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Glenn’s Health Update

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After my recent emergency stay in the hospital for cancer related symptoms, I started new chemotherapy. This is being done in combination with immunotherapy. I have some leftover tubes coming out of me along with associated attachments to trip over and break if I’m not careful walking. The immediate objective of this therapy is to make sure I’ll be capable of taking a leak unaided by tubing in the future. Longer term the plan is to control the cancer to a manageable condition. I was a control systems engineer so this process does hold some interest to me especially since I am part of the outcome of the experiment.

There is some possibility of obtaining access to a new pill called PIQRAY which has been shown to have positive outcomes on some types of cancer with similar mutations. United Health Care has denied coverage for PIQRAY which costs $20,000 per month for the remainder of my life. PICRAY would probably follow my current treatments and be used as a continuing maintenance drug. I believe NOVARTIS makes PICRAY and they may have some trials that I can join.

Ultimately, I believe that I am in God’s hands as are all people.

Glenn & Judy

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Glenn’s Health Update – February 2021

02/09/2021 So my MRI results came in. It is definitely cancer in my pelvis which is not my favorite spot to have medical problems. The next step is to do a biopsy of the pelvis to confirm if this cancer has migrated from the original colon cancer or if it’s brand new prostate cancer. It makes a big difference in how it will be treated.

Prostate cancer is treated differently than migrating colon cancer. It is far more likely that the new cancer area comes from the original colon cancer. My colon cancer has a mutation called “PIC3” or “PICRAY” which may make it vulnerable to a new drug. Unfortunately, United Health Care does not want to cover the cost of this drug which is about $20,000 per month. We are filing an appeal with the insurance company and we will see if they change their mind.

The new drug has been used successfully against breast cancer with an identical mutation but has not been used on colon cancer. It may be possible that I could get in a clinical trial using the drug for colon cancer but half the people get a placebo. I am not above taking a risk by joining a clinical trial if there is the possibility of a good outcome. Standard chemotherapy is my other option if I can’t get the new drug.

Please keep me in prayer that we would make the correct treatment decisions.

02/12/2021 Had a pelvis biopsy at Hartford hospital. The procedure went smoothly. The biopsy results will determine if I have prostate problems or migrating GI cancer. Either way, it’s in God’s hands.

Glenn & Judy

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Free YouTube TV for Super Bowl

Got the free Youtube TV 14-day subscription to watch the Super Bowl!

YouTube TV offered me a free 14 day subscription so I signed up. My antennae TV works great in one room but we wanted to watch the Super Bowl in a different area. Free is my favorite price so I decided to roll with it. Naturally I intend to cancel on day 14 because I’m cost conscious. I’m sure You Tube will still make plenty of money from the promotion. It’s a good deal for everybody concerned.

GO PACK GO!!!….err…maybe next year! Might as well check out the Movies, News and MMA during my free trial. Have a happy Super Bowl!

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Is it time for your “Brain Chip” yet?

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I am in favor of the limited use of brain chips for medical purposes. The potential opportunity for abuse of this technology seems significant but I do not believe that it is possible to stop it from being developed and used. It may be possible to regulate brain chips in the United States if we ever have decent congressional leadership, but foreign country’s may not have any hesitation about using it for questionable purposes.

Brain chip technology is in its infancy at this time. It could allow paralysed people to communicate easily again just like the test monkey that was able to play the video game. Blind people may be given sight. I would welcome this type of application for myself if I had a relevant disability and most people would probably agree. Other good uses are also possible.

It will eventually be used for video games. I am not in favor of it but is an obvious application. Potential abuse of gamers should be carefully regulated when it starts occurring.

What about military purposes? A country such as China would have little hesitation using brain chips to enhance its soldiers or industrial workers to gain an advantage. Individuals are not as important as the benefits to the state in many countries like China. A brain chip enhanced person may be able to respond quicker and better to any situation because they can be connected directly to the internet or specialized computers. Should the United States use brain chips for people in the military?

