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Friday, October 16, 2009

On Sunday I drove 5 hours to get home. Hubby was in the other vehicle. We had luggage and storage boxes full of things we used during the month we were living in our trailer. Whew! It seemed like a lot of things to put away, well it was a lot because we had summer and fall/winter clothes. I decided to ignore as much of it as I could and wait till I needed something or had more energy to chip away at it.

Yesterday I had a medical appointment as part of my annual medical. My blood pressure, etc. is good and I am very healthy. The doctor suggested a change to my asthma inhalers, but my asthma is so well managed I haven’t used an inhaler for 6 months. The doctor and I each signed off on a my wellness plan. I will use the new inhalers before I go to the gym, get back to daily exercise in a few weeks and I will work on weight loss.

Today I have been on the run. This morning I attended a 3 hour meeting for my volunteer work, went out for a bowl of soup, to the flu clinic for my shot, did some banking, bought groceries, picked Alan up from work, drove him to his doctor appointment, came home made dinner, unpacked more and cleaned in anticipation of weekend guests - now it’s the end of the day and time to relax for a few minutes before bedtime.

On Sept. 9th I read “Compounds in red wine may help reduce the risk of radiation-induced skin reactions in breast cancer patients”. So prior to the start of treatment, from that day on I had a daily glass of wine. Last Thursday my last day of radiation treatment I was told to stop wearing my bra for a couple of weeks as my skin would get progressively more tender. Well today it’s back on and it seems like my skin is doing very well. I will continue to have the daily glass of wine for another week or so. I am amazed!



I am happy to say I am back on plan with my diet. My energy level is very good and I should get my butt back to the gym. I am down 6 pounds from Monday morning, so surely had some water retention from the long drive. My doctor’s scale and my home scale were in agreement so I am pleased to know I can trust my scale.

I am listening to Dr. Oz’s Wed. TV show. He was talking with an overweight woman and said:

When you crave salt you are dehydrated – have a drink of water and a dill pickle

Eat a small tasty thing to get through 10 minutes of the urge to snack

I am doing well tonight, no urge to snack after dinner. Day one of my streak!

We made the last month a fun camping holiday while I got treatment and my husband worked in his company office there. We enjoyed trying new restaurants, meeting new people in the campground, visiting with family, shopping, etc. But through it all, I really looked forward to stay in touch with my Spark friends, it made me feel 'at home'.

You gave me comfort and support while I was away from home, dealing with unknowns and loneliness. You have made a difference in my life! Thank you so much for your support and friendshhip.

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BBAHONORS 10/19/2009 1:37PM

    Glad you're home and feeling good!

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JAZZID 10/18/2009 1:22AM

    .. great ideas here from Dr. Oz... thanks for sharing... I am an emotional eater so I am willing to try anything... ~ Dee ~ emoticon

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DARLENEK04 10/17/2009 4:49PM


You are an inspiration to all who know you.
You have blessed my life by knowing you.

PS: Thanks for the tip on the pickle......


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SUCCESSFUL-GALE 10/16/2009 9:47PM

    I'm glad you are doing better!

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BARBARASDIET 10/16/2009 7:58PM

    Sounds great, Lynn! Glad you are doing so well.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/16/2009 5:47PM

    Welcome home, Wonder Woman!! We are so happy that you are doing so well. I'll be picturing you back on the walking path.

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BUGLET- 10/16/2009 3:03PM

    You have many Spark friends and I am one of them.. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESLIECOY 10/16/2009 2:47PM

    emoticonI was worn out just reading about all you did after returning home - so was glad when you took a break! emoticonI am so glad you are home - things will settle in and your world will return to normal soon.
Sounds like you have a plan and are ready to attack it and I look forward to our SparkVists along the way!
Happy Trails and Happy Tails!

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PJCHILIS 10/16/2009 2:13PM

    More than glad you're home. If I could figure out how to do a virtual parade, you'd have one as the Grand Marshall--PJ

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_RAMONA 10/16/2009 12:07PM

    I'm echoing AVONLADY... It's you who has made the difference in my life... your graceful response to pressure and uncertainty has inspired and encouraged me in ways I don't have words for. I'm so glad that your outcomes continue to be the very best they can be under the circumstances.

