The Dumping Grounds

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Life Isn’t All Sunshine And Rainbows

July 12, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: TRUTH |

Couple carries baby without brain to term, in order to donate organs

In December, my wife Keri and I went in for the standard 19-week anatomy scan of our second child. As a parent, you think that appointment is all about finding out boy or girl, but it’s about a whole lot more. In our case, our daughter was diagnosed with a rare birth defect called anencephaly. Some three in 10,000 pregnancies rare. Congratulations to us. The phrase our doctor used in explaining it was “incompatible with life,” which looks as terrible in words as it sounds. The child fails to develop the frontal lobe of the brain, or the top of their skull. The chance of survival is literal zero percent. If you’re Googling it now — first of all, don’t click images — and see a story about a baby that has lived a lengthy time with anencephaly, either the baby doesn’t actually have anencephaly, or it’s being kept alive with every life support function possible. So we sat in a doctor’s office, five months before our daughter was set to be born, knowing she would die.

The options weren’t great. There was a) inducing early, which in effect was terminating the pregnancy or b) continuing the pregnancy to full-term. Maybe you heard our story already, but within a minute or so of finding out, Keri asked if we could donate the baby’s organs if we went to full-term. It was on her heart and mind, but we left the doctor and still spent the next 48 hours deciding what we were going to do. It was excruciating. We considered terminating. We had to. Were we capable of taking on the weight of the 20 weeks ahead? In our minds, we were intentionally taking on the loss of a child, rather than the loss of a pregnancy. And yes, there is a difference.

We decided to continue, and chose the name Eva for our girl, which means “giver of life.” The mission was simple: Get Eva to full-term, welcome her into this world to die, and let her give the gift of life to some other hurting family.

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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

July 12, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Interesting |

What’s it like to have Schizophrenia?

Let me run you through a day in the life of my personal brand of schizophrenia:

7:00 am: Wake up and lay in bed for awhile. Although I live alone, I hear footsteps throughout my apartment. I start wondering whether someone broke in during the night, so I get up to check the lock. Not only is the dead bolt still latched, but the chain is also still in tact; however, the footsteps are still in the kitchen, and I have to check the door and whole apartment at least three more times be sure I’m alone.

7:30 am: I’m taking a nice hot bath, but, as the water is running, I hear a conversation happening just outside the door. I know no one is there because I’ve checked the door, but I can’t help but hear a few people debating about the use of leather vs. cloth seats in cars. I dip my head under the water and try to ignore what’s not there.

8:00 am: Is there something crawling on my leg? When I look down to inspect, there’s nothing. This will happen at least once every half hour throughout the day, so I won’t continue mentioning it.

9:00 am: I’m eating breakfast, and I taste metal when I’m eating my toast, so much so that I can’t finish my food.

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The Daily Man-Up

July 12, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

If everything is too good, you’re probably stuck not being awesome.

Don’t join an “easy” crowd. You won’t grow.

Many people are so comfortable they’re miserable.

Breaking a habit, trying something new, taking a risk, making new connections, or putting yourself in a totally new situation won’t be easy, but it’s worth it. It’s exhausting but rewarding.

Calvin Coolidge says “All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”

Comfort can lead to self-absorption, boredom, and discontent.

You can either be comfortable and stagnate or stretch yourself — become uncomfortable — and grow. Choose the latter.

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Welcome To Caveman’s Fight Club!

July 12, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Fight |

Damnnnn!!!

 

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Hot Instagram Girl Of The Day: Lyz Brickley

July 12, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Babes |

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Awesome Stuff Around The Internet

July 11, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: main |

Our Last Year Together: What My Camera Captured As My Parents Died Of Cancer – NPR

Perla Montemayor Is The Latest Hot Weather Girl That Has Folks Talking – Mandatory

Every Episode Of ‘Game Of Thrones,’ Ranked – The Ringer

I just read a great book on accomplishing more by doing less — here are my 5 best takeaways – Business Insider

50 Ways To Live On Your Own Terms – Medium

Hot Instagram Pictures Of Jem Wolfie – Lurk And Perv

A damn fine collection of bewbs, awesomeness and everything in between – Leenks

A leading happiness researcher says we’re giving our kids bad advice about how to succeed in life – Quartz


Apple’s Third Co-Founder Has Never Used an iPhone and Has No Regrets – Motherboard

After 7 Days of Legal Pot Sales, Nevada Declares Emergency – Newser

Donald Trump Jr. releases ‘entire email chain’ regarding Russian meeting – Fox News

Kim Kardashian Swears The Powdered White Lines In Her Snaps Are ‘Candy’ – Food Beast

Inside the Surreal Saudi Suburbia Built by an Oil Giant – Wired

Elizabeth Hurley Just Demonstrated How a One-Piece Can Be Even Sexier Than a Bikini – Maxim

12 Bizarre Cult Recruitment Methods Throughout History  – Ranker

Halsey, Mila Kunis and Other Random Ladies – G-Celeb

Olivia Munn Celebrates Her 37th Birthday in a Bikini and Dancing to Mariah Carey – Radass

The Philosophy of Black Mirror – The Awesomer

Jessica Simpson’s Bikini Booty – Hollywood Tuna

Funniest Parenting Tweets of The Year So Far – Sad And Useless

35 Ellis Island Immigration Photos That Capture American Diversity – All That Is Interesting


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The Dumping Grounds

July 11, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: The Dumping Grounds |

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