A Deep and Heartfelt THANKS!

.       My Dearest Readers, today October 2, 2014 my Cancer Treatment Fund campaign is over. In forty-five days I raised just over $500. First, I want to express my deep and heartfelt thanks to the eleven people that donated. Next, I would like to express my undying thanks to the 433 people who shared my campaign on Facebook. That was a trememdous showing of strength and faith. I am touched that so many wanted to help me out by furthering my cause. Thank you.

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Finally, I want to say THANK YOU to the, literally, THOUSANDS of YOU, My Dearest Readers, that have shown YOUR support by coming HERE every day and reading my work. You do me honor by visiting, an  flatter me with every visit. Thank you!

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In closing, whereas I had hoped  an  prayed  for a better campaign… that I had raise  more money. I accept the reality of thi  campaign, and its effect on my life. There is no shame in having tried, and failed. There is only pride in having raised at least $500 to help. My Dearest Readers, it WILL help. Every drop in a bucket bring  it closer to being full.  So it is with your donations. This bucket is, not yet, filled… but perhaps it is not meant to be on this date, at this time. I WILL try again. 

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In closing, THANK YOU! My heart is filled with joy with yiur expressions of kindness, suport, and faith. I WILL continue to write and publish… ATFER a fews days rest and relaxation. I am thrilled we took this adventure, together, and have grown through this experience. I look forward to our continued time together as writer and …. MY DEAREST READERS.

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P.S. For anyone still wanting to help? PLEASE go to PayPal and you can send money to me directly. Danny Hanning at PayPal. Thank you!

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 Danny Hanning

INTERNATIONAL Traffic August – September 2014

Danny Hanning of The Other Shoe - May 6th, 2014

Danny Hanning of The Other Shoe – May 6th, 2014

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Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. Now, My Dear Readers, I have always wrote and published for the largest possible audience. Seems to me that the greatest accomplishment for a writer, of any kind, is to have their work read by the largest possible audience. Sure, Domestic audiences are great, it is gratifying to have the people you grew up with read and like your work. Although, the greatest test of a writer’s chops (it would seem to me… as logical) would be so demonstrate that one’s work has international appeal. If you, My Dear readers, have been a long-time reader of this blog, what I am about to publish will be rather familiar.

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Every so often I go to Google Analytics(for traffic numbers on The Other Shoe at blog dot com) and the Traffic Analysis for Word Press and check to see… well, what IS my ‘International Appeal’? Quite good, as a matter of fact! As I look over this past month’s international numbers I quickly see that my reach abroad is the highest level ever! Not only is my blog read in more countries, than ever before, but more people are reading my blog in these countries. There are two sets of numbers, one for each blog location. As I present the images of the report(s) I will give a brief explanation of the image you are about to view.

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Now, one salient fact that might come in handy. If you are having problems seeing the; numbers, country names, or any other old fact or number? Go over the the secondary blof location, over at Word Press (www.theothersshoe.wordpress.com). Once there, click on the image you hare having difficulty reading or seeing. Once clicked the blog will being up a larger image that is (generally) easier to read and see. This is true for all articles, and all images regardless of the article. That is a good factoid to keep in mind, My Dear readers, for future reference.

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Our first image for today is from the traffic report from The Other Shoe at Word Press (www.theothersshoe.wordpress.com) for the month between August 29th and September 24th, 2014. In this image each day’s traffic is represented by a vertical line, with a dark bar inside a lighter bar. The light blue bar represents the numbers of views and the darker blue bar represents the number of individual visitors. When the bar, for a certain day, has a larger light blue area, that means that each visitor viewed and read several pages or posts. Conversely, when the darker blue bar takes up the majority of the lighter blue bar, that means that each visitor read only one or two pages or posts. By ‘Best’ day, shown in this graphic, was this past Thursday September 25th, 2014. On that day I had thirty-eight visitors and they viewed a total of Seventy-Seven pages or posts. Meaning that each and every visitor viewed/read at least two pages or posts. That was a ‘Good Day’ for my secondary blog location at Word Press.

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Traffic Report for The Other Shoe at Word Press

Traffic Report for The Other Shoe at Word Press

(Traffic Report for The Other Shoe at Word Press)

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Now, I only copied two report pages, for The Other Shoe at Word Press this month. Our next image, for my Word Press location, show the International Traffic! This is the most important information, for the purposes of this article. As I explained, above, I genuinely believe that the true measure of a writer is his broader appeal. A writer whose work is read in a great many nations, countries, has demonstrated greater ability via broader appeal. It is very easy to write for just one geographic area, one mindset, and one group of people. Far more difficult is to refine and enhance one’s writing abilities to reach/entertain larger and larger groups of people. I am hoping that publishers understand and appreciate this ability, too! J Below, a color graphic of the world with areas colored in where my blogs was read. The lower part of the graphic gives us a number break-down, by country, of just how many visitors per nation or country.

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Global Traffic by Color – Secondary Location

Global Traffic by Color – Secondary Location

(Global Traffic by Color – Secondary Location)

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Here is the number break-down of the International Traffic for ONE month – August 29th to September 26th – The Other Shoe @ Word Press (www.theothersshoe.wrdpress.com)

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Nation: Visitors:

United States 925
United Kingdom 54
India 30
Australia 27
Canada 16
Philippines 15
South Africa 12
Japan 10
Republic of Korea 9
France 9
Mexico 8
Thailand 7
Saudi Arabia 5
Spain 5
Argentina 5
New Zealand 5
Germany 4
United Arab Emirates 4
Qatar 4
Ireland 4
Poland 4
Brazil 3
Kuwait 3
Bulgaria 3
Pakistan 3
Hong Kong 3
Portugal 3
Egypt 3
New Caledonia 2
Russian Federation 2
Costa Rica 2
Netherlands 2
Turkey 2
Switzerland 2
Romania 2
Malaysia 1
Czech Republic 1
Sri Lanka 1
Hungary 1
Jordan 1
Serbia 1
Taiwan 1
Finland 1
Colombia 1
Norway 1
Macao 1
Bahrain 1
Papua New Guinea 1
Jamaica 1
Marshall Islands 1
Lebanon 1
Cyprus 1
Israel 1
Sweden 1
Indonesia 1

TOTAL: 1,207

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That brings us to the end of the information and graphics I have to share for the secondary blog location for The Other Shoe (www.theothersshoe.wordpress.com). If you have any questions, or comments, place them in the ‘Comments’ section of this article. As I monitor all threads and articles I will get back to you ASAP and do my best to answer any questions and/or respond to any/all comments/suggestions.

