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1. Surviving a Stroke at 33 (and Blogging About It)

Christine Hyung-Oak Lee suffered a stroke when she was 33, and she has written about her experience in an inspiring personal essay for BuzzFeed.

Before that, she was using a pseudonym on WordPress.com to blog about her experiences, share details about her life, and practice her writing. In 2007, shortly after New Year’s Day, Lee wrote the following in a blog post:

something in my brain burped. most of what i want to do is just out of my grasp. i feel like i know how to do them, but then when i go to do them, i just…CAN’T. day by day, i’m regaining my abilities, so i hope this is just temporary.

Lee’s commenters urged her to see a doctor, and the next day, she responded to them from a hospital bed: “I had a stroke! Will be better.”

I spoke with Lee about her experience, and what she has learned about herself and her writing.

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It’s amazing that you could go through something so profound health-wise and chart a new path for yourself coming out of it. What’s the response been to your essay?

I’ve been blown away. As life-changing as my stroke was, the response, too, will probably go down in my life history as a turning point.

I had a blog — and I’ve been blogging since before it was called “blogging,” back when it was called “web journaling,” back in the days when Justin Hall was on links.net and when I wrote my posts in HTML. But before I spun up my anonymous blog, I was asked to stop blogging by a few family members. I was putting them at risk, they said, I was not to make myself so public.

Bottom line, I didn’t want to stop blogging, so I started up a blog under a pseudonym. I never told them about the blog. A few months later, I had my stroke.

The blog was one of the first places to which I turned when I had my stroke, before I knew I’d had a stroke. I wrote in my journal, too — but I turned to my blog in the wake of my stroke, which for me was a largely isolating event. I made some great friends. Got support that way. It was my village, for a time.

Also, my blog has always been a place to do some “low-stakes writing” — writing without the intention of publication, writing that is more therapeutic. That said, blogging has always been a venue for me to refine my writing voice — because after all, it is still a public space with readers.

What are the odds that a person could suffer a stroke at 33?

According to the New York Times, about 10 to 15 percent of strokes happen to people under the age of 45. That’s supposed to be about 1 in 1,000. And oftentimes, young people who have had a stroke are misdiagnosed and sent home.

I was the youngest person in the DCU (aka “stroke unit”) in the hospital by about 30 years during my stay. Most doctors were astonished by my age. They certainly didn’t suspect I’d had a stroke until they saw the MRI and its uncontested results. I could see how I could have been sent home and had to shoulder a mysterious ailment. I was lucky in that they figured it out and I got the care I needed to ensure the recovery I eventually had.

Can you talk about some specific posts that led you on a path both during and after your stroke?

Definitely, the post during which readers told me to go to the hospital!

I’m not sure where I found my voice after the stroke, really. I think there were people out in the internet reading — Carolyn Kellogg, who writes for the LA Times, had a blog called Pinky’s Paperhaus at the time, and she linked to me as a writer recovering from stroke. So there was definitely interest in my story and situation.

I really don’t think I found my voice regarding my stroke until years later. I wasn’t able to write about it until my post for Nova Ren Suma, who did a Turning Point series on her blog, to which I contributed with a reference to my stroke.

Not only has blogging my stroke experience refined my voice, it was also life-saving. And anonymity provided sanctuary.

What is your life like now?

It is as normal as I imagine it to be. It’s, honestly, better than my life pre-stroke. I’m following my dreams and choosing very carefully what it is I want to do each day, each month, each year. While in recovery, I had very limited energy, and had to be particular about my priorities; I decided to keep doing that, go forward.

And what about your writing?

Once you go through something like that, when so many of your abilities are taken away, your life is pared down to what it is you really want to get back.

I went through a very dark place at some point in my recovery — and although I don’t look upon that phase with fondness, I did learn what was most important to me, and what it is I most desired out of my life. And my writing became a front-and-center goal. I’d always known writing was important to me, but after the stroke, I knew I would channel everything I had to get back to writing.

Now that I’m writing again, I’ve more a sense of structure with regard to my writing projects; in fact, I’m obsessed with structure, because recovery is so much about stages and regaining structure. Because my brain was injured, I understood how writing happens, in my brain at least — that stories are modular, that I need quiet, that layers come with each retelling.


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2. Engaged, Inspired, and Ready to Build a Better Web

Automattic is a distributed company — we all work from wherever we are. Right now, “where we are” is 197 cities around the world: New Orleans, USA. Montevideo, Uruguay. Tokyo, Japan. Vilnius, Lithuania.

Once a year, we get together somewhere in the world to meet, work alongside, learn from, and laugh with one another in an exhilarating, exhausting week called the Grand Meetup. This year, 277 Automatticians descended on Park City, Utah, for seven days in mid-September.

We introduced ourselves to new colleagues, reconnected with coworkers we haven’t seen since last year, and worked on ways to make WordPress.com even better. And of course, lots of us blogged about the experience, in words and images.

