Category Archives: DISEASE

Alcoholism is a disease of the whole person.

MAURICE GELINAS, How to Overcome Alcoholism

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One of the most important facts to remember about alcoholism is its progression. Alcoholism begins in an early stage that looks nothing at all like a life-threatening disease, proceeds into a middle stage where problems begin to appear and intensify, and gradually advances into the late, degenerative stages of obvious physiological dependence, physical and psychological deterioration, and loss of control.

WILLIAM F. ASBURY, Beyond the Influence


Every one is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody. Mark Twain

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Full Moon by Robin Klein

At times of full moon—
I wish I knew why—
I get this strange yearning
to howl at the sky!

For reasons peculiar
I’ve not yet discovered,
the backs of my hands then
with fur become covered!

My fingernails lengthen,
my hands look like… paws!
I feel a compulsion
to walk on all fours!

My eyes redly glimmer,
hair sprouts from my ears,
fang-like my teeth grow,
with points sharp as spears!

Though normally fussy
about what I eat—
on nights when the moon’s full,

Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds. – Jean Burden

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Karl Cameron-Jackson and Mike Hopkins |  05 March 2012

The feral cat

Fresh blood dripping from your snarling mouth
your shoulders bunched, spine high-arched
you glared angrily at me as I drove past in my car.

Icon of primeval hunter, you crouched by the roadside
teeth burgeoning in crushing, crunching jaws
tearing flesh from a fresh-killed victim with razor claws.

Boldness imaged your new freedom
in an expanding heart that lusted
solely to hunt … stalk … kill prey.

You are growing wiser
stronger … faster … wilder.

Concealing an illness is like keeping a beach ball under water.

Karen Duffy

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The Ball Of Many Beaches

by Tom Schaap, Taroona High School – Australia

Blood red,
Was the beach ball that hit me in the head.
Its summer,
Hence the beach ball.
It makes a loud “poing”
As it collides with my relaxing noggin.
I swear loudly,
“What does that mean?”
I look up,
An intrigued child is looking at me.
“Never mind” I say,
As I get up to find the culprit who threw the beach ball,
But in vain.
I fall over a small unsuspecting rock.
Now that I am fully awake,
I realise something.
I’m sunburnt.
Small flakes of skin reside on my beach towel,
I decide to go home soon,
But one last dip in the water first.
I step in.
It’s warmish,
But cooling.
Screams a girl’s voice.
I suddenly find the reason for such a racket with a shock
There is a large fin,
Poking out of the waters smooth surface.
“Well this is just ridiculous”
I think to myself.
So I go home.

The banjo is such a happy instrument -you can’t play a sad song on the banjo – it always comes out so cheerful.”

― Steve Martin

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Did you hear that they’ve isolated the gene for banjo playing?

It’s the first step to a cure!

Alcoholism is a disease of the whole person.

MAURICE GELINAS, How to Overcome Alcoholism

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For most normal folks, drinking means conviviality, companionship and colourful imagination. It means release from care, boredom and worry. It is joyous intimacy with friends and a feeling that life is good. But not so with us in those last days of heavy drinking.


It was one thing to go into battle with confidence, another to believe the foe so easily defeated.”

― Richard A. Knaak, The Demon Soul

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“If you had an ounce of self-esteem, of self-worth, of self-confidence, you would realize that as trite as it may sound, beauty is truly skin-deep.”

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Rosie O’Donnell

The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.”

― Russell Brand

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“What the Chronics are – or most of us – are machines with flaws inside that can’t be repaired, flaws born in, or flaws beat in over so many years of the guy running head-on into solid things that by the time the hospital found him he was bleeding rust in some vacant lot. ”

― Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

I go where the lizards tell me.”

― Scott Westerfeld, Behemoth

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We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals… In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.

Henry Beston



If you are not afraid of rising, you will see that wings start growing in your body!”

― Mehmet Murat ildan

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“For many, negative thinking is a habit, which over time, becomes an addiction… A lot of people suffer from this disease because negative thinking is addictive to each of the Big Three — the mind, the body, and the emotions. If one doesn’t get you, the others are waiting in the wings.”

-Peter McWilliams

Ring out old shapes of foul disease; Ring out the narrowing lust of gold; Ring out the thousand wars of old, Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Lord Alfred Tennyson

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In the beginning, everybody that gets to work with me, thinks I’m nice. But three weeks later, they hear a bell ringing. Then they realise I meant everything I said during that first week. It’s not my fault people are not taking me serious from the first moment.

Andrew Eldritch



Never make the mistake of thinking that alcoholics are weak, because it took an incredible amount of internal strength and conviction in order for me to keep drinking despite the growing mountain of evidence against it.

― Mishka Shubaly, The Long Run

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“Whether I or anyone else accepted the concept of alcoholism as a disease didn’t matter; what mattered was that when treated as a disease, those who suffered from it were most likely to recover.”

― Craig Ferguson, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

You can run and hide from this disease for about 5-6 years. Then it will be there sitting on a fence post–waiting for you.

At this stage you had better be ready for step 6.

FLO from Silver Lining.

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“It’s a wonder I’m even alive. Sometimes I think that. I think that I can’t believe I haven’t killed myself. But there’s something in me that just keeps going on. I think it has something to do with tomorrow, that there is always one, and that everything can change when it comes.”

― Augusten Burroughs, Running With Scissors

Disease in the nerves, death in the veins.

"The proverbs of Wales: a collection of Welsh proverbs, with English Translations"


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The dragon drags me to hell and holds me there
And yet protects me from the blaze of the fire
I’m safe as long as the H runs through me
I can’t feel the flames yet they burn me

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When negative emotion is dissipated our physical vehicles will vibrate in much greater harmony with nature and much disease will no longer consume man.


Byron Bay poet Jen Jacobs made this feisty point about the ill person’s ‘otherness’ (with the added emphasis on non-visible disability):

"I look like I live in your world
I can pass as a well person – for a short time,
I’m good at pretending

… I no longer have automatic residence
in your country,
my citizenship is of another world entirely;
where pain is usual,
time and distance treat us differently, and
‘how are you?’ and
‘what’s wrong with you?’ and
‘are you better yet?’

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“If we don’t change our direction we’re likely to end up where we’re headed.” Chinese.

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I believed that Saturn was gone, but he squeaks in my hair. 

This reminds one of a European story about a hobgoblin which had been the torment of a family for a long time. At last the householder decided to remove to another house, hoping that the hobgoblin would remain where it was but ns he was going along the road to the new house with the last cart-load of his things rejoicing that he had left the goblin behind, it poked its head out of a bushel measure on the cart and said : " It seems that we two are moving to-day !" And this again re- minds one of the Tamil proverb : " Even if you go to Benares, your sin will follow you."

"A classified collection of Tamil proverbs"

foto – knoxing at point danger nsw/qld border. 2008