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MAPTalk-Digest Wednesday, December 26 2007 Volume 07 : Number 136

001 An update from Beth Wehrman's CarePage
    From: Richard Lake <>
002 Thank You, Tom Re: MAP: Beth Wehrman Has Pancreatic Cancer
    From: Richard Lake <>
003 Re: Thank You, Tom Re: MAP: Beth Wehrman Has Pancreatic Cancer
    From: Tom Suther <>
004 'Cocaine Shortage' May Be a Myth
    From: Herb <>


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Subj: 001 An update from Beth Wehrman's CarePage
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2007 11:02:05 -0800

The following was posted by Randy, Beth's husband:

- -----

14  December 24, 2007 at 12:08 PM CST
The sun is out in Rochester and how it lifts and renews one's spirit and
outlook. It simply gives one hope for the future.

Anne came back to the room before yours truly arose this morning, 
imagine that, and indicated that Beth had had a pretty restless 
night. I jumped in the shower and while in the shower was informed 
the oncologist was in Beth's room. Anne headed back to Beth's room 
and Kris was there.

When I got there the oncologist fellow was still there and explaining 
some of the treatment regimens to Beth and Kris. Beth is a unique 
patient for them mostly due to her youth and physical strength, so 
they may use a two drug therapy and even consider simultaneous 
radiation in hopes of shrinking the tumor. She indicated that she was 
going to talk to her supervisor and that they would return hopefully 
by noon to discuss options further. It is now 11:34 and we've not 
seen them yet. She indicated we would likely be able to have 
treatments back home in the QCA so we were pleased at that prospect. 
Their hope is to shrink the tumor to allow the Whipple.

Max and Dr. Reid Lombardo were also here and have changed Beth's pain 
meds around again to avert the nausea and vomiting and hopefully get 
her bladder and tummy awakened. Anne had suggested that Beth might 
benefit from Ativan to ease some anxiety to which they agreed. As a 
result she has been resting better. They sat and visited with us for 
at least an hour. Dr. Reid Lombardo is heavily engaged in pancreatic 
cancer research and treatment. She is loving and caring and for 
somebody with her responsibilities, she is very generous with her 
time. She not only speaks of medicine but we spoke of politics and 
history and many other things in life. Truly we have been blessed 
with awesome caring doctors and nurses. I don't think I've ever been 
witness to such caring caregivers.

During our conversation, we discussed more treatment options and 
agreed that whatever is prescribed here, will be followed to the 
letter with whomever we choose at home, or we will be coming back 
here or finding someone there who will follow it to the letter. 
Because Beth is so much younger than most pancreatic cancer patients 
seen here, they believe she has an excellent opportunity to respond 
to the therapies and shrink this tumor so we can remove it. Our 
resolve has stiffened and our hope elevated. Many of you have 
referenced my being stubborn, I guess I didn't know it was that 
obvious, but it is hard to deny and I will remain so, particularly 
when it comes to this. I won't budge.

Again we thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. You hold us up 
and keep us in this fight. We wish you all a Merry Christmas from the 
Wehrman clan. Randy

- ------

So far 124 different folks have visited Beth's CarePage providing 247 
messages of support.

The messages are all very much appreciated. Please, if you have yet 
to post a message of support, it is very easy to do. Just follow 
these instructions:

Her message board is:

http://www.carepages.com

At the upper right corner of the webpage is a link to a page on which 
to register, which you must do.

Once registered you may use the link in the same location to visit 
her board page section. You must enter her name, one word, case 
sensitive, as follows:

BethWehrman

This will take you to her pages. I had a little trouble finding the 
actual Message Board on my first visit but it is there, and it is 
where you may post messages to her.

Yell to me if you are having difficulty accessing the page, and I 
will try to help.

Thank You.

Richard

(906) 789-1093

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Subj: 002 Thank You, Tom Re: MAP: Beth Wehrman Has Pancreatic Cancer
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2007 11:09:08 -0800

I can't think of any thing, but thanks much for offering.

Beth's family is there, including all the kids, I think, including 
one who is also a RN like Beth. She appears to be receiving 
outstanding, even well beyond the call of duty, care from the Mayo folks.