We were blown away by the brilliance and generosity of our colleagues…

I’m grateful to have met so many Automatticians from around the world who brought such kindness, curiosity, patience, fierce intelligence, creativity and humor to the time we had together. I’m grateful to have learned about their hobbies, families, personal journeys, quirks, pet peeves, amazing skills, unmitigated geekiness, and brilliant senses of humor.

- VIP Wrangler Chris Hardie

We marveled at the range of conversations we had, from the sublime to the absurd…

Here are some of the things I talked about this week:

  • Scottish independence
  • Taylor Swift
  • Goats
  • Sexism
  • My children
  • Other people’s children
  • Infertility
  • Tattoos
  • Swing dancing
  • Whiskey
  • Javascript
  • Waffles (lack thereof)
  • VideoPress
  • Houston
  • Leadership
  • Fake morning talkshows
  • Mario Kart

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We soaked in the natural beauty of Utah…

Early morning takeoff, by yours truly.

Early morning takeoff, by yours truly.

And some of us got up close and personal with the wide Utah sky…

Happiness Engineer Jeremey DuVall realizes he's just jumped out of an airplane.

Happiness Engineer Jeremey DuVall realizes he’s just jumped out of an airplane.

We learned from one another, and had fun doing it…

I learned how to analyze data in Python with Carly, and went skydiving with Prasath. After discussing common security vulnerabilities with Anne, Cami and I plotted a podcast about absolutely nothing, and recorded part of our first episode…

If you asked me four years ago if I thought it were possible to enjoy working, I’d be dubious. If you asked me whether one could ever genuinely love and respect all their coworkers, I’d hesitate.

Over the past four years, the people of Automattic have demonstrated to me that it’s possible to do work you love with people you love. It’s not common — not yet — but it’s possible.

- VaultPress Eclectic Happiffier Chris Rudzki

We burned the midnight oil…

We worked, we played, we ate, we drank, we slept very little. We tried to make the world a better place, and if you think that’s me being dramatic you don’t know the people I have the honor of working with.

- Dot Organizer Cami Kaos

We took a lot of photos…

We had a week of perfect weather for a perfect meetp. There are a lot of tabletop games at Automattic meetups. (Seriously, a lot of games.) We take ping-pong very, very seriously, too. Meetup friendships make our online communication that much richer. Mountain hikes are a great way to bond with colleagues. Yes, we even get tattoos together. Some of us managed to get up with the sun (or maybe we just hadn't made it to bed yet). We sounded mighty yawps across the web (and the Wasatch Mountains). We took to the water. We did... whatever is happening here. The backdrop wasn't too shabby, either.

(Images above from Happiness Engineers Stephen McLeodPam KockeAndrea Badgley, Dennis Hong, and Andrew Spittle; Creative Director Dave Martin; Code Wrangler Allen Snook; Designamagician Dan Hauk, Mobile Maker Aaron Douglas; Growth Explorer Luca Sartoni; Spline Reticulator Dennis Snell; and Chief Semicolon Advocate Michelle Weber, AKA me.)

On the final day, Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg led us in a toast that summed up the reason we’re all here…

I’m really grateful that I get to work with the people I do, and on the problems that we work on together. It’s far from easy, in fact each year brings new challenges and I make mistakes as often as not, but it is worthwhile and incredibly fulfilling. A few hours ago I gave a closing toast and teared up looking around the room. So many folks that give their passion and dedicate themselves to jobs both large and small, visible and unseen, to help make the web a better place.

- WordPress co-founder and Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg

And when the week was over, heading home was bittersweet…

This morning was filled with so many hugs (and maybe a tear or two). I told myself that I was looking forward to returning home. To my own bed (although the sleep I got in the silence of the Park City night was the best I may have ever experienced). To regular exercise and home cooking. To the routine of my everyday life. And I was looking forward to that. And even though I knew I would miss my colleagues (it’s happened every time I return from a trip), the weight of the fog of sadness still surprises me when it descends.

I read their blogs. I like their Facebook posts. I retweet their Tweets. And I miss them.

- Happiness (w)Rangler Lori McLeese

If you think you might want to work with this motley crew and join us in 2015’s mayhem…

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we’re hiring. (And yes, you’ll get to make up your own job title, too.)


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3. WordPressers Making a Splash

We might think of the end of summer as a slow news season. Not so for the authors and bloggers we feature today, who’ve been hard at work on some exciting projects recently.

Rebecca Hains

princess problemWriter, professor, and media scholar Rebecca Hains often shares thoughtful posts on her blog, especially on topics revolving around gender and discrimination. Earlier this month, she celebrated the release of The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years (Sourcebooks), her most recent book. A critique of popular culture and the messages it sends to young girls, the book has already earned rave reviews, including from Brenda Chapman, writer and director of Disney’s Brave.

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Danielle Hark founded Broken Light Collective, a community for photographers coping with mental health issues, more than two years ago. We’ve been following that project for a while (and mentioned it in a mental health-focused roundup earlier this year), so it was nice to see Danielle, and Broken Light Collective as a whole, receive the attention they deserve in a New York Times profile. It was published to coincide with the Collective‘s first group gallery show, which closed in New York in August.

