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8/1/15 2:53 P

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Shari, that's too funny that you didn't even notice your eyelashes were gone! I have blonde eyebrows and eyelashes too, and often I don't wear mascara, and I also wear glasses. So perhaps it won't be too shocking a change for me? I wear very little make-up, but bought a whack-load of it when I got diagnosed, so that if the time comes that I start looking like a zombie I can bring out the paint. Thanks so much for your insights. You're most helpful. emoticon

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Yesterday I went for a swim in the sea for the second time since arriving here. I went in the water without a scarf or wig, of course, but I felt comfortable enough and not too embarrassed, since I had already done it on Monday. I had a beautiful walk in the woods this morning through a large hill here in Malaga called Gibralfaro. It was exhilarating and I met lots of lovely doggies and their owners. Today is 8 weeks since I quit smoking and I could really feel the massive energy boost on walking the hill. It's really hot here, so the last couple of weeks I've been going out in the morning. It's a whole new world here in the morning, so it feels like I'm rediscovering the city. It's slower and softer, and people are extra-extra friendly.

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8/1/15 11:17 A

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Becky, I hope the chiropractor can help; I don't like doing PT either. I did have to go through PT a couple of times in the past; it was not doing the actual "work" of it that was that bad, I just got tired of having to go so often. Fortunately, at the time I was at least still able to drive myself. I've been to a chiropractor before for pinched nerves, and they are great for those! I've had pinched nerves in my neck a few times, and each time, I've gotten almost instant relief from the chiropractor; I don't think I would have felt better that fast if I had had PT instead.


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Shari-I haven't been sleeping well either, but mine is due to a pain in my leg. Last night was the worse. I had over 23,000 steps yesterday so I'm assuming that's why I hurt, but what's causing it I don't know. I ended up taking one of my sons pain pills he got when he had his wisdom teeth removed and putting a heating pad on my leg. The pain finally got better. I have an appt. Monday with a chiropractor. If he can't help, then I will go to a Dr. I'm holding off with seeing a dr. Because all they'll probably do is send me to PT which I know isn't going to help.

Today my son is in a softball tournament so we'll be going to watch that after we go to the farmers market. It's going to be a day where my DH and I just go and do whatever.

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emoticon Cristina; I remember I lost my eyebrows and eyelashes too. Most people actually didn't notice my eyebrows were gone until I said something; I guess it's because they were naturally light blonde, and the fact that I wear glasses kind of "camoflaged" them. I remember too, after being bald for a while, going to a Look Good Feel Better class for cancer patients; I came home with a box of free makeup and skin care product, I had never noticed my eyelashes were gone until I was experimenting with the makeup and went to put some mascara on, and that was when I noticed I had no lashes to put it on! At that point, all I could do was laugh at myself.

I'm trying to catch up on my Spark teams after missing a couple of days; up until last night, I had not been sleeping well at night, so I've been too tired to get online for more than a few minutes at a time.


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7/31/15 6:46 A

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We've been having beautiful weather. Although pretty warm, it's been pretty breezy which makes a big difference. A beautiful weekend ahead also. There are so many things I want to accomplish this weekend.

Have a great Friday!

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7/30/15 8:50 A

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Becky Anne, that's great that you have a garden to keep you happy and out of trouble. I just bought an hibiscus tree and an aloe vera plant for my apartment, which have brought life to my apartment. Good to hear you went for your run. emoticon

Kay, that's so cool that you go line dancing! ...Cucumbers are one of my favorite foods too. ...I'm so sorry you had the hair loss too and it was difficult for you. It's not as traumatic for everyone. Yes, it's easier to shower, but I would rather have the trouble of washing my hair. Yes, it's absolutely unbelievable how different I look without hair. I'm having a really hard time connecting to my body. I hope I don't lose my eyelashes and eyebrows too. I know you did. How did you cope?

Shari, I'm so sorry you had that trauma of hair loss. it was recommended to me too to go to a short haircut first, but I decided against it, because I wanted to go straight to the shave, or it would just prolong the agony. ...It's so good to hear that your counts are up. Fantastic news!

I had chemo #2 yesterday and I have very little side effects from it this time around. Just a teeny bit of nausea. My doc added prednisone to my Emend to counteract the nausea that was so bad with chemo #1. I don't like my oncologist at all and had another bad visit with her yesterday. I shaved my hair on the 16th of July with a hairdresser, and had it in a bag. Today I brought it to a hairdresser who will donate it to a cancer organization to make wigs. It was a huge letting go.

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Nana, sounds like so much fun with the family!

