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Great news!!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Today was my anual mammogram. You must be thinking, "So what?" Well, I'll tell you.

A few years back I went for a routine mammogram. They found something. I had to wait, speak to the radiologist then schedule a sterotatic biopsy. I was terrified.

Had the biopsy done at the local hospital and it came back "inconclusive". Ugh, now I was quaking in my boots!!'

I had to find a surgeon and have a lumpectomy. Then, I had to wait nearly two weeks for the result to see if I was going to need additional treatments like radiation or chemo. It was truly the longest two weeks of my life.

At the end of the two weeks, I went to see my surgeon. He walked in the door, hugged me, kissed me on my cheek and said, "It was benign"!!! It was "precancerous" but they got it before it had turned into anything bad. He was smiling ear to ear. He said he told women all day long horrible things and it was such a joy to tell someone to go home and live their life.

I cried for an hour straight.

Now, when I have my mammogram I also have to have a sonogram followup.

Today, they gave me the all clear once again. I could go home and live my life.

Please, if you are due for a mammogram go, get it done. It's not so horrible and takes just a few minutes. I could save your life!!!!

My own personal, Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year rolled into one!!

  
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RUBYREDIVY1 12/23/2014 1:09AM

    Oh that's so relieving to hear. Good luck and stay healthy!

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RD03875 12/21/2014 11:54PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!

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DOROTHYBERO 12/20/2014 7:09AM

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PHEBESS 12/20/2014 12:00AM

    YAY, and yes, mammograms are important! (And I went through something similar, turned out to just be clogged milk ducts. But a whole lot of worry and wait and more worry.)

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ICECUB 12/19/2014 9:41PM

    SO HAPPY FOR YOU. I HAD MINE THE FIRST OF THE MONTH. AND IT WAS NORMAL. FOR SOME REASON I GET SO NERVOUS BEFORE AND WHILE I AM WAITING FOR THE RESULTS. BUT I AM ALWAYS GLAD I DID. MERRY CHRISTMAS/ HAPPY CHANUKAH AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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WALLAHALLA 12/19/2014 7:06PM

    Thanks for the reminder! It is certainly not worth putting off.

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HUGS2015 12/19/2014 6:08PM

    So happy for you! Breast health is very important and glad you got some good news!
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BERGBA7 12/19/2014 5:21PM

    Wonderful! Have nice Holidays!
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Do my clients hate me????

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This time of year I get lots of gifts and tips. I really appreciate the tips but YIKES the gifts are killing me.

I'm not sure, but I think they want me fat and drunk!!!! Here are some, just some of the things that have shown up at my door!

Here is a Panatone with candied chestnuts. It's enormous!



A Harry and David tower with Pears, chocolates, nuts, and truffles (chocolate)




Here is a huge basket of nothing but Godiva chocolates!



And...to make matters worse, a couple bottles of imported wine!!



Next week, I will be getting more. Oy, I hope I make it through this!!

  
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DOROTHYBERO 12/19/2014 9:16AM

    emoticon Hubby use to bring home boxes of chocolate!

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PHEBESS 12/18/2014 11:51PM

    I think you need to host an open house, either at your business or at home. And put out all these goodies!!! (The only problem is that people may bring more, as "hostess gifts" - just keep putting them out to share.)

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WALLAHALLA 12/18/2014 10:04PM

    Do you believe in re-gifting? emoticon I once had chestnuts roasted over an open fire, literally. I thought they tasted like roasted potatoes. I've never had candied chestnuts though. Maybe your son will enjoy some of it.

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Tough time of year

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sometimes, the holidays are difficult for me. This year may be the last year in my house of over 20 years. It was taken from me in the divorce. I am forced to move to another state as I can't afford to live here anymore.

I am alone right now. My daughter, who graduated from college in 2013 lives about an hour away and has a life of her own. I'm incredibly proud of her. My son will be coming home from college later this week. It will be wonderful to see him and next Sunday we will all be together to celebrate Chanukah. While he is home, he wll be very busy seeing his friends and running around. As it should be.

As for me, I battle depression every day. It's not easy but I take one day at a time and try to face life with a little humor. This time of year, when I am home alone with my precious cat who is dying of cancer, it's a little harder.

