X-Message-Number: 17814
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 00:40:38 -0500
From: James Swayze <>
Subject: Thanks Shaun
References: <>

> Message #17812
> Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 14:01:18 -0700
> From: "E. Shaun Russell" <>
> Subject: Perseverance (Re: #17810 I'm home from surgery [OT] [James
> I would like to extend a personal note of admiration to James Swayze for
> his perseverance as well as his obvious good-natured desire to make more
> people aware of cryonics. I just hope, as always, that such awareness isn't
> tantamount to snake oil in the long run. Keep up the good work and positive
> vibes!
> Sincerely,
> E. Shaun Russell
> -----
> "Sweet memories; I never thought it would be like this
>   Reminding me just how close I came to missing;
>   I know that this is the way for me to go...
>   You'll be there when you know what I know"
> --"Lessons" by RUSH from _2112_

Ah another RUSH fan! I wonder how many others have found wisdom in their lyrics.
I hope this gets

posted in time. I wasn't feeling well most of the day. I must admit I'm a little
depressed for one over

all the damn pills I have to take and the insulin... oh won't they perfect the 
pancreas islet cell

implants soon please! I heard a rumor while at the hospital that spinal cord 
stem cell implantation has

already occurred outside the US for spinal cord injury repair for two young 
children with positive

results for one and lesser results for the other. Regarding the one with lesser 
results it would seem

to me that it could be repeated till the job was complete. Has anyone else heard
of this?

The other thing that's got me down is that the added spasticity has increased in
my hands. They've

always had some and when writing or painting and even typing sometimes an 
unexpected spasm can ruin a

good bit of work. I'm just a little worried this new increase in overall 
spasticity won't go away or at

least return to pre surgery levels making doing my art and hobbies really 
difficult. However, there's

always an answer for every problem, though sometimes not yet found. If my hands 
don't improve I'll see

about botox injections for the key worst offending muscles... after all they are
paralyzed as regards

voluntary movement anyway. The alternative is more drugs which dull me and 
depress me.

Thank you Shaun for your kind and encouraging words. The RUSH quote also 
reminded me to keep

persevering. One day all the pain and mental anguish will be rewarded more than 
ever dreamed possible.

My website:

A collection of photos of me and some of my artwork:

A favorite quote:

You can choose a ready guide
In some celestial voice
If you choose not to decide
You still have made a choice
You can choose from phantom fears
And kindness that can kill
I will choose a path that's clear
I will choose Free Will
--Freewill by RUSH from Permanent Waves available here:


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