Hungry Sofia

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Ana Sofía Peláez‘s site has showcased the colorful, mouthwatering delights of Caribbean cuisine for more than five years, mixing in great storytelling with beautiful food photography. Next month,  Ana Sofía will see her book, The Cuban Table: A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History (St. Martin’s Press), hit bookstores (and kitchens) everywhere. A labor of love on which she collaborated with photographer Ellen Silverman, the book chronicles Cuban food cultures from Havana to Miami to New York.

Notches

Anyone interested in engaging, wide-ranging discussions on the history of sexuality will enjoy Notches, a blog that has tackled topics like Medieval love magic and the origins of “Born This Way” politics.

Jack the Ripper

Earlier this week, Notches editor Julia Laite, a lecturer at the University of London, wrote a thought-provoking article in The Guardian on another fascinating topic: our decades-long obsession with Jack the Ripper.

Ever Upward

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Justine Brooks Froelker, the blogger behind Ever Upward, has been chronicling her journey through infertility, loss, and acceptance in posts that are at once unflinching and moving. Now, Justine is preparing for the release of her book, also named Ever Upward, in early October (it’ll also be available on Amazon starting February). You can get a taste of Justine’s writing in this excerpt from the book’s opening chapter.

Are you publishing a book soon? Has your blog made the news? Leave us a comment — we’d love to know.


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4. Personalize Your Online Home with a Custom Domain

A domain name is a name used to identify a website on the Internet. Your blog’s domain name is like your mailing address: it lets people know where to find you — and all the cool content you create!

At WordPress.com, every site has an example.wordpress.com address, which is the default address you get when you sign up. But you may notice that some sites have custom domains, such as example.com, instead of example.wordpress.com.

Did you know you can get a unique web address for your blog?

Is a custom domain right for you? Consider these questions:

  • Are you interested in using your blog to promote your work, brand, or organization?
  • Would you like to print your blog address on items like business cards?
  • Do you plan to have multiple email addresses on the same domain?
  • You may already customize your theme, colors, and fonts — so, why not your URL?

Owning your domain name personalizes your own cozy corner of the Internet, helps to build your presence across the web, and distinguishes your work within your niche, field, or industry.

So, how do you select a domain name?

Think about and choose a domain name that best reflects your content. Below, we’ve gathered tips and examples of sites on WordPress.com to inspire you.

Keep it simple. At My Hands Made It, DIY blogger and bridal gown designer Veronica shares wedding projects and crafty tutorials. Her name includes a simple phrase and evokes actions that reflect her content. In general, avoid names that are too long — more than four words may be a mouthful.

Zoom in and be specific. My Travel Blog. All About Baking. Thoughts on Writing. On Politics. We have a basic idea of what these blogs are about, but the names are general and don’t really intrigue the reader.

Include words that are essential to your focus. Gavin, the blogger at Make a Powerful Point, is obsessed with PowerPoint and uses it to communicate and instruct. The word “point” in his name refers not only to PowerPoint, but his consulting work in marketing and business strategy.

Combine words that encapsulate you. Cathy at Mathbabe focuses on mathematics and statistics. The artist and mother behind Doodlemum combines illustrations and sketches with posts on her family. The folks at Salt Gypsy showcase cool, handmade products for female surfers. All of these names fuse or invent words that describe what these blogs are about.

(You may notice that the custom domain Mathbabe ends in .org. You can register and map a domain ending in .com, .org, .net, or .me through WordPress.com.)

Use common phrases…with a twist. Play around with well-known expressions. Swap words with one another. Kiss My Spatula, a well-designed blog about food, is a playful take on a familiar phrase.

Consider literary devices. Remember when your English professor taught you about consonance, which is the repetition of consonant sounds? The “s” sound in Kiss My Spatula sounds swell, doesn’t it? And what about alliteration, or the repetition of a particular letter at the beginning of words? Raising My Rainbow, a blog about a gender-nonconforming five-year-old, is appropriate and easy to remember.

Celebrate double meanings. My blog’s name, Writing Through the Fog, refers not just to my city, foggy San Francisco, but also my interests in elusive themes of memory, home, and adulthood — all of which put me in a haze.

Make us curious. The incompleteness of the blog name An Afternoon With… is brilliant! In each post, Michael photographs a different person in their own space, among their own things. The added ellipsis (in his header only) is also effective; it builds anticipation in readers who are visiting the blog for the first time.

Finally (and most importantly), confirm your spelling. When you register and purchase a domain name, you are purchasing that exact domain name with that exact spelling. If you make a mistake, you can cancel a domain within 48 hours of purchase, but it’s best to be extra careful from the start to avoid the headache of a misspelled domain altogether.

But what if the domain name I want to use is not available?

New York City-based photographer Matt shares his passion for abandoned architecture at his blog, After the Final Curtain. Matt’s blog on America’s grand, bygone theaters is focused and specific, but the evocative name attracts more than just people who visit for his images of ruins. If you have been to the theater, or have watched film or TV scenes set on a stage, the closed curtain at the end of a performance is a familiar motif. His blog name not only reflects his content — it’s memorable, too.