Shari, I'm glad your count is up so you don't have to wear a mask in public.

We went to line dancing today and one of the ladies there gave us two bags of cucumbers from her garden. I love cucumbers so they will get used quickly.

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7/29/15 12:48 P

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Hot and humid here in Ohio and 9 or 10 kids running in and out to keep the air moving. We have kids and grands and friends visiting and life is happily crazy.

I will be sad to see them leave and the end of summer arrive.

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7/29/15 7:06 A

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Shari-that's great news!

The humidity should be better today. I could feel it getting better last night. I will admit, the weather has been perfect for our garden this year. Things have really grown!

Kay-you are making me get anxious to get some painting done. I'm ready for some changes and a little freshening up around here! We have to hold off though until it gets a little cooler outside so we can open things up here.

The end of the month is fast approaching. Summer is going to be done before you know it. The days are already getting noticeably shorter. I'm not ready for it to end! emoticon

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Cristina; not all of the chemo I've been on has caused hair loss, but I did lose all my hair with the chemo I had for my first cancer diagnosis back in 2003; after all this time, that day when my hair started coming out in clumps is one of my most vivid memories from that time. I had my hair cut short and I knew it would happen, but it's not something you can fully prepare for; I cried for 2 whole days when mine started to come out. I also remember before it fell out, a few days before my scalp felt kind of "tingly", like my hair literally hurt.

That was during the summer, and since I lost my hair everywhere, I do have to say it was nice not to have to worry about shaving my legs that summer.

My WBC came up enough that I can go without the mask now emoticon

Hot here again today; it's a little hard to breath if I am outside too long, I've never really noticed that before in this kind of weather, so I wonder if the mets in my lungs are starting to affect my breathing.

Had lunch out today with a cousin from Massachusetts; she is here on her yearly visit to see all of her Michigan relatives.


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Shari, how did your blood counts come out. I hope you don't need the mask in public anymore.

Christina, I cried too when I saw the first signs of my hair falling out. Your head will feel a lot better once it has fallen out. Isn't it wierd how it hurts while it is happening? Most people that haven't gone through chemo have no idea about that! It's amazing how different we look without hair. The good news is that showers are much faster!

We don't have much planned today. Line dancing class this morning. Yesterday, hubby put up a new light fixture in our basement and a new curtain rod in the bathroom. Also, the belt on our dryer broke yesterday and he was able replace the belt with a new one. He watched a You Tube video to see exactly how to make the repair.

I am so lucky to be married to a handy man! It has saved us a lot of money and a lot of headaches over the years.

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Cristina- emoticon It's great you have someone you can share these things with. I haven't had chemo so I only know what everyone else talks about on here. You've got alot of support on this team when it comes to that.

Shari- Fingers are crossed that the numbers are up!

It is very humid this morning. It's finally starting to rain. We're suppose to have heavy rain and some storms today. Hopefully it will take the humidity with it when it goes away. I was smart this morning and dragged my butt outside for my run/walk before it started. No excuses this week! emoticon

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Kay, that is soooo cool that you can see the intimate details of Mrs. Duck and the eggs. That would be ab fab if you could get a shot through the telescope. ...Nothing better than a useful man around the house, eh? LOL!

Becky Anne, I really struggle with eating on the weekends too, especially for social occasions, when you can't tell ahead of time what's on the menu. When being really good, I look up the menu online for a restaurant before going and select my meal. Other than that, it's hit and miss for social occasions.

Shari, I have my fingers crossed that your blood counts are sky high.

I had a fantastic weekend hanging out with my family on both Saturday and Sunday in Rincon de la Victoria, which is just half an hour away from where I live, in Malaga. So I was flying high with that, when just before going to bed last night, I noticed my one-week stubble on my shaved head was starting to fall out. I cried and immediately called my best friend in Canada. He was super sweet. He knew I was hoping that I wouldn't lose my hair. I went swimming in the sea this morning for the first time since getting here last September. It was so cleansing and soothing. I'm feeling better now, but it hurts when I touch my hair, like every hair is like a needle in my scalp. But I'm not alone. Many people around the world are losing their hair to chemo right now. We are brothers and sisters in the cancer battle. None of us are alone. It's not a case of misery likes company in my mind, but a fellowship in this battle. Thank you for being there.





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7/27/15 3:47 P

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Hot here today too, 87 at the moment, but we don't have a chance for storms until tomorrow night, then it's only a slight chance.

I didn't get online very long yesterday, ended up taking a long nap in the afternoon, longer than I intended too. I really need to get into the habit of setting an alarm for my naps. Either I don't sleep at all when I try, or I sleep too long.