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}

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PITAKELLY13 10/16/2009 11:55AM

    Bet you have never been so grateful for 'normalcy'!

I am a huge fan of pickles for salt cravings. Once a month I'll binge on 3-4 whole pickles and while they are still high in sodium, it's nice to know they are not as bad as chips salt-wise (plus they contain antioxidants) and you could eat a whole jar of pickles for the same calories as 11 chips if you wanted...

I'll keep praying your healing goes well!

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MAUITN 10/16/2009 11:06AM

    Lynn, it is so great to have you back home and through with the treatments. Now concentrate on being healthy and happy. I, too, need to get back to the gym and my walks.

luv e

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RASCALSMOMMA 10/16/2009 10:13AM

    Lynn TY so much for writing this! I echo all your sentiments wholeheartedly! Enjoy your fitness, enjoy your day, but most of all--ENJOY YOUR LIFE! Enthusiastic Hugs from Laurie

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LINDA! 10/16/2009 10:01AM

    It is wonderful to see that you are doing so well. You are an inspiration. emoticon

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SIMPLEJOYS 10/16/2009 8:58AM

  Lynn - In the dictionary, under the word "AMAZING" is your picture! :)


HUGS!! emoticon


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MRSGOFARR 10/16/2009 5:30AM

    snacking after dinner is my downfall. thank you for the tips!!! You are welcome my spark friend!

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TERRIJ7 10/16/2009 2:53AM

    I'm glad you're home. I know you are too!

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AVONLADY3883 10/16/2009 2:43AM

    Lynn, I think it is you who has made a difference in OUR lives! Your enthusiasm and positivity is second to none! I will raise my glass of red wine to you today!! Enjoy your first weekend home! emoticon

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Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Our time in Edmonton is over. My radiation treatment is completed and we are headed home in the morning. We will be having Thanksgiving dinner with our friends. I am thankful for the good medical care I've had and now time to rest and heal.


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_RAMONA 10/14/2009 1:04AM

    Blessings beyond counting for this Thanksgiving and for the many more to come! Glad you're on your way home, and done with this leg of the journey.

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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MRSGOFARR 10/12/2009 11:37AM

    Wow, its over. You are moving on. And now that this treatment has passed, you can celebrate with friends and family over the upcoming holidays. Keep staying positive and keep moving forward. You did great during this time in terms of your attitude and your outlook. I am deeping impressed and inspired!

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LESLIECOY 10/11/2009 12:16PM

    Be well - Heal Fast! and Happy Thanksgiving my dear SparkFriend! emoticon

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MAUITN 10/11/2009 12:07PM


I am so glad that you are finished with the treatments and headed home. This should be a blessed Thanksgiving for you and your family.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/11/2009 11:52AM

    I'm thankful that you have done so well. emoticon

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PITAKELLY13 10/11/2009 11:33AM

    I'm glad your treatment is over and I'm sure you are looking forward to being able to take a long hot bath and having a little more room, even if you're a little sad to be leaving the camper 'nest'

I hope your health continues to get better and will keep you in my prayers. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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AVONLADY3883 10/11/2009 10:38AM

    So glad that is over! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Enjoy that precious family time!! God Bless you!! emoticon

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BUGLET- 10/11/2009 10:27AM

    You made it through with flying colors, now feed your body with the healthy food that will keep the big "C" away. Keep those positive thoughts growing and crowding out the what ifs.. I am praying also for you. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and may God bless you all..Hugs, Bug emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDA! 10/11/2009 8:12AM

    Enjoy your Thanksgiving!! Still praying for you, Lynn!! emoticon emoticon

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PJCHILIS 10/11/2009 7:58AM

    You did us, so proud! Now rest, get great and my thoughts are with you.--PJ

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CHRYS13 10/11/2009 7:22AM

    Continuing in prayer for you; and wishing you a blessed' Thanksgiving! emoticon

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NANCYCA555 10/11/2009 3:01AM

    All the way from Southern California, U.S.A., I'm sending you lots of good, healing energy. Be well.