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Now, on with the primary location for my blog The Other Shoe (www.theothershoe.blog.com). Here, My Dear Readers, I am forced to admit. Admit that my secondary blog location is actually the busier location of the two. My primary blog location, at this time, just does not have as much/more visit or visitors as the secondary location. This is troubling, to me, for more reasons that one. The primary location has been active for more than four years. I have invested far more money in advertising and publicity for the primary location. More articles, longer web presence, and more $$$ spent on ads and promotions should equal the busier blog. It just is not the way. ‘The best laid plans of mouse and men’. Right?

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The very first image, for this blog location, is the overall traffic for the blog for the month ending September 25th, 2014. I would like to make on fact well known. During the past month (past TWO months, past three months, past year) my primary location has been DOWN more days/weeks than I care to count. This blog location has real difficulties staying up! Within any given month I would have to say, honestly, there are at least ten to twelve days that the nlog is inaccessible! This is very discouraging and upsetting. As well, each and every time I go to run a funding campaign? It seems like the blog location goes down more often and for longer! My Dear Readers, this is the reason I have (often) spoken of getting my OWN URL, Web Hosting, and Blog software and leaving blog dot com behind! However, right now I am having terrible difficulties just trying to raise funds to Battle My CANCER!

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That battle… and the fund raiser for getting my own blog location, hosting and software will have to just come another day… maybe a long long time away… L Right now, the next graphic shows the overall traffic at blog dot com for the month ending September 25th, 2014.

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Overall Traffic Numbers TOS Blog Dot Com

Overall Traffic Numbers TOS Blog Dot Com

(Overall Traffic Numbers TOS Blog Dot Com)

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Now, for the International traffic numbers! As with my secondary blog location, one can clearly and easily see that my work is read in nearly a dozen nations! It is with a great deal of pride that I share this information! Below, International Traffic as represented in a color graphic of the world.

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Global Traffic TOS Blog Dot Com

Global Traffic TOS Blog Dot Com

(Global Traffic TOS Blog Dot Com)

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Our next graphic shows us the number of visitors, and corresponds to the color graphic above. My work, at this location, is read in; England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Spain, Greece, Italy, India, Brazil, Argentina, and Denmark just to name a few. If you, My Dear Readers, look carefully below you can see just how many people came and read my work from these countries.

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International Traffic By The Numbers Primary Location

International Traffic By The Numbers Primary Location

(International Traffic By The Numbers Primary Location)

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My Dear Readers, those are the graphics and numbers I came here tonight to share. However, I want to make sure that everyone understands WHY I am sharing this information. It is NOT to ‘brag’! I know that some will think that regardless of what I say or write. Let me tell you the truth of the WHY I share these graphics and numbers.

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I want you, My Dear Readers, to understand that you are part of an international community! That each and every time you come and read my work, you make yourself a part of an international audience. You become a part of a larger whole, and take a step away from being a pawn of just American news and information. In essence you take s step towards being a citizen of the world!

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You are exposing yourself to material that has an international audience. In doing you graduate from being a domestic consumer and begin the journey towards being an international citizen/consumer. It has taken me many years to develop a style of writing, a stable of regular articles, and a library of works that have the international appeal. This is a ‘Good Thing’. Being a part of a larger world, and an international community is an enviable trait and one that will serve you well for years and decades to come.

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That is my reason for gathering and sharing this information to all of you, My Dear Readers. Conversely to sharing this information, I could just gather the information, save the graphics to my hard drive, and view time and time again, alone. That is not who I am. I am a “gregarious person” just as a very good old friend was quoted saying about me. I have, always, sought to be a player in a larger audience. I would much rather be ‘A little fish in a big pond’ than ‘A big fish in a little pond’. Not a lot o people… well, a majority of people seek out the opportunity to be the big fish in a little pond’.

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Further, people that are born in; smaller towns, smaller communities, in less populated states often cherish their status in the ‘smaller pond’ rather than moving to another state and/or a metropolitan setting. Challenging themselves, and their abilities, against large numbers of equally talented and educated people in these larger states, communities and metropolitan settings. I think this is why I left for Southern California just as soon as I was able, and why I kept returning. I am very proud that I was; the #1 Leasing Agent for a large Beverly Hills property Management company, the #1 Pharmacy Technician for a very large hospital (996 beds) in a metropolitan city.

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Until; my severe accident, my nerve root damage, my spinal stenosis, my loss of use of left hand/arm and left leg, and now my battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I, continually, set my self in contest with larger and larger communities. While I was working as a Property Manager (of Three Properties) in Beverly Hills? During my off time I competed in National Ladder Tournaments in PC-FPS gaming. During the summer of 2002 I placed (for two weeks) as #1 in a National Ladder Tournament For F.E.A.R. on Gamespy. I missed a whole ten , of competition, due to leaving Westwood for Northern California to train Leasing Agents at another property. Even with missing ten days of competition? By the end of the Tournament I placed #7 (down from THREE WEEKS at #1) competing against hundreds of other (younger) FPS players! Accomplished while managing three properties ALONE and training ‘new’ Leasing Agents all over California from Walnut Creek to San Diego.

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So, My Dear Readers, I think that you can (now) understand why I place incredible demands on myself… now in writing. However, no matter how well I write… IF I am unable to afford to fight, battle and BEAT my Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma? My international appeal as a blog writer… is of little consequence. That is WHY I continue to; ask, request, beseech, implore and (yes, even) BEG for YOUR Donations and SUPPORT! My funding campaign, Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo IS my way of securing the financial support that is required to battle and BEAT THIS CANCER!

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Without your, My Dearest Readers, SUPPORT my writing will halt. My days will be numbered, and none of us will know what great works I might have brought into this world! That is WHY this WEEKEND I WILL be WORKING this Campaign just as HARD and INTENSLY as POSSIBLE! If you have already donated? THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!! If you have NOT? WHY? PLEASE take a moment and LOOK at the images, READ the ‘Mission Statement’, Doctor’s reports, PATHOLOGY Reports and CONSIDER CAREFULLY! PLEASE?

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My life is in YOUR, My Dearest Readers, merciful HANDS! I beseech YOU! To PLEASE take a moment and PLEASE DONATE to my campaign to raise the funds I desperately NEED to fight… to BATTLE this Cancer… and WIN! With YOUR HELP I CAN BEAT THIS CANCER!

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Adieu!

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Thank YOU!

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Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo

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The Other Shoe eBay Store
PLEASE Shop at The Other Shoe eBay Store!

