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4/19/15 8:45 A

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Happy Sunday!

Woke up to a steady spring rain here. Looks like it will be raining most of the day (again). I got a flat of flowers planted yesterday so the rain is good...just wish that I could have planted the second flat that I have before the rain started. I didn't want to do too much with my arm on my ALND side yesterday. It was feeling heavy by the end of the day so it was a good thing that I stopped when I did.

We had a great time with our friends from out of town last night. We taught them how to play Hand and Foot (a card game) and they really seemed to like it. I just wish they weren't going back to West Virginia today. We don't have that many friends here in Tennessee since we moved here full-time almost two years ago. We are working on it! Since I didn't get out much all last year during treatment, and I'm just now really starting to feel normal again, we are just now starting to do more social activities. I love my on-line friends particularly here on this team, but I need to make more "local" friends in our new town.

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We had a perfect day yesterday. Went out for a early morning run and then spent the rest of the day working out in the yard. I was exhausted last night. We're suppose to get rain today so I'll be inside cleaning. A cooler week ahead also.

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Shari, I'm sorry your fatigue is so draining right now. I hope you can make it through the weekend before you need another transfusion.

We're going out to dinner with friends tonight. I'm looking forward to it. They don't live here year round. They have a second home here and don't come down that often. I really enjoy it when they are in town.

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Sorry I've missed you all the past few days; struggling with fatigue again so I haven't felt like spending as much time on the computer lately. Hemoglobin isn't going down as quickly as it was before, but it was down to 9.3 Thursday, and once it gets down in the "9" range, that is when I really start feeling it. On a more positive note, I've made it 5 weeks now without having to get a blood transfusions; the past few months, it's been about every 3 weeks I've had to have one.

We had rain for half the day on Thursday, but since then, the weather has been nice, getting up into the upper 60's.


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Becky, we have been getting lots of rain here too. We haven't been able to cut the grass yet in the lower part of our back yard because it is too soggy.

Moon, I bet the injections will help a lot. I've had a steroid injection in my shoulder that helped me tremendously a few years ago. It enabled me to move the joint and get the muscles back into shape. When I had my breast MRI a couple years ago, my first thought was how good it was that I was able to keep my arm above my head for almost an hour. There was no way I could have done that back when I had a frozen shoulder. I hope your injections help your in a similar way.

Shari, I hope you are having a good day today. Thinking of you.

I feel like I'm finally getting back into my housework and lawncare groove. My energy levels are still not back to normal, but they are so much higher. It's hard to believe that I was still getting rads every day this time last year. It seems like it was a long time ago.....and that's a good thing!!!



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4/16/15 6:55 P

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I was up way too late last night so now after driving to the city for an appointment today and one tomorrow I am exhausted. I'll stay with my SonIL and two grands for the weekend while my daughter takes the oldest grand of the family on a camping trip. They are going to go ziplining on Saturday and do some hiking. They will be staying in a heated cabin with cots. I think there will be 7 or 8 kids going and a couple of adults.

I'm getting injections in my knees starting on Tuesday to see if it will help cushion the joints. One injection in each knee once a week for three weeks. I hope it takes some of the arthritic pain away.
It was cloudy here all day, but it didn't rain. It got up to 62 degrees here today, but it was windy so a jacket felt good.

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Kay-Nice! I wish we had someplace to grow asparagus.

The weather continues to be nice, unfortunately they keep putting more and more rain into the forecast for the weekend. Hopefully it will change before then.

I missed a shift at work yesterday. It wasn't my fault though. We use a program to log in our schedule and it sends us emails of it. My email only showed my reg. hrs for yesterday so we found that it's not reliable.



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Moon, I hope your friend is okay.

I harvested my tiny asparagus crop yesterday. This is the first year for them so I'm only allowed to cut them once. Next year they will produce a lot more. They were tiny, but tasty!!


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I'm taking a mindfulness meditation course for the next 8 weeks to learn how to calm my mind and focus on what I need to do. I hope to slow down my anxious mind and not worry about every little ache and pain. I know this helps because I tried an online class for a couple of weeks, and the meditation PRACTICE itself helps to slow down a racing mind. We are finally getting some spring weather here too, and two hours from here which is more southerly, spring has brought out all the tulips and wild flowers. So I will be visiting spring in the south weekly for the next 8 weeks which will bring us close to summer! I'm feeling OPTIMISTIC this morning.


