Molly Ivins RIP-Voice of a Cancer Patient...

  1. from mother jones:

    molly ivins, an impassioned columnist, longtime mother jones contributor and iconic voice of texas populism, passed away at her home in austin today after a long battle with breast cancer. she was 62. her syndicated columns mercilessly pilloried republicans, and spineless democrats, but unlike many writers in that form, she was a conoisseur of politics as surreal comedy and once called texas electioneering "the finest form of free entertainment ever invented."
    molly discusses her experiences with cancer here:,00.html

    having breast cancer is massive amounts of no fun. first they mutilate you; then they poison you; then they burn you. i have been on blind dates better than that. one of the first things you notice is that people treat you differently when they know you have it. the hushed tone in which they inquire, "how are you?" is unnerving. if i had answered honestly during 90% of the nine months i spent in treatment, i would have said, "if it weren't for being constipated, i'd be fine." in fact, even chemotherapy is not nearly as hard as it once was, although it still made all my hair fall out. my late friend jocelyn gray found the ultimate proof that there is no justice: "not just my hair, but my eyebrows, my eyelashes--every hair on my body has fallen out, except for these goddam little mustaches at the corner of my mouth i have always hated."

    we need more warriors like molly fighting the good fight on behalf of the little guy. give em heck molly wherever you are!
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  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    Molly will be missed. She was unique.
    Molly could be insulting and funny. Angry but never mean.

    She recently said, "I don't want flowers at my funeral but there is something women can do for me. No matter how busy you are get that **** mammogram."
  4. by   ZASHAGALKA
    "Molly Ivins was a Texas original. I respected her convictions, her passionate belief in the power of words, and her ability to turn a phrase. She fought her illness with that same passion." - President Bush.

  5. by   cozmo_blozmo
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  6. by   Spidey's mom
    Molly was hard for me to read - she could be very mean-spirited at times. I guess we conservatives have the same in Ann Coulter.

    I did read a nice column by a conservative woman regarding Molly . .,_molly

    This column was supposed to have been a "Get Well" valentine to Molly Ivins. That was the plan.
    But cancer hates plans, and so instead I have come to praise one of my favorite columnists, who has left this world too soon.

    Ivins, the syndicated writer beloved by liberals and despised by conservatives (at least most of them), died Wednesday after a seven-year battle with breast cancer. Her parting words to readers: "Raise hell."
    I have no special claim to grief when it comes to Ivins. I'm just one of millions who loved reading her. As I said in an e-mail to her a few days ago, which I'm guessing she never saw, I've been a fan as long as I can remember. . . . . . . . .

  7. by   caroladybelle
    removed post referring to previous verbal attack. thank you.
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    Removed; post I repsonded to was deleted.
    Last edit by PANurseRN1 on Feb 3, '07
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