PLEASE SHOP at The Other Shoe eBay Store!

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PLEASE DONATE to

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Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014
Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014

PLEASE GIVE!?!

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© 2010 – 2014 Hanning Web Wurx and The Other Shoe

 

 

Notes From Behind the Keyboard – September 25th, 2014

Danny 1987

Danny 1987

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Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. I am writing this article at midnight Wednesday, going into Thursday the 25th. I am writing this article because there are some things I would like to ‘get off my chest’. Sometimes I write these ‘Notes’ articles and then never publish. I won’t know if this is one of those or that I will publish this edition until tomorrow… when I wake up and decide. Today was, admittedly, a difficult day from the start.

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You see, My Dear Readers, I had planned on visiting my Oncologist (Cancer Doctor) today. I had broken down, under pressure from Allen and another friend here in California, to go back and talk to my Oncologist about treatment. However, when I got up this morning… without telling us (or notifying via phone call, email or message varied by bird) the whole parking area in front of our apartment had been… … … repaved! That’s right, right in front of our apartment the parking area and the entrance into the building had all been repaved overnight. I could not see any way to get out to my ‘Para-Transit’ ride or any way for the bus to get into the apartment area to pick me up. I was greatly frustrated and told Allen that I was just going to call and cancel.

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Allen, knowing how difficult it was to convince me to go in the first place, told me to wait. He was going to the office to ask if there was ‘any way out, and a way for the bus to come in and pick me up…’. The OCTA bus was not scheduled to arrive until 12:47-1:27PM PST so I figured, since it was only 8AM, I had time to wait and see what the management told Allen. Thirty minutes passed, and Allen came back to the apartment. First, he told me that he had to go ‘upstairs to go around the pavement, then around the building to the other side, then back down the stairs and back around to the office’. To get back home, he had to reverse the process, going up and down stairs backward from the way he went out. The managed told Allen that “everybody must go upstairs, around the building, then back down stairs to get and out of this part of the building.” Allen told the manage that “Danny has an appointment with his Oncologist TODAY and he must use his power chair… we cannot get the Power Chair up and down stairs in order to follow their convoluted path…” The manager told Allen “I don’t know what to tell you. Danny must use the stairs to get out. Anyone using the pavement, before Thursday, will be evicted.”

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To enforce their insane and draconian policy, they had several of the maintenance staff positioned around the building monitoring people’s movements. There, simply, was no way Allen and I were getting myself and my Power Chair; up two flights of stairs, down two flights of stairs, then reversing the procedure once we get home from the doctor’s appointment. Therefore, I was forced to cancel, yet another, visit to my Oncologist. Allen had to drag me kicking and screaming to this appointment. I do not know if he will get me to schedule another appointment. FYI I did not reschedule the missed appointment, today. Don’t tell Allen, but I just do not ‘see’ how we can afford to go and… well, do all the things that they want… now.

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That was how my day started. Then I get on line and I am going to ‘publish’ the ‘Lost in Space’ ‘Review’ of the ‘Tour of Our Solar System’ I have planned for this week. Yesterday, I spend several HOURS working on; writing, embedding links to the older articles, embedding images from the older articles into the newer article, then editing the article, then publishing (uploading the text part), then incorporating the images with the text, then proofing, then setting the automatic publish for the article. I did that last part just in case my day was so busy that I did not have time to get on line and press publish. So, the article (the review) posted without a hitch on Word Press location of The Other Shoe. Yet, over at my (primary) blog location at Blog Dot Com the article did NOT publish as scheduled.

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Looking back, I do not believe that it has ever ‘automatically’ published as scheduled at the Blog Dot Com location. Now, as if that is not enough to get my goat. I go to check the article so I bring up the word processing software for the blog and upload the article as (I thought) I had left it. Low and behold… IT IS BLANK! That’s right, as soon as the article fully loaded I was met with a nearly completely blank page! All that was on the page was the very first image the ‘Map of Our Solar System’! Everything else was, somehow, gone! Disappeared since I saw the article last at 2AM. Hours upon hours of work… GONE! Now, My Dear Readers, I am not and ‘angry’ man. In my youth, and for awhile after my head injury, I was a bit of an angry man. I would fly off the handle, I could get frustrated pretty easily, and I had a propensity for vulgarity. By the time I was 3o’ish I had done my best to leave all that behind me. I realized that anger’ only hurts the angry person. As well, it damages your health, shortens your life, makes living with you unpalatable for most people, and generally makes you and the people around you unhappy. I have done my very best to put and keep that ‘angry’ person behind me for good.

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However, today… I was tempted terribly. Like I have stated there was, at least, three hours of work just gone! I had to; upload the text part again, embed images from all the older articles again, proof read the article again. Then put in all the final touches which includes; embedding the applet for my Indiegogo campaign, embed the eBay logo, place linked text for eBay and Indiegogo, add my final picture at the end of the article and copy/paste my ‘© Hanning Web Wurx and The Other Shoe’ at the very end of the article. All told, I spend another two hours on an article posting I had spent three to four. You see, My Dear Readers, I ended up expending the patience and energy that I had planned on using up writing an all new episode of ‘The Horror in Smithville’ for later this week or next week. However, since I had to expend two more hours for a project I had already put to bed? I am/was not of the mind or energy to write that all new… content.

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Truthfully? I am having a LOT of problems with the; editing, uploading, uploading new images, editing articles, uploading text, and working on articles old and new at the (primary) blog location at Blog Dot Com. If I had my druthers? I would move the primary blog to another location. If I had the money? I would purchase: The Other Shoe.com or The Other Shoe.net, or The Other Shoe.blog and I would purchase; web hosting, blog software for my computers, and get everything I need to just host and maintain my primary blog MYSELF! That is what I have wanted for the past two years.

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Honestly, I barely have enough money to house and feed Allen and myself. We do not have enough money to spend for my ‘vanity project’ that is my blog. Seriously, I was hoping that there just might be enough money (left over out of the campaign) that I could get rid of Blog Dot Com… NOW! Truthfully, $280 is just not going to do it. If $280 is all I raise? Then I will be forced to start the campaign all over again! I cannot just quit on my battle with cancer, forever. I can put it off until I have the needed funds. However, each and every week… every month… I wait to start treatment? Well, that takes time off ‘the other end’ of my life. As well, by waiting and waiting, I am risking allowing this cancer to ‘dig in’ to the point that I might need to have several ‘Lines’ of treatment just to get this thing beat back… enough.

