www.2thextreme.org has entered a state in which this site will undergo a
major redesign with a new system at a much later date. I have much bigger fish to fry these days so it will not
occur soon. All the the PHP-Nuke downloads are gone, and MAY return later with my new system. In my
opinion, PHP-Nuke has out lived its usefulness for my needs, as I have now developed my own CMS. I have invested
too much time and effort into the RPG Manager system, and in my other projects to abandon them, so it will all be
ported to my CMS, and all its data will be preserved.
In the meantime, get some awareness out for brain cancer. Its not common, and its not commercialized but it is
one of the most debilitating cancers, GBM specifically has no cure, and is the most aggressive of the brain cancers
and maximum life expectancy is only 18 months to 3 years.
Before those of you who I've heckled over the years get too excited, its not me, but someone close to me. Read on
if you want to see what I'm on about.
Brain Cancer. I want to get this out there because there is
little information, and the most information that we have been
able to track down is from ABTA.
I doubt anybody here knows the story. Here's a quick
summary... Specific details left out for privacy purposes.
After losing my mom last Christmas (2013) (aunt in 2011, &
father in 2008), my long-distance girlfriend and her mom had an
open invite for me to move in with them in Ohio which I took up
the offer as I had nothing left holding me to Florida. I moved up
at the end of March (arrived on my gf's birthday, and it feels
good to be back up north). There wasn't a huge rush for me to
look for work so we all just enjoyed whats around. On July 31
(Thursday), my gf mom decided to go to the hospital for some
mental episodes shes had that were increasing in frequency, and
there they did a CT scan (after the psychological questions of
course) and found a mass on the right side of her brain the size
of a golf ball. They immediately transported her to a more
advanced hospital and did brain surgery on August 2 (Saturday
morning) and could not guarantee coming out of it not paralyzed
on the left side, as well as a number of other complications. She
came out of the surgery good, and just had some left side
weakness. She came home 4 days later.
She was someone who did in-home care for DD (Developmentally
Disabled) people and logged 120+ hours a week doing work she
loved and now people have to take care of her. My gf can't drive
due to medical reasons, and now her mom is unable to drive or
even have full mobility and needs help getting around. This
actually puts us at a huge disadvantage because while I CAN work
(and want to, been doing programming to try to finish and sell
the publishing system I use on my main site (offline for now), I
need to be here to care for my gf (who is a lot more nervous)
& her mom. The diagnosis was Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM),
the most aggressive stage 4 and debilitating bran cancers and
maximum life expectancy is only 3 years (18 months - 3 years
average). There is no cure, there is no remedy, whatever they
cant get in surgery will grow into another tumor. All they can do
is prolong life. It's lucky hers was even operable and didn't
cause additional complications in surgery (which cost $102,650).
She completed 6 weeks of chemo and radiation, and will need to
start a more powerful round of radiation in a few weeks. Whenever
discussing cancer, people generally tell their cancer story and
share their success stories. Cancer survivors are excellent to
hear. There are FEW brain cancer "survivors", and this
fact alone is weighing heavily on her mind mostly for the fact
that brain cancer is nowhere near known and thus not receiving
much publicity as breast, cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer,
etc. She has kind of made it her mission to help build awareness
for brain cancer to help others who have this whose days are very
numbered. I keep telling her she can still help other people by
building this awareness so it can get more funding for research.
So I'm helping as well.
During her frequent wake-up times, shes been on pinterest, and
messing around with her photographs (she was also a photographer
in her previous life). She created the GBM poster you see on this
If you want to donate to cancer research, make sure you kick
some toward brain cancer too. It exists, it needs research, it
needs a cure too. You can also sign a petition to help push brain
cancer awareness. You can sign the petition at: http://www.change.org/p/brain-cancer-awareness.
If you have any other questions about the stuff we've learned or
experienced, ask I'll answer if I can, and if I can't I'll find
If you want to donate to our personal fight all I have is a
paypal address. https://www.paypal.com/us/verified/pal=mgcjerry
at 2thextreme dot org (not a link). If you don't want to
donate, just remember what people could be going through and the
next time you yell at that car for driving too slow, maybe the
bumps in the road are physically painful and they have just left
chemo and radiation and are sick, dizzy, nauseous and the driver
is trying to be careful.