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HOCKEY47 10/11/2009 2:06AM

    Lynn, glad that it is over!!

Have lot of rest okay!!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!


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Time Flies

Thursday, October 01, 2009

It`s been so nice to be in the middle of a park and watch the seasons change from summer to autumn. We have the campground almost all to ourselves. There is a thick carpet of yellow leaves and squirrels are busy caching their food. We had frost last night - the petunias survived but the geraniums are done. I am enjoying the trailer lifestyle. Another week and then we will park the trailer for the winter and head home.

My last treatment will be Friday Oct. 9th - YAY!! The treatments are much easier than I expected. I still have a good level of energy and happily head off to treatments in the morning. Now I am now 76% likely to not get a recurrence of this cancer, whizzing my way to 97%

Bye for now, heading back to the campsite

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FLY0NTHEWAL1 10/6/2009 1:55PM

    I'm so happy for you that treatments are almost over. I'm sure your positive attitude is playing a part in your recovery as well. You're in my thoughts! xoxo =)

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LESLIECOY 10/6/2009 1:20PM

    All ready to celebrate with you on the 9th my Dear SparkFriend!
Travel and stay safe and Heal Fast and be well !
Your SparkFriend,

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RO2LOOSE 10/5/2009 6:13PM

    Hi Lynn,
Glad to hear you are holding up well and you are almost done!! I'm sure you'll be glad to get back home, and back to "normal" ;o) take care!

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TERRIJ7 10/5/2009 12:22AM

    I'm glad you're having a good time. Praying for good health for you~

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HOCKEY47 10/4/2009 4:23PM

    That is excellent to hear Lynn

special thoughts and prayers your way!!! emoticon

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MRSGOFARR 10/3/2009 12:09PM

    Wow - a huge congrats to you as your work your way to earning that badge. The percentages are outstanding!

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PJCHILIS 10/2/2009 2:57PM

    You've been an inspiration to all of us. Isn't funny what great strength we have, when we need it. So, glad it's going well.--PJ

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/2/2009 12:42PM

    Wow. You are almost done!! And you've been a real trooper. So proud of you!!!

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PITAKELLY13 10/2/2009 11:04AM

    I am so thrilled to hear that your treatments are going well and that you're feeling good!

And I'm a little envious of the month of 'camping' during the beautiful fall season. What a wonderous way to be reminded daily of the importance of slowing down and taking it all in! I hopw someday in the future you will get the opportunity to enjoy that experience again without the trouble of treatments interrupting the day...

emoticon Prayers still going up for a full and fast recovery!

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_RAMONA 10/2/2009 10:06AM

    {{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}}

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AVONLADY3883 10/2/2009 5:16AM

    One week to go! emoticon emoticon

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JANLEEW 10/2/2009 1:46AM

    Hooray the end is in sight! You are right your odds go up. My oncologist explained it in the form of poker. Radiation or Chemo whichever improves your poker hand!

Glad you will be home soon.


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LINDA! 10/2/2009 12:05AM

    That is wonderful that your last treatment is on the ninth!! WOOHOO!!

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BUGLET- 10/1/2009 11:27PM

    Great job with the whizzing! I'm happy you're doing good.. emoticon emoticon

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5K Training on Autumn Trails

Sunday, September 27, 2009

I am doing the 5K training again. I go out at 8 AM while the trail is still shaded and my energy level is high. Our YMCA membership is renewed for another year and I will go back to the gym when I am back home. My diet is not so good, but maybe a little guilt is good and that is why I am running ; )

We are leaving the hotel and going to Edmonton and our campsite (no WiFi). Thanks for you comments on my blog. I really appreciate hearing from you and wish I had more computer time to visit your page. Have a great week!

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NIKEIT2011 9/30/2009 9:18PM

    I hope you are enjoying the "unplugged" time!!!!!!!

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LINDA! 9/28/2009 1:05PM

    We are thinking of you!! Enjoy your walk!

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LESLIECOY 9/28/2009 12:19PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonEnjoy the crisp air of fall on your face! emoticonWalk On!

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    Wow!! Look at you!! You set the bar so high. I need to do better. LOL.