But when Matt began the process of choosing a domain name, his first choice wasn’t available. He wanted his name to have a theatrical term in the title, but the first domain name he wanted, “Curtain Call,” was already taken. A friend then suggested “Final Curtain,” and he added the rest.

So, just because your blog’s current address is mysite.wordpress.com doesn’t mean the domain mysite.com (or mysite.org, mysite.net, or mysite.me) will be available. Check to see if your domain name is taken.

Curious to hear how other WordPress.com bloggers chose their domain names? We also talked to Sarah at Where’s My Toothbrush? and C.J.’s Mom at Raising My Rainbow about how their names came about — head on over to their Q&A on The Daily PostChoosing the Perfect Blog Name: Two WordPressers Share Their Secrets, for more insights and tips on the process.

Ready for your own unique web address?

There are two steps required to use a custom domain, and you can take care of both steps at WordPress.com:

  1. Register the domain to establish your ownership of the domain.
  2. Map the domain to link the domain to your WordPress.com site.

In step one, you register and purchase the address example.com. In step two, you tell example.com to point to your WordPress.com site. Your old address at example.wordpress.com will still work, but we’ll automatically redirect traffic from your old address to your new one.

Registering and mapping a .com, .org, or .net domain through WordPress.com starts at $18.00 per domain and per year, or $25.00 per domain and per year for a .me domain. For $8.00 more, you can make the domain registration private.

You can also use a domain you’ve registered elsewhere (through a site like GoDaddy or Network Solutions) with your site here at WordPress.com. Mapping a domain you’ve registered elsewhere costs $13.00 per domain, per year.

For more details, read our Domains page on our support site.

When you’re ready to purchase, visit our Custom Domains upgrade page in our WordPress.com Store and click Get a Domain to get started.

If you’re looking to supercharge your blog in one step and purchase all of our upgrades at once — a custom domain, HD video uploading, font and color customization, no ads, and extra storage space — take a peek at our Pro Bundle upgrade.



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5. Watch your traffic grow with Sparklines

We have two quick announcements about new Stats features. The first one affects everyone with a WordPress.com blog. The second is just for those who have marked their blogs Private.

The WordPress.com Admin Bar (visible at the top of your screen if you are logged into WordPress.com) now shows a tiny stats chart called a sparkline. You will only see the sparkline on your own blogs. Here’s a screenshot of my admin bar:

Admin Bar with Stats Sparkline

The chart consists of 48 upright bars representing the last 48 hours of page views for the current blog. Darker lines indicate nighttime according to the blog’s time zone setting. This is just to give you a rough overview of recent activity. The chart is also a link to the Site Stats page so you’re that much closer to the full picture. The sparkline has been available to self-hosted WordPress.org users through Jetpack for several months.

Private blogs, which can be viewed only by users chosen by the administrator, now track the page views of all of their users. Traditionally we have omitted the views attributed to a blog’s own users because stats were meant to reflect the activity of the general public. However, this meant that private blogs had no useful stats reports. This change will be especially useful for private blogs that have many users.

How are your stats looking today? To get those numbers moving, check out Scott’s recent post on How to Get More Traffic.


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6. Talking about Amazon DTP Support : Formatting Guide

Ok, I am toying with the idea of switching to digitally formatting  books. The books I write for children are meant to be held and cherished and digitally formatting them seems so impersonal.   Don't you think?  It s the same thing as paper grocery bags - I miss them!  The crisp 'snap' when the grocery boy opened a fresh brown bag.   The smell, oh the most wonderful smell was a loaf of hot, fresh Italian Bread in a brown paper bag!   I feel as though America has lost its innocence and was in too much of a hurry to enjoy simple things.

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7. Talking about Westfield Writers Guild | Google Groups

 

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8. Talking about YouTube - Jersey Shore summer 2008

 

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YouTube - Jersey Shore summer 2008
 

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9. Talking about Aardvark

I absolutely LOVE this website!  I recommend it HIGHLY.

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10. Talking about Talking about YouTube - Christopher's Magic Nest#watch-main-area

 

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Even though I wrote (am writing) this story I really thought it was a nice bedtime story.
Ok, I am totally confused by the Flock social browser.

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11. Talking about YouTube - Christopher's Magic Nest#watch-main-area

Even though I wrote (am writing) this story I really thought it was a nice bedtime story.

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12. Notification of upcoming Beginning Creative Writing classes

This is to announce I will be teaching another beginning creative writing class during each saturday from October 24 and lasting through November 28.  In order to attend you must pre-register with a fee of $10.00 per session will be required.

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14. Talking about DEVASTATION VIS PFIZER

 

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DEVASTATION VIS PFIZER

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"The only thing you can ever truly own, is your own story"

 

And this is my story...

