About Me

Some things you may want to know about me, before you click that follow button:

  1. I don’t do hate.  I will block your ass so fast for hate speech on my page, so don’t go there.  And if you post hateful things, don’t expect me to follow you.  Unless it is hatred of Express Scripts or other health insurance entities, in which case, by all means, hate away!
  2. I am not perfect.  But I am trying to improve myself every day.  Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose.  If you don’t like me, that’s cool, don’t read my drivel.
  3. I am a cancer survivor, recovering from the damage.  Doing my best, but my body isn’t keeping up with my drive.  Occasionally I write about it, occasionally I do not.
  4. I lost my wife, Hannah, last year.  I posted a lot about her, and might still do so occasionally.  She was one of the most giving people I’ve ever met.
  5. We can all be negative, but I expect people to try.  I haven’t met anyone without demons, and issues.  I am not going to be one of those people who tells you to cheer up, because I am well aware of the fact that sometimes it just isn’t possible.  That said however, I don’t want to hear whining every single time I hear from you.  (Or read from you as the case may be.)
  6. I suffer from PTSD and Gerneralized Anxiety Disorder.  These were diagnosed by actual psychiatrists and they are real illnesses.  I often post about the stigma associated with all types of mental illness and if you are one of those people who doesn’t believe that, you won’t like this blog-type-thing.
  7. I write to express myself and to practice writing.  So this means that I will vary the posting quite a bit.  You will definitely not like every post, and I am just fine with that.  We don’t have to like every aspect of each other, or even ourselves.  If you don’t like anything I post, that is fine too.  We don’t have to like everyone we come across.
  8. I am superior to nobody.  There are some things I can do better than a lot of people.  There are many things I can’t.  I will not indulge anybody’s superiority complexes.
  9. The world isn’t always sunshine and rainbows.  I can be very critical.  I try to remain positive, but sometimes pointing out the negative things is a way to help purge that negativity.  So don’t think you can’t ever be critical with me.  Just don’t whine all of the time and expect me to like it.
  10. I am a feminist.  I have been reluctant to call myself this because of both the hijacking of the word by the female supremacists, and because I believe in equality for all groups oppressed (as in racial minorities, the poor, the mentally ill, etc…) and not just for the sexes.   While that hasn’t changed, I want to own that word for myself now.  I am also anti-racist, a democratic socialist, and an advocate for those who are marginalized in an attempt to amplify their voices.

115 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. The diversity of topics, the hilarious stories and reading of other bloggers… that’s why I like this blog. I laughed over how your wife kept losing her phone, and I sympathized with your PTSD and your anxiety.

    You’ve got something great here. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog. It means a lot.
    -Daniel

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    1. While I definitely appreciate the nomination, I am award-free, short of a bloggie or something. But I still appreciate you found my blog-type-thing worthy and I congratulate you on your award.

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  2. Have thoroughly enjoyed reading a couple of your blogs. I especially love #1 here “I don’t do hate.” Why should anyone right? Look forward to reading more in days to come – Thanks for following me and commenting 🙂

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  3. So sorry to hear about your wife and your battle with cancer. My mother starts her radiation next week for breast cancer. Her family has such a history with cancer it’s terribly sad but if anything it will make you appreciate life more😊

    I too suffer with an anxiety/panic disorder after going through post partum depression and not receiving the help I should have it time. For the longest time I hated the stigma that went along with it and refused help because I didn’t want to be labeled as “crazy” and it took me a while to realize I’m not crazy and that seeking a therapist doesn’t make me a weak person.

    Continue on!

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  4. Hello,

    Thank you for following my blog and liking my post, “An Argument Against Christmas Creep.” I appreciate your blog, and I will click that follow button, just as soon as I finish typing this comment. Best wishes to you, and can’t wait to see more from you.

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  5. Hello… so impressed that you are a survivor (I’m sure it wasn’t an easy road)… so sorry to hear about the loss of your wife, and I agree with being critical of many things (I am too, although I try to be positive as well). I definitely appreciate your outlook on life and look forward to reading more of your posts! 🙂

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  6. Express Scripts? Hate Express Scripts? What has Express Scripts ever done to you? No wait, let me guess …

    SCREWED YOU
    DRIVEN YOU CRAZY
    MADE YOU SO ANGRY YOU COULD (text redacted)

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  7. Sorry to hear that you too are a cancer survivor! I am too. I had kidney cancer, and had it removed, and now my right kidney isn’t working like it should, so I have CKD, as well a PTSD, anxiety and depression.(diagnosed by a Dr.)

    I am looking forward to reading your blog posts!!!!

    Take care of yourself!!

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    1. I have CKD from all the chemo and antibiotics, but have both kidneys. So it isn’t a huge deal unless I might need more hard-core antibiotics again or chemo. I just had more hard-core antibiotics though, because they thought for a moment I might have gotten sepsis with my pneumonia, but I didn’t.

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      1. I am so glad you didn’t get sepsis! My mother got that a few years ago from a kidney infection and she nearly died. She was at UAB Hospital for 3 months.

        I may have to start dialysis soon, then they can put me on the transplant list. I would go up to Birmingham, Al at UAB for that, plus that is where my family is. I am at the beach. It gets very nerve wracking at times, but I take it a day at a time.

        It is very nice meeting you, and love your blog!

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      2. Thank you! I’ve been septic 4 times, the last time I barely, barely survived. This time they used my high creatnine as a possible indicator because the doctor apparently didn’t listen when I told him my baseline was high. I hope that you do not have to start dialysis. I hope that they get that artificial kidney perfected before it becomes necessary,

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      3. I am so glad you survived all 4 times that you were septic!!!! That artificial kidney would help so many people!!!! Maybe one day soon it wil be approved. I am glad I stumbled across your blog today! I feel like it was meant to happen!!!! Have a wonderful night!

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  8. Found a copy of one of your posts reblogged, liked it so came to have a look. I am a retired mental health worker. Any demystifying of mental illness is a good thing. As is your honest and forthright intro of yourself. It resonates. Wishing you a happy 2016 . BTW, I’m following… 🙂

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  9. Hi Josh, I had to come and look at your blog after reading Steph’s post. I was deeply moved by how hard your life has been, especially having lost your wife. Good luck with your developing friendship with Steph and tell her to stop cussing all the time! 🙂

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  10. Josh, as I’m giving You are not alone a make-over to completely reflect the Who but You? project, I was wondering if you would consider writing a post for the “Grand Opening?” Who but You? is my humble gathering of writings from men and women who are single (not married) — a majority of ’em also live alone, but I’d like to open it up to just about everyone. I would be so appreciative if you wrote something! When you have a moment, my e-mail is whobutyouproject@gmail.com . I can send you more info, if you’d like. Health and peace, over & out –Kim

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      1. Thank you, Josh! I’m working on changing the introduction and prompts a bit, so I’ll post those as soon as I can. (or I can email you) Much gratitude!

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  11. I read a post you made that was a “suggested” post. (Which I never do). I read. I enjoyed. I read the comments (which I never do either usually). I was in the middle of a comment and hit a button on my computer and it all disappeared. I have no clue what I did. I couldn’t find your post again. So I actively searched you out. lol I posted on my blog that I was searching for your blog and got responses quickly. Just wanted to stop by and say I enjoyed the things that I read today. I also wanted to let you know that I’m not following your blog. 🙂 I hope you have a great day. Look forward to reading more soon.

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