Notes From Behind the Keyboard – February 6th, 2015

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Danny Hanning

Danny Rolling Hills Estates

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 Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. My goodness has it really been over a month since I last posted? Yes, it has! For most of you, My Dear Readers, this comes as no surprise. My battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma has taken the last little bit of strength from my body. Leaving me quite bereft of the physical abilities needed to write and publish. Normally, I would apologize for this extended hiatus, today… I am not. My adventure with chemotherapy has come to an end.

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Unfortunately the chemotherapy did not have the desired results. From what I am told, these drugs did not “knock back…” my disease as much as my oncologist has anticipated. Therefore, we have started a round of radiation therapy. This will last another couple of weeks, and then I will be finished with all the toxic… exposures. With any luck, once I am finished with this current treatment I will be relatively free of this cancer.

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My Dearest Readers, I have many videos from the past several months. Videos of me heading to treatment, videos of me during treatment, and a few of Prince Alexander playing and being my little boy rat. It is my desire and intent that, once I am recovered from these treatments, I will be sharing all of these videos with all of you. My Dear Readers, I genuinely long to return to a regular and full writing and publishing schedule.

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Do you all remember what that was like? Five to seven articles every single week. A weekly edition of ‘The Mars Report’ with all the newest information and images from Curiosity and the Opportunity rovers. Weekly editions of ‘News From Around the World’ with all the news that does not appear on the major media outlets web sites. Weekly editions of ‘The Horror in Smithville’ with the latest antics of Timmy and Archer if their fight against ‘The Tall Man’ and the upcoming adventure @ the Harvest Carnival. Weekly editions of ‘A Week in Review’ and the antics of Prince Alexander in ‘Sunday Funnies’!

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I have not forgotten all the wonderful articles and all the wonderful experiences that we shared here at The Other Shoe. Nor have I forgotten how wonderful it is to write and entertain all of you, My Dearest Readers, from all over this great planet Earth. I really had no idea just how bad these chemotherapy treatments would slam my health. I really had no idea just how much these treatments would negatively effect my neruopathy in my left hand. I really ad no idea just now bad things would be, or I just might have opted out of getting these treatments.

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All I can hope is that you, My Dearest Readers, will come back once I start writing and publishing, again. For I have dearly missed all of you… deeply. I would like to promise that this weekend I will return to my regular writing and publishing schedule. However, I have never lied to you, My Dearest Readers, before and I am not about to start now. Terrible as it may be? Just writing these two pages has taken a great deal of energy and focus. Looking back? I really am amazed at the amount of content I generated all by myself. Over just under five years I wrote, edited, and published nearly SIX HUNDERED articles for your reading pleasure.

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When I consider all the effort that goes into just one edition of ‘The Mars Report’! Downloading images for the article, writing the article and embedding the images, uploading the images on to both blog servers, uploading the text, and then integrating the images (and adding descriptions) for as many as ten images. Honestly, it would take me up to four to six hours just to get from start to finish for just one edition of ‘The Mars Report’. It was a labor of love, My Dearest Readers. A love of all things extraterrestrial, and a love of all of you My Dearest Readers.

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Well, that brings us to the end of this edition of Notes From Behind the Keyboard’. I do hope that all of you, My Dearest Readers, keep checking back and drop by often. With all luck and a bit of extra strength, you can look forward to me adopting a partial publication schedule by the end of February, or the first of March. I know that, sometime in March, my oncologist will start (again) the process of ‘Staging my Cancer’. That will mean PET scans, blood tests, and most likely another bone marrow test.

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As always I will keep all of you, My Dearest Readers, fully informed on the results of these tests. Fear not, even if I loose this battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma? I will continue to write and publish so long as I have life. It is my heartfelt desire to complete ‘The Horror in Smithville’. I already have the final chapters in my head… and the bloody and violent conclusion… it just is not on paper or saved on a hard drive. It is my deeply felt desire to start, and finish, ‘The Adventures of Princess Nadia’, too. At least the first book of the series. If I have my way, I will manage to write (and get published) all FIVE books that will make up her story.

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In closing, I would like to take a moment to say “Thank you!” to; Ian Cottier, Jason Kleppinger, and James Coate for their kind support during the holidays past. Without their kindness and support I would not have had the genuine thrill of a Christmas Dinner or ANY presents under the tree. Times are tough all over, and I fully understand. I am just thrilled to have friends, and My Dearest Readers, that care enough… and trust me enough to make donations to help me find some small happiness. I am hopeful that when I get my novel works finished… that I find a receptive publisher. That I can get my works published… and never have to ask for the help or assistance of friends, readers, or family… ever again. I just hope that I make it that far. 🙂

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Adieu!