Went for my usual lab work this morning, plus the extra stuff my MO orders once per month. Still waiting for the report to show up online. I'm not worried about it, just hopeful that white counts are up high enough so I don't have to keep wearing the surgical mask when I go out.


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7/27/15 6:40 A

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Monday! emoticon I remember last year, Monday really wasn't an issue unless I had to work that day. I didn't sleep that well last night so I'm tired this morning.

A very quiet and boring weekend we had. Not the kind of weekend I would prefer to have especially since we're approaching the end of July. I'm going to have to make plans to do something fun this weekend. Something that doesn't involve eating so much.

Have a great Monday! Hot today, storms tonight and tomorrow.


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I was just thinking how I wished it was Saturday. Yesterday went by so fast and I'm sure today will too. Boy, was I hungry yesterday. I made bad choices for sure, but I figure although I stayed in my calorie range last week, I didn't eat all that well. I always seemed hungry and it finally caught up to me. Today I feel back to normal.

It's going to be a day of hit and miss rain and storms. I should be out running, but it looked stormy when I went out for the paper so I'm just taking my time this morning. Besides, I slept in (for me anyway) this morning so I'm a little behind.

We're going out for dinner tonight. Not sure where, but I'm sure it's not going to be anything fancy. I just don't feel like cooking.


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Shari, I'm glad you had a "good day" yesterday.

I can't believe it's Sunday already....last week seemed to go by fast! Hubby spent most of yesterday scrubbing the tile floor in part of the basement. It looks so much better now. I really appreciate that he was willing to do that because I don't have the strength to tackle that big of a project and I don't like to be around cleaning fumes. He was using TSP and it worked great on the tile.

Mommy duckie isn't sitting on the nest all the time so I'm not sure if she is going to try to hatch the eggs. Yesterday, we set up my husband's old telescope so it's pointed at the nest. We can see it "up close and personal" without scaring mommy. I can even see her blink her eyes when she is on the nest. If I can figure out how to get my camera to work through the telescope, I'll take a picture of her.

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7/25/15 11:39 A

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Feeling pretty good today so far, went to bed early last night, slept pretty well, and was up before 7am. Got the laundry done already, so I might watch a movie this movie this afternoon.


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7/24/15 12:16 P

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Becky Anne, I love rainy days for puttering and cocooning. We haven't had rain here in weeks! It's like a sauna here - another good reason to stay inside.

Shari, that's wonderful that you'll get a volunteer to help you with the rides. I hope today is another good day for your pain.

Kay, I absolutely adore your Alien Shot. OMG! emoticon I hadn't noticed until you said you can only see a tiny pic that my SparkPage wasn't showing. It's up now. I have before, during and after shots of shaving my hair. It hasn't started falling out yet, but I'm shaved bald. ...I hope the duckies hatch. If and when they do, could you post a pic please? ...I forgot to answer your question about the bone scan results - I think I'll get them this Wednesday (29th). ...Good to hear your headache is better. Yay!

Yesterday was a great day visiting family. Today was another great day for no particular reason, probably just remnants of good feelings from yesterday.

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Becky, I'm glad it's Friday too...because we have line dancing class on Friday!

Shari, I'm glad you felt better yesterday. It sounds like the social work team is being helpful. I hope they can help you set up additional services for you too if you want them. Have they given you any ideas about what is available in your area? You are such a smart and practical lady, I would imagine that you have already given things like that a lot of thought.

My headache is almost completely gone now. It just feels like I'm wearing a yarmulke on the top of my head instead of a football helment. I've got to believe it was the zinc supplements that brought this all on. I plan on taking the Flonaise regularly for at least a couple more weeks, just in case it was allergy related.

Mommy ducky now has three eggs in the flowerpot "nest" we created for her. She isn't sitting on them all the time so we are not sure if she is going to try to hatch them. It's clear that she likes the pot though.

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I am so glad it's friday! It looks like rain this morning. It'll be a good excuse to do some stuff inside before I go to work.

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Thank you Kay! Yesterday was a bad day with my pain issues, but today I am feeling so much better. I'm glad to hear your headaches are starting to ease up.

I had a call from the cancer center, my oncologist appointment has been changed from August 5th to July 30th. He's ok with me stopping the Ibrance, I just think he wants to check on me and make sure I'm really ok with the decision. They also know my issues with finding transportation, and before they even called me, the social worker there already started making arrangements for a volunteer from the center to give me a ride.


