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  • (trying extremely hard to not put my foot in my mouth)

    I'm not sure if what you have is genetic or it's just blind luck.

    But chance can indeed be the most strange and wonderous and cruel of things.

    It seems so counter-intuitive that you can say, with great certainty, that you will never win the lottery, but that someone will always win the lottery.

    And that it continues to be true that you will never win the lottery, right up to the moment that you do win, at which time it's STILL not surprising because somebod
    • I'm not sure if what you have is genetic or it's just blind luck.

      First of all thank you for your kind words, which I take as an encouragement. Speaking of genetics, as I like to say I'm not afro-nippo-scandinavian, for example, but I'm still confident I should have a faily rich genetic pool, as I'm for one half from the south of Piedmont (Alto Monferrato, Acqui Terme, []) with a known great-great-grandfather of Ligurian origins, one fourth Emilian, one eighth Slovenian and the remaining eighth Austrian.

      Actually, one sad thing about my disease, but then (I guess) about virtually any rare disease, is that there are no known causes. I don't take drugs. I don't even smoke. But it hardly matters, since it doesn't constitute a risk factor for this tumor. Indeed it's strange to not even know whether you did something potentially risky in this sense. A doctor keen on martial arts with whom I made friend even told me that there are studies indicating that the bone stimulation in Judo does prevent some diseases, like osteoporosis...

      The doctors talk about simultaneous factors. However a former girlfriend of mine with whom I got back in contact because of the disease and who works as a biomolecular researcher in a medical field (actually she does staminal cells sorting) was at a conference some weeks ago, where they were talking about biobanks with samples of tumors of all kinds: the alarming datum is that in 2005 there have been 11 millions new tumor cases in industrialized countries, and that based on current trends they expect them to grow up to 75 by 2030 due to enviromental causes!

      -- # This prints: Just another Perl hacker, seek DATA,15,0 and print q... ; __END__