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(Yahoo)   Meh: Boy graduates from high school. Get the tissues: his mother has cancer. Cue Sarah McLachlan, puppies and kitties: special ceremony held in her hospital room the day before she died   (gma.yahoo.com) divider line 41
    More: Sappy, Sarah McLachlan, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Make-A-Wish, graduation, pussies, hospital bed, just the fact, Becca Asimus  
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2013-02-07 05:17:12 PM
That sucks. :(
 
2013-02-07 05:22:32 PM
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-02-07 05:27:00 PM
The emotional manipulation is so blatant, I can't watch that commercial without feeling scorn for the ASPCA.
 
2013-02-07 05:27:01 PM
Call me an asshole but my wish would have been for my cancer to go away.
 
2013-02-07 05:29:57 PM

cgraves67: The emotional manipulation is so blatant, I can't watch that commercial without feeling scorn for the ASPCA.


Well, yeah, but people are so selfish that they wouldn't donate if their guilt wasn't tweaked.
 
2013-02-07 05:30:04 PM
Asimus?
 
2013-02-07 05:30:14 PM
No-cry mode: extra hard

/manly tears
 
2013-02-07 05:34:14 PM
IN THE ARRRRMS OF AN ANGELLL
 
2013-02-07 05:34:45 PM
graduating hs isn't all that big of a deal unless the kid was a dumb as a bag of hammers. at that age you could have substituted getting accepted to college, getting married, senior prom, finishing the season on the schools .... team and picked as mvp who has a cancer mom reward.
 
2013-02-07 05:37:46 PM
Sarah McLachlin shares a dog fighting ring back with Nickleback in Canada. I thought everyone new this.
 
2013-02-07 05:38:21 PM
knew*
 
2013-02-07 05:39:23 PM

starlost: graduating hs isn't all that big of a deal unless the kid was a dumb as a bag of hammers. at that age you could have substituted getting accepted to college, getting married, senior prom, finishing the season on the schools .... team and picked as mvp who has a cancer mom reward.


While I agree with you, I think you've forgotten the context that this lady knew she didn't have long to live.  I imagine she selected a dying wish that she actually had a chance of seeing like watching him get married.  Also, while graduating HS isn't a big deal, attending prom or being picked as cancer mom MVP are even less of a big deal.
 
2013-02-07 05:40:58 PM
tl;dr

kid graduates some kinda school and mother dies, so effing what?
 
2013-02-07 05:43:13 PM

YEREVAN: tl;dr

kid graduates some kinda school and mother dies, so effing what?


You don't get it, because you didn't read the article. The big deal is that she died BECAUSE he graduated.
 
2013-02-07 05:43:39 PM
My mother died a two weeks before I started high school and I didn't get shiat.
 
2013-02-07 05:48:20 PM
My mother died suddenly from a car accident when I was in high school. One day everything was fine and the next it wasn't. A close friend of mine, within a year or so of this, had to watch for several months as his mother died slowly of cancer. I wondered at the time which was worse. He had time for goodbyes, sure, but the agony was drawn out and occasionally spiced with false hope.
 
2013-02-07 05:50:02 PM

starlost: graduating hs isn't all that big of a deal unless the kid was a dumb as a bag of hammers. at that age you could have substituted getting accepted to college, getting married, senior prom, finishing the season on the schools .... team and picked as mvp who has a cancer mom reward.


Well, that's what the mom wanted, to see the boy graduate, and I think it's very cool the school district officials were willing to help out with that. I'm also happy for the family that she made it long enough for them to be able to do so.

cgraves67: The emotional manipulation is so blatant, I can't watch that commercial without feeling scorn for the ASPCA.


I've donated to them for years, but every time I see any charity group running commercials instead of doing cheaper mass mailings (or spamming the crap out of people and making sure it's easy to unsuscribe, like non-luddites do) I get a bit annoyed. That is where my money is going? I want it to go to the puppies and kitties and horsies and funny goats and disapproving rabbits and... well, pretty much toward caring for the critters, with the unfortunate, but necessary begging being done as cheaply as possible.