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Shari, wishing you a "good" day today....

Christina, great picture of the geese. It does sound like you have a great care team and friends to support you. That is wonderful. How is you hair? Did you decide to shave it or are you letting it fall out? I can't tell from your profile pic because it is small...but it kind of looks like you have shaved it already. I cut mine short, and then the rest of it fell out. Here's the only picture I have of myself completely bald. It's a selfie...and the look on my face pretty much describes how I felt when I looked in the mirror! I called this my "alien look." I think what really makes us look strange is when we lose our eyebrows. Mine are completely gone in the photo. Thank goodness for eyebrow makeup!


My headache seems to be subsiding. I'm trying to stay hydrated, taking the Flonaise and staying away from chemical fumes and I've stopped the zinc supplement that I had started just a few weeks ago. If I had never had cancer, I wouldn't think anything at all about it. The best way to describe it is that it feels like I'm wearing a hat that I can't take off. It's mild, but persistant. I do think it's better over the past few days. It really could have been from all the painting and other construction activities we have been having going on for the past few weeks...or it could have been the zinc. Either way, I do think it is getting better.

Momma duck laid another egg in the "nest" we put out on our dock, but she didn't spend the night there last night. I'm guessing that she isn't going to try to hatch these eggs. We will see....

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Kay-how cute! They should come back next year to nest also. They tend to go back year after year. At least around here they do. I'm glad he bought feed for the ducks. They shouldn't have bread.

It's getting closer to the weekend and I'm glad. It's been a quiet week at work so far. Makes for a long day.

Have a great Thursday!

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Cristina, welcome to the team and to Spark!

Love the picture of the geese!

It sounds like you have a great care team.


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Becky Ann, thanks for your encouragement and congrats on your review! emoticon

Kay, I've used Flonase for sinus headaches before and it works like a charm. My chemo right now is cyclosphosphamide and doxorubacin. I love the story about your ducks. Here is a pic I took back in 2008 of a Canadian goose and her goslings that you may like. I think they're soooo cute and I love watching moms care so sweetly for their darlings.



It's hot as heck here in Malaga, Spain - typically around 104 F with the humidex. I'm suffering enough with treatment, so I splurged yesterday and bought two beautiful thin rayon dresses, and feel so pretty and cool in them. Last night I had a fantastic meditation with my meditation group, and we went out after and had some good laughs. They're a special bunch indeed! Today I saw my physiotherapist for the first time, and I really like her. The incision on my left breast is crinkled and hard, and she said this will get better with time, because it's just a fluid collection, but she said I can help it along with massaging with rosehip oil. I'm sooo relieved to find that out. I also saw my psychologist today, and we talked about body image and how I'm finding the treatment and testing so very invasive. Just talking about it was so helpful. She's a gem and I feel so fortunate to have her in my life. In my experience with other battles in life, the most important ingredient is the people in your life - which is why I joined SparkPeople. emoticon

Cristina xo

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Christina, I'm glad you found this thread and posted. It is a great place for daily support. Which chemo are you doing right now? I'm glad you have the first infusion under your belt. The first one is always scary because you don't know what to expect. Have you had your bone scan yet? Thinking of you.

Shari, I hope you continue to feel better as the chemo works it's way out of your system. It's nice to see you posting. I agree with you about the two week rule on aches and pains. It's helped me a lot in the past.

Becky, Whoo Hoo on the good review at work!

I still had a headache yesterday, but I don't think it was as strong as it has been. I also decided to start taking Flonaise every day just in case this is allergies. I have a prescription for it, but don't use it regularly. It could be that there is something in the air right now that I'm allergic too and don't realize it. I don't have a runny nose like I would normally have, but I figure the Flonaise won't hurt. I also think it helps that we are finished with all the painting that we had been doing. I don't paint due to my allergies, but I still got exposed to the fumes. I'm pretty hopeful I can get these headaches to go away and won't have to email my MO.

On a fun note, we had a mommy duck hatch eggs in our next door neighbor's flower pot on their dock on the lake last spring. The neighbors didn't like it because the wife likes to sit out close to the flower pot every afternoon with a glass of wine and a book. We don't use our dock like that so we put out a big flower pot on the end of our dock and put some straw in it for a nest. Sure enough, mommy duck started laying eggs in it yesterday!! My hubby and I love watching the mommy and daddy duck have their babies. Now, we will have a great view of it all! The ducks like my husband because he brought some special duck feed from the local co-op. The come up to our back door every morning and evening for food. I'm not sure who has trained who....

