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Cancer does not have to be in your family for you to have it!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I have had three bouts with cancer!The first was cervical,then skinx2!Yesterday,sadly I lost a dear friend that had NO cancer in her family.She was 45.She went to the Doctor too late and it had spread through her body.If I reach one person today that listens to old wise tales about cancer,You CAN get cancer with No family history.We wont catch it all before its too late but,I'm damned sure going to try on my behalf.My Grammy died of cancer that originated in her cervix.None of her family had cancer!!Marciella my friend,left behind a husband,3 kids,3 pets,relatives and friends that adored her.I got the privelege of being there when she left us.I'm sad,but happy I got to know her and will remember her loving kindness that made us friends!I care so much about each of you,and hope you will not be too fearful of the unknown like alot of people are!...... emoticonSUSAN

  
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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/19/2011 4:32PM

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MOBYCARP 9/13/2011 8:29PM

    This is a poignant reminder to me. A few weeks ago, my oldest sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. The way she tells it, she found a lump, spent a month in denial, and then got it checked out. Good prognosis, everything is going well so far.

What I remember is that practically her first action after getting the diagnosis was to send out an email. The strongest concern in that first email was that all her female relatives should know that they no longer can say there's no cancer in the family.

I"m grateful she didn't dismiss it, got it diagnosed early, and that it she should be with us for quite a few more years.

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 9/13/2011 6:07PM

    Susan: I'm so sorry for your loss and the loss your friends family is feeling. Thank you for reminding us how precious our bodies are. Pat

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ARLENE_MOVES 9/13/2011 5:33PM

    What a good person you are... and thank you for reminding us all that we need to check out any concern. My son, two years ago, had a bump on his right hand, middle finger. It ended up being a very rare type of cancer and the only way to stop it was removal of the finger. He's doing well now, except for the ghost finger feeling. There is cancer in my family so we check everything!

Thanks so much for being who you are!!!

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BARBAELLEN 9/13/2011 2:51PM

    Susan, you are a great friend! So sorry for your loss.

You've generated a couple of important reminders through this blog. First, too many people miss the opportunity to SURVIVE because they let the disease go on too long before they get treated. Also, let me add to your reminder that cancer doesn't have to be in your family in order to have it. Not only does it NOT have to be in your family, MOST people who are diagnosed have no family history. In the case of breast cancer, family history is a risk factor, but 90% of those diagnosed have no family history. You're so right that there needs to be encouragement across the board, not just for those who have a family history as an incentive for getting screened.

Thanks for the reminder.
xxoo

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SHASSYSUE2 9/13/2011 1:57PM

    A wonderful reminder for all of us!!! What a fabulous way to honor your friend!!! Bless You!!!!

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PSEUDONURSE 9/13/2011 12:11PM

  This is so true! At the "ripe old age" of 34, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. There was no other family history of it. I had a mastectomy and reconstruction, followed by chemotherapy, and I am happy to say that it has been 16.5 years. Unfortunately, 3 years ago, my brother (!) was also diagnosed with breast cancer. We went from no history to a really bad history. He was extremely lucky that when he found the lump in his breast he did not dismiss it like most men do. He realized there may be a connection and went to the doctor immediately. Unfortunately, most men who find lumps in their breast don't make that connection and by the time they go to the doctor, it is too late. We do need to get this message out there. Thank you for trying to educate as many as possible.

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MR54BLD54 9/13/2011 11:46AM

    Remember your friend with smiles and laughter. Thank-you for your most moving message.

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I had 2 bad days but,Im back!

Monday, September 12, 2011

When it rains,it pours in my life!First,Kayla forgot to turn off the water in the sink and flooded the kitchen.Next,our neighbors lawn caught fire and came very close to our home.Next,we lost power due to wildfires and our freezer thawed some and we had to throw out food!!Next,the car broke down(a minor thing)Next,my husband wanted me to bake 10 dozen cupcakes!Guess what?The oven baking element broke in half and not one place has the part in stock!!I tried to get on sparkpeople and the computer would'nt do anything(again a minor thing)the internet box was turned off accidentally.Today we are back in the hundreds but as soon as the sun goes down...Voila!it's like a Spring day!We ended up cooking on the grill and in the microwave for 2 days!I just got back from bathing the dog,drying her off and grooming her and she made a beeline for the dirt and rolled in it!!...... emoticonSUSAN

