I interrupt my hiatus to bring you some sad news — Yvonne Craig, whom legions of fans remember as BatGirl on the original Batman series, passed away on Monday; she was 78, from complications of breast cancer.
She was a wonderful dancer and actress, and her memorable Marta, the Green Orion in Whom Gods Destroy was the perfect crazy sidekick to Garth.
I remember watching her on Batman as BatGirl, and thinking how cool she was! As a child though, I couldn’t understand how her hair was so short and black as Barbara Gordon but so long and luxuriously red as Bat Girl! (my 7 year old brain hadn’t figured out wigs yet!). After the series ended, she did a funny promo for the Federal Equal Pay Law; something we’re still waiting for…
“Wish Number One, is that her family, friends and fans would know how much she loved them and always treasured her time with them. Wish Number Two, was that no one waste a moment of their time in mourning for her loss in sadness but instead celebrate the awesome life she had been fortunate enough to live. She felt that she lived a wonderful life and was blessed in many ways.”
I’m going to be taking some time off for a little while. Hours are building up at work, but more importantly, I have a lot of projects to do at home, as well as needing to get sufficient rest and exercise to get myself in better shape. I need to lose @ 12 lbs. by the end of September, and myhealth is paramount. I’m down four already! 😀 It’s a start.
I don’t get as much traffic in the summer anyway, and that’s the way it should be! I urge you all to get out there and have some fun! Throw a Frisbee, play badminton, bike, hike, swim, and do all the glorious things this season blesses is with. It’s almost 1/2 over!
If you’re missing your Trek fix there’s over 900 posts on this site! Dig around!
And if you look to the left column here, you’ll see a countdown for when I come back!
I wish you a refreshing and restful summer, and I’ll see you in (late) September! Love to all and LLAP
And please don’t forget Celeste’s cancer fund— Wouldn’t it be wonderful if she reached her $50K goal by the time I come back??? Please help it become a reality; you can donate here. <3
Friends, I am so very happy to relay to you Celeste’s latest update. She is FREE at LAST of CANCER! She still has the blood clots, and will have to be on blood thinners for 6 months, but the fact that she is free of the stage 3 ovarian cancer is nothing but miraculous.
Celeste, I’m so happy for you, for you have worked so hard through a lot of hell to come out the other side of this. YOU MADE IT!!!! And being home with family and friends will surely improve you recovery and the love from all of us is a great hug of support and joy! (Jumping with joy here!)
Of course, one has to be tested to be sure the cancer will not return, but I’m sure with love and support, it won’t have a chance. And Friends, PLEASE remember to CONTINUE to SUPPORT Celeste’s cancer fund. Although the big battle of the physical cancer is mostly finished, the financial battle with seemingly endless bills is barely through. I suspect that the medical bills for all the procedures so far are still trickling in, and there seems to always be yet another treatment or surgical detail to pay for. Our support will help Celeste and Nazim meet the $50,000 goal. At this writing, the fund is currently at $28,415 — 21,585 to go! Every little bit, even $5 will help. You can donatehere.
Thanks so much, and Celeste, Good Luck and God bless you on your continued recovery, and may it never come back. I know you will truly Love Long and Prosper! -love, Therese xo
Here’s her update from Sunday:
I’m back home! My huge abdominal surgery was/is 100% successful. My week in hospital following surgery was a rough and painful one HOWEVER the pathology from the exploratory portion came back mid week and confirmed that I am now cancer free!!!!! From stage 3 ovarian cancer last November, then 6 rounds of chemo, to this happy news. This was the best birthday present ever. I still have the blood clots (DVTs) and must take the daily Lovinox injections which is a blood thinner for the next 6 months at least but no other meds are needed except to finish up the antibiotics which I will do tonight. They sent me home with some other meds that are ok to use as needed during the healing process. The healing period will be 3 months.
I will be continuing my entire alternative cancer regime which is extensive, including daily use of the amazing BEMER device ( http://www.bemeramerica.com/artofwellness) which along with my other protocols and supplements such as MOXXOR ( http://www.Moxxart.com) have worked so beautifully along with mainstream 6 rounds of chemotherapy which I finished up in May.
All of your blessings and generosity have been so appreciated. Nazim and I are not only grateful.. we know this wonderful result couldn’t have happened without all of your help.
To keep the cancer away we simply must carry on with all that we are doing which as you know is costly and financially this is so hard on us however I know you will do the very best you can for me by sharing this page …. please know straight from my heart that even a $5 donation is so very helpful that words cannot express adequately what it means to us.
When I got the news of the biopsies all being negative I got up out of the hospital bed after hugging and thanking my beautiful doctor, did a victory lap in the hospital corridor on my walker. I high-fived the nurses as we passed them as I was virtually sobbing from joy. It was an amazing occasion and one not often seen with Ovarian cancer! That is my oh so happy update for now and the best birthday present I could have ever received!
All my love and gratitude to each and everyone of you,
When opportunity knocks, one answers — and Leonard even guested on comedienne Phyllis Diller’s The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show – This takes guts – but looks like he had a swell time! It only ran one season but I wonder if there’s video of this anywhere? I’ve seen some other pictures with Leonard on this show, but they’re buried in an old LNAF yearbook that I have to look up! I’ll show them eventually! Enjoy!