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2012-11-26 07:26:23 PM  
3 votes:
James F. Campbell - The lives of the wicked should be made brief.
For the rest of us death will be a relief.


There's a hole in the world like a great black pit,
And it's filled with people who are filled with shiat,
And, its morals aren't worth what a pig could spit,
And it goes by the name of 'Internet'...
2012-11-26 01:54:35 PM  
3 votes:
What a horrible story. As I sit here in my hospital bed, after my third nipplectomy (the result of contracting John Hodgeman's Lymphoma, after being bitten by a rabid Armadillo in the Outback in August of 2009), I can't help but wonder by someone would make up such vile lies.

While I can understand the need for attention (growing up, my mother paid far more attention to her pet rutabaga than to me), surely there are better ways to go about seeking it. Why not win a spelling bee, or grow a potato shaped like Tim Conway Obama Jesus? That way, you'd have your attention, yet wouldn't be taking sympathy from people such as myself, who are dying even as we speak.

I ask, not for myself, as my doctor has given me only another 4 seconds or so to live, but rather for all the other
2012-11-26 11:42:14 PM  
1 votes:

cleveralthere: I stopped at the part about the goodbye letter to the breasts. Thats enough o' the crazy right there


And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a nipple in the wind
Always standing at attention
When the breeze came in
2012-11-26 03:26:48 PM  
1 votes:

dramboxf: Munchausen by Web Proxy would have been a much better headline.


There are seven different subcategorizations of that particular illness.
2012-11-26 03:16:02 PM  
1 votes:
Munchausen by Web Proxy would have been a much better headline.
2012-11-26 03:10:55 PM  
1 votes:

Commander Cyclops: CheekyMonkey: What a horrible story. As I sit here in my hospital bed, after my third nipplectomy (the result of contracting John Hodgeman's Lymphoma, after being bitten by a rabid Armadillo in the Outback in August of 2009)

You think that's bad? I had John Hodgeman's, Johns Hopkins and John Houseman's at the same time. Thank god I found someone to help me get my money out of Nigeria to pay for the operation...


Thank god you avoided non-John Hancock's. I had a mild case of Jon Hamm once. It was not so bad. Kind of nice, actually.
2012-11-26 01:29:35 PM  
1 votes:

The Larch: spentmiles: Steve Jobs had the net worth of entire industrialized nations. You aren't going to make it.

Exactly. Or think about the Cleopatra, the Empress of the Nile. She was possibly one of the richest people in the history of the world, with the wealth of an entire nation at her disposal.

And yet today, she's dead.

Imagine that. All the best doctors in the world, unlimited money, and unspeakable power, and yet she still died. It's chilling. I hope the same thing doesn't happen to me.


I wouldn't worry about it. It's statistically unlikely you'll amass that much wealth or power.
2012-11-26 12:59:49 PM  
1 votes:
As someone, much like many farkers, who has been on the internet pretty much my whole life, I can't say I'm shocked by any of this.

It is definitely sad and thoroughly depressing, but from reading this I was made angrier that it's being pushed as a diagnosable disorder. I know that's probably shallow, I'm sure there's some people out there with a sickness... but actually giving them a quantifiable illness is, just seems bizarre. If you claim to have Munchhausen by Internet.... does that mean you have it, or that you don't have it?

One possible bright side is this:

There is probably nothing as thrilling, fantastical, or bizarre as an online support group for Munchhausen by Internet - just imagine the sheer oneupsmanship that would entail. "Yeah, I'm dealing with this disease which is basically me just being a douche, and I'm doing it... AFTER NINJAS KILLED MY FAMILY!"

Maybe I'm alone in thinking how impossibly funny and simultaneously sad that mental image is...

For a CSB moment, a friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer and I was brought into the loop early. I was, at the time, able to drop everything and basically help him out. Ironically it was right around the time 50/50 came out, though his initial prognosis was far less than that... there's very little heroic drama in helping someone navigate almost infinite levels of health insurance bureaucracy, and just trying to find the right group of physicians to treat an illness. There were definitely some funny or touching moments while I was down there, but my friend is a writer and playwright - if he wants to use that, he's more than welcome to, I have no such interest.

I guess the point is this, the reason people care about Munchhausen by Proxy is that it puts someone ELSE at risk, usually children. And while the article may be cavalier about saying that 1 in 5000 is low - and seriously, someone needs to discuss rates of say... any other crime with them to understand how insanely high 1 in 5000 is - that's a lot of children at risk. Where as if someone is doing all of this to themselves, well... f**k em.

As others have pointed on, on just these comments, there's no shortage of trolls and douchebags on the internet ready to use anonymity for their own gains. But this is no different than general grafting... I hate to put the onus on people running around the internet as a support group to help them... but I'd also be incredulous about alcoholics going to bars for advice. The internet is a shiatty place to get good or normal advice - the signal to noise ratio is just outlandish - and if you're in a vulnerable state to begin with... well, I can understand why she stopped blogging in the end entirely.

The internet - fantastic place for reference, news, and countless other things... but emotional support? Walls typically have more empathy, and they don't spew random racial epithets if you tell them something.


/Just a perspective...
2012-11-26 12:51:05 PM  
1 votes:
"I have always found a modicum of snuff to be most efficacious..."

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2012-11-26 12:46:12 PM  
1 votes:
This schmucky feeling is a byproduct of the internet.

As a pre-internet schmuck, I'm getting a kick...
2012-11-26 12:41:40 PM  
1 votes:
That was a lot of words to say "there are a lot of crazy, lying people on the internet."
2012-11-26 12:40:43 PM  
1 votes:
Munchausen by Internet. Or "how blogging introduced one cancer patient to the internet's swirling den of crazy" LiveJournal.
2012-11-26 12:20:57 PM  
1 votes:
Steve Jobs had the net worth of entire industrialized nations. You aren't going to make it.
2012-11-26 12:13:47 PM  
1 votes:
I stopped at the part about the goodbye letter to the breasts. Thats enough o' the crazy right there
2012-11-26 12:06:48 PM  
1 votes:
Poor subby, not a single person is interested in even commenting.
 
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