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Yet, My Dear Readers, I can only do what I can do, no more no less. I know that a lot of people think that I just ‘pulled the number $25OK “Out of Thin Air’ for the campaign’. I did not. IF one were to read the whole ‘Mission Statement’ for Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund at Indiegogo[1] they would quickly see that I have done my best to audit my campaign’s goal. I have figured for the cost of; transportation – Either months of Para-Transit OR a lump sum for purchase of a van/Car able to transport my power chair and myself, cost of extra medications not covered by my Part D Medicare provider, medications of a holistic nature to minimize the negative effects of the chemotherapy drugs, money to offset all the hours Allen will loose from his (two) jobs to- Take me to and from all appointments-stay at home with me after chemotherapy when I am most weak and/or nauseous, offset rent money lost, and/or figured in cost of moving to a batter place for Allen and I to live IF I manage to get through how ever many courses of (lines) of chemotherapy and/or Radiation therapy. My Dear Readers, I figured all the possible expenses for all lines of treatment ahead of time.

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Quite honestly I do not want to be running a campaign, writing seven or more articles EVERY WEEK for months, all at the same time as I am dealing with a second or third line of chemotherapy! I just concluded that it would be better to try and gather all the support while I have more STRENGTH! I now realize that the majority of people did not understand my strategy and (most likely) just saw what I was trying to do as GREEDY! I have no one else but myself to blame. However, IF PEOPLE HAD READ… MORE then they would have understood my reasoning, my strategy and would have actually seen what I am trying to do as ‘smart’ and ‘Thinking AHEAD’. Something I have failed to DO most of my adult LIFE! But, I am trying to do Better. I am trying to be a better ADULT. I am working hard to be a better person, provide better for my family, and head off unexpected emergencies so that I am less of a drain on my family and FRIENDS. Though all I can see now is that my plan backfired… people are just seeing me a greedy and weak and the last thing they will ever do Is take the time to READ and understand my reasoning. It is a horrible shame that may well result in a cancer (that IS TREATABLE) taking my life rather soon.

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Finally, My Dear Readers, I was told (by someone that I respect and admire) that if I might have to run another campaign.. ro, like, extend THIS campaign that I should notify people ASAP! Therefore, My Dear Readers, IF I do NOT make at least ¼ of my $25K GOAL? (= $6,400.00) then I will be forced to run ANOTHER Indiegogo Campaign as soon as Mid-October! I know that a lot of people will never READ so they will never understand. That is so unfortunate… so… bad for me. Yet, My Dear Readers, I simply MUST TRY! Of all the people in the world I understand my needs… the financial demands of this cancer… BETTER than anyone else in the world.

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THAT, My Dear Readers, brings us to the end of this article, for today. I hope that I have opened some eyes, and shared some insight. It is always my intent to share, and inform. Never to judge or inflame. My words are just that, MY words. Nothing more, and certainly nothing less. I look forward to seeing you here, later today, and again tomorrow. On FRIDAY there WILL be an episode of ‘The Horror in Smithville’!!! IF I am feeling up to it… and my campaign has progressed to the point I am not forced to push it up the hill every hour? I Will edit and upload MORE of ‘The Horror in Smithville’! Perhaps we can even come to the END of ‘Part 14’ THIS WEEK!

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As always it is a pleasure to write for you and share with you.

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Adieu!

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Thank YOU!
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Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo

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The Other Shoe eBay Store
PLEASE Shop at The Other Shoe eBay Store!

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PLEASE DONATE to

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Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014
Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014

PLEASE GIVE!?!

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© 2010 – 2014 Hanning Web Wurx and The Other Shoe

 

A ‘Shout-Out’ to ‘The Solitary-One’

Danny PET OCM 9-3-14

Danny PET OCM 9-3-14

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Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe and a special article. As most of you, My Dear Readers, are familiar I am running an Indiegogo campaign (Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo) to help me with the mounting costs of; treatment, transportation, medications, and In-Home Care. To motivate potential contributors I have created several ‘Perks’ within the campaign. One, and the least expensive, is the $20 ‘Perk’ ‘The Other Shoe Newsletter’. This entitles anyone that donates $20 (or more up to $40, which is the benchmark for the next ‘Perk’ up the ladder) to One Month FREE copies of The Other Shoe hardcopy Newsletter. Mailed to them, at the address they provide, will be FOUR issues of the newly designed and founded ‘The Other Shoe’ Newsletter!

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This is a One-Page (Two sided) Newsletter that provides and overview and excerpts from the given week’s publications at the (two) blogs ‘The Other Shoe’ (at www.theothershoe.blog.com AND @ www.theothersshoe.wordpress.com ). I generally wait and will mail out and FOUR newsletters at the same time. However, for the ONE person that has taken the ‘Perk’ I have mailed out two and have two left to send to him. EVEN BETTER?!?!?

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Just NOW at Midnight Pacific Time Tuesday September 23, 2014 I received a $40 donation! Now, they have picked the next-level-up ‘Perk’ called the Multi-SOCIAL-Media Shout-Out!. This entails anyone with a contribution of $40 or more to;

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“YOUR NAME (ONLY with YOUR permission) mentioned in a posting on; BOTH my Blogs, Facebook for-Danny Hanning, The Other Shoe, and Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund PLUS on BOTH my Twitter Feeds and On a WEB CAST on Youtube!”

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I thought up this ‘Perk’ about two weeks ago, in hopes that people would like seeing their name; on my blogs, mentioned on my FOUR Facebook accounts, One my Twitter feed, and in a VIDEO on my Youtube Channel[1].
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Just NOW @ 12:12AM Pacific Time 9/23/2014 I Tweeted

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“DCTF JUST NOW Rcvd a $40 DONATION from Sherri Mikeska aka ‘The-Solitary-One’. So “THANK YOU Sherri Mikeska” ‘The-Solitary-One’ for your GENEROUS DONATION! THANKS!”

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Thus completing ONE portion of my commitment of the ‘Perk’ the “Multi-SOCIAL-Media ‘Shout-Out’ ‘Perk’ at Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo. This article, once published at BOTH blog locations will complete ‘Stage TWO’ of my commitment for the ‘Perk’. Within the next hour I will record, edit, upload, and publish the ‘Thank YOU Video’ for ‘The-Solitary-One’. Thus completing ‘Stage Three’ of the ‘PERK’.

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The final Stage Four is the announcement on the Indiegogo campaign Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo. As of 12:20AM PST I had noted in both the ‘Updates’ section of the campaign web site and the ‘Comment’s portion of the campaign web site my Thanks to Sherri Mikeska aka ‘The-Solitary-One’ for their $40 donation and picking my personally created ‘Perk’ the “Multi-SOCIAL-Media Shout-Out!”