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Shari- emoticon for the numbers going back up! I hope they continue to go up!

Kay-Headaches stink. I hope you've figured it out. You are right about constantly wondering about every ache and pain. I do the same thing.

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Kay-you've got me thinking more and more about getting that painting done. Now to find the time.

My review went well yesterday. Glad it's over. Today I'm working the blood drive for a couple of hrs. before I start my reg. job. (it's part of our work plan to do these things) Weather is really nice here too!



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Becky Anne, I hope your review at work went well.

Kay, I know what you mean about being a hypochondriac - overly vigilant. I have had that problem with other illnesses. It's soooo hard not to worry, though. I hope you'll be better soon.

Shari, that's absolutely wonderful that your counts are coming up. I read some of your SparkPage, and really admire you for taking this decision. I agree, that it's about quality of life, not quantity. My hat goes off to you.

Today was my third day since joining, and it was the third of walking an hour, and the second day of staying within my calories and nutrition. It's been a great boost to my feeling healthier already. I have my next round of chemo in a week, so putting another week of healthy living under my belt will be ab fab to counter the chemo. Yay!

Careful! There's a serious virus on SparkPeople: Support, love and hope are highly contagious. ;)

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Kay, it sounds to me that the zinc probably is causing the headaches, I hope they stop soon! I know what you mean about fearing the worst. That happened with me when I was getting the daily headaches while on the oral antibiotic following the cellulitis infection. I was pretty sure they were from the antibiotics, but I couldn't really be sure til I was finished with them.

I also get headaches from changes in weather, and high humidity seems to make them worse too.

A rule of thumb I was told if you have had cancer, is to report to your doctor any new or unusual symptoms that last at least 2 weeks.

My counts are slowly coming back up; WBC is up to .84; hoping it will be above 1.00 next week so I won't have to keep wearing the surgical masks when out in public. Platelets went from 10 to 30. I think now that I am off the Ibrance, those counts will slowly but surely go up.


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Happy Tuesday,
It ended up raining here yesterday afternoon and the painters weren't able to finish painting. They are working on the south side of the house now which they say needs two coats. I believe them because the south side was by far the worst side from all the sun damage and it tends to rain from the south here. It will take at least all day for them to finish. The downstairs of our house is now pretty much back in order with the pictures back up on the walls. We have become big fans of the 3m strips for hanging pictures. I really like how the velcro keeps the pictures from shifting once they are up and how we can take down a picture and take of the strips without any damage to the walls.

I've been having a strange headache every day for almost two weeks now. I started getting really nervous about whether it could be brain mets over the weekend. Yesterday, I broke down in tears about it with my husband. After crying about it, I suddenly realized that these headaches started up about the same time I started taking a zinc supplement. I think it's pretty likely it's the zinc supplement that is somehow causing the problem. I plan on not taking any zinc and waiting another week to see if the headache goes away before I email my oncologist.

The headache hasn't been bad, just very persistant. We have been having very humid weather here and with all the painting going on, it could also be due to environmental factors too.

I swear, I think having bc has turned me into a hypochondriac! I get so tired of thinking every little ache or pain is mets. I think I'm particularly nervous because with triple negative most relapses occur between years two and three of survivorship and I'm coming up on my second anniversary. It is wasn't for bc, I wouldn't think much of anything about these headaches.

Oh well...


Becky, I hope your review goes well at work.

Shari, I hope you continue to feel better each day as you new med works it's way out of your system.

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Yesterday was a mix when it came to the weather. It started out cloudy and humid, then turned sunny, warm and humid, followed by sunn, breezy and very comfortable. It dropped down into the 50's over night. Today should be a near perfect day!

Kay-it's such a good feeling when projects are complete! We need to do a little painting in our house also. Not sure when we will tackle that. Maybe early fall. That way I will have fresh, clean rooms to get me thru the winter months.

I have my mid year review at work today. That should be interesting. Yesterday I found out that 2 more girls were quitting. I just don't know about that place. There wasn't even that much turn around in retail in a year and they would hire a lot of students. I'm still keeping my options open as to my future.

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Kay, I'm glad to hear all those projects are almost done!

I love it when I just kind of stumble across something that is perfect for my house too; it usually happens when I haven't even been really looking.


