It's been more like a hobby than work since I loved it so much.  I sure didn't want to close up the business.

By the way, if you still owe me money from last season, please pay me soon.  Chicagoland Fund Raisers was my only source of income and now that's gone.  Unfortunately, I never earned enough to have any savings or retirement fund.  Instead, I am incredibly deep in debt.  Please sent those past due checks to:

Glenn Friedman
Chicagoland Fund Raisers, Inc.
P O Box 1112
Bourbonnais, IL 60914





Nowadays, I rarely visit Care2's web-site.  Maybe once a month.  I spend most of my free time either resting or sleeping.  I am so thankful to still be alive.  I was given 3 to 5 months to live on June 3, 2008.  I never thought I would see Christmas.  I am fortunate to witness the beauty and wonder of Spring. 










At the end of May, I received some somber news:  I have a bone marrow and blood disorder which will eventually take my life.  According to my primary oncologist, I have a life expectancy of 3 to 4 months.  A University of Chicago oncologist said I have more than 3 to 4 months.  The doc at Loyola Medical Center said that I should survive 6 to 8 months.  Fortunately, I am in relatively great shape physically so I am trying to prolong my days through exercise and better nutrition.  I am also spending a lot more time enjoying every precious day of life.

Since getting the news, I rarely visit the Care2 website or check my e-mails.  Please, do not be offended if I do not respond to friend requests or messages.  When I am at home nowadays, I tend to spend a lot of time sleeping or watching TV.  I just don't have a lot of energy anymore.

I feel most fortunate to still be alive and kicking.  When I finally leave this earth, it will be with a grateful heart for having had a most wonderful life.

Here's a pic of me holding little Megan's feet in August...


Our family reunion in Houston...





Just as Spring follows Winter,
there is a hope within each of us
- the hope of Easter -
that life will follow death;
that life will continue beyond the grave.

We see evidence of this
in the barren trees which start to bud;
in tulips emerging from the frozen ground.
Soon, we'll see the brown grass once again turn green
and the barren ground once again filled with flowers.

Wishing you a Happy Easter and a life filled with promise and hope.

Glenn




Violent crimes have dropped 25% since '87, but harsher sentencing for lesser crimes has caused overcrowding and fueled a thriving private-prisons industry. - Time, March 17, 2008 issue.
For more information on this cartoon:
http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/news_room_detail.aspx?id=35912
“For all the money spent on corrections today, there hasn’t been a clear and convincing return for public safety,” said Adam Gelb, director of the Public Safety Performance Project. 
http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/paperchase/2008/02/one-in-100-us-adults-in-prison-pew.php
Something is terribly wrong with our judicial system...
with our zero-tolerance attitude.







Photo by Glenn Friedman

My daughter, Laura, married Mike on December 1st.  She was stunning.


Jennie took these photos of Laura and me...




Introducing my grandson...
Photos snapped on Dec. 1st
Isn't he beautiful?  Isn't he precious?
               
This little fellow stopped by on November 1st for a snack:
             


     
May thoughts and acts of loving kindness warm your spirit.
 


          

I took these photos while kayaking on the Kankakee:

Click here to see 2 minute slide presentation of the trip.

I read this somber reflection of War. 
It still holds true more than a century later:





We tend to criticize others, but we don't always live as we should.
Isn't it better to live by example?  We ought to be a light in the darkness.

Gitmo doesn't protect us from harm.  It actually hurts us:

Guantanamo Bay stirs up anger and hatred against America.
It makes our citizens left safe as they travel abroad.
When America tramples on human rights and the Geneva Convention, we inadvertantly encourage other countries to follow in our footsteps.



Zero-tolerance is Extremism...






I took this photo of a woman walking in the woods on May 19th:


I took this photo in early April:



Recently, I came across this quote:

It seems to me, we care more about justice for just us.  Americans, as a whole, don't seem too concerned about justice for anyone else.  Apathy tears at the fibers that has made this country great.  
 
After the Virginia Tech shootings, much of the news media focused its attention on the ease in which some mentally unstable individuals are able to purchase guns.  The reality is that thousands of normal, sane Americans go gun crazy each year.  
                     
Most of us remember the horrors of 9/11 in which 3,000 perished.  Yet, we don't seem horrified at all that 30,000 Americans are killed by other Americans each year.  We have a serious problem guns and we don't seem to care.  I came across this great annimated cartoon from Mark Fiore on the CBSNewswebsite.  Take a look:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/04/26/opinion/main2730337.shtml

Last year, I took this photo of an Amish family:

 
Personal Professional Contact Singles
Joined Dec 7, 2006 Activist Aspirations undeclared 
Here for  
Group Host of none yet
Groups American Revolution, Independence Day 2007, Angel Friends - Touching Lives One Life at a Time, Blue Heron, BodyByBliss, Christians in Recovery from Addictions, Help The Prisoners, In Memory Of....., Mother and Father God Welcome all to the Kingdom, People Helping Other People Worldwide, The Golden Rule with a Twist: Pay It Forward, The Musketeers, The Photographer's Lounge, Voice For Peace
Hometown Chicago, IL 
Homepage http://www.EmbraceKindness.net  
Birthday June 03, 1951  
Languages German - bit rusty  
About Me Striving to live my life as I believe God would want.
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  Lifestyle
Pets I feed wild birds and deer, None in the house  
Activist Aspirations
Political Leaning Moderate
Religions I apply practical Wisdom found in both, Judaism and Christianity  
Eating Habits Ethnic Restaurants, Chinese buffets  
Wild Fact About Me
My Philosophy We serve God best when we serve each other. We love God best when we love one another.
What Gives Me Hope I believe God wants us to give, to love, to serve and to grow.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
What/who changed my life and why Bill Keane when he said in a Family Circle cartoon that "Our arms are the only ones God has to hug people." We are - or should be - instruments of God to serve His children.
What Bugs Me Hatred and Intolerance, Corruption in Government, When I don't live up to my own standards  
Passions Photography, Music, Reading, Learning  
Inspirations Music, Nature, Wisdom  
What Scares Me Ignorance and indifferance  
  Favorites
Role Models Jimmy Carter, Martin Luther King Jr., His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Jesus of Nazareth  
Quotation If there is one Father in Heaven, then we are all His Children. That makes us all brothers and sisters. - GLF
Interests Photography, Nature, Wildlife  
Books Books of Wisdom, Ancient Scripture, Bowls of Chicken Soup for the Soul  
Music Country, Blue Grass, Celtic, World Music, New Age  
Movies True and Inspiring Stories, Films about the Holocaust, Angela's Ashes, A Simple Plan  
TV Shows Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, 60 Minutes  
Favorite Foods Ethnic food, Anything chocolate!  
Favorite Places The Mountains of Utah and Colorado, Anywhere in Nature, Amish Country  
Can't Live Without Hope and Love, Nature and Photography, Books and Music  
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    Miss you my deer friend,


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    Miss you Glenn.

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