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  • Time to enjoy the holidays

    12/21/2014 9:45:21 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am glad the preparation of the holidays is almost done. I will now have time to enjoy friends, my cat, and my husband. I finished wrapping gi... Read more

  • Reality and Christmas

    12/16/2014 10:13:11 AM, by SBECKER526

    Cancer did change my outlook on life and helped me set priorities. I can't do everything I used to do, but I appreciate everything I can do. ... Read more

  • Learning more

    12/15/2014 1:29:58 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am finishing up projects and trainings for the retired school employees. I began reading minutes and key documents for board members of Breast... Read more

  • Sleep is wonderful

    12/14/2014 9:24:56 AM, by SBECKER526

    With the new cycler in place, we had no alarms go off during the night. I actually got to sleep for a longer period of time. I feel so much bet... Read more

  • New normal?

    12/13/2014 11:26:06 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am so relieved and happy. My husband's dialysis cycler machine had a system error on Thursday evening. I called tech support who got me throu... Read more

  • More changes

    12/11/2014 9:01:20 AM, by SBECKER526

    I am willing to make changes if it benefits me and others. I am working with my husband to help him adjust to some new problems. We recei... Read more

  • Keeping positive

    12/6/2014 9:59:37 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am getting more balance in my life. We had some problems with my husband's dialysis setup. For several days I had poor sleep. I rescheduled ... Read more

  • On Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County Board

    12/3/2014 9:09:10 PM, by SBECKER526

    In November I was asked to serve on the Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County Board. I weighed my activities and discerned my passion. ... Read more

  • Storage Area

    11/29/2014 7:31:00 PM, by SBECKER526

    My friend and I worked on the attic storage portion last Saturday and today. We went through every carton and took almost everything to the loca... Read more

  • No Shopping...Volunteering

    11/28/2014 11:29:18 PM, by SBECKER526

    Ten members of the Berks County Association of School Retirees were teammates as we worked to make the holiday a little brighter for PA soldiers.... Read more

  • Thankful

    11/27/2014 7:27:42 PM, by SBECKER526

    I have much gratitude in my life. My cancer and the scar tissue are almost gone. 2 more treatments ahead. I have strong friends in my daily li... Read more

  • New things ahead

    11/26/2014 10:39:38 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am enjoying each day and making the most of it. I worked with colleagues to encourage quality people to assume leadership roles in the Berks C... Read more

  • FAVE gut interviews today only

    11/20/2014 11:15:38 AM, by DOTSLADY

    They're free today, so watch if you can. Or buy them (so nice they're free for a bit). I'm out the door for an 8 hour drive to see old doctor or ... Read more

  • Exhaustion sneaks up on me

    11/17/2014 9:40:00 AM, by SBECKER526

    I try to keep a balance in my life. I aim for 8 hours sleep a night. With caregiving and nightly dialysis, I get 5.5 hours at best overnight. ... Read more

  • Going back in time

    11/15/2014 10:26:08 PM, by SBECKER526

    My friend and I drove to visit her daughter's church bazaar. It is neat to see Pastor Linda with her congregation. She has a good group of peop... Read more

  • Excellent care team

    11/11/2014 10:13:47 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am blessed with an excellent care team - palliative, compassionate and supportive. In the past year, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in an ... Read more

  • Quiet days together

    11/10/2014 11:06:59 PM, by SBECKER526

    My friends from church ask how my husband is doing frequently. We are not dwelling on all the things wrong, but want to focus on making the most... Read more

  • Organizing the attic commences

    11/9/2014 9:13:50 PM, by SBECKER526

    I have a plan to work on my attic storage area. I realize I cannot trim a Christmas tree that is 7 feet high and lug it from the attic to the li... Read more

  • Snaggles and Sandy in the Video

    11/7/2014 2:46:41 PM, by SBECKER526

    The Berks County Animal Rescue League's video about adoptions and family life featured my cat, Snaggles, and me. The link to the video is listed... Read more

  • Greater Patience!