Richard

At 02:39 PM 12/22/07, Tom Suther wrote:

>If there is anything I can do for her while she is in Rochester I 
>would be happy to help.
>
>I live in the area.
>
>Tom
>
>-----Original Message-----
> >From: Richard Lake <>
> >Sent: Dec 22, 2007 6:51 AM
> >To: 
> >Subject: MAP: Beth Wehrman Has Pancaratic Cancer
> >
> >Some of you may know Beth from conferences. Here is a picture Media
> >Awareness Project volunteer Beth Wehrman at the Drug Policy Alliance
> >Conference, 2005, Long Beach, CA http://www.mapinc.org/images/BethatDPA.jpg
> >
> >Some of you may know Beth as the needle exchange lady of Lifeguard
> >Harm Reduction Services http://www.lifeguardonline.org/ of the
> >Peoria/Pekin, Galesburg, and Quad Cities areas of Illinois and Iowa.
> >You may remember the reaction of Peoria and their newspaper to her
> >services in 2002 as written about here
> >http://www.mapinc.org/alert/0240.html and here
> >http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle-old/236/peoria.shtml
> >
> >Now Beth needs your prayers, good vibes, and support. More on how you
> >may send her messages below.
> >
> >Yesterday the below was posted to Beth's webpage in the discussiion
> >area at http://www.carepages.com
> >
> >*****
> >
> >Cancer Sucks
> >
> >Randal Wehrman December 21, 2007 at 03:45 PM CST
> >
> >At approximately 11:30 A.M., Dr. Reid Lombardo's nurse called to
> >inform us that they were closing and they would come get us for a
> >consultation. Dr. Reid Lombardo sat with us and cried with us,
> >something I've never seen a surgeon do. She told us that everything
> >was good until she got to the mesenteric vein and artery and that the
> >tumor had encroached upon them preventing her from separating the
> >tumor from them. So she had to close.
> >
> >This was not the news we were hoping for, obviously. We will now wait
> >to consult with oncologist to hear their recommendations, but Dr.
> >Reid Lombardo thought we would probably try to shrink the tumor with
> >radiation and chemo and then we would check again to see if the tumor
> >were shrunk enough to proceed with the Whipple. A resident assisting
> >told us they would probably try to get her released before Christmas
> >if possible. We are a stubbon lot and will never give in to this
> >dispicable disease.
> >
> >I will further say that as I sit here and wonder what the future
> >holds for Beth and our family, I am appalled at a Government and a
> >President who continue to spend billions in Iraq and spend so very
> >little on cancer research. I wonder how W would feel were he in my
> >shoes!! Our foreign aid to Israel is something like $10 billion and
> >cancer research for our citizens is only $6 billion. What is wrong
> >with this picture?
> >
> >Please keep the good thoughts coming. They really help. Beth is still
> >pretty groggy. The first thing she said to me was, "it's too early
> >for me to be out, I know what that means and I'm pissed!" Obviously,
> >she won't quit.
> >
> >*****
> >
> >The whipple procedure is discussed here
> >http://www.mayoclinic.org/pancreatic-cancer/whippleprocedure.html
> >
> >Beth is under the care of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and is
> >at Saint Marys Hospital http://www.mayoclinic.org/hospitals-rst/ but
> >may, as the above message says, be home for Christmas.
> >
> >Friends, please, our Beth very much appreciates your good thoughts,
> >as the note above says. Sending them is very easy. Just follow these
> >instructions:
> >
> >Her message board is:
> >
> >http://www.carepages.com
> >
> >At the upper right corner of the webpage is a link to a page on which
> >to register, which you must do.
> >
> >Once registered you may use the link in the same location to visit
> >her board page section. You must enter her name, one word, case
> >sensitive, as follows:
> >
> >BethWehrman
> >
> >This will take you to her pages. I had a little trouble finding the
> >actual Message Board but it is there, and it is where you may post
> >messages to her.
> >
> >Yell to me if you are having difficulty accessing the page, and I
> >will try to help. Or if you wish, send me an email and I will post it
> >to the message board for you.
> >
> >Richard
> >
> >

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Subj: 003 Re: Thank You, Tom Re: MAP: Beth Wehrman Has Pancreatic Cancer
From: Tom Suther <>
Date: Tue, 25 Dec 2007 06:27:31 -0800

Richard,

I am not surprised by the level of care.  Mayo's guiding principle is the Needs of the Patient come first.  We are reminded of that daily and it is a common thing to see people helping.

Even though there is no statement about cannabis from the mayo they do try hard to do the best for the patient.