 

I come from a single parent household in the country and everything seemed just great until one day I was in 9th grade English Literature class sitting at the front seat next to the window, where I could see the court yard and my left foot began to tap by no will of my own.  Over the course of the next few months this constant sometimes violent muscular movement travelled from my left foot up my left side and finally across my chest and down the remainder of my right side.

 

  One day not long into the school season, someone made the comment, which was innocent enough at the time, about my left leg frantically bouncing up and down for close to an hour.  The tremor in my left leg gradually, as like rot and fungus, enveloped my entire body leaving me with the inability to feed myself, dress myself, wear make up, heels were a definite NO for me.

 

I am 46 years old and have had Parkinson's Disease since the age of 15, that means 30 years of my life was altered severly and tragically interrupted what was proving to be a possibly bright future. Thanks to the destruction of my self esteem and embarrassment of my appearance in front of the general public's gawking (I thought I was ugly).  I was in hiding most of the time.

 

All throughout those years I kept a daily journal not because I didn’t have anything else better to do, but because I wanted my OWN handwritten documentation to rely on as I knew something was wrong the problem I never had in the past EVER encountered MANIA CAUSED BY THE DRUG MAIRAPEX BY PFIZER.

 

I led a solitary life behind kitchen shutters gazing out on the world that was literally passing me by.  That is until...

 

5 NEUROLOGISTS LATER AT THE AGE ROUGHLY 30-40 and many heartbreaks from taking drugs that at first helped (instill within me a feeling of the possibility so full of hope), later to be torn away from me in later years by a Pharmaceutical House by the name of PFIZER et.al. that came in such a wicked disguise known as MIRAPEX.   I could not fathom what was happening to me, before I took the MIRAPEX by PFIZER et.al.I had absolutely no interest in gambling, heck I don't think I ever in my life put a penny in a gumball machine.  This drug DESTROYED me, I lost my fiancee, my mother's (and only parent as I am an only child) trust in me not to mention I WASTED ALOT OF MONEY , It caused me to be overly compulsive and manic.  I had to face local townspeople who had no idea of the living nightmare I was involved in. 

 

The embarrassment was too much at times.  I am no dummy, I know this is not supposed to be public domain material, BUT excuse me, my name and story as I was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune and that ended up on the front page of just about every periodical around the globe and I am not afraid of you – trust me Parkinson’s is far more scarier than you and your dumb lawyers you hide behind.

 

http://livevideo.com/northamericanauthor this will show EXACTLY what it looks like at age 16-17 years of age to have Parkinson’ s Disease.

 

It is also to let you Michael J. Fox is not alone in this and we both have the right to fight like hell.  All I am asking is for media coverage on the injustice done to me by PFIZER and CELLINO AND BARNES in Buffalo, New York.

 

AND MY DAY IN COURT I WAS PROMISED AS OUTLINED IN THE AGREEMENT SHEET I SIGNED.

Upon my first arrival at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, they immediately scheduled me for intensive physical therapy once a week, connected me Pat Furlong who is a Cognitive therapist and

I went through 8 weeks of VERY painful physical rehabilitation and at one point the therapist left the room because I laid on the floor and bawled my heart out because I COULDN’T MOVE.

 

That was probably the best thing she could have done.

 

When in actuality I consulted 14 lawyers none of which said they would take the time or waste their time representing me due to the fact my case either had no hope or because they were too greedy.

 

I also want to point out I finally gave up and called Mike Williams and said VERBATIM, “You may close the case” when I heard what he said after that really infuriates me and that was VERBATIM, “I already did and this was a breech of contract as it stipulates on page 1 that I should have the call on when to settle. 


NEVER was I consulted during this whole process, in fact the only two times I spoke with him (it might have been 3 times) and when I hung up the phone I realized none of my questions were addressed.

 

One lawyer also had the nerve to tell me he couldn’t make enough money on my case. 

 

I am not afraid of what PFIZER will do to me (or attempt to do to me) for the simple fact that I own NOTHING AND I AM POOOR AS A CHURCH MOUSE and they don’t know or want to know what this disease is like. 

 

What I find shocking is the fact YOU IDIOTS KNEW WHAT MIRAPEX COULD DO!!! *MIRAPEX CAUSES SEVERE GAMBLING.*

 

I’m am sickened by the PHARMACEUTICAL HOUSE PFIZER,  their  lawyers and their back handed ways of what seems like a game of tag to see how little effort they can manage to expend on a case.  Personally that Williams probably did me a favor. 

 

As I said earlier, in a round about way, kicking and screaming practically I ended up at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. and FINALLY AFTER only 5 minutes after first evaluating me, I was prescribed a drug known as MIRAPEX.  Guess what?  That drug saved what was left of me by stopping the constant shaking and mustle spasms I cried (for right then) tears of joy for such a devastating and chronic illness to what seemed like it never happened.

