Who are you, what brought you here, where are you coming from, when were you made aware of AU, why did you decide to join...
Since doone, Michel, Neal and myself are the founders, plus Sydni who is our first moderator, I feel we should go first.
Me: lifelong atheist, since childhood I questioned religious nonsense even though I attended Catholic school until age 15 (actually, Catholic school is a really good atheist factory, LOL). I'm a scientist, molecular biologist, working on cancer genomics and genetics. Most of my life as a a scientist I've worked with nucleic acids, I've worked in non-cancer-relayed fields in the past too. I was born a biologist and an animal lover and I'm fascinated by nature and by the many species we share this planet with. I'm an unabashed liberal, a proud "leftie", I've been married for 25 years and I have two fantastic sons, college-age. I also have two great dogs. I'm a bit of a fitness freak, and I'm trying to train for my first NYC marathon this November, though I've been a bit derailed by a knee injury that is getting better. Oh, and I'm also a vegetarian.
Adriana, thank you for friending me, youre so nice. So you are a scientist who works on cancer related research. One of my cancers is chronic lymphysitic leukemia. Started 5 years ago with chemo. CHOP was first, that was really nasty. The n went to prednisone with something else, That didnt seem to get my blood levels back up near where they should be. Now my DR is giving me treanda, after 5 treatments my last cbc, has shot my white count up 3 points over where its been, hemoglobin up also. Platelets still down tho. Any way, if you had any hand in creating treanda, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Even if you didnt, I still thank you for trying to rid the world of cancer.. Its a very nasty disease, as you know. I just had to tell you about it. TYVM Tim
I'm Bill. I've been an atheist since about 13 yrs old, from a Southern Baptist upbringing from my mother's side, and Presbyterian on my father's. Reading the bible pointed me in the direction of atheism.
I'm sorry to hear about your cancers. My son has brain cancer, so we have a connection. Atheism is another connection. That puts is in a pretty small community if you think about it. Anyway, please to meet you!
Bill, Very sorry to hear about your son, I cant imagine all that he is going thru. Yeah, as was pointed out to me and already knew of, cancer is not the death sentence it used to be. I've been fighting leukemia for 5 years now, and lung cancer just found less than a year ago, jumped on it right away. Im thinking of you and your son, just dont ever give up. Tim
Thank you, Tim, but I had nothing to do with the discovery or testing of Treanda; my colleagues and I are trying to discover new targets for therapeutic intervention by looking at the molecular profile of cancer (what specific mutations there are, etc.), also by pinpointing the mutations, the correct course of treatment can be started earlier. It's a complex area of research, fascinating, too. Yes, it is a very nasty disease. I hope the best for you.
Just one comment....Good On Ya!!
My Name is Edmond and I'm 31 living in North Carolina. I'm originally from South Carolina. I left SC at 18 and went to Job Corps in Pine Knot, Kentucky with the goal of living somewhere else. I got engaged there to my wife of twelve years. I left Kentucky at 19 and got married. I have 3 kids: Jason 16 (step-son), Mary 11, and Malachi 10.
I'm a so-so writer and have been doing it for some time. I don't put as much effort into it as I should because sometimes it seems silly to or more like a waste of time. I'll get a big idea and get excited only to dislike it the next day. This is why I don't proofread what I write because I'll end up hitting the delete button instead. Anyway I love music, twitter, cell phones, the world wide web, electronics, and computers.
I have Avoidant Personality Disorder ( self diagnosed ) so my social skills are pretty terrible. Those that I do talk to say that they don't believe me because I am easy to talk to and be around. The thing is you have to catch me first! It doesn't matter how much a person makes them self seem friendly to me, I still have an extra large boundary and ridiculously checklist everyone must past before I even open up to them. As you can imagine that doesn't work out to well. I try to participate socially but I always listen to the "why bother" in my head. Also I feel like what I say isn't important so I feel like it's a waste of time to talk. No matter how many times I am told that my opinion is valid and should be expressed I fall back.
I was a member of Think Atheist but I came over Atheist Universe because I was invited by Adriana and some of the other members of TA came here too. There were and are friendly folks so I knew it would be a good move. Nothing against TA, I just wanted to be a part of a fresh community with folks I was a lot more comfortable with. They make feel at home here even when I've been away for a few days or weeks.
As for becoming an atheist, I'll give the very short version.
I became a Christian at 18. I carried my bible with me and try to pray every night. Long story short I found myself trying to follow my bible to the letter. As you can imagine that didn't work out. I found myself feeling worthless to "my creator". Doubts and a feeling that things didn't add up would come and go but I wouldn't pay attention because I was afraid of going to Hell. Slowly I came to the conclusion that I was ripping myself apart by living in fear of what may happen to me if I stopped believing in a god. I could never be good enough and I found myself on my knees crying about being a failure to god. I can't remember when I finally decided to make it official but it was in the range of one or two years ago. It was the best decision I have ever made. I was one of those followers who would act on how I thought god was leading me. I could have hurt someone or worse thinking that I was gaining points for the imaginary v.i.p rooms in the sky.
That's all for me and if you want to talk I have no problems with that just don't be upset if I take a day or two to respond because I have a tendency to do so. Thanks for reading this and I hope you enjoy being here as well as I do :)
That is a great introduction, Edmond; we are so happy to have you here, and your heartfelt poems that are so authentic, telling it like it is!
Thanks! Your words have brought a smile to my face :)
Poet in Residence =)
You and Neal should work on something together... But can poets do that?