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The print publishing industry is hurting, and shifting blame to the big, bad, (don't be) evil Google. Meanwhile, Google just keeps doing what it does best, making information available. My most recent discovery is the magazine archives hidden within Google Book Search. While looking up a random topic, I found full-view magazines among the results. Due to the fact that I love magazines, I immediately tried finding a list of all of the magazines archived by Google, yet no such list was found.

Therefore, I have spent the last couple of weeks attempting to locate as many of the magazines as possible. You can find the complete list here. I truly believe that there is a magazine for every person out there, below you'll find a few articles that caught my eye...

I believe I first came across the magazine archive while looking for Pad Thai recipes. Three decades of Vegetarian Times has tons of recipes and other great information for our veggie-based diet.
Or, if we're not feeling like cooking, we can always check Indianapolis Monthly for its ubiquitous restaurant guide.
I was able to find an article in Organic Gardening that showed me how to pack the most tomato plants in the smallest area possible. Useful for my first summer of gardening.
The Baseball Digest archive goes back to the forties. Interesting fact: a quick search showed me that the first mention in the magazine of steroids came in a 1987 article on the proliferation of home runs, but was mistakenly referring to juiced-up bats.
And finally, with the archive of the Weekly World News, we all can authenticate ridiculous stories past. Like this crazy 2005 story about the coming depression: "housing market collapses, automakers go belly-up, and banks fail..." only Poodle Boy would believe that crap!

Mom, why do you refer to Weekly World News...as "the paper"?
The paper contains facts.
This paper contains facts.
And this paper has the eighth-highest circulation in the whole wide world.
Plenty of facts. "Pregnant Man Gives Birth."
That's a fact.

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So I was going about my life last week when my doctor called and said I had leukemia.

Surprise!  That was an interesting way to start the day. Especially when I felt perfectly healthy! 

I had offhandedly mentioned to my doctor at a routine appointment that an area under my ribs on my left side had felt hard (but not painful) for several months. Little did I know that it was my enlarged spleen, swollen with all the extra white blood cells my body has been making.

Turns out I have a rare form of cancer called chronic myelogenous leukemia, or CML. It is a non-genetic condition caused when an abnormal chromosome called the Philadelphia chromosome allows large amounts of diseased white blood cells to be produced. These diseased cells crowd out healthy blood cells, compromising the immune system.

My hematologist said CML is the best type of leukemia to have, since in the past eight years a "miracle drug" called Gleevec was developed that essentially treats CML with minimal side effects. If I respond well to the Gleevec, all signs of the leukemia should be gone in about a year, though I'll have to continue taking the drug indefinitely to ensure that I don't relapse.

Thank goodness for the inventors of Gleevec!  Without them, I would have had to have chemo and a bone marrow transplant, and my condition would be considered much more risky. Instead, I will hopefully escape with only some minor side effects, like perhaps some diarrhea, nausea or water retention. I'll find out tomorrow, since I start my treatment then!

Also, though this situation has convinced me even more of the flawed nature of privatized health care, I'd just like to take this opportunity to thank Anthem for picking up the extra $4852 per month for my prescription. Yes, I received a 99% discount on my life saving meds. So that's something to be thankful for!

I haven't found much not to be thankful for, really. I haven't experienced any pain or discomfort (to date, at least!), I'll probably be alive for many more years to come (fingers crossed), and I don't even have to lose my hair!  Thus far it's mainly been dealing with logistics of doctor visits, insurance, and prescriptions.

I've greatly appreciated the outpouring of love and support from family and friends during this time. Thank you so much to everyone who has offered such kind words and deeds!  It's been wonderful to feel so valued and supported.

Another benefit of having leukemia is having food prescribed as part of my treatment plan. Appointments with my hematologist include some discussion of cancer, but mainly our conversations have centered around Asian food. So, like any good patient, I followed my doctor's advice and checked out Thai Taste, a lovely little family owned restaurant. The food was amazing, and prompted a new obsession with Thai cuisine!  I have already returned to the restaurant since our initial visit (the waiter greeted me with "Good to see you again!") and Alex and I were inspired tonight to try our own hand at Pad Thai. So our culinary adventures are in full force. Take that, cancer!

Again, I appreciate everyone's love and support during this time...I'll keep you posted with any new developments. For now, I'll focus on reducing my white blood cell count and increasing my Asian food consumption :)

Sonja