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Happy Monday!
I didn't realize that I didn't post here over the weekend. We are coming to the end of our painting projects around the house....hubby's painting projects have been going on for about a month now and we have had professional painters here doing the outside of our house for about a week. It looks like the painting will be done with today!! The outside needed painting because it had been about 10 years since it was last painted. The inside needed painting because we had water damage on our old carpets and decided to change the color scheme (from beige to grey) when we changed out the carpeting. It was a major job....but things are looking really nice now. We bought a new bedspread a Kohl's over the weekend that just tied everything together in the downstairs bedroom. Every once in a while, we manage to stumble across something that just "works" in our house....and that bedspread was one of those things. I'm hoping that by tonight, all the paint supplies that have been hanging in our basement will be put away and the downstairs will stop looking like a war zone!


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Yesterday turned out to be a beautiful day! It was warm, but there was a nice breeze that kept it comfortable. I got everything done yesterday and managed to sit outside for awhile in the afternoon.

It looks like rain this morning even though we only have a 20% chance. Hopefully it will hold off until I get my walk/run in.



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We lucked out too with the weather; we were under a tornado watch for a few hours starting late in the afternoon, but it stayed quiet here. From looking at the radar online though it looks the southwest part of the state had some bad storms.


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We didn't have any storms yesterday. It turned out to be a really nice day. Very warm. Today should be just as nice. I guess we were pretty lucky. There was quite a bit of damage from Friday nights storms around us.

Today I have quite a bit to do. I wish I had one more day!

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We had storms too, though I think we were right on the edge of the system that moved through this morning; we had some gusty winds and heavy rain but it was over with pretty quickly.

The sun is out here too, and we are also supposed to get some storms tonight.


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It was a very warm day yesterday and we had storms early this morning. The couldn't have been too bad because I was able to fall back to sleep quite fast. The sun is suppose to come out today followed by more storms later on. Hopefully they will be done by dinner time so DH and I can go out to eat. We are dog sitting again and so we have 2 dogs that are afraid of storms here and I wouldn't want to leave them alone.



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Our weather is already getting warm and humid today, and it's supposed to be a hot and sticky weekend.

Long story, it's in my blog, but I am now off the Ibrance. I feel good about the decision.

Platelets went down since Monday; they were 20 then, and they went down to 10 yesterday, so I had to have a platelet infusion today. It wasn't much different than a blood transfusion, it just takes a lot less time, only half an hour.

White count is still low, at .61, and I was told anything below 1.00 I need to be wearing a mask out in public.


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Shari-I'm glad you are feeling better.

We have some very warm and humid weather coming starting today. I'm fine with that, but it's also bringing more chances for severe storms. Today will be fine, but tomorrow is the iffy day. Figures it has to be a Saturday.

The bank is sponsoring a pool party at our aquatic center so this morning for a couple of hrs. I get to go and wrap hotdogs. Afterwards I get to go to work. I get paid for doing it so it won't be too bad. Plus it's friday! The downside is I have a couple of extra kids and a dog staying with me again. I love my kids but it makes for so much more work.

Have a great day!

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I feel a lot better today since having the transfusion, and my stomach is also a lot better after almost 3 full days off the Ibrance now. Just had my followup CBC done this afternoon, haven't gotten those results back yet.


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Shari, I'm glad to hear you are getting your transfusion today.

We had a major storm here yesterday which flooded our backyard and some water leaked into our basement. We think we know where the water is coming into the house and can fix it pretty easily. I sure hope so! Yesterday's rain was very hard and coming down sideways in waves. It was pretty amazing while it was coming down. Our back yard is okay today. It drains pretty quickly once the rain stops.

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Shari-sorry to hear about the fatigue. I hope you start feeling better soon.

We've been pretty lucky here and have missed the severe weather. It's been quite warm, which I don't mind since it is summer and summer is flying by. The back to school sales have begun. Pretty soon winter jackets will be out.

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Hi Kay; they actually ended up scheduling my transfusion for tomorrow, but that is ok, just knowing that I am getting it done has helped me to wait out this day. My oncologist also took me off the Ibrance for at least 7 days. I get my CBC checked again Thursday, so that may end up being longer than 7 days, or he might decide to adjust the dosage or take me off it completely.

We had a severe thunderstorm go through last night which did not help with the sleep, but I ended up taking a long nap today. I had to get some prescription meds for the nausea and those make me sleepy too, but my stomach feels so much better today.


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Happy Tuesday.
I went to beginning Zumba class today. It's an easy way to get in 5,000 steps on my Fitbit. I had 10,000 steps and today and it's not even dinnertime.

It poured down rain here this afternoon and flooded our backyard. It happens when we get a really heavy rain. Hopefully, our basement will stay dry.

I'm friends with Shari on Facebook. She posted there today that she had been dealing with really bad fatigue and low blood counts which is why she hasn't been posting here. She's going in for another transfusion today.