 

.  This drug was given to me in a 'doctor's sample' bottle IN A NEUROLOGISTS OFFICE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA with none of the papers that are SUPPOSED TO BE WITH A NEW MEDICATION

 

Do you have any idea what it was and is like for me?  No, because I have been silent.  Sure I got a half assed attorney by the name of Cellino and Barnes from Buffalo, New York via the back of a telephone book, (the only lawyer who would supposedly 'represent me') the lawyer settled for whatever Pfizer would alot me in quick "Shut up" case. 

 

I know from other sources it was worth ALOT more than that.    My question is and will remain, how did that man get rewarded by an over $8 million lawsuit when mine in fact was a much more complicated one due to the fact that my case is so terribly tragic in many ways. 

 

I should have received punitive damages.  Mike Williams the so called 'lawyer' had been told by me personally that I demanded a JURY TRIAL WHICH NEVER OCCURRED along with several items outlined in the court papers I signed.  For copies of ALL court documents they are forth coming including the fact that I will not give up.

 

Someone asked of one of my many blogs,,  “aren't I afraid of them because they are so powerful and ‘we are just victims.”.  What I am doing in this brief what is to be the first of a long series of legal documents (around 200 pages I’m guessing) that I am going to be scanning soon.

 

They also took everything I had and I know there are keeping tabs on my blogging and vloging sites.  I now invoke my rights to stand behind the United States Constitution under the Freedom of Speech act.

 

I have more right than any who are suffering at the hands of the United States Government and lousy pharmaceutical houses (due to the simple fact of my unusual circumstances) namely PFIZER, BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM.

 

 

 

I heard a few victims of MIRAPEX AND ITS SIDE EFFECTS committed suicide and in my opinion it was due to embarrassment as to their totally off the wall behavior.

I admit all the awful things I did while under MIRAPEXES evil, ruthless, cunning trickery was 100% MIRAPEX INDUCED.

 

 

I have lived and made it out of many crisis – prescription drug addiction and with drawel not to mention a SEVERE gambling problem caused by the drug MIRAPEX.

 

I just think PFIZER and BOEHRINGER ENGELHEIM  are 100%  responsible for destroying me financially, mentally and guess what?   Whoever is keeping track of my blogging pay close attention…because I have much MUCH more to say concerning what life in my wheel chair was like, what it felt like and how degraded I felt on the very rare occasions we dined out when I had to be fed or use my hands.

 

 

I figure I may as well come forward as I seem to be the only person in the United States who has had Parkinson's Disease for 30 years which is actually in my favor.

 

Now, I am sick and tired of people with their 'poor me, I have Parkinson's Disease' crap that it makes me sick.  Here I was at the age of 15 scared to death that I had cancer or some other horrendous illness and I would be short lived and that group comprised of doctors, lawyers, and 'upper class' had the audacity to sit there and tell me they were on this anything and everything (Carbidopa, Levadopa, to name a couple ALL of which I have taken and how sorry they were for themselves and their 'condition'.

  

I may be reached at:

 

Tammy Rothwell   

P.O. Box 383

Westfield, New York  14787

 

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15. Talking about Rainbow Garden

 

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16. DEVASTATION VIS PFIZER

DEVASTATION

 

 

"The only thing you can ever truly own, is your own story"

 

And this is my story...

 

I come from a single parent household in the country and everything seemed just great until one day I was in 9th grade English Literature class sitting at the front seat next to the window, where I could see the court yard and my left foot began to tap by no will of my own.  Over the course of the next few months this constant sometimes violent muscular movement travelled from my left foot up my left side and finally across my chest and down the remainder of my right side.

 

  One day not long into the school season, someone made the comment, which was innocent enough at the time, about my left leg frantically bouncing up and down for close to an hour.  The tremor in my left leg gradually, as like rot and fungus, enveloped my entire body leaving me with the inability to feed myself, dress myself, wear make up, heels were a definite NO for me.

 

I am 46 years old and have had Parkinson's Disease since the age of 15, that means 30 years of my life was altered severly and tragically interrupted what was proving to be a possibly bright future. Thanks to the destruction of my self esteem and embarrassment of my appearance in front of the general public's gawking (I thought I was ugly).  I was in hiding most of the time.

 

All throughout those years I kept a daily journal not because I didn’t have anything else better to do, but because I wanted my OWN handwritten documentation to rely on as I knew something was wrong the problem I never had in the past EVER encountered MANIA CAUSED BY THE DRUG MAIRAPEX BY PFIZER.

 

I led a solitary life behind kitchen shutters gazing out on the world that was literally passing me by.  That is until...

 

5 NEUROLOGISTS LATER AT THE AGE ROUGHLY 30-40 and many heartbreaks from taking drugs that at first helped (instill within me a feeling of the possibility so full of hope), later to be torn away from me in later years by a Pharmaceutical House by the name of PFIZER et.al. that came in such a wicked disguise known as MIRAPEX.   I could not fathom what was happening to me, before I took the MIRAPEX by PFIZER et.al.I had absolutely no interest in gambling, heck I don't think I ever in my life put a penny in a gumball machine.  This drug DESTROYED me, I lost my fiancee, my mother's (and only parent as I am an only child) trust in me not to mention I WASTED ALOT OF MONEY , It caused me to be overly compulsive and manic.  I had to face local townspeople who had no idea of the living nightmare I was involved in. 