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CHRYS13 9/27/2009 6:38PM

    You are amazing! Best wishes with your training!

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PJCHILIS 9/27/2009 2:41PM

    I think you're wonderful. I read what you and others are doing with 5K's and I'm breathing with exhaustion.

Keep it up, you're great.--PJ

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GOODBYEXL 9/27/2009 1:55PM

    You have the most amazing attitude and spirit. You are truly and inspiration. When things get tough for me, I am going to think of you.

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BUGLET- 9/27/2009 12:31PM

    You're doing great, keep it up and before you know it, you'll be back home. It sounds like you're enjoying it though...well wishes from me... emoticon

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CAROLJ94941 9/27/2009 12:27PM

    Good luck on your 5k training!

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Wonderful Autumn Days!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

I haven't blogged for awhile - no computer connection. The hot spot at the campsite is gone and I don't know if they will fix it. We are away for the weekend in High River to attend a 50th wedding anniversary. What fun! Their tip for success, 50 years and never had a fight. I think from all the pictures, they are always smiling and happy to be together.

I am doing well, no adverse effects yet. My appointments are at various times each day. I think that was done to accomodate me, so I could start and finish my radiation treatments sooner, and be back home before it gets too cold. Thursday I had a physio therapy, so I keep all the mobility in my shoulder.

After the first radiation treatment, I decided to make peace with my feelings about having the treatments. It is now my relaxation time and I look forward to going and seeing the wonderful people who are so helpful and kind. The other day I was listening to an audio book while I was wearing my hospital gown and sitting in the waiting room waiting to be called in. I am almost fell asleep. During the treatments I listen to piano music on my iPod and yesterday during the treatment I almost fell asleep. I will consider it a real success when I start snoring while I am getting a treatment!

When I started treatment I had a 40% chance this BC won't recur and I am 8/16 through the treatments and a 68% chance it won't recur. By the time I finish the treatments I will be at 97%!

We are really enjoying our camping lifestyle. With Alan being just a short drive from the office, we are sleeping later, drinking coffee, reading the paper and eating together in the morning. At home he gets up alone as he is on auto pilot - gets ready for work, catches the bus to the mine, then naps on his way to work. This is so nice to share time together in the morning.

Thursday I made dinner in the slow cooker outside (chicken mushroom soup casserole). When Alan got home we sat outside and played cards, had dinner and walked. We are sleeping very well every night too. It was a heat record for Edmonton, 33C which is 92.3F! I brought a couple of my favorite potted plants along and the look gorgeous, in fact I fertilized them yesterday as they are still getting more blooms.

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CHRYS13 9/27/2009 6:42PM

    What an attitude! emoticon
So glad to read of the 97% !!! another emoticon
Glad that you're sleeping/resting well and can't wait to read the blog that you'll write telling us that you did fall asleep during treatment!

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DEBBIER9 9/27/2009 11:39AM

    Love your out look and hoping the 97 goes to 100%
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SPEECHIED 9/27/2009 10:31AM

    The campsite lifestyle sounds wonderful! Your positive outlook will raise your percentage to the highest possible success! You can do it! emoticon

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AVONLADY3883 9/27/2009 4:53AM

    97% sounds like a wonderful number!! emoticon emoticon
God Bless you! Annette

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LINDA! 9/26/2009 8:40PM

    Wow 97% is wonderful. Keep doing what you are doing. You are such a positive role model.

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PJCHILIS 9/26/2009 8:37PM

    You say 97%, but we're all cheering for 110%. Check your library for internet service. Glad everything is going well.--PJ

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    It was so wonderful to hear from you!!! And to see how well you are doing though I am not surprised really. You always seem to make the best of everything. Sending lots of hugs to you for a complete and speedy recovery.

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MAUITN 9/26/2009 7:39PM

    You are sailing through this like a breeze like the strong and happy woman you are. Enjoy your party and weekend.



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BUGLET- 9/26/2009 7:33PM

    I'm glad you are doing so good. I was wondering how you were! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NANCYCA555 9/26/2009 7:16PM

    Bless you for your positive outlook and here's praying for that 97%.

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