I am not going to wallow in this, it's just a fact. Some days are better than others. Guess this is not a good day :(

  
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PHEBESS 12/15/2014 5:19AM

    Just sending you big hugs and lots of caring thoughts. Life has its ups and downs, and, well, you can get through this.

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WALLAHALLA 12/14/2014 6:27PM

    The holidays are rough for a lot of people. Do you live in a Jewish community where others are celebrating Chanukah as well, or are you more isolated? I'm glad that your son will be coming home. That will help a bit. My Mom lives in a different state. I hate that she is alone so much of the time, but I can't seem to convince her to move closer to me. I pray when you do move, you will be close to family, and have a Temple nearby where you can worship and have fellowship.

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ICECUB 12/14/2014 12:04PM

    I AM SO SORRY YOU ARE GOING THROUGH THIS. SO SORRY YOUR CAT IS DYING OF CANCER. I WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS.

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Don't do this!!!!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Last week I got busy making sure my house was ready for winter. My house gets really cold and it is so expensive to heat it that I have to figure out ways to keep in the heat.

My living room and dining room are really cold so I put plastic up on the windows. It takes time and when it's really cold and the wind is blowing I can see that it blocks the cold air from coming in.

Over the weekend I was cleaning my kitchen, the last of Thanksgiving things to put away. I opened my oven and realized that it really was a mess so, I set it to clean, heavy duty and went about my business.

Ugh....it started to smoke!! Little bits of spilled food started to burn off, stinking up the house. I couldn't open a window because they were all sealed. My eyes stung!!!

Finally, it disipated a little and instead of the 4 hours I turned it off at three. I just couldn't take it anymore.

The good news is the smell is gone, I finished cleaning the oven and it looks great but I'm NEVER going to use the self cleaning again unless I can open my windows.

LESSON LEARNED!!!

  
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READYRISA 12/13/2014 6:38PM

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 12/9/2014 7:57AM

    Thanks for the tip!

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PHEBESS 12/9/2014 12:11AM

    Wow, that sounds like a mess! But it's a lesson you'll never forget!

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WALLAHALLA 12/8/2014 9:01PM

    Been there done that. I don't run mine unless I can be outdoors for 5-6 hours. It reeks.
Looks great, but p.u.

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PURPLE0906 12/8/2014 7:44PM

    I never use the self cleaning, it takes a lot of electric and yes it smells and smokes, just do it the old fashion way, sos pads and lots of scrubbing.

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DETERMINEDJANET 12/8/2014 7:24PM

    Yep.... never do the self cleaning without windows that open! Ugh!

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What a great time!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014




Here we are!! Three old high school friends. We just talked and talked and talked. My friend Carol (middle) lives in California now. My friend Renee, dark hair on the end is a grandmother 3 times over and me, I still have a teenager!!!

We had so much fun. I think we all look great for women who graduated high school in 1971! Yup, we are in our 60's!!

We are at such different stages in life. My friend Renee (dark hair) has been married for 35 years with 3 kids and Carol (middle) is a widow with no children and me, I am divorced with two kids.

I wish we had had more time. We were chatting for hours and nearly closed the restaurant. It's funny how so much time has passed and it felt like nothing.

Thank goodness for Facebook. We were all able to reconnect because of it.

Just a great day. So glad I went!

  
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DOROTHYBERO 12/7/2014 6:04AM

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LAURELEI 12/2/2014 6:20PM

    Good for your for keeping the relationships thriving. It takes some effort. It is always healthful to cultivate those loving friendships. That joy is wondrous!

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DETERMINEDJANET 11/30/2014 9:37PM

    You all look fabulous! Glad you had such a fun time.

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WALLAHALLA 11/30/2014 2:00PM

    What fun! You ladies all look great for any age! We all should be so blessed.

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PHEBESS 11/30/2014 10:32AM

    You all look fabulous! And it's so much fun to catch up with those old, dear friends!!!!

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ICECUB 11/30/2014 9:44AM

    YOU ALL LOOKED FABULOUS!! GLAD YOU HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME. IT IS GOOD TO SPEND TIME WITH FRIENDS.

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JIMA64 11/30/2014 8:49AM

    Looks like you had a great time. Friends and reconnecting sure can be fun.

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