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Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, TODAY
Michael Douglas went public with his cancer diagnosis, but the actor told Samuel L. Jackson on British talk show “This Morning” that he wasn’t quite honest about the disease.
Douglas had a tumor at the base of his tongue, although for nine months doctors kept telling him it was only an infection and giving him antibiotics. When he was finally properly diagnosed his doctor suggested he tell people he had throat cancer, not tongue cancer.
“If we do have to do surgery, it’s not going to be pretty,” Douglas recalled his doctor saying. The surgery could’ve resulted in Douglas losing part of his jaw and tongue, so the doctor suggested Douglas misrepresent his type of cancer, and the actor agreed.
The actor also had to deal with his children seeing lurid headlines about his gaunt appearance as he lost weight during seven weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. “I looked pretty weird,” Douglas told Jackson. But when he warned Dylan, now 13, that he might face some troubling magazine covers, he found his son was already savvy to the ways of the tabloid press. “You mean like the story when you had three weeks to live, Dad?” Dylan asked.
Douglas also encouraged other men who might be suspicious about a mole, bump or other change that could indicate cancer to get a checkup immediately, rather than wait. “I made that mistake,” he said. “I don’t want to see you do it.”
Douglas has now been cancer-free for two years, and says that doctors tell him this means there’s a 95 percent chance his cancer will not return. [FULL QUOTE]
Last night I listened to former Labor Secretary Robert Reich on the ” EDSHOW.” He contrasted our reluctance to cut government spending to stimulate our economy versus Europe’s austerity measures to solve their problems. They are now going into “double-dip recession.” The UK and Spain lead the Euro stampede into financial chaos. Wisely Barack Obama decided to save GM and to bailout the banks, etc. Stimulus has kept our economy going. Spending is not ipso facto a bad thing. Republicans are still making jokes about the stimulus programs of the current administration which were necessary to combat the financial mess created by two terms of the Republican government of President George W. Bush. [I am sure “W” didn’t apologize for his policies in his latest memoir.] People, whatever you feel about the pace of our general recovery, we cannot afford even the smallest consideration of a Romney presidency which would give us potentially eight more years of George W. Bush leading,surely, to global financial collapse which has been forestalled, so far, by the precautions of the administration of Barack Obama!
On The Rachel Maddow I learned that 31 Republican senators voted against the Violence Against Women Act. That 31 includes young Marco Rubio of Florida. Republicans decry our saying that they are waging a “War on Women.” They seem unable to believe that their “War” is the result of observations of various GOP policies which work to suppress the civil rights of women…women they profess to love, even! 31 GOP senators have no problem with violence against women. I don’t see why this essential law was not made permanent. It is too serious and pervasive to be subject to re-authorizations. Is Mitt Romney really vetting young Marco Rubio for a job that would place him a heartbeat away from being our President should be suffer a Romney victory in November? God forbid! Also, House Republicans voted to pay for the reduction in the college loan rates with money taken from Obamacare examinations for women’s cancer screenings? Could their motive be a secret even to them? A child can see that Republicans are screwing women. [Oops!]