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Thank you!

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Danny in Rolling Hills Estates - Rancho Palos Verdes - PV Medical Group Noember 2014

Danny in Rolling Hills Estates – Rancho Palos Verdes – PV Medical Group Noember 2014

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The Battle Rages On…

Danny Hanning @ Chemotherapy

Danny Hanning @ Chemotherapy

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Welcome back My Dear Shoevians to The Other Shoe. First, I would like to wish everyone a “Happy New Year!” I don’t know about you, My Dear Shoevians, but I really needed a ‘new’ year. 2014 had become filled with; pain, suffering, sadness, darkness, confusion, and an overwhelming sense of depression. 2014 brought cancer from something that plague my; father’s father, my father, and my brothers. To something tactical and very real to me. Good riddance to 2014!

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Next, I would like to share two ‘new’ events in my life and the life of this blog. First, it is my unfortunate task to inform all of you, My Dear Shoevians, that my chemotherapy was not as “effective” at battling my cancer as my oncologist had hoped. The gains were minimal, and the effects of the treatment on my body, too severe. Therefore, within the next month of so, I will be moving from chemotherapy to radiation therapy. Anyone that has followed a family member through his or her fight with cancer knows what this treatment entails.

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This move concerns me, as does the bodily harm of the chemotherapy. I am concerned about the radiation burns that will appear on my face. Yes, the area they will ‘nuke’ will be my lower right jaw and neck. For a time, I will have a large discolored area. I know it will pass, just like my hair “will grow back”. Knowing and seeing are two very different things. However, I will soldier onward in hopes that the combination of these two different treatment types will give me a great chance of not having to wage this war again, soon.

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(Danny’s Chemotherapy December 29th 2014)

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Second, I have not been able to keep up the articles at this blog like I had previously, and like I have wanted. This concerns me greatly, and I am at a loss as to find… assistance. However, with the coming of the ‘New Year’ I will redouble my efforts to make more regular postings. Much is happening with NASA’s Mars Exploration project, and I would very much like to keep all of you abreast. I assure you, My Dear Shoevians, that I will make every effort to keep you abreast of these historic events.

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Since I last posted, I have undergone another chemotherapy treatment. Below is a short video I made during that treatment. You know, My Dear Shoevians, I had ‘good intentions’ when this battle started. Intentions to make this blog a journal of my journey through my cancer treatment. Boy did I underestimate the toll these treatments would demand! Now understand that this chemotherapy is not happening to someone in ‘good health’. Not to someone that jogs frequently, or goes to the gym on a regular basis. My body and health were already compromised by my ongoing health issues.

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For me, this was more like kitting a guy when he is already down… with a baseball bat. I am not ‘complaining’ I am just giving everyone some perspective. Some understanding of just why I have been unable to keep the commitments I have made to you, My Dear Shoevians. Now I am going to give you a little insight into just what you might also be reading, here at The Other Shoe, in the upcoming editions.

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March tenth 2010 I wrote and published my first article for this blog. I started this blog, as I have told you My Dear Shoevians, to be a small counterweight to the overwhelming deluge of negative and harmful media and dialogue coming from the far extremes of the conservative movement. Truthfully, I have been remiss in this original goal. I stepped back from political writing and publications in an effort to halt the alienation of some of my readers. Some of my readers, in the South and in Texas, had become deeply disturbed by my writings. Then, they tied their support for me… for my many ‘causes’ to a kind of control over what I wrote and published.

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I should never have allowed this to happen. What is done, is done, and cannot be undone. However, at the risk of never gain receiving help of assistance… never again knowing the kindness of these ‘others’… and standing alone against a sea of troubles. I will begin a series of articles, here at The Other Shoe, that shines a light on the path ahead. We are not the first modern society to place its feet on a path without; reason, knowledge, or logic. That is what I call it when a very vocal group of zealots want to replace the science of evolution with the illogical and unscientific ramblings of ‘Creationism’.

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That, My Dear Shoevians, is just the tip of the iceberg that has frozen reason in political dialogue and discourse in America. Over the next few weeks I will work to open eyes… to share perspective… to draw political parallels… to bring reason back to American political dialogue. Yes… that is a huge goal… but I am a gay man that made it thought the 80’s death march of HIV/AiDS. We buried thousands of our loved ones… before anyone paid attention. I made it thought that… I made it though a fracking typewriter dropping on my head… I made it through loosing my MOBILITY!