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I agree with the both of you. Cancer does suck! It's always in the back of your mind everytime you get an ache or pain or if you notice any other changes.

It has been so nice this week and the nice weather continues! No rain in the forecast till Sunday! If only I had these days off. I would have all of my work done!

Have a great day!

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4/14/15 10:44 P

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A distant friend of mine called me back before Christmas to ask questions about my mastectomy because her mammogram found a spot. She had breast cancer 20 years ago and had a lumpectomy. Her daughter in her 40s had a mastectomy too, but her mom wanted to think about it before seeing a surgeon. So yesterday I learned that she decided to just wait ,and now her spot is a mass and might be inflammatory CA. I wish I had called her back to talk with her more, but I know that deciding what to do is that individual's choice. I hope she didn't wait too long to get another opinion and that there is still something to try if that's what she wants now. You are right Kay, cancer sucks big time.

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Good Tuesday morning!

It's been raining here very gently off and on for about 18 hours now. Good thing it's not coming down harder. We have had a LOT of rain the past few weeks. I think all my baby plants are really liking these gentle showers.

We had a nice time with the couple we had over for dinner last night. They don't live here full-time so we don't get to see them often. We had a healthy meal and then played Hand and Foot (a card game).

I just found out this morning that the wife of a good friend of mine from high school just went on hospice. She was diagnosed with colorectal cancer 18 months ago. Her first husband had died of colon cancer after doing traditional treatments so when she was diagnosed, she decided to try to fight it with nutrition and other "non-traditional" treatments. I was really hoping it would work for her and I'm so sad that apparently it didn't.

It's official....cancer sucks.

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Kay-I can't wait to start planting! We've got a bit to go yet though.

The weather is nice except for the wind we've been having. No rain in the forecast until at least Thursday. That means alot of outdoor time in between work.

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Kay, I hope your arm is better today.
I am having a flareup again of my lymphedema that started last night; I wonder if I did something when I was moving all that stuff out of shed yesterday that triggered it. So far, it's not any worse than the flareup I had a few weeks ago, that lasted about 4 days, so for now, I'll just keep an eye on it.

We only made it into the 50's today; had rain all morning, and it's been very windy all afternoon. The next 2 days will be better though, it's supposed to be sunny and in the 60's.


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Becky, congratulations on doing your race! 70 degrees is warm for running, but you got it done anyway. Good for you.

I just spent the morning transplanting about 80 lettuce seedlings, getting some weeding done and planting a flat of marigolds. Now it's raining gently....absolutely perfect for my new plants.

We are having company for dinner tonight, I think I'll try to take a nap this afternoon so I won't be so tired when they come over. I got a good night's sleep last night, but all that outdoor work has made me tired.

Wishing everyone a good Monday!

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We had a beautiful weekend! Yesterday it got into the 70's! A little warm for the race I ran, but I'm not going to complain. I just wish I had 1 more day to be home and get stuff done around the house. It looks to be a nice and mild week. Keeping my fingers crossed that Spring has finally arrived and is here to stay!

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Happy Sunday!

It's windy here today. I'm feeling tired from all the gardening I did yesterday. I'm just "vegging out" today. I want to give my arm on my ALND side a rest. It looks okay, but feels heavy.

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We are at 66F at the moment and it's sunny; we had wind forecasted for today but so far, it hasn't been too bad. I can't really spend a lot of time outdoors today because of the pollen, but I've been wanting to get my outdoor furniture out of the shed and onto my porch, so I did that this afternoon. That way, it's ready for when I want to use it.


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Yesterday was beautiful! Today should be interesting. They can't seem to make up ther minds on the weather. It's suppose to be windy and I'm running an 8k race this afternoon. It's up on the ridge so it will be even more windy there. Not looking forward to that.

Things are greening up nicely here. Can't wait to start gardening. It's still a little early to be cleaning up flower beds. We can still have frost so I don't want to push it.

Have a great Sunday!