 

The embarrassment was too much at times.  I am no dummy, I know this is not supposed to be public domain material, BUT excuse me, my name and story as I was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune and that ended up on the front page of just about every periodical around the globe and I am not afraid of you – trust me Parkinson’s is far more scarier than you and your dumb lawyers you hide behind.

 

http://livevideo.com/northamericanauthor this will show EXACTLY what it looks like at age 16-17 years of age to have Parkinson’ s Disease.

 

It is also to let you Michael J. Fox is not alone in this and we both have the right to fight like hell.  All I am asking is for media coverage on the injustice done to me by PFIZER and CELLINO AND BARNES in Buffalo, New York.

 

AND MY DAY IN COURT I WAS PROMISED AS OUTLINED IN THE AGREEMENT SHEET I SIGNED.

Upon my first arrival at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, they immediately scheduled me for intensive physical therapy once a week, connected me Pat Furlong who is a Cognitive therapist and

I went through 8 weeks of VERY painful physical rehabilitation and at one point the therapist left the room because I laid on the floor and bawled my heart out because I COULDN’T MOVE.

 

That was probably the best thing she could have done.

 

When in actuality I consulted 14 lawyers none of which said they would take the time or waste their time representing me due to the fact my case either had no hope or because they were too greedy.

 

I also want to point out I finally gave up and called Mike Williams and said VERBATIM, “You may close the case” when I heard what he said after that really infuriates me and that was VERBATIM, “I already did and this was a breech of contract as it stipulates on page 1 that I should have the call on when to settle. 


NEVER was I consulted during this whole process, in fact the only two times I spoke with him (it might have been 3 times) and when I hung up the phone I realized none of my questions were addressed.

 

One lawyer also had the nerve to tell me he couldn’t make enough money on my case. 

 

I am not afraid of what PFIZER will do to me (or attempt to do to me) for the simple fact that I own NOTHING AND I AM POOOR AS A CHURCH MOUSE and they don’t know or want to know what this disease is like. 

 

What I find shocking is the fact YOU IDIOTS KNEW WHAT MIRAPEX COULD DO!!! *MIRAPEX CAUSES SEVERE GAMBLING.*

 

I’m am sickened by the PHARMACEUTICAL HOUSE PFIZER,  their  lawyers and their back handed ways of what seems like a game of tag to see how little effort they can manage to expend on a case.  Personally that Williams probably did me a favor. 

 

As I said earlier, in a round about way, kicking and screaming practically I ended up at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. and FINALLY AFTER only 5 minutes after first evaluating me, I was prescribed a drug known as MIRAPEX.  Guess what?  That drug saved what was left of me by stopping the constant shaking and mustle spasms I cried (for right then) tears of joy for such a devastating and chronic illness to what seemed like it never happened.

 

.  This drug was given to me in a 'doctor's sample' bottle IN A NEUROLOGISTS OFFICE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA with none of the papers that are SUPPOSED TO BE WITH A NEW MEDICATION

 

Do you have any idea what it was and is like for me?  No, because I have been silent.  Sure I got a half assed attorney by the name of Cellino and Barnes from Buffalo, New York via the back of a telephone book, (the only lawyer who would supposedly 'represent me') the lawyer settled for whatever Pfizer would alot me in quick "Shut up" case. 

 

I know from other sources it was worth ALOT more than that.    My question is and will remain, how did that man get rewarded by an over $8 million lawsuit when mine in fact was a much more complicated one due to the fact that my case is so terribly tragic in many ways. 

 

I should have received punitive damages.  Mike Williams the so called 'lawyer' had been told by me personally that I demanded a JURY TRIAL WHICH NEVER OCCURRED along with several items outlined in the court papers I signed.  For copies of ALL court documents they are forth coming including the fact that I will not give up.

 

Someone asked of one of my many blogs,,  “aren't I afraid of them because they are so powerful and ‘we are just victims.”.  What I am doing in this brief what is to be the first of a long series of legal documents (around 200 pages I’m guessing) that I am going to be scanning soon.

 

They also took everything I had and I know there are keeping tabs on my blogging and vloging sites.  I now invoke my rights to stand behind the United States Constitution under the Freedom of Speech act.

 

I have more right than any who are suffering at the hands of the United States Government and lousy pharmaceutical houses (due to the simple fact of my unusual circumstances) namely PFIZER, BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM.

 

 

 

I heard a few victims of MIRAPEX AND ITS SIDE EFFECTS committed suicide and in my opinion it was due to embarrassment as to their totally off the wall behavior.

I admit all the awful things I did while under MIRAPEXES evil, ruthless, cunning trickery was 100% MIRAPEX INDUCED.

 

 

I have lived and made it out of many crisis – prescription drug addiction and with drawel not to mention a SEVERE gambling problem caused by the drug MIRAPEX.