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Therefore, just as soon as I can remember my login for my second Twitter account I will log in and say “Thank you Sherri Mikeska aka ‘The Solitary-One’ for your $40 DONATION to DCTF @ Indiegogo!” That will be the fifth and FINAL ‘Stage Five’ of completing my commitment for the ‘Perk’. Now, let me make one thing perfectly clear!

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I TOTALLY ENJOYED DOING THIS!

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Sherri Mikeska aka ‘The-Solitary-One’ I would like to say “Thank YOU Sherri Mikeska!” for; your donation, your time, your kindness, your generosity… AND for picking the “Multi-SOCIAL-Media ‘Shout-Out’!” as it was the ‘Perk’ that I created all by myself! I have been waiting for someone to pick this ‘Perk’ so I could do this… procedure. I really hope that you Sherri Mikeska aka ‘The-Solitary-One’ sees ALL of these ‘Shout-Outs’! Now, I did see the ‘RL’ name of the person that made the donation. Well, the first name. However, since I DID NOT receive; an email, an Indiegogo PM, or any correspondence giving me permission to use the contributors Real Life name? I DID NOT reveal even the first name that I have record.

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Since this is the very first of this ‘Perk’?  Sherri Mikeska aka‘The-Solitary-One’ IF you do want me to use your whole RL name, please submit your whole name via Indiegogo PM and I WILL add it to all the blogs, and Facebook. I WANT TO BE FAIR! As well, I want the people who DOANTE and request ‘Perks’ to feel SATISFIED with the provided ‘Perk’ they choose.

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Again, In closing I would like top express my deep and heartfelt “Thanks!” to Sherri Mikeska aka ‘The-Solitary-One’ for contributing $40 to my Cancer Treatment Campaign, and “Thanks!’ for picking this ‘Perk’. I had a blast!

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Adieu!

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Thank YOU!

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My Two Cents – September 22nd, 2014

My Two Cents

My Two Cents

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Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe another edition of ‘My Two Cents’. It is been many weeks since my last edition of ‘My Two Cents’ was published here at The Other Shoe. I could sit here and enumerate the myriad reasons for the absence of any edition of this article series. However, instead of looking back My Dear Readers I will choose to look forward. Since my last appearance, in this franchise, I have been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Upon the receipt of this; untimely, unfortunate, unwanted, frightening news I immediately snapped into a ‘Critical Thinking’ mode.

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For now two generations, that I know of, the Hanning family has been periodically plagued with that parasitic pathogen cancer. Each and every time I have seen it rear its ugly head, in my family history, it is wrought financial disaster wherever it went. Due to my physical inability to perform any kind of work that would pay a wage, I saw the onset of this cancer is the tip of the sword. A sword that would lead to the undoing of my life, my life of 28 years with Alan, and my ability to keep a roof over my head. Now, My Dear Readers, you want to know something even more frightening than cancer? Think about having cancer and being homeless at the same time.

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That, My Dear Readers, was the fear that rose its ugly terrifying head August 8, 2014. The reality of my familial- existence is that I could count on only one thing. I could not count on my family to come to my assistance. Whereas that might seem brutal, harsh, unfeeling, and insensitive, and for the majority of you a frame of reference we could not possibly share, it is just the reality of the past 40 years of my life. That is not to say, My Dear Readers, that the family I have does not love me. For all I know, they do. However, since my father walked out on his wife and his two remaining sons in the late 60s? I have learned that to be a ‘Hanning’ is to learn how to make it from one crisis or event, to another completely alone.

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So be it. Now, My Dear Readers, I had every good hearted intention to not hold a fund-raising campaign this year! I remember the parable of ‘The Boy who Cried Wolf’. Having remembered this parable well I, myself, did not want to fall into a pattern of behavior that left those that do care (about my welfare) feeling spent by their efforts to assist. Allen and I were making it just fine. Like a good many millions upon millions of Americans, Allen and I were living paycheck to paycheck, month-to-month, hand to mouth. There is no great pride, in living that way, but we were making it and we were making it on our own. My Dear Readers I struggled with the next decision of my life greatly.

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Over the next week, starting August 8, 2014 when I was told I have lymphatic cancer, I’m willing to bet I did not sleep one night in three. I laid awake each and every night tossing and turning and struggling with a decision I had prayed God I would never have to make. I could go forward, and battle my cancer alone with no help nor assistance from friend or family or acquaintance. Following this path, most assuredly, at some point in the next 18 months, ‘needs’ would far outstrip ‘means’. At that point Allen and I would be left with a choice of stopping any current treatment to battle my cancer, or lose their roof over our heads.

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Now, My Dear Readers, the decision-making process was not one I made solely alone. I discussed this, at length, with Allen prior to making my decision. I touched base with the family members that I am still in contact with, only to find them quite bereft of the ability to help. On August 15, 2014, at about seven the evening, I came to my final decision. My Dear Readers I had struggled now a long and sleepless week with a difficult ’no-win’ situation. On one hand, I could move forward with treatment Allen would lose days and days of work for weeks at a time, and in a matter of months our needs… The demands of my cancer would far outstrip our means to meet these demands.

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At which time, My Dear Readers, we would find ourselves completely in able to pay our rent thus resulting in our eviction from our home… And homelessness. The alternative would be to tell my doctors, my primary care physician and my oncologist, that I was to refuse treatment for my recently diagnosed cancer. To do so would be to challenge my primary care physician’s judgment about the best course of treatment for my health. I understood that if I chose this course of action my primary care physician and oncologist could refuse further treatment, based on my poor judgment regarding my health. Under Medicare any doctor that is currently treating you can, at any moment at their discretion, choose to halt their participation in your healthcare. I do this from reading the literature provided by Medicare, and I knew this because my primary care physician had explained it to me previously. So you see, My Dear Readers, to initially refuse any staging of my cancer or following chemotherapy would be to risk the loss of all my practitioners.

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With that in mind, My Dear Readers, I concluded that the best and most logical course of action would be to chance becoming a character in a parable, to risk excommunication by my fellow Texans, to invite the dissolution of multigenerational friendships, and to seek the kindness and support (I now much needed) to battle this cancer. Over the next 48 hours I put the final finishing touches on a preliminary campaign I had drawn up, earlier that month. I had never intended on using the draft campaign I shared with you, My Dear Readers, on August 11, 2014. I didn’t sleep much, over the next 48 hours, as I tried to come up with a ‘Mission Statement’ that didn’t sound too trite, to pathetic, or too demanding. I hope and pray none of you never have to experience what that feels like.