Tom

- -----Original Message-----
>From: Richard Lake <>
>Sent: Dec 24, 2007 1:09 PM
>To: Tom Suther <>, 
>Subject: Thank You, Tom Re: MAP: Beth Wehrman Has Pancreatic Cancer
>
>
>I can't think of any thing, but thanks much for offering.
>
>Beth's family is there, including all the kids, I think, including 
>one who is also a RN like Beth. She appears to be receiving 
>outstanding, even well beyond the call of duty, care from the Mayo folks.
>
>Richard
>
>At 02:39 PM 12/22/07, Tom Suther wrote:
>
>>If there is anything I can do for her while she is in Rochester I 
>>would be happy to help.
>>
>>I live in the area.
>>
>>Tom
>>
>>-----Original Message-----
>> >From: Richard Lake <>
>> >Sent: Dec 22, 2007 6:51 AM
>> >To: 
>> >Subject: MAP: Beth Wehrman Has Pancaratic Cancer
>> >
>> >Some of you may know Beth from conferences. Here is a picture Media
>> >Awareness Project volunteer Beth Wehrman at the Drug Policy Alliance
>> >Conference, 2005, Long Beach, CA http://www.mapinc.org/images/BethatDPA.jpg
>> >
>> >Some of you may know Beth as the needle exchange lady of Lifeguard
>> >Harm Reduction Services http://www.lifeguardonline.org/ of the
>> >Peoria/Pekin, Galesburg, and Quad Cities areas of Illinois and Iowa.
>> >You may remember the reaction of Peoria and their newspaper to her
>> >services in 2002 as written about here
>> >http://www.mapinc.org/alert/0240.html and here
>> >http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle-old/236/peoria.shtml
>> >
>> >Now Beth needs your prayers, good vibes, and support. More on how you
>> >may send her messages below.
>> >
>> >Yesterday the below was posted to Beth's webpage in the discussiion
>> >area at http://www.carepages.com
>> >
>> >*****
>> >
>> >Cancer Sucks
>> >
>> >Randal Wehrman December 21, 2007 at 03:45 PM CST
>> >
>> >At approximately 11:30 A.M., Dr. Reid Lombardo's nurse called to
>> >inform us that they were closing and they would come get us for a
>> >consultation. Dr. Reid Lombardo sat with us and cried with us,
>> >something I've never seen a surgeon do. She told us that everything
>> >was good until she got to the mesenteric vein and artery and that the
>> >tumor had encroached upon them preventing her from separating the
>> >tumor from them. So she had to close.
>> >
>> >This was not the news we were hoping for, obviously. We will now wait
>> >to consult with oncologist to hear their recommendations, but Dr.
>> >Reid Lombardo thought we would probably try to shrink the tumor with
>> >radiation and chemo and then we would check again to see if the tumor
>> >were shrunk enough to proceed with the Whipple. A resident assisting
>> >told us they would probably try to get her released before Christmas
>> >if possible. We are a stubbon lot and will never give in to this
>> >dispicable disease.
>> >
>> >I will further say that as I sit here and wonder what the future
>> >holds for Beth and our family, I am appalled at a Government and a
>> >President who continue to spend billions in Iraq and spend so very
>> >little on cancer research. I wonder how W would feel were he in my
>> >shoes!! Our foreign aid to Israel is something like $10 billion and
>> >cancer research for our citizens is only $6 billion. What is wrong
>> >with this picture?
>> >
>> >Please keep the good thoughts coming. They really help. Beth is still
>> >pretty groggy. The first thing she said to me was, "it's too early
>> >for me to be out, I know what that means and I'm pissed!" Obviously,
>> >she won't quit.
>> >
>> >*****
>> >
>> >The whipple procedure is discussed here
>> >http://www.mayoclinic.org/pancreatic-cancer/whippleprocedure.html
>> >
>> >Beth is under the care of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and is
>> >at Saint Marys Hospital http://www.mayoclinic.org/hospitals-rst/ but
>> >may, as the above message says, be home for Christmas.
>> >
>> >Friends, please, our Beth very much appreciates your good thoughts,
>> >as the note above says. Sending them is very easy. Just follow these
>> >instructions:
>> >
>> >Her message board is:
>> >
>> >http://www.carepages.com
>> >
>> >At the upper right corner of the webpage is a link to a page on which
>> >to register, which you must do.
>> >
>> >Once registered you may use the link in the same location to visit
>> >her board page section. You must enter her name, one word, case
>> >sensitive, as follows:
>> >
>> >BethWehrman
>> >
>> >This will take you to her pages. I had a little trouble finding the
>> >actual Message Board but it is there, and it is where you may post
>> >messages to her.
>> >
>> >Yell to me if you are having difficulty accessing the page, and I
>> >will try to help. Or if you wish, send me an email and I will post it
>> >to the message board for you.
>> >
>> >Richard
>> >
>> >
>

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Subj: 004 'Cocaine Shortage' May Be a Myth
From: Herb <>
Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2007 20:21:42 -0800

'Cocaine Shortage' May Be a Myth

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17618586

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