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Learning abut Grace and Gratitude

This week, I have been posting several articles about former president Jimmy Carter’s announcement of his cancer, that the cancer has already spread to his brain, and reaction of the public to those announcements. Clearly, prognosis is not good – but even in this situation, President Carter seems able to teach us a great deal about grace and living with gratitude.

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Jimmy Carter (nonpolitical) Campaign Signs

This week, I am posting several articles about former president Jimmy Carter, his cancer announcement, and the reaction of the public to that situation.  Today’s article is about a beautiful step taken by several people down in Georgia – printing and posting yard signs similar to the political yard signs used by everyone running for office, from running for city council to running for president.  The signs simply read “Jimmy Carter for Cancer Survivor.”

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Even in Cancer Diagnosis, Jimmy Carter Shows Leadership

I’ll say the obvious right up front:  I have been very impressed with Jimmy Carter as a former president.  In fact, I would go so far as to say that he is probably the most effective former president that the US has ever had.  Through his work with the Carter Center to fight disease and to promote democracy, he has accomplished much for the world rather than simply sitting on boards of directors and becoming wealthy.

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That’s Using Your Brain!

My younger daughter is very interested in both medicine and robotics.  So she and I were both very interested in a segment on the PBS NewsHour a few weeks ago about advances being made at Johns Hopkins University in developing a new generation in prosthetic limbs that can be controlled by the user’s mind.

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Some Good News for a Change

I love seeing good news being covered in major media, which seems to focus on negative stories all too often.  Last week, the Washington Post had a great story of how a goalie in a minor league hockey game (who was also a trained paramedic) dashed out of the locker room in his pads to save a fan suffering a heart attack by performing CPR.  Here is the full story – enjoy!

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CDC Changing Stance on Ebola

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be issuing new guidelines for health workers as early as tomorrow – October 18 – regarding how health care workers should protect themselves and the public when treating patients infected with or possibly infected with Ebola.

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Second Chances

My wife and I went to a party tonight – celebrating the wedding of some friends.  The newly married groom said something that struck home for me: that this year has been a year of second chances for him.  Not only does he have a new wife, a new love in his life, he also went through cancer treatments at Stanford during the same time that I was going through them.  As we were saying good night, I mentioned to him that he said it just right – having cancer and then becoming healthy again really is a second chance at life.

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