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Good Morning!

Yesterday turned into a steamy day! We had late day showers which didn't cool things down at all. It would've been a perfect swimming day!

Work pretty much dragged on for me though. It was uneventful. I'm missing my time off!

The rest of the week looks warm. If it's not raining tomorrow, I may go swimming after work. I'm working the morning so I would be able to get an afternoon swim in.



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Kay-it's so nice to have a DH that is willing to do that. We aren't painters here, but mine will do it when I want something painted.

We got a decent amount of rain early this morning. No severe weather though. A bit of t-storms but nothing that kept me awake!

Yesterday was another beautiful and busy day. I just don't want these days to end! Summer is so short.

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Shari, I'm sorry the new med is making you so tired. It sounds like you are really looking forward to your week off from it.

Hubby had decided to paint the cabinets in a little kitchen we have in the basement. They are dark right now and he plans to paint them white. I'm grateful he is willing to do it. I don't like to be around paint fumes due to my asthma so I don't help with painting any more. It seems like he's been painting one thing or another almost every day for the past couple months.

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Our weather is pretty much the same, but I don't think our storms are suppose to be severe. Just checked the weather radar and it looks like we might get rain shower here in about another 25 minutes.


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The week did fly by! emoticon
It looks like rain this morning, but the sun is suppose to come out and it's suppose to get hot and humid, followed by possible severe storms tonight.

After the farmers market yesterday, I really didn't do much. I was so tired. It was a good tired though. I needed the break even though I have a lot to do today before I have to go back to work.

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We have a farmer's market in the city hall parking lot in my town on Tuesdays and Fridays, but I haven't made it down there yet.

Looks like it's going to be a hot one today.
Just finished up the laundry, and since I've been awake since around 6am, I'm going to take a nap soon. This Ibrance is really knocking me on my butt! I still have a week and 2 days before my week off from it.


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We used to ride the bike trails in Illinois and Wisconsin a lot. Most of the Illinois ones are paved and road bikes are fine. The ones in Wisconsin are packed gravel and we used our hybrid bikes on them. It makes a big difference. We have farmer's market on Saturday mornings here too. I love to go.

Hubby got the blinds up yesterday. They look great. It's something we should have done years ago. I think I'll use that room a lot more.

This week has gone by way to fast!

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The bike ride was really nice. The next time we go, we will bring our mountain bikes instead of the road bikes. The trail has too many bumps and dips. I can't believe how huge this trail actually is. It covers most of SE MN. Miles and miles.

We're suppose to see rain today, but not as much as what was first forecasted. It just may be a pool day. It's suppose to be hot.

It's also Farmers Market day. Can't wait to see what goodies I can get today.

Have a great day!

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Becky, I'm so happy for you that you are enjoying your week off. Bicycle riding on trails is so much fun. I hope you enjoy your ride.

Hubby is busy putting up 2" blinds in a room I didn't use much because I didn't feel I had much privacy from our next-door neighbor. So far, things are looking good. I bet I'll use the room a lot more after he's done. We are going to line dancing class in a few minutes so it will be this afternoon before I can see the final results.

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emoticon That it's Friday already. I've been loving my week off and want more.

Today we're headed to a little town to get on to a trail to bike. It's a long trail and it's suppose to beautiful. It is going to be a warm day.

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Weather is nice here too, in the mid to upper 70's today.

I'm still growing my hair out; I had it cut short in November when it was starting to fall out from the Halaven. Then after finding out in January I could no longer do chemo, I kind of regretted getting it cut when I did, but at the time, I had no idea of course that I would be on that drug for such a short time. I'm amazed at how much it has grown since then though. Not growing it too long, but I just want it long enough to be able to put it up in a bun or a ponytail.


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It was cool here this morning. It was about 50 degrees but it suppose to get to the high 90's today. I love the cool mornings. Went for a hike on my favorite trail with our dog Marla. I always feel bad that our older lab can't go with me. She is having hip problems so we have been swimming her in the afternoon. I am so excited to have my daughter and her husband come to visit tomorrow for about five days. Her mom and stepdad are also coming too. It will be great to show them our beautiful state.

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Happy Thursday! Not much happening here. I have an appointment for a haircut today. I think after being bald from chemo that I will always be grateful for hair that grows! I'm also grateful for my grey roots. I used to hate them, but now it's something that I cherish because it means my hair has grown. Hoping everyone has a good day today.

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We haven't had the A/C on since Monday. The evenings have really been cooling down. It's been great! I have been just beat by the end of the day this week.