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If you, My Dear Shoevians, think I will shy away from this battle? Then the upcoming weeks and months will change your mind!

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Happy New Year!

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Adieu!

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Thank you!

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Arival at the Oncologist's Office

Arival at the Oncologist’s Office

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A Week in Review – September 14th, 2014

Daneil Hanning of The Other Shoe 2001

Daneil Hanning of The Other Shoe 2001

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Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. Welcome to this edition of ‘A Week in Review’ for the week of September 7th, 2014. I managed to write and publish a few articles, in spite of the debilitating conditions that plagued my week. I thank everyone that has stood beside me, and continued to visit and read.

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With little to say, my mind is wracked with doubt and concern, I will just jump headlong into this review. Without further adieu, I give you ‘A Week in Review’!

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  • Sunday Funnies – September 7th 2014 : “Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. If it is Sunday? Then it is time for ‘Sunday Funnies’! This week Alexander R Hanning is busy at work building yet another ‘Home’ away from his two story condo. I found a nice cardboard box, placed it on my bed, and gave him old pajamas and torn up paper to play with. This video is a little bit of the ‘construction’ Alex engaged in getting the box turned into a home!” Alexander has returned for another visit, and another great video, here for our enjoymnent at The Other Shoe. Alex continues to build, and build and build on his many homes and residences. As Aelxander builds, I will make videos and share them with you, My Dear Readers.
  • Lost In Space – Saturn: “Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. Today we take the series of ‘Lost In Space’ to our celestial cousin, Saturn. Saturn… muse to millions of astronomers over centuries of time. The true ‘Lord of the Rings’ in our solar system, with no compare, no second place and no competition. Since I was a very young boy Saturn has captured, and held, my attention. The second largest planet in our solar system, this mighty Jovian lords over all other planetary bodies circling our star, Sol.” Without missing a beat, I write and publish another edition of ‘Lost in Space’ the ‘Tour of our Solar System’! Coming, later this week, will be another edition. This one will feature Jupiter!
  • Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund – Porta-Cath Video : “Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. As many of you are aware, I am currently engaged in a battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Cancer. As well, I am running a ‘Cancer Treatment Funding Campaign’ @ Indiegogo. This campaign is to help with some of the costs associated with my treatment, medications, and paying for a caregiver’s time off from work. I have agreed to not make this campaign, or my cancer, a focus of this blog. Therefore, I am merely going to introduce, and publish this video… and let it speak for itself.” Out of shame, and even self-disgust, I had declared that I would “no longer report on my condition”. I have broke to give this one update. I kind of enjoyed writing about my adventure with Cancer… and the whole ‘process’. But, I had some people complain… and not contribute… so I decided to not write or publish about my cancer… my care… my battle.
  • Notes From Behind the Keyboard – September 14th, 2014 : “Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. I want to thank everyone that has dropped by, this past week. As my treatment has gone forward, my writing has gone backward. I just do not feel up to writing, in between puking. I am writing this article, ‘Sunday Funnies’ and a brief ‘A Week in Review’ today. Then I am going to get some more much needed rest. I am writing this article, first, so that I can get something off my chest.” With only days left I have made a difficult and life-changing decision. I will no longer go for treatment for my cancer. This week… Allen’s check(s) dropped from $200 to $300 a week (each) to LESS THAN $60 EACH! You see, My Dear Readers, THIS was the source of my concern. I can go and battle my cancer, with Allen helping me: get into and out of my power chair, get into and out of scanning devices, got into and out of gurneys and end up unable to pay my rent! Or, conversely, I can stop treatment and have enough to pay my rent. EASY DECISION! DONE!!!

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With that, My Dear Readers, we come to the end of this edition of ‘A Week in Review’. I hope that everyone has enjoyed this article… enjoyed the work I was able to finish, this week… and enjoy coming to visit and reading. Seriously? I am pretty amazed that I was able to write and publish these five or six articles. I had hoped to bring you a review of ‘The Horror in Smithville’ but my health did not allow that venture.

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My Dear Readers, I ask you to consider… again… donating to my Cancer Treatment Fund at Indiegogo. As I have explained, without your help I am forced to stop my treatment. WITH your help? I can go forward with my treatment and care. It really is just that simple, and that life-threatening. At every turn I have provided proof and documentation of my cancer.