  
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SNOWANGELDIVA 9/13/2011 12:05PM

    Sue, I'm glad you can smile through the storm still. Well done, you are a trooper!
Did you get the cupcakes done? I'm not even going to ask about the dirt-magnet dog ... emoticon

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SUECHRIS50 9/13/2011 11:42AM

    FIFI..the cupcakes are for a bake sale and the proceeds go to the children's cancer ward!!WOOHOO!And I got my oven repaired too!!

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RATFINKROB 9/13/2011 10:08AM

    Isn't that the way it always goes. We had a run where the hot water heater, air conditioner, and then the refrigerator went out. Not a fun summer.

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MAMAG476 9/13/2011 12:17AM

    wow! I wish I was there to help. Sounds like you had one hell of a busy day. Tomorrow will be better. I really dont think you could top that kind of day at least I hope not. I send prayers and my love. Hang in there you can do it. emoticon

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SHASSYSUE2 9/12/2011 9:56PM

    I am sending a prayer up for you and your family!!! Satan Get Behind Thee!!!! Hang in there Girlfriend!!!! HUGS!! Shannon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 9/12/2011 7:27PM

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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/12/2011 3:47PM

    Wow you got to clean your kitchen floor and your lawn didn't catch fire! Sunds like a good day to me! Seriously though, good job on bouncing back from these setbacks. What's with baking 10 dozen cupcakes? That sounds like a major mission to me!
Here's something to help with the wildfires.
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RAINBOWCHOC 9/12/2011 2:03PM

    the joys of real life and not commercials!

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KDWM5156 9/12/2011 1:20PM

    Whoa - I thought I was the only one who had runs of luck like that!! Sounds like you made it through OK. Congrats! emoticon

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Riding in the car with boys!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

So my 17 year old tells me one day she was going to go to the mall after school and grab a bite with her"friends".I'm assuming that they are girls and boys.When she came home it was with 3 boys!!In your opinion is that a safe thing?She claims they have been her friends for 6 years.I trust her alot but,If they wanted to take her by surprise it would be easy!She thinks Im not trusting because they are boys.They are not your regular size boys either!!Am I being unreasonable or cautious??I'd rather her be safe than be sorry emoticonSUSAN

  
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BARBAELLEN 9/11/2011 9:08PM

    I agree that you're getting some sound advice here. Your daughter is only 17, and you need to know what she's doing, where she goes, and who she's spending her time with. I have to wonder how it is that she's been friends with these boys since she was eleven years old and yet it seems you haven't been aware of them until now? I know you want to trust your daughter, but you are responsible for watching out for her while she's still a child. I think you need to get to know the friends (boys or girls) she's out with. In this case, I think you have reason for concern.

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GLASSART43 9/11/2011 2:00AM

    There is some great advice here. Really getting to know her friends as individuals is important. I'd also be concerned about who's doing the drivng.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 9/10/2011 11:54PM

    It doesn't matter the size of the boys, creeps come in all sizes.

Sue, I was 17 and raped by my 'friend' of 8 years. There was only one of him.
Childlike faith that boys see friendship as wholesome and playful as girls do is a recipe for disaster. The only reason a girl allows herself to be alone with 3 young men is because she craves the attention and affirmation. It is only a matter of time before boundaries are crossed. Either she'll be experimenting with her sexual prowess and have things under her control, or she won't be so fortunate. Either way, she has to to face reality that 1:3 is too much sexual tension and she needs to care enough about herself to take safety precautions.
My mother tried to warn me...I ignored her. She ended up taking me to counseling for a year.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 9/10/2011 11:38PM

    I'm old school, I would not have been happy emoticon Plus these days you just really never know. You hear some crazy stories.

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MARVEEME 9/10/2011 10:58PM

    She's 17, but she's known them since she was 11, therefore, you must already know them too. If you don't already know them, then there is a bit of a problem. You need to get to know them, and fast. If this is the case, keep your eyes and ears open, and choose the right moment to discuss your worst fears with your daughter, respectfully and with love and support.

