Ian Keith Kershaw shared a photo; "A special message for all of the people who are against vaccinating their children. How many people can remember polio before a vaccine was invented? The people in the iron lungs have polio and an iron lung was the only way to keep them alive while they tried to recover. One iron lung on the left shows a small child being kept alive. Many victims were crippled for life. Not pleasant memories, but ones that must not be forgottten! Photo of Iron lung ward filled with polio patients, Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, California (1953) from Wikipedia and text sourced from Paul Lewis."
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Just a few days I found out my cancer was having a party in my liver. Needless to say I didn't want to join the party. I was sad, low, and felt hopeless. Then my cheeky little brother unleashed my world record idea for longest line of coins (months early!) and the response has overwhelmed me completely. I thought 4 million five cent coins would be a real stretch. It's so many! But in 24 short hours, you have thrown a staggering 3.2 million five cent coins in the kitty! In dollar terms, we need to raise $195,705,05 to break the record and since yesterday, you have pooled together...wait for it...$162,979.95!
I can't get this silly grin off my face! Over 5200 villagers have purchased metres! Other patients in the hospital with me, the nurses and people on the street (when I went out for gate leave) are all getting behind our moonshot. It's possible that I am not only the happiest cancer patient in the country right now, but that I am the happiest person, full stop. Thanks for making me so happy. Thank you thank you thank you XXConnie
"It was my birthday yesterday and my partner gave me a thoughtful gift... A Bunnings voucher with spare change for a snag and can of drink." It doesn't get more Aussie than that! 😂 Thanks for sharing this with us, Kelly Hazell! #9Today
Australia's first Ambulance Bus was unveiled by Jack Snelling M.P. in Adelaide today. The ‘Ambus’, which can be used to treat up to 12 patients at a time, will be used in emergency situations such as bushfires and road accidents, as well as at major events and for patient transfers.
With this revolutionary vehicle, our SA Ambulance Service will have more capability than ever to care for South Australians who are sick or injured.
A chocolate shop in Montville, QLD, has posted this hilarious advertisment, looking for a teen staffer with 'life skills' which include being able to 'push a brush like you mean it" and being able "to last eight hours without your phone". This is epic. (Credit: Facebook/Chocolate Country) #9Today
Many years ago ABC radio did a special on 'Sibling Rivalry'. Me and Con were the subjects! We were about 9 or 10. We fought so well we became a little famous for it. Our stoushes were always full-blooded, I'd argue even today that our conflicts were more spirited than most other siblings. Even through adulthood I harboured many grudges towards Con. Then everything changed. Seven years ago, my sister got really crook and we decided instantly and together to forget the past and cherish what we had left. Love Your Sister was born in that same moment, in the immediate shadow of her terminal diagnosis, when we simply decided to stop fighting, after all these years. It all seemed so silly once she got cancery.
She turns 40 today. She didn't want to make a point of it because she's worried that she'll jinx herself and not make 41, but I'm more than happy to declare her superstitions far less important than us taking a moment to reflect on my sister's contribution to Australian life and our beaut village, given this unlikely day.
Connie is a deep thinker, a thoroughly clever cookie, and heaps of fun. Her laugh is the best you'll find and her intuition is second to none. Her kids are bi-lingual and display superb depth - she is a terrific mother. Connie is at home with the toolbox too, and can build anything to spec, millimetre perfect. She worked in the disability sector for many years too, which gave her great nourishment. She has helped run the family secondhand book business for 20 years and still runs our last shop left standing with her hubby (a testament to her business acumen, given the nature of the digital age).
Five years ago she was told to prepare for death. She did the opposite. Instead of rolling over she decided to use her time trying to remind every single young mum in the land to be breast aware. Trying to remind anybody and everybody about the importance of science and research. And, after rescuing me from a life of base hedonism and guiding me to a unicycling world record, she's now embarking on a world record of her own - longest line of coins. She's going to bring together families affected by cancer from all around the country, by lining up all of their coins into the biggest love heart this country has EVER seen.
It's hard to explain how much Con means to me. Yes we fought like buggery as kids, but we also drowned in uncontrollable fits of laughter. Mum topped herself when we were young and Dad worked his crack off to support us, so often it was just me and Con. I've spent more time with Con than anyone else. And, as you now know, she's a dead-set legend.
She's had various cancers since I can remember but I don't see cancer when I think of her. We had so many stoushes but I no longer see conflict when I think of her. I see us sharing Sunny Boys at Little Aths. I see us putting on elaborate stage shows at home together. I see us walking to and from ten different schools together. And now I see her guiding her children so cleverly through this mad world. Now I see her think of others while she suffers. And, thankfully, when she looks at me now, I see pride in her eyes. It took a lot of explaining Con and I'm a bit of a slowcoach, but I get it now.
It's already been sung and it can't be said enough. All you need is love. And at the centre of love? Family. It's that simple. Thank you for teaching me how important family is. I'd be nought without you, beautiful human. I won't see you today, so this letter shall have to do. Happy birthday darling heart. May there be another one at least.
With love forever from your snotty little brother, xsam
P.S. If you want to give her a birthday pressie she'd be proud to lay a metre for you: www.loveyoursister.ecwid.com