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On August 17, 2014 I, with a heavy heart and deep regret, launched Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo[1]. My Dear Readers since that day I have done my level best to; write every single day that I am physically able, publish every single day I have something written worth publishing, update the campaign with every event in every publication, publicize the campaign via Facebook and YouTube to the best of my ability and financial means, post regular and informative updates via Facebook and both of my blogs, and to keep myself from reaching to deep in the depths of depression. That’s a lot of goals My Dear Readers, and I am but one man. I will never know, for sure, why this campaign did not catch on like my two previous campaigns.

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I may well never know why many of my; friends, family, acquaintances and readers of my two blogs helped twice previously, but did not hearken to my call for assistance in my battle with cancer. All I do know is that in 35 days I have raised $150. Starting today I begin the 10 day countdown to the end of said campaign. My Dear Readers, I have a little less than 10 days to raise enough money for my continued treatment in my battle for cancer. In the first 35 days I have provided; pathology reports, biopsy reports, physician’s notes, images from scans, and test results. There are at least a half dozen incidences where, in these reports, it clearly states Danny Hanning has a lymphoma. That Danny Hanning has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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All that remains, in this part of my battle with cancer, is a little less than 10 days of me writing and publishing and promoting and praying that more will come forward and join the few that have already donated to help me battle cancer. The facts are there, my writing this here, my need is genuine, my cancer quite real. It is my, now published, desire to continue with and win my battle with this lymphatic cancer. It is my intent and desire to use money raised from this campaign exclusively in the battle with this cancer that has invaded my body and life. It will be the focus of the next 200 hours of my life to convince you My Dear Readers, to come forward and pledge five dollars, $10, $20, $200 to enable me to battle and beat cancer and keep a roof over my head.

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In closing, again, I never wanted to run a campaign this year. My Dear Readers I wanted 2014 to be a year where I wrote, published, and entertained without asking anything, one red cent, from you or anyone else. But as they say ‘the best laid plans of mice and men…’. I come to you, in these closing hours of my campaign, to ask, to implore, to convince, to beseech you My Dearest Readers, to reach out and help lift me so that I might stand in battle and win this war on my cancer.

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My Dear Readers I thank you for your time today, I thank you for your patience your understanding your kindness and your support. I look forward to writing and sharing them with you again tomorrow, until then please click the links below, take a moment and help change my life for the better.

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A Week in Review – September 14th, 2014

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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   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.

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Thank you for dropping by. Please drop by next week, when I will hopefully have all my regular articles returning… Including ‘The Horror in Smithville’!

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A Week in Review – September 7th 2014

Danny Arrives for PET Scan

Danny Arrives for PET Scan

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Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. The end of the week has come and it is time for ‘A Week in Review’ here at The Other Shoe. With the publication of this article, I have managed to publish NINE articles in the past seven days. I consider this to be quite an accomplishment, considering what was going on in my life outside this blog. I started the re-publication of a very (initially) popular series of articles; ‘The Story of Daniel’. First published in the late summer to fall of 2012, this series of articles was (originally) written to help you, My Dear Readers, gain an understanding of who I am… where I grew up… and how important it was/is to reach out and help me in a time of great need.

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My motivation for re-publication was the same as when it was first published. The reasoning is the similar, only the circumstances are different. Similar in that when it was originally published I was fighting for my mobility, and now I am fighting for my life. Below are excerpts and comments on the eight articles I have published in the past seven days.

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Now, without further Adieu, I give you ‘A Week in Review’

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The Mars Report – September 1st 2014 : “I would ‘blame myself’, but I strongly feel that; writing and publishing nearly a dozen articles, spending 12, 14, and 16 hours A DAY (promoting, linking, sharing, and writing) on my blog(s) and Facebook, spending money (that I really shouldn’t) to promote even MORE, and generally… lowering myself to daily asking for HELP! I, generally, feel that I have ‘done my part’. There is little more that I can do. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I will be: visiting my Oncologist, having a P.E.T. scan done, and have BONE MARROW removed from my pelvic girdle. I will try to write. However, I do not know how much I can get done… considering I will be out every day for the tests for ‘Staging My Cancer’!” This was the ONLY ‘regular’ articles that I manage to publish, this week, aside fro this “A Week in Review’. To say that the pain was terrible would be redundant. To write about how I really wanted to share, would be futile. To try and explain my frame of mind, my concern for my health and my fear of my cancer. Appears to be honesty of a kind and type that people just do not want to read. I guess.