 

I just think PFIZER and BOEHRINGER ENGELHEIM  are 100%  responsible for destroying me financially, mentally and guess what?   Whoever is keeping track of my blogging pay close attention…because I have much MUCH more to say concerning what life in my wheel chair was like, what it felt like and how degraded I felt on the very rare occasions we dined out when I had to be fed or use my hands.

 

 

I figure I may as well come forward as I seem to be the only person in the United States who has had Parkinson's Disease for 30 years which is actually in my favor.

 

Now, I am sick and tired of people with their 'poor me, I have Parkinson's Disease' crap that it makes me sick.  Here I was at the age of 15 scared to death that I had cancer or some other horrendous illness and I would be short lived and that group comprised of doctors, lawyers, and 'upper class' had the audacity to sit there and tell me they were on this anything and everything (Carbidopa, Levadopa, to name a couple ALL of which I have taken and how sorry they were for themselves and their 'condition'.

  

I may be reached at:

 

Tammy Rothwell   

P.O. Box 383

Westfield, New York  14787

 

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17. Wakoopa

I found this website by accident, in fact I was installing LogMeIn software which I also highly recommend as well.  The URL is: wakoopa.com and it offers free software, games and other things I have yet to investigate.

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18. Talking about In Memoriam: Patrick Swayze

 

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19. Talking about Hulu - Benny & Joon - Watch the full feature film now.

I absolutely see so much truth in life behind the dialogue of the two main characters.  The quirkiness is what draws me into the lives and adventures of Benny and Joon.  Johnny Depp has always been my favorite actor not just because of his ability to be flexible with his interpretations of the given character and environment  hefinds himself presesnted with, but because of the many facets he can mirror.

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20. Working with friends on Oovoo

I am currently looking for a reasonably priced ebook compiler and I am coming up empty handed.

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21. Talking about Talking about Hulu - Benny & Joon - Watch the full feature film now.

 

Quote I now cannot access this  ovie for free (at least I can't seem to find it online).  I think I must have watched it 8 times before I was able (between answering the phone, company, walking the dog) to view the movie in its entirity.

Talking about Hulu - Benny & Joon - Watch the full feature film now.
I absolutely see so much truth in life behind the dialogue of the two main characters.  The quirkiness is what draws me into the lives and adventures of Benny and Joon.  Johnny Depp has always been my favorite actor not just because of his ability to be flexible with his interpretations of the given character and environment  hefinds himself presesnted with, but because of the many facets he can mirror.

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22. Talking about Talking about Eastern Screech Owl - Megascops asio - Information, Pictures, Sounds

 

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Well, sitting on the front porch my mother and I heard the 'sound' that gives my aunt the willies.  After further investigation (and following it in the woods with my laptop sound recorder), I did a bit of investigating only to discover what I had been following was an Eastern Screech Owl.  I came inside and played it for Feathers, my African Grey Parrot who picks up sounds like a personal data recorder.  I can't wait until he starts making this cute noise.

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23. Talking about Eastern Screech Owl - Megascops asio - Information, Pictures, Sounds

Well, sitting on the front porch my mother and I heard the 'sound' that gives my aunt the willies.  After further investigation (and following it in the woods with my laptop sound recorder), I did a bit of investigating only to discover what I had been following was an Eastern Screech Owl.  I came inside and played it for Feathers, my African Grey Parrot who picks up sounds like a personal data recorder.  I can't wait until he starts making this cute noise.

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24. What I have planned for this week....

  Saturday I am leaving to go to Philadelphia and go to my doctors appt.  The medicine side effects are finally and thankfully beginning to subside.

Now, this means I have to do 14 things before I pack and I don't look forward to it.  Don't get me wrong, I don't hate cleaning I just hate how quickly I become tired.  I also have to finish tidying up my 'office', filing, read 4 manuals, mow lawn, come up with a class schedule for Edufire which I teach creative writing (easy to do), think of really cool advenuters and quests for my Westfield Writer's Guild which I had to (do to health reasons) move it up a month for this years first meeting.

I'm thinking about teaching them how to physically, with scraps of lumber and some wood screws and make their own book binding press.  It's simple, cheap and comes in handy when you least expect it.

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25. AVOID THIS FIRM

 
 I stand behind the Constitution of the United States and hereby invoke my right to FREEDOM OF SPEECH
 
I have nothing but bad things to say about this company's handling of my MIRAPEX CASE.   They settled WITHOUT MY PERMISSION AND THE AMOUNT WAS LAUGHABLE.  They never called me except perhaps twice and the other times I had to call to find out while my 'supposed court case was resolved'  They also denied my demand for a trial by jury by pushing it off with what I feel was a threat by saying, "I will eat you up with court costs".  They said (to my face) that he, Michael Williams, would promise me a trial by jury.
 
I am prepared to name names, phone numbers, and anything else including copies of ALL COURT DOCUMENTS and I am willing to post any and all that it takes.  I have kept records of every online blog and vlog including copies of said legal documents, so I would advise you I am keeping track and if one or all is removed from the internet they will keep coming back.

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