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I miss gardening and being able to do my own yard work. Even though I can't garden anymore, I still like to see the new plants when they arrive in the stores.

We are forecasted for beautiful weather this weekend, sunny, and reaching the upper 50's to lower 60's.


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

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We had heavy thunderstorms too on Thursday night. I slept in the basement so I wouldn't hear them. Our bedroom upstairs is really noisy during storms. I'm such a light sleeper that it's pretty impossible for me to sleep through them upstairs. Yesterday, we worrked hard around the yard cleaning flower beds etc. All the rain helped us to see where the low spots are in our yard. We filled in several areas with dirt and reseeded the grass there. Since I didn't do much yard work the past couple summers while dealing with cancer treatment and recovery, it's nice to be this far along on yard work so early in the spring. This is really my favorite time of year. It just makes me happy to see thing budding out and getting greener.

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We had some thunderstorms move through late last night, and we were also under a severe thunderstorm watch til 3am. I didn't sleep much last night because of the weather. I got up at 8am and went back to bed an hour later and slept til noon. I didn't plan on sleeping the whole morning away, but at least today was a day that I did not have to be somewhere.

I just read one report online that our total rainfall over the past 72 hours was about 3 1/2 inches.


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We have had quite a bit of rain and then last night a little snow! It stuck some to the grass but that was about all. We should have some dry time today and tomorrow is suppose to be nice, followed by storms on Sunday! I guess it's going to be another one of those skip over Spring and go into Summer years.

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It's April so we have showers, but when they are accompanied by strong straight line winds and lightning strikes and followed by flash flood warnings it makes the simplest trip to town something daunting. I was 10 minutes late for a meeting because of the rain and storm warning this morning. My daughter drove me because when I went to the garage and tried to start the SUV with no luck. Thank goodness she was here because at that point I was feeling frustrated and my emoticon reflects how I felt! emoticon

I'm back home now and one of my grands is helping me figure some things out with my phone, tablet, and computer so now I am feeling like this: emoticon emoticon

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We had our first thunderstorm of the season pass through around 5am this morning; nothing severe though, just some heavy rain.

Hemoglobin was down a little bit, to 9.8, but I'm not too worried; last Thursday it was also 9.8 but was up to 10.1 on Monday, so it could very well be back up to 10 when I get it checked again this coming Monday.

It's been a rainy day here, but the temps are not too bad; I don't mind being out in the rain as long as it isn't a cold rain.


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Abbey is afraid of storms too. She will go and hide where ever she can to feel safe.

It's raining again today. Yesterday was just clouds, but it was so gloomy. Not really good for the mood! I guess I need to get used to it though. We're suppose to have alot of rainy days thru next week. Hopefully we see some sun though and it should be a little warmer.

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We had a thunderstorm this morning and Milo glued himself to my feet at the first rumble of thunder. He is very scared of thunder and lightning. Our daughter was driving home through the storm and stopped for a snack when she needed a break from the hard rain. The sun came out when they arrived, and now we have three happy grands and a happy Milo! emoticon

I took a med for sleeping last night which left me very groggy this morning. I still feel the lasting effects and I think I need to exercise so that I can shake it off.

Hey Shari- we must have posted at the same time. I'm glad you had a good oncology visit and have a plan for the next 6 weeks. I hope tomorrow's test results are 10.1 or above.

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We haven't had any thunder yet here this season, but I hate having to walk across a huge parking lot during a thunderstorm.

Had a good visit with my oncologist today. He wants me to continue getting the Halotestin injections every 2 weeks for the next 6 weeks, then he will probably change that to just monthly. I see him again in 6 weeks also. In the meantime, still getting my blood counts checked twice per week at least through the end of next month.


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We had thunderstorms yesterday. I just walked out of Walmart and there was a crack of lightning and a big boom! that was a bit scarey. We had a bit of hail also. Today should be cloudy followed by more storms overnight.

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It's still too chilly here to really enjoy being outdoors, but I love looking out and seeing my yard looks so nice now that it has been raked, and when I went out for the mail this afternoon, I was looking around and it was good to see the bulbs and other plants starting to come back up.