  • The Story of Daniel – Redux – All About Danny : “The reality of my life… is why I wrote ‘The Story of Daniel’ back in September of 2012. I use this story now to maybe help people remember who I am. Remember that I used to stand at their side, remember that I used to work to make them laugh, remember how hard I worked for the plays, remember how important Pearland was-and-is to me. To remember is to relive in our hearts, our minds, our souls. I used to occupy that space in many people’s lives in Pearland.” The whole ‘thought process’ (originally pitched to me by one Jim Thornton) was that if the good people of Pearland could remember; who I was, how I used to entertain them, why they enjoyed my company and my performances that they just might reach out and help me in my time of need. That was the thought process. I just thought that I might try it, again. I have, yet, to decide if next week will se the continuation of this publication. Or, like my efforts to document my trials and battle with cancer, it will be throw to the wayside for something more commercially viable.
  • Daniel’s Disability and HOW it ALL Began! – Redux : “See, there is no one to blame, in this matter it is just a matter of ‘bad luck’ or something like that. I don’t hate anyone, or blame anything for the plight I live with… boy, that would be futile, to seek and assign blame. Because it really doesn’t matter, in the large scheme of things, who did what or who didn’t won’t make my pain go away.” Twenty-seven years ago someone, working the electrtonics stockroom at Target in Manhattan Beach, placed a Smith Corona typewriter at the very top of a pile of loosely stacked boxes. The next day that typewriter fell and struck me in the spine and back of the head. That incident set in motion the events of the next twenty-five years of my life. If my assumptions are correct, and the bone graft is/was the source of the Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma… that fateful day is also responsible for my cancer.
  • The Story of Daniel – Redux – Episode One – The Beginning : “The Cub Scouts taught me the importance of; self reliance, respect of elders and community, and that knowledge is power. At the same time that I was learning these lessons in Scouts, I was learning even more in my Father’s garage. My father was an X-Ray technician for three orthopedic surgeons in the Herman Professional Building in Houston. They were the ‘Herman Associates’ group. Dr.(s); Hutcherson, Moore and Baker. When my father came home from work, he had dinner with the family only to then go to work in our garage. My father ran a small business out of our garage. We were the owners and operators of ‘K. & M. Electronics’ (Ken and Margie). My father repaired; radios, televisions, clocks and record players, HAM radios and transmitters, teletype machines and pretty much everything if he could get the schematics.” This is the beginning of my story. The formative years of my life, and how my father’s work and profession had a lasting impact on my life and career choices. I have included this part of the story… for one reason. I wanted people to know, to understand, that I was/am a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout. That lots of people have trusted me all my life, and that they too could trust me. Turst! I was trying to instill trust for me in my readers. Trust that if they donated money. That I would USE that money as I explained and as it was intended!
  • PRE-CHEMO Appointment, DONE! : “My Dear Readers I have just spent two hours in ‘Orientation’ for Chemotherapy. Unfortunately, due to my lack of financial means, I will be poorly prepared for… and After treatment.” Here, I am trying to relay the events of my life. To tell a tale and to explain the source of my needs and their urgency. To be truthful, and trustworthy.
  • The Story of Daniel – Part Two – REDUX! : “The holidays, for the Hanning family, were an enjoyable and busy time. Starting in October, when the air became crisp and temperatures dropped, my father added a new duty to his agenda. He took on the creation and display of festive and seasonal decorations. Though my father never talked of it openly, he loved the holiday season. Oh, not shopping and not the cooking (that was Mother’s job), he just loved decorating the house for the neighbors. It almost seemed as though he regarded it as some ‘social responsibility’ to provide eye candy for the community and neighbors. I never sensed he thought of it as; an obligation or competition it was his way of expressing himself. My father didn’t sing or dance or anything of that nature. Yes, he sang hymns at South Park Baptist Church but you would never see him bursting into song around the house of neighborhood.” My father could have spent his free time, around the holidays, relaxing and enjoying time spent with family. Not my father, he spent is free time setting about wonderful and entertaining decorations and automated displays. He really sought to bring joy and happiness to his friends and neighbors. I have a great deal of respect for him, in that regard. My father was a man of the community and he sought always to give back to those around him. A habit I picked up, and used my singing and acting abilities to follow in his footsteps.
  • The Story of Daniel – Part Three – REDUX! : “As I have told you, much of elementary school at Pearland is just gone, “dust in the wind”. For what ever reason, though, my memories of the time that I spent in the (then) new ‘Middle School’ are pretty clear and there a good many of them, too. Now, I really do wish that my parents had purchased those ‘Year Books’. I was never really big on buying them, as a boy. Now that may have been merely because my mother and father both never really showed any interest in buying them, and I was just following their lead or it could be because our family just budgeted out money so frugally that it seemed a frivolous expenditure. What ever the reason, I am working without a net here, so IF I get some dates wrong, or places please be kind.” This is the third part of ‘The Story of Daniel’. I explain my time coming to Pearland, starting at the Elementary school and then on to Pearland Middle School. The best I can figure the Hannings arrived in Pearland in, like, 1965 or 1966. We lived on Francis street, there in Pearland, until my mother passed away in 1987. Twenty-plus years in Pearland… and not the “couple of years” some would have me believe.
  • Radioactive Dan! : “Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. My apologies for my absence, these past two days, as I have been involved in the ‘Staging’ process with my cancer. Yesterday, the topic of this article, was full of fun and excitement with a P.E.T. (Positron Emission Tomography – Computed Tomography) scan. I know how could something like that be… entertaining? Well, I will tell you just how and give you; videos from the day, images from the day, and images of/about P.E.T. scans and the process. At the end of this article, I will share some of the actual images from my scan! Tell me that is not exciting!” This was my very FIRST P.E.T. scan. I had never been directly injected with a radioactive sugar compound, before. Looking back, I just wish I had the… resources to eat the correct foods prior to the scan. I was unable to eat a “high Protein, Low Carbohydrate” diet the way they had instructed.
  • The Hardest Decision of My Life : “With less than three weeks left, to the campaign, I have made a difficult and hard decision. I will no longer write articles about; my cancer, my adventure with cancer, my visits to doctors, my chemotherapy, or anything to do with my treatment or condition. I have seen my traffic decline, and with more than 210 ‘Shares’ on Facebook I have garnered only the support of two people. I fear that I risk loosing more of you, My Dear Readers, if I continue to write about my disease and my battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.” IF I could find a hole big enough, I would crawl into it and just disappear. That is how I felt, when I wrote this article, it is how I feel as I write this review. I have, obviously, offended… upset… ‘puched away’ people by just talking about my disease and asking for assistance. Who would’ve thunk it? Facts are facts, traffic was in a downward spiral (again, that could have been because of the of new material and/or the regular article series), I will never know. I am just stopping writing about my battle with cancer. I will write, when I am able, the regular articles everyone enjoys. Maybe… somehow, someway, I will be able to afford to eat properly… and get to and from treatments and pay my rent. However, as I have stated… if the costs of treatment and everything… take out of rent.. I WILL STOP treatments to pay my rent. Roof comes first!

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Well, My Dear Readers, that brings us to the end of this week’s ‘A Week in Review’! As well, it brings to a close a very; tiring, trying and painful seven days. Next week, it will be just the regular articles. I do not believe I will continue the re-publication of ‘The Story of Daniel’. I know that nobody wants to hear about my battle with cancer. However, I will continue to make videos… and keep a journal of my journey… because that is what writers do!

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Thank you for dropping by, and thank you for your kindness and support. I look forward to writing and publishing as my health and time allows. I do hope to have more of ‘The Horror in Smithville’ ready for next Friday. I look forward to seeing you, My Dear Readers, right here.

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Adieu!

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Thank YOU!

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Radioactive Dan!

Danny Arrives @ Hospital for PET Scan

Danny Arrives @ Hospital for PET Scan

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Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. My apologies for my absence, these past two days, as I have been involved in the ‘Staging’ process with my cancer. Yesterday, the topic of this article, was full of fun and excitement with a P.E.T. (Positron Emission Tomography – Computed Tomography) scan. I know how could something like that be… entertaining? Well, I will tell you just how and give you; videos from the day, images from the day, and images of/about P.E.T. scans and the process. At the end of this article, I will share some of the actual images from my scan! Tell me that is not exciting!