The ability to directly download information into a person’s brain is what makes this technology potentially insidious. The average person may get a brain implant for an innocent purpose in the future. This person could be controlled, influenced or monitored by the government or others using this interface.

What’s your opinion of brain chip technology?

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Nate Update

(Nate is a Christian Missionary.  This is a brief excerpt from his monthly news letter)

FATHER , I TR U ST YOU

It was Eastern Orthodox Christmas morning, January 7th, and I was as ready as I could have been to do something I wish I never had to do: leave Robby, Holly, and David. That’s right. It was Christmas, Robby, Holly and David went home, and the Capital Hill riots happened the night before. It was a pretty crazy day.


Those of you who have not been updated by Robby and Holly may be wondering, how in the world did this happen? It may not be a surprise to you that living in a foreign country is hard. It’s even harder to do so as a married couple. Now throw in a child, too. Then, to top it off, add Corona virus, being split from your female friends (Holly’s situation), and the all the struggle that comes with being isolated from your family and friends back home. It was hard for them. It was and still is hard for me too.


Still, the night before they left was magical. It almost felt like the good ol’ middle school days that Robby and I so often relish. Robby and I went to a cafe and talked for hours. We talked as long as we wanted – the night was suspended in time. Robby shared his heart with me, and I shared mine with him. Since it was Christmas Eve in Serbia, we topped it off by going to a midnight liturgy with one of our local friends. By the time it came to the next morning, we had said everything that needed to be said. For now. And I watched as the van drove away.

I remember sitting on my bed moments after they left, saying, “This house has never seemed so empty.”
You don’t talk to yourself when you’re tumultuous ocean of many thoughts and alone! That was a tough day. So were feelings I had a conversation with God. In the days to follow. But, over time, I was confused about whether I had made began to realize the many blessings that the right decision to push to stay here came along with this change. 

This month has been just about the craziest one in my entire life. Admittedly, I have thought that just about month lately! Still, I think this one takes the cake. I have no idea how I could have made it without your prayers and the knowledge that you are praying for me. Through your prayers and support, I believe that you have helped me to keep becoming the person God wants me to be. You have helped me to grow as a person, trust God, and serve others. Thank you for that. I pray that somehow all of this is a blessing to you, too.


With love,



Nat




Sellnow Cook Book

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Thinking about writing a cookbook based on my vast culinary experience combined with some input from my readers. Are there any of your recipes that you would like to add to this future book? Email me your recipes at SellnowUpdate@gmail.com for inclusion in the book along with any related human interest facts related to the recipe. This is a long term project that will be updated every year if possible.

I plan to start this cook book with simple recipes designed for cooks with limited time and refinement. This fits my particular cooking style. My cooking style has been developed from necessity because of a combination of factors. My wife is sometimes unavailable for meal preparation but I am still hungry. This forces me to use the available food in the most efficient manner possible. I am not above buying fast food or modifying TV dinners to make them more palatable. Good choices for buying processed or fast food will be included in the Sellnow Cook Book. These choices are primarily intended for hungry men that have no other options.

If any of my wife’s Sicilian relatives or others wish to share their knowledge of cooking and recipe related stories, I would like to include them in this cook book. It would be great to publish cooking, culture and family history to the world so it is not forgotten. My personal cooking recipes are sort of on the primitive side but I believe someone in the world may benefit from my experience.

Email any recipes or cooking related stories to SellnowUpdate@gmail.com for inclusion in this cook book. Any style of cooking is welcome.

Glenn & Judy

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FREE E-Book: The Family Farm Crisis Solution!

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The Family Farm Crisis Solution! E-Book will be FREE on Amazon for three days starting on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. This book has answers to improving the farming problems that this nation is experiencing. Covid-19 may be the current crisis in the news but think about not having any food to eat because there is none to buy at the grocery store.

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