    11/6/2014 4:46:08 PM, by SBECKER526

    I definitely have greater patience. I realize that one benefit of having cancer is having more patience and endurance. Things will always invol... Read more

  • At the ARL Gala

    11/5/2014 11:33:37 PM, by SBECKER526

    I attended the Gala for the Berks County Animal Rescue League. I am in the cen... Read more

  • Stewart (belated Halloween Humor)

    11/2/2014 4:20:27 PM, by DOTSLADY

    I love me some gluten humor. ... Read more

  • Lymphedema - not arm

    10/31/2014 10:13:04 PM, by SBECKER526

    I have lymphedema in my radiated breast. My radiation oncologist recommended that I have treatments to handle the spider webs of scar tissue and... Read more

  • Golfing in PA on Oct 28

    10/28/2014 11:29:19 PM, by SBECKER526

    This is alledgedly Fall. Yes, the leaves are colorful and falling. Yet, I played golf today. It was 81 degrees in my car on the way home. I l... Read more

  • Friend's ordination

    10/26/2014 6:16:49 PM, by SBECKER526

    Today was a wonderful day. My friend, Linda, was ordained. She was called to a church in Barto, PA. She is really called and prepared diligent... Read more

  • Fun Experience with Snaggles

    10/23/2014 9:51:30 PM, by SBECKER526

    My cat, Snaggles, is a truly satisfied cat. We got him 15 months ago from the Animal Rescue League of Berks County. His foster caregiver was th... Read more

  • Tired, but happy

    10/18/2014 6:45:04 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am so glad that the home repairs are almost done. The house looks great. I still have much to put away, but it is a great time to purge many ... Read more

  • Kitchen - done

    10/17/2014 11:02:18 PM, by SBECKER526

    My kitchen has a modern look to it. My restorer-painter is absolutely awesome in his work. He notes things and replaces them so no damage is do... Read more

  • Major Decision Made

    10/13/2014 10:26:57 PM, by SBECKER526

    Bob got the doctor's verdict on his tests. He has both thyroid and lung cancer. This week he has an MRI on his pancreas. We will know about pa... Read more

  • Small pleasures

    10/9/2014 9:58:26 PM, by SBECKER526

    Snaggles, our cat, loves time with me. He delights in play and loves a plain ribbon. He runs and chases. He seems happy. He breaks up a tough... Read more

  • Really content

    10/4/2014 8:27:54 PM, by SBECKER526

    Many friends wonder how I can be so content and positive with all the problems and life experiences. I do some soul searching and feel that I ha... Read more

  • Time - Where did it go?

    10/3/2014 6:27:15 PM, by SBECKER526

    Just when I thought I was getting my life together and getting more time, we ran into problems. Our church was robbed 6 times by a career thief.... Read more

  • Long term care - how to begin

    9/28/2014 10:54:01 PM, by SBECKER526

    Both Bob and I have long term care policies. We have reached the stage to activate our account. I will ask my doctor for a letter that states m... Read more

  • Excellent improvements

    9/24/2014 9:40:40 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am so pleased with the painter/restoration person that is working on our home. He offered sound advice with respect to my purchases. He has a... Read more

  • Enjoying a few moments

    9/21/2014 5:04:55 PM, by SBECKER526

    Today I went for a walk in the neighborhood. We had a bad hail storm in the spring. Our area was spared damage. However a few miles from us ha... Read more

  • Balancing caregiving, chores and my health

    9/20/2014 8:52:23 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am no longer attending classes at 8 or 9 am at the gym. It is impossible for me to finish Bob's dialysis, get him ready for the day, feed the ... Read more

  • Working on less stress!

    9/17/2014 8:18:25 PM, by SBECKER526

    I decided to stick with doing less and enjoying what I do moreso. I have an executive meeting at 9 am tomorrow. I have a hair appt at 1 pm and ... Read more

  • What a day!

    9/13/2014 10:15:46 PM, by SBECKER526

    My day began at 4 am. I finished my husband's dialysis at 4:33 am. Time to eat breakfast and get dressed. I needed to be at the golf course fo... Read more

  • grateful again!

    9/11/2014 12:28:23 AM, by SBECKER526

    I am recovering from back spasms. I h as d difficulty caring for Bob. I am grateful to be able to care for him again.... Read more

  • Special Meeting

    9/7/2014 8:27:03 PM, by SBECKER526

    I felt energized by the Berks County Association of School Retirees Meeting yesterday. We passed our bylaws and explained how they impact our su... Read more

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