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However, before I get started on day-before-yesterday I want to say a few words about yesterday. Yesterday I left, at 6:00AM, for my ‘Bone marrow Biopsy’ procedure. We arrived at Los Alamitos Medical Center at 6:30AM. My Dear Readers, instead of one procedure? They did two procedures. I did not leave the medical facility until 6:00PM last night! Twelve hours at the medical center, one bone marrow biopsy, and one ‘Porta-Cath’ placement later I am one very sore puppy. It was a terribly long day with nothing to eat or drink for more than TWENTY-TWO hours!

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I will be writing about yesterday, later today… if I have the strength. Today is Friday and I know that there are a lot of people, out there among you My Dear Readers, that are looking forward to another episode of ‘The Horror in Smithville’. Whereas, I have about thirty pages, yet unpublished, I have not had the time and energy (at the same tome) to edit the very next section of ‘Part 14’. I hope that everyone finds understanding about this situation. I very much would like to publish more and more of ‘The Horror in Smithville’.

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With Halloween rapidly approaching, I do feel the heat of my looming deadline. It is just that my Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is making more demands upon me, than there are hours in the day. I will be working on the pages I do have, and trying my best to publish another episode, as soon as possible. However, My Dear Readers, my first chemotherapy is next Wednesday. From what I am being told, I will not feel like; writing, publishing, living for several days after this first chemotherapy. We shall see what happens and I will publish my intentions ahead of time.

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On to the topic of the day, ‘Radioactive Dan!’. I saw this because this was my very first P.E.T. scan and I was completely unaware of just how ‘toxic’ the material they use, is. Once I had arrived, and the technician was made aware of my arrival, I was taken to the very distant back of the imaging area. Here everything is heavily shielded. The room I was told to “sit quietly in for an hour” had huge shielded doors! I noticed this as I was awaiting the arrival of the ‘nuclear technician’.

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Once in the shielded room he brought my injection, into the room in a lead safe! It was about the size of a large shoebox and was made of all lead and steel. Once he had a good vein, he ran a saline rinse… then brought out this HUGE LEAD SYRINGE! It looked like something out of a sci-fi story or a cartoon!

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Seriously, the technician walks into the room, holding one syringe in his hand and in the other is this large metal box! It has the yellow and red ‘radioactive’ symbol on all sides and is as large as an old bread box. He sets them both down, and proceeds to put an IV shunt into the vein in my left arm. Once done, he takes the first syringe and “clears the butterfly… makes sure the IV is patent’. Once done, then he takes is huge lead encased syringe out of the radioactive box. He explains that this is the dextrose solution with the radioactive isotope.

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He explains that it was made at University of California Irvine, and that he is now going to inject it into my body. He presses the plunger and the radioactive solution enters my vein. It is, initially, cold to the touch. Within a few moments I have a heavy metallic taste in the back of my throat. He removes the butterfly IV and wipes the injection site, again, with an alcohol swab. Then he wraps the injection site with a bright red gauze bandage.

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I am now told that I am to “Sit in this shielded room for one hour, to allow the solution to be absorbed…” He wraps me in a warm blanket, turns on a little electric candle, turns off the lights and closes the lead-lined door. As I sit there I hear, very low in the background, some kind of tape of forest sounds and non-descript melodies. I sit there, falling in and out of sleep. I had not slept, the night before, out of anxiety and pain.

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Within about fifteen to thirty minuets I feel incredible burning feeling just below my rib cage. It is in the front of my body, and wraps around both sides. It also radiates in the area, of my right side and back, where Allen and I had found an all new lump and where I have been experiencing a lot of pain. As I am thinking about the pain, and the burning sensation, the technician opens the door.

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“Is everything alright? Do you need to go to the bathroom? Are you in pain? The chair you are sitting in is set up to measure activity and heart rates. You seem to be in distress.”

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Super a ‘smart-chair’, and it is ratting me out to the technician! I, calmly respond;

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“Yes, I am feeling pressure, pain and some distress just below my rib cage. It made me a little upset…scared. I will try to relax, again.”

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The technician nods and tells me to just try my best to relax. Sometimes, when the radioactive dye collects in tumors or cancer cells that it will fell like burning. That it is just the nature of the radioactive dye and the process. He leaves the room and closes the door behind him. I sit and try to breath slowly, and calm down. I must have fallen asleep, because the next thing I know Allen and the technician are waking me.

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They both help me walk into the room with the scanner. I am still feeling pressure and burring just below my rib cage. Now it is also in my neck, throat and head. The burning in my head has me really concerned. For the next thirty minuets I sit in a tube as the motorized platform goes in and out of the tube, ever so slowly. This part, I cannot sleep through. I am just all too concerned about the burning, and the pain.

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Upper Torso with 'Hot Spots'

Upper Torso with ‘Hot Spots’

(Upper Torso with ‘Hot Spots’)

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Soon enough, the scan is over and I am removed from the tube. Allen helps me get back into my power chair, and for the first time since I arrived, I relax. The technician comes up to me and tells me that someone will arrive with my disc of the scan, just to wait right there in the shielded part of the room. Within ten minutes another white coated technician arrives. She hands me the CD, and a package of information.

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She explains to me that I am, now, radioactive. Not enough for concern but I am to: not go out to eat, not go into a store, not be around groups of people, not be around children or old people at all! For the next twelve hours, whenever I go to the bathroom, I am to flush “several times to make sure all radioactive material is clear of the building…”. She gives me a handout (that I put up on Facebook a few days ago) that immediately reminds me of ‘Instructions for a Zero Gravity Toilet from 2001 A Space Odyssey’. I head out to get picked up by the OCTA access bus.

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Surprisingly, they take me directly home. No stops, no pick-ups, no drop-offs, just me and Allen alone in the van taken directly home. The rest of the day I rest, but for most of the day I feel great pressure and pain under my ribcage, still.

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That, My Dear Readers, was my adventure with my PET scan and the story of ‘Radioactive Dan’! Tomorrow, if my pian allows, I will return with another tale! This time, about the torture of my bone marrow biopsy… and the implanting of a ‘Prota-Cath’ device under my SKIN!

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'Hot Spot' on PET Scan Just Below Rib Cage

‘Hot Spot’ on PET Scan Just Below Rib Cage

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In spite of all of that I have done my best to keep busy… to “Keep Moving Forward!”. Now, I have been hit below the belt with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma CANCER! With limited to Spartan resources, my battle might well be quite short. With your, My Dear Readers, HELP? I stand a fighting chance of beating my cancer and not damaging my body, my liver, my kidneys… due to a lack of proper nutrition and proper amounts of fluids. I am NOT lying. I DO lack the money to purchase these ITEMS.

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Thank you for dropping by… and PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TO Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo![1]

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Adieu!

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Thank YOU!

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Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014

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