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There can be no reasonable doubt that I have Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Those that would proffer that I do not? Well, I can only guess that they wish to do me harm. There is a great sickness, in our nation. I have written about it often, and warned you, My Dear Readers, if it’s poisonous influence. I can only assume that this poisonous influence has reached, and infected, many good people that, would otherwise, reach out and help.

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That brings us to the end of this edition of ‘A Week in Review’. I would like to thank all of you for dropping by, and reading and visiting. Have a great and productive week, and come back soon!

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Adieu!

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Thank YOU!

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PLEASE DONATE to

Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo

Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014

Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014

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Notes From Behind the Keyboard – August 23rd, 2014

Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014

Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014

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Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. With the publication of this article I exceed my greatest expectations for; writing, editing, and publication for a single week. In this week I have; written/edited/published eight articles for The Other Shoe, designed and published an ‘All NEW’ Newsletter for The Other Shoe, and designed and published All NEW business cards for The Other Shoe & Danny’s Cancer Treatment Find @ Indiegogo[1], Launched a funding campaign to raise the monies I need to battle my Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Cancer and spent 10-14 hours everyday online promoting the campaign and The Other Shoe. Right now, Allen is at work (at Kohl’s in Huntington Beach) as a cashier and he is handing out copies of the ‘ALL NEW’ newsletter & Business Card to any/all concerned customers.

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I was only able to afford a dozen color copies of the newsletter, so he has only a dozen of the newsletter/business card handouts available. Just yesterday I published a copy of the current week’s newsletter. The ‘The Other Shoe’ newsletter will be published weekly on Sunday. It will contain all of the articles that were publishing the current week. I am not ‘ahead of the game’ enough to be publishing the newsletter ahead of the blog. Once I am done with the first course of chemotherapy I hope to be able to publish the newsletter with highlights from the current week’s articles.

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That way the newsletter will act as a teaser for the blog, instead of a newspaper of the blog. One step at a time. Since I have already published the current week’s newsletter, I thought it best that I (as well) publish the newly designed business cards! My Dear Readers I really am quite surprised at all the work I have managed to accomplish in this week. I am very proud of myself… and very ashamed of my progress with the cancer treatment funding campaign. You see I was really hoping that Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo[2] would have garnered more than just a single ten-dollar donation. Do not get me wrong, My Dear Readers, I blame myself for this complete and utter failure.

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I do not understand exactly what I am doing wrong. However, I mean to discover the source of my failure and correct it. I know that everyone understands that if this campaign fails to raise enough funds… I will not be able to receive my chemotherapy treatments. That would result in greatly diminishing my ability to fight this cancer, and leave me with a greatly reduced lifespan. How many of you, My Dear Readers, have watched ‘Breaking Bad’? It is a wonderful television show, with particular relevance today for me. Because, you see, ‘Walter’ and I suffer similar fates. Walter was diagnosed with cancer, only to find out that his health insurance would not properly/completely cover his chemotherapy.

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‘Walter’ reacted by deciding to manufacture crystal methamphetamines, to garner the financial support he required to properly fight his cancer. Even though I was thoroughly trained as a Pharmacy Technician… I have decided against the manufacture of crystal methamphetamines as a solution to my financial problem. I know I am failed to act in a way as to be completely self-supportive by making this choice not to break the law and manufacture & distribute methamphetamines. I accept my failure and if that is the reason, why, all of my friends and family have chosen to not support my fight against cancer? I accept my fate.

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However, I just could not ‘see my way clear’ to engage in the manufacture and distribution of crystal methamphetamines to pay for my cancer treatment. I guess that some might see that as selfish and that I am weak for choosing to work in this fashion to raise the support I need. I cannot help what others think of me. Rather than break the law I have chosen to; write, edit, publish and promote my creative works and The Other Shoe. I just did not want to die of cancer in jail. I know that some might see this as selfish and refuse to show me support by donating to Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo.

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That is a cross I am prepared to bear. However, My Dear Readers, I am not slouching! This week I have managed to; write, edit, publish the most articles (content) I have in the past year! Further, I have also developed the campaign web site, designed and published the newsletter, and (now) designed and published a business card for the blog, myself, and the funding campaign. Short of holding a bank (or airport) hostage, to get television exposure for my need and my campaign I am doing everything I can! I am at a complete and total loss as to why I have only garnered the support of one friend. I am reconsidering Walt’s choice.

