Breast Cancere

Peggy Bonnington bonnipeg at
Fri Sep 11 19:24:35 JEST 1998

Dear John, Thank you for taking the time to share and correct.  I am 
really sorry for my thoughtless remarks that offended you.  I admit I 
"spoke" hastily, after just getting off the road from a grim weekend 
on the road involving, among other things, a family funeral for a cousin 
who committed suicide (not an excuse, but... not putting me at my best 
or most sensible).  

I'm afraid I AM rather cynical about the US Postal Service though: in 
our area it seems to have distinct problems, of which I have been on the 
receiving line a number of times since we moved to Clarksville: missed 
wedding invitations ( more than once for us!) - and "regular" (rule 
rather than exception) delivery expectation of 4 days to a week for 
local delivery. I'm not sure what the problems they face are, nor what 
would be solutions ~ although some talk about competitive service, which 
has seemed a good idea to me at times.  I feel their services get more 
and more expensive for less and less quality and care.  I'm glad things 
are better in your area.

I hope you will not mind my sharing with the list this response & 
retraction, along with your own response, since I feel it needs doing 
after what I wrote.  I promise you I will buy said stamps right away and 
use them lovingly and thoughtfully.  I stand contrite.  You know how I 
loved Sandy.

Sincerely, Peggy

On Mon, 14 Sep 1998, John Ball <gegjmb at> wrote:
>Dear Peggy:  I am offended by your statements about the U.S. Postal
>Service and the stamp on Breast Cancer.  The National Breast Cancer
>Coalition is expecting the stamp to raise $16,000,000, all of which 
>be used for research.  It is my position that anything we can do to 
>a cause, find a cure, and find a non-destructive treatment for breast
>cancere, deserves support.   I am sorry you are so untrusting of the
>U.S. Postal Service.  I am amazed at how efficient, wonderful, and
>courteous they are here.
>	Let me relate a couple of things about breast cancer.  My 
>was discovered to have breast cancer in 1928--at a time women's breasts
>were not a proper subject of conversation and she would not even tell
>her youngest daughter (who was 22) about it because people did not talk
>about women's breasts at that time.  She had a mastectomy, was treated
>with X-ray, and died in 1930.  My wife was discovered to have breast
>cancer in 1993, had a mastectomy, chemotherapy, a bone morrow
>transplant, and it was in remission for 18 months.  When it recurred,
>there was chemotherapy, hormone therapy, radiation, more chemotherapy,
>and she died in 1997.  The treatment is awful (poison and burning), the
>disease is awful, and yet we have no idea what causes it, we don't know
>how to treat it (except finding it early), and I say anything we can do
>to to help is wonderful.  I hope you realize that breast cancer visits
>one of every eight women.  I am on my third pack of breast cancer
>stamps, and will continuin buying them.  Sincerely, john ball 
>John Ball

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