I always got along better with the guys than the girls at that age, so it was not uncommon for me to be the only girl in the group. I, in turn, was treated like one of the guys and looked at my male friends like brothers, nothing else. We girls know how to shut a guy down if we're not interested in "that" type of relationship, and the guys get it. This really could be just a group of friends, but if you don't know them yourself, start to create a place at the house for all of them to hang for awhile. Go as far as to invite them to a special gathering, maybe for a political discussion. You may discover they're as upstanding as your own, and that she has good taste in friends.

Blessings

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SHASSYSUE2 9/10/2011 9:43PM

    As a Mom I can understand your concern!!! Even though they have been friends of hers, do you know any of them??? I mean really KNOW them, not just in passing?? I can honestly say I had more friends at that age, that were boys, but my Mother would have questioned going with a group of them, without any other girls going as well.... I am an extreme worry wart, however, if my son wanted to go out with a group of girls, I would let him, but not in a car with them!!!! I am probably no help..... Sorry.... Shannon

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Im a cleaning fool

Thursday, September 08, 2011

I am not ocb but,I get in a cleaning frenzy and if the dog gets too close,I'll wash her too..LOL!Every once in a while all the dirt from ones shoes,the dog coming in and out and grandkids eating all over...calls for a good once or twice over!With my bucket and gloves on,my headphones,safety glasses and sponge I look like a sci-fi creature! emoticonHeavy cleaning burns calories and is good for my home.Besides it will be two days and I'll have to do it all over again! emoticonSUSAN

  
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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/11/2011 1:18AM

    I love to clean, especially since I discovered microfibres! I've been unwell and now am relishing the chance to get into the housework. If only I wasn't so messy... but it's a CLEAN mess!
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MARVEEME 9/9/2011 10:51AM

    Nothin' better than glowing diggs!

You GO girl!

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SUNNYONE41 9/8/2011 9:51PM

    Wow! Can any of you ladies come over? Sometime REAL Soon!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 9/8/2011 7:48PM

    I think it is the cooler temps Sue. emoticon I even went so far as to clean the globes on the ceiling fans. I like to clean but it was more like a major spring cleaning the other day. Feels great to get things neat doesn't it?

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SHASSYSUE2 9/8/2011 4:35PM

    I would love to see a pic of the "Cleaning Woman"!!! LOL!!!

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ARLENE_MOVES 9/8/2011 4:25PM

    Cleaning, what's that!!!!!

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SLFRISBEY 9/8/2011 4:17PM

    I wish I likd to clean... I am the world's WORST housekeeper! I need to hire someone fast. I guess it doesn't help that I travel too much for work and have 2 dogs to tear things up. At least hubs does the laundry, he tells me I don't do it right! :)

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DIANAOR1 9/8/2011 3:19PM

    I know exactly what you mean. Cleaning is so therapeutic for me I always feel better afterwards. emoticon

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Cleaning out some cobwebs

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Exercise clears my head and at the same time makes me think!Sometimes my thoughts are,Wouldnt it be cool if they could develop pills that were safe and affordable enough to help us reduce our weight?And would we think.Hmm if im losing weight on 3 per day...6 will be better??Then I feel guilty and think a cure for cancer is WAY more important than my weight!!My Aunt in Tennessee is battling breast cancer,my cousin is battling diabetes,my friend has a brain tumor and Im here wanting to lose weight so I can be healthy.Am I selfish?I dont think so because diet and exercise can prevent diseases.I have worn out shorts,tanks,sport bra's,athletic shoes and two exercise balls!My treadmill and elliptical dont have any dust on them.I am grateful I am determined to be strong in all this because it is NOT easy..... emoticonEmotions can be and are prevalent... emoticonSUSAN

  
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IILAAD65 9/7/2011 8:17PM

    Not selfish when it comes to your own health.

Scientists and chemists are constantly working on cures for all kinds of things...

So you are thankful you are able to exercise... and I agree with ShassySue, that's a blessing.

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SHASSYSUE2 9/7/2011 5:37PM

    You are so right!!! Exercise is a Blessing!!! HUGS!! Shannon

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