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Next week I have an appointment with my new Oncologist, on Tuesday, and I am trying to schedule the PET scan for Friday. I am working has hard as I can and as quickly as I am able. With all good fortune, and me keeping the pressure on the healthcare providers? I hope to be starting chemotherapy week after next. Oh, there is the surgery to implant a Port-A-Cath ®[3] prior to the start of chemotherapy. However, my surgeon is already aware of my need and tells me that he can “get you scheduled the same week you call, Mr. Hanning… just for you!” I have a very good relationship with my Hem-Onc (Hematology/Oncology) surgeon. Barring any unforeseen obstacles, I should be starting chemotherapy by the end of the second week in September.

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That, My Dear Readers, is why I am more than just a little bit ANXIOUS! If I am going to be able to request the ‘better Chemotherapy’ drug (cocktail) then I will have to be able to produce a deposit for the Chemotherapy Center where I will receive my treatment. You see, My Dear Readers, these type of centers? Do not ‘work on credit’… their clientele have TERMINAL CANCER and they demand payment at the time of treatment. That puts me in a ‘pretty pickle’, My Dear Readers. Ten dollars is… and I apologize for being so… up-front and honest… will NOT buy much of the ‘Good Stuff’.

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There is my predicament… Now, back to the fun stuff. Below is the Front of the All New business card that I designed for The Other Shoe and Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo. Check it out!

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The Other Shoe Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund Card – Front

The Other Shoe Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund Card – Front

(The Other Shoe Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund Card – Front)

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And, so as to not waste any space I designed and printed a back for the cards, too.

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The Other Shoe Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund Card – Back

The Other Shoe Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund Card – Back

(The Other Shoe Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund Card – Back)

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I have attached these, freshly printed, business cards to color copies of the (all new) newsletter. Allen is handing out a dozen, at work, and I am in the process of printing more for us to hand out… while we are at doctor’s appointments, PET scans and the like. Aside from selling my organs I am at a bit of a loss. A loss as to just how I am to raise the financial support I require. I require to help with the costs of; transportation (I am without my won car), the ‘Better’ chemotherapy drugs (That assure longer life than 6-18 months), time OFF from work for Allen so that he CAN help me GET to the treatments and appointments, better food than frozen burritos and frozen dinners, medications and treatments (that are NESSECARY but) NOT covered by my Medicare/Medi-Cal, and any/all other (foreseen and unforeseen) expenditures associated with the treatment of/for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Cancer.

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My Dear Readers, I would stay and try to convince… persuade… beg some more, but my pain has become (literally) blinding. I am going to publish this article, then just as soon as I can ‘see’ again. I will begin work on ‘A Week in Review’ for publication today. That will bring my total to 9 or TEN articles in one week! You see, My Dear Readers, I am pushing myself just as hard as I can! Oh, for everyone that is thinking of helping? I was asked, this week, “Why don’t you get a job… and pay YOURSELF for your treatment?”

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I very good question. However, right now I am classified by the: Social Security Administration, Medicare, the State of California, Medi-Cal, and Orange County Social Services as ‘Permanently Disabled’ due to/arising out of “a head injury August 1987, Degenerative Disc Disease secondary to head injury, loss of feeling/control left foot lower leg & left hand lower arm”. If I were to return to work and earn a wage? I would, then, be responsible for; $1,775.00 a month in prescription medications (NOT including chemotherapy medications and medications secondary to chemotherapy), PCP appointments = $375.00 quarterly, Oncologist Appointment = $575.00 to $1,200.00 TWICE to THREE TIMES a MONTH, Chemotherapy Costs = $1,700.00 to $3,2000.00 a WEEK (for 3 time a week therapy) AND I would LOOSE the $943.00 a month in Social Security Income. As well, I am sure that ALL the listed agencies would WONDER just How/WHY I am suddenly ABLE to WORK!

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There is that. So, I am/have been disabled since July 29, 2005. IF I start working for anyone I will loose all my benefits and be responsible FOR all the costs outlined above. I am hoping that that answers that question. Thank you for your time and consideration in asking that question.

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My Dear Readers, I will try my hardest to be back tonight with ‘A Week in Review’. Until then? PLEASE CONSIDER: Clicking on the AD BELOW… and DONATING… ‘Sharing’ this article AND my Campaign on Facebook/Twitter/Pintrerst/MySpace/____ all other social media. I am in genuine need… and any/all help is greatly appreciated.

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Adieu!

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Thank YOU!
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PLEASE DONATE to

Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo

Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014

Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014

PLEASE GIVE!?!

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