/those people who paste a nickel to their begging letters for you to keep? I finally just rolled my eyes, wrote a letter telling them "I am pleased to donate this nickel back to you. Now please quit giving away money donated to you by people with empathy to people who don't need it." and pasted it to a post-it note and mailed it back.
 
2013-02-07 05:50:59 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: IN THE ARRRRMS OF AN ANGELLL


reminds me of the Bill Burr bit where he hates on Sara Mclaughlin commercial...Funny shiat
 
2013-02-07 05:56:45 PM

miniflea: My mother died suddenly from a car accident when I was in high school. One day everything was fine and the next it wasn't. A close friend of mine, within a year or so of this, had to watch for several months as his mother died slowly of cancer. I wondered at the time which was worse. He had time for goodbyes, sure, but the agony was drawn out and occasionally spiced with false hope.


My Dad died a year ago in May of stomach cancer. He was alert up until the last day and I got to say my goodbyes.  Think I would have rather had it that way then suddenly.

Gotta go... bunch of dust in here.
 
2013-02-07 05:58:53 PM

cgraves67: The emotional manipulation is so blatant, I can't watch that commercial without feeling scorn for the ASPCA.


I said the same thing about the "Farming" commercial that aired during the Super Bowl, as well as the Jeep "military appreciation" commercial. Both seemed to exploit the situation and the emotions associated with the situation to improve brand reputation.  I still wonder where the Latinos were/are in that farming commercial considering the ethnic makeup of the agriculture sector (at least the "hands on" labor -- maybe not so much the big wigs in charge of Big Ag).
 
2013-02-07 06:34:06 PM
Ugh, that's just not fair.
It doesn't seem very unusual at for a dying person to "hold on" for a particular event before letting it happen.

My grandma had surgery complications and her decline was over the course of a week. She would perk up and do her hardest to seem healthy when visited. She would never let anyone know of the problems she had, you had to force help onto her.

It was shocking at how suddenly her vitals dropped and she essentially release her attachment to the world.
She didn't pass away on her last day until her kids left to eat after spending 5 hours with her. Less than 10 minutes.
/Greatest Generation. Love you, grandma.
 
2013-02-07 06:38:16 PM
Barf
 
2013-02-07 06:52:39 PM
i.qkme.me
 
2013-02-07 06:53:58 PM

Thisbymaster: My mother died a two weeks before I started high school and I didn't get shiat.


you also didnt deserve shiat, because your mother died to get away from you.


Love,

Dad
 
2013-02-07 07:04:08 PM

Tsar_Bomba1: miniflea: My mother died suddenly from a car accident when I was in high school. One day everything was fine and the next it wasn't. A close friend of mine, within a year or so of this, had to watch for several months as his mother died slowly of cancer. I wondered at the time which was worse. He had time for goodbyes, sure, but the agony was drawn out and occasionally spiced with false hope.

My Dad died a year ago in May of stomach cancer. He was alert up until the last day and I got to say my goodbyes.  Think I would have rather had it that way then suddenly.

Gotta go... bunch of dust in here.


Lost my dad suddenly in 2010 after a hip replacement and hospital shenanigans. He was 66. He was terrified of a slow agonizing death like several of his friends and family experienced. I'll never not be heartbroken. Also, never have surgery in Las Vegas.
 
2013-02-07 07:06:06 PM
Golfclap to Subby for staying away from the "dusty" trope.

Where is the asshat administrator suspending him or holding his diploma for some piddleshiat reason?
 
2013-02-07 07:10:18 PM
The morning my mother died, my little brother had his interview for National Honor Society.  She died around 7am and at 8am he left to go to school.  We tried to convince him that he had a rock solid excuse to skip school but he went anyway.
 
2013-02-07 07:11:06 PM
Get to breeding quick, if you manage to breed RIGHT NOW, maybe you'll see your kids graduate before the cancer gets you too.

