Pattern Recognition

by Dhamaka

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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"........ Albert Einstein

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"When you're standing on a comfortable rug, you have to expect it to be pulled from under your feet sometimes"
........ Ben Moor
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"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race"
........ H G Wells

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better"
........ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Luck favours the prepared mind"
........ Louis Pasteur

"Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction, and somewhere in the terra incognita in between lies a life of discovery."
........ Rebecca Solnit

"Give, give, give -- what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Of having stories if I don't tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don't share it? I don't intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine."
........ Isabel Allende

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
........ Harold Thurman Whitman

"The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes...."
........ Marcel Proust

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.. you have no such accurate remembrance of a country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle...."
........ Ernest Hemingway

"Ambition leads me not only father than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it is possible for man to go."
........ James Cook

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........ John Muir

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........ Iris Murdoch

"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your picture...."
........ Don McCullin

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Two and a bit days to the official end of the regime. In two and a bit days I will be able to go where I want without worrying about kicking the bucket as a result of complications resulting from infections.

The symptoms will take a while to disappear and it'll be at least 18 months before my immune sytem is totally recovered but the spectre of neutrophil sepsis will be relegated to the shadows of small possibilities.

It feels like nearly the 11th hour for other reasons. Next week is the World Travel Market, Dance Today goes to press on Wednesday week, I have several travel features to write (and another which should have been delivered on Friday is waiting on a response from an interviewee) about 20 photos to deliver by Monday morning and need to get fit enough for my first adventure travel assignment in 4 weeks time.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I can't! Career-wise everything has gone far better than I dared to hope. But to cap it all I'm fighting even more fatigue than chemo-normal. I think that's because after 6 months of punishment my body's finally able to heal itself again.

It's going to be fun... ... please donate... there's still a long way to go
7th Nov 2009, 18:08  

Javama says:

Good on yer! Amazing how you have kept going in such adversity.

7th Nov 2009, 18:51

EJ says:

Glad to hear this part of the journey is almost behind you.

8th Nov 2009, 11:49

Wendle says:

Wonderful! :)
And i can not tell you how awesome that photo is! :)

8th Nov 2009, 14:13

taniwha says:

Wondeful. Hope you're doing okay.

10th Nov 2009, 08:24

Viv says:

On the main road to recovery now!

Good luck Carole - you really have taken on a lot - hope it all works out :)

10th Nov 2009, 11:16

Factotum says:

Yes, have fun now!

11th Nov 2009, 00:38

Dhamaka says:


Javama - that's just me

EJ - you can say that again!

taniwha - absolutely fine and the symptoms are slowly going. You've heard so little of me because I'm desperately busy

always factotum - Viv.. I know... If I can just get through the next couple of weeks


11th Nov 2009, 07:29

lilitiger says:

Dhamaka, thank you for the updates you give us regularly. You're a real inspiration!

12th Nov 2009, 09:21