Today I have to help out for work for about 1 1/2 hrs and then I think we'll head downtown and walk thru the stores and then have lunch. I also need to get to the grocery store for a few things. I'm loving my time off!

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7/8/15 3:35 P

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It feels fall like here today too; we've been in the mid 60's and it's just breezy enough to make it feel a little chilly.


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It has really cooled down the last couple of days. Yesterday felt a little bit like fall. It made for a nice shopping day. We're suppose to see more summer like weather by the end of the week though. More swimming!

Have a nice Wed. I'm wishing this week would slow down a bit.

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No storms here last night, but we got our rain! There was an inch in my rain gauge this morning.

When I had my appointment yesterday, my oncologist told me that the pain flare ups I have been having are from the Ibrance, but that is also a sign that it is working. He said though, that with time, the pain should better. Today, it's been pretty mild. It really cooled off with the last front that went through, so I think the lower humidity is helping with that too. Even if I am inside with AC, humid weather seems to increase my pain.


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Yesterday wasn't a total washout, but it was extremely humid which brought in smoke from the Canadian wild fires. We had what looked like fog last night, but it wasn't. We had air quality warnings which being in SE MN, we never have those. This morning it's pretty much clear.

I did accomplish quite a bit inside yesterday. My house is now put back together after my son and his girlfriend moved out. I cooked a nice dinner last night also. It's a rare occasion that I can cook on a weeknight.

Today we're going to go and do a little shopping. DH has to work tonight so it won't be much.

Have a nice day!

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My weekend wasn't anything exciting, but it was ok; would have been better if I had had better sleep at night, but I slept pretty well last night.

I have my monthly lunch out today with some of the ladies I use to work with, then an oncologist appointment this afternoon.

Possibility of rain and thunderstorms tonight; we need the rain. When I went out last night to get the trash can put out for the pick up this morning, I noticed the grass was crunching under my feet in the areas that don't get any shade.


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It was a great weekend! The weather was beautiful. Today it's overcast and we're suppose to see thunderstorms. I'm fine with that. I want to clean my house and cook a good dinner. The rest of the week looks rain free!

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Weezie Jean how many miles is a 5k run?

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Happy 4th of July! I feel great today. I did a 5 K color walk/run with my niece and her 2 year old son! It was a blast! Then we went to the parade. Troy puts on a great 4th of July celebration.

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They started celebrating early here too; I woke up around 3:30am when someone started shooting off fireworks. Never really did get back to sleep after that, so I am dragging right now, but I have nothing I really have to do today except the laundry, so it won't be any problem finding time for a nap.

Our weather is nice too; just a small chance of rain and if it does rain, it will probably just be scattered showers here and there.


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emoticon Happy 4th of July! emoticon

Unfortunately it's not a good time for my poor fur babies. The booms started last night already.

Our weather looks to be perfect though!

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Hope the rain holds off for you Kay.

We are having another nice day, and low pollen counts too! I'm looking forward to sitting outside and doing some reading when I get done here on Spark this afternoon.


My name is Shari; I have been a Sparker since July 2006, I am now in palliative care for metastatic breast cancer, but I'm not letting cancer stop me from Sparking!

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Shari, I'm glad yesterday was a better day for you.

Fran, I'm sorry to hear about your cousin.

Today, we are hosting a family get together. There will be 12 (or 13) people in all. Unfortunately, it looks like we might be in for a lot of rain and thunderstorms today. People will be coming from long distances so I hope they are able to avoid the rain. Oh well....

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The weather has been gorgeous here! Enjoyed an outdoor concert last night. Today is an all day work day. Not looking forward to that at all. So many have taken the day off.

We don't really have any big plans for the 4th. We were going to have a picnic, but almost everyone either works or has other plans. Instead my DH and I are going to go out for lunch with my sister and BIL. It's a nice little place on the river where we'll be able to sit outside on the patio and watch the boats.



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Thank you Fran.

Today went a lot better for me; had an internist appointment this afternoon, a followup from when I was in the hospital with the cellulitis. He was very pleased that there are no signs left of any infection.

Beautiful day outside too! Yesterday it was so chilly it felt almost like a fall day. Today was warm and sunny, but not too hot, it was just right.


My name is Shari; I have been a Sparker since July 2006, I am now in palliative care for metastatic breast cancer, but I'm not letting cancer stop me from Sparking!

Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

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Thanks for the prayers Shari. Her name is Kim.

That is awful that you can't get in the pain clinic till August. I hope they will have a cancellation and bring you in earlier. Praying for you too.


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