The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 6, 1976 · Page 20
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 20

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Monday, December 6, 1976
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B8 Palm Beach Post, Monday, December 6, 1976 From Bi Breast ll flounced back into the chair in his office. Arthur was still in his chair, chain-smoking. I don't remember exactly how whisper. "I'm all right now. "Jesus," I said to Arthur as we limped out. "How many times a week do you think he has to do that?" Arthur shook his head and stopped to light another cigarette. The hand that held the match was shaking. (c) By Bttty Ratlin okay," I said, but it came out in a whisper. He put his arm around me, and we walked out of the room slowly, like two old people. The waiting room was empty now, except for the nurse and Singermann. Singermann looked even more uncomfortable thai before. I felt embarrassed. "I'm sorry," I said to him, still in a my hands down, away from my face. ". . . very upset . . .," I heard Arthur say. "Sixty percent is just a number." That was Singermann. I sat up. Then I stood up. There was a box of tissues on Singer-mann's desk. I pulled one out and carefully wiped my face. Arthur came back into the room. "I'm SHOAL GROUP l$l?f &10B III I 1 I PER YARD j I wjji I I lobor included j j jg I I I , -mm CHAIN LINK FENCE and CUSTOM TAILORED IN OUR OWN WORKSHOP AWNINGS ON SALE NOW M 1 Antique Satins & Sheers. Must be 85" to 117" long. For draw drapes, add $1.00 per panel for findings. Have our decorator trained representative bring samples to your home. Bank AmeriCaho CO 48 CHAIN LINK rimt INCLUDES: 00G iha Go Win . IV Top Rail V IV I X Per Foot 1 1 1 tm 100 Ft. Minimum mi estimates call 833-9706 or 833-7000 IV Top Pott - IV Loop Copi. Alum. Tio Wirot All Work Guaranlood All Poit Sot In Comont rtrcr til n 1MD INfrAllATION LAIOR, TIIMINALS fc GATIS AM IXTRA. 217 CLEMATIS ST. WEST PALM BEACH FOR THE HOME SEWER WE CARRY THE LARGEST SELECTION OF DRAPERY, UPHOLSTERY, SLIPCOVER AND DRESS FABRICS. 1 1 . 1 ri LAKE WORTH-i rWl PWJI rD"lUT-B0B 967-7556 I 968-9314 I 272-1550 I FREE I ESTIMATES 3191 SOUTH MILITARY TRAIL LAKE WORTH, FLA. Singermann put it, because as soon as I got the gist of what he was saying, my head seemed to fill with air and my eyes got hot. "... definitely something there . . . a mass . . . good chance of malignancy . . . different kinds of mastectomy, as you probably know . . . some women say they want a separate procedure . . . studies show ... in my own experience . . . but, of course, it's up to you." He stopped. I realized I was supposed to talk now. It sounded as if I was expected to say whether I wanted just to have my breast cut off, or whether I wanted my breast cut off and some other things, too. Slowly, I turned in my chair and looked at Arthur. Our eyes locked. He told me later he was unable to get the look on my face out of his mind. Not wanting to be rude, I turned back to Singermann. I heard myself speak. "Are you saying that you think I have cancer?" (That word had not been used. I soon learned that cancer is a word doctors almost never use.) "I mean, I know you can't know for sure, but what are the odds what percentage what is the likelihood . . .?" Dr. Singermann smiled and leaned on his desk. "Everyone wants numbers. It's very hard to say, maybe 70-30, 60-40, I don't know." I heard myself speak again. "Are you saying, do you mean it's 60 or 70 per cent likely, you mean it's likely?" It was making him uncomfortable. "Look, percentages are just percentages. People want numbers, you give them numbers, but . . . unreliable ... you don't really know until ... but . . ." Then he stood up. Then Arthur stood up. Then I stood up. Then I fell down. I didn't faint, exactly, because I didn't altogether lose consciousness. Nor did I fall far, or get hurt. The office was so small that when Arthur stood up he was only a few inches from me, so that, as I fell, he caught me. There was a small sofa in the room, and I remember being placed on it. It was too short for my legs, so Arthur hung them over the arm of the sofa, like wet towels. "I'll be all right," I said. But the line must have convinced no one because as soon as I said it I began to cry, the bad, loud, gasping kind. I wanted to hold something, so I held my face. I held it hard with both hands, as if it were someone else's. I fplt snmethine odd on mv cheek. A false eyelash. I put it in the pocket of my dress, cinree momns laier i found it there, bent and full of lint.) Sineprmann had left the room af ter I fell. I heard his voice now from one of the other rooms outside "You never know about these things. Uar Anrtnr eaiH shp rnillH take it . . PVorvhnrlv wants vou to be honest . , . and look what happens." I put Kahler From Bl1 "I have discovered there are a lot more injurious things than meat, he says. "Many vegetarians are sicker than meat eaters because thev eat so much ice cream, candy bars, white flour . . . They're just poison, worse than meat." But he doesn't try to convert everyone, he says. After all, his parents weren't vegetarians and they lived into their 90s. Besides, he says with a straight face, "Some of my friends have the attitude that we're all going to die sometime, and why not have a good time." It was their vegetarianism and concern for animals that brought him and his wife to India, where he gained an interest in its religions and had a casual acquaintanceship with Mahatma Gandhi. This interest was inspired also in his travels for the Council of World Government, in which he met people of various civilizations and arrived at the idea that "all men are one." He even attends various churches now, although his religion is more a matter of intuition than of the mind, having taken the advice of Dr. Schweitzer. Kahler and his wife visited and occasionally stayed with the famous missionary physician in Gunsbach, Germany, his birthplace. The doctor, who was a highly accomplished organist, would entertain them on the organ in a little church Let Century Bank in the village. SpeedLoan your quick, low-cost cash for that new car-and we'll send Thev came to know him bv way of promoting a young French sculptor you a check for one full year's license fee. who won an awaru in du&iuh m commissioned him to do a bust of Schweitzer. KahW recalls an incident with Schweitzer. "One dav he stopped playing the organ and said to me Fast money. Great rates. Convenient, considerate payments that we deduct automatically from your Century Bank checking account. You couldn't possibly find a better new car deal anywhere, any time. Only in this Century. onmulhinD VP nPVPT IUI UUUCI1. lie eaiH 'Dnn't trv to know the unknow able'. A lot of people try to grasp the infinite with tneir unite minus. Kahler has been living in Palm OFFER EXPIRES DECEMBER 31, 1976 Beach off and on since returning io the United States, and IVi years ago mm . u o) A JM Century National Bank of Palm Beach County 0i!lT. N&ri) 2608 N. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach. 659-1200. he made a grant to tne iwion uai-lery of Art in West Palm Beach for the publication of a catalog of the gallery's collection. He's going to Tucson at the end of this month to live for a time with his sister, his only living relative, whom he said was in poor health "because she's not a vegetarian." But he adds, "I want to come back here because friendship means so much to me and I have a few old ffiends here." I : Meanwhile, he's writing his memoirs, striving to keep alive his fascinating memories which he admits are growing dimmer despite his ap-j parent good health. Reflecting his i fondness for the natural things in life, its title will be, "Windows Into Woodland." Century Banks, Inc. 1976 FDIC m f m mm mm t J M V" 4

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