/My father beat cancer
//His alcoholism got his liver 1st
 
2013-02-07 07:13:48 PM
Also, if Miss McLaughlin is willing to pay for the airfare, I will solve all her animal related problems, under 2 conditions: Don't ask me about the animals, and don't ask me about the gun.
 
2013-02-07 07:26:11 PM

Tsar_Bomba1: My Dad died a year ago in May of stomach cancer. He was alert up until the last day and I got to say my goodbyes. Think I would have rather had it that way then suddenly.

Gotta go... bunch of dust in here.


I got to sit with my sister through November watching cancer eat away at  her.  She quit going for her progress reviews because every one just showed cancer in some other organ.  We got to say our good byes, but I never want to have to watch someone take their last breath again.  A tip of the glass to those who care for the terminally ill - you're beautiful people.
 
2013-02-07 07:50:46 PM

Old Man Winter: Call me an asshole but my wish would have been for my cancer to go away.


It's blood cancer.  That never really goes away.

/mom was diagnosed with Waldenstrom's 9 years ago
 
2013-02-07 07:55:18 PM
my mental auto-filter made me read the headline as Sarah Connor.  i lol'd until i read the article.
 
2013-02-07 08:31:14 PM

OtherLittleGuy: Golfclap to Subby for staying away from the "dusty" trope.

Where is the asshat administrator suspending him or holding his diploma for some piddleshiat reason?


THISTHISTHISTHISTHISTHSITHISTHISTHISTHISTHISTHIS!!!!!!

+1 +1 +1

vERY NICE SUBBY!
 
2013-02-07 09:16:54 PM
Did they have the lesbians from next door as pall bearers?
 
2013-02-08 12:16:55 AM

AR 15-6: Sarah McLachlin shares a dog fighting ring back with Nickleback in Canada. I thought everyone new this.


She also traps otters and minks back home. For their skins.
 
2013-02-08 03:15:31 AM
I got a call from my dad a few days before New Year's to tell me that my uncle, who's been sick for years, had only a few more days to live. New Year's Day, my mom calls to tell me my aunt (that uncle's wife) just died. She was perfectly healthy, but had a sudden heart attack (I'm guessing due to all the stress). She literally died of a broken heart. Uncle's still around.

/csb
 
2013-02-08 03:28:17 AM

Real Women Drink Akvavit: cgraves67: The emotional manipulation is so blatant, I can't watch that commercial without feeling scorn for the ASPCA.

I've donated to them for years, but every time I see any charity group running commercials instead of doing cheaper mass mailings (or spamming the crap out of people and making sure it's easy to unsuscribe, like non-luddites do) I get a bit annoyed. That is where my money is going? I want it to go to the puppies and kitties and horsies and funny goats and disapproving rabbits and... well, pretty much toward caring for the critters, with the unfortunate, but necessary begging being done as cheaply as possible.


Charity Navigator rates charities on how much money goes towards program, admin and fundraising costs. The ASPCA is pretty damn awful on this front; over a third of their money goes to fundraising. If you want to give to a charity that's a little better with their funding along the same lines as ASPCA, you could try the US Humane Society.
 
2013-02-08 08:24:04 AM
I lost my father to heart failure in 2009.

He died on my sister's birthday.

With her at his side in a hospice.

/still has trouble getting that through my head mentally four years later.

Class act from the school system all the way.
 
2013-02-08 02:54:41 PM
Why is graduating High School such a big deal in the USA?
 
2013-02-08 03:39:29 PM

kwame: cgraves67: The emotional manipulation is so blatant, I can't watch that commercial without feeling scorn for the ASPCA.

Well, yeah, but people are so selfish that they wouldn't donate if their guilt wasn't tweaked.


I used to watch Animal Cops with ASPCA officers and the cases they investigated were much worse than any of the images show in the ASCPA commercials.

The McLachlan song is too much though, but I appreciate the audio cue to change the channel for 30 seconds.
 
2013-02-08 11:30:20 PM
"Why is graduating High School such a big deal in the USA?"#####because those that don't go on to become Fark mods.
 
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