My hemoglobin has stayed stable for about 2 weeks now; it was 10.1 yesterday, which is exactly what it was a week ago. It should be going up, but at least it didn't go down this week so that is a big plus.


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I had a travel day yesterday and drove in a hard downpour on the way home. I actually pulled over to wait it out for a bit, and then drove out of it. It's been raining here since we got up this morning and was foggy too. I couldn't see the trees or houses across the bay. The grass is greener though from all the rain, and if the sun warms things even a little I think we might have some flower buds open up. Here's what I keep telling the sun and Mother Nature:

emoticon and when you do it will be emoticon !!! emoticon

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Kay-We're gettng your rain now. We just finished our cold walk last night before it started. It started as sleet and then turned to rain. With the temps at 37, I wouldn't be surprised to see some snowflakes mixed in there. It's even cold in the house despite having the furnace run.

I'm anxious to get outside and start the cleaning up process. It's hard work, but it feels so good when it's finished. Plus I have a ton of stuff to do inside. I really need to start cleanng out stuff.
Wish I could hire someone to do that for me.

Have a great day!

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Woo Hoo for your arm workout and drainage ditch combo! I think one of the guys on the A-Team used to say something like "I love it when a plan comes together." I used to love that kind of work because it was different and didn't have to be done again the very next day. It also got me outside and I loved being out working. It's been too long since I enjoyed playing/working with a shovel a chain saw or even riding the mower. I'm not counting hacking at this winter's ice with a shovel since that was no fun, but a necessity. I had to free up the gate to get firewood. I miss being able to do those things. You go Kay! That's good exercise when it doesn't hurt the next day and you get that feeling of accomplishment.

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Happy Monday!

It' been raining here all day. Over the weekend, I gave my arm the biggest workout it has had since my axillary lymph node dissection surgery. I dug out our drainage ditch that had gotten overgrown. My arm is okay and the ditch is working very nicely today!! Whoo Hoo!

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Yesterday was a very nice day! The weather was so so. No rain and a little on the cool side. It looks like we'll have alot of rain this week. Very little sunshine. Not looking forward to that.

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We were very windy here yesterday afternoon, but in the morning, before it got windy, one of my friends and her daughter and son in law came over and raked the yard for me and got it tidied up for spring.

We had 2-3 inches of snow overnight, but it's melting now; rain coming later.


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Cold and windy with sun this morning, but not at all feeling like a sweet spring morning. I'm disappointed. I didn't even go get the mail today...

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We went from shorts to winter coats in a matter of 3 days! Now we'll see a couple of milder days again before we see some of the winter. I'm tired of the roller coaster.

I still need to figure out what exactly we're having for dinner on Easter. We usually don't do much on Easter because the weather can be nice and I don't want to be stuck in the kitchen preparing a big dinner. Whatever we decide to eat, it will be grilled. Much easier cleanup too.

We went to a fish fry last night and I'm still feeling the after effects of that. You would think this person would learn by now. My system can't tolerate that type of food and I suffer because of it.

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Beautiful day here too!
It started out frosty this morning, but now it's 49, and we are supposed to reach 56 today.
It's so nice to be able to go outside without having to bundle up first.

Got the grocery shopping done today. Usually the stores are pretty busy here the 1st of the month, especially if it's a holiday week, but it wasn't too bad when I was in there this morning.


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Happy April Fool's Day!

It's a beautiful spring morning here. It's supposed to be warm and sunny today. I absolutely love this time of year when the grass gets green again and the trees are starting to bud out. It's supposed to get up to 69 degrees today with a "real feel" of 77 according to Accuweather. Whoopee!!








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It's going to be really warm today. Yesterday I actually went to work without a jacket! After today though, it's suppose to cool down and yes there is snow in the forecast!

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The fitbit reading and all those steps are impressive. It would take me three days to do that many steps! Keep stepping!


I watched Cancer: the Emperor of all Maladies last night too, and I hope to watch tonight and tomorrow's episodes. I agree that it was fascinating. I had watched some of the previews on the PBS website in the afternoon and that was how I realized it was going to be on. I also found it to be discouraging because of the way the cancer cell can change. Research is what needs to be done though if more breakthroughs are to be made. I thought many of the doctors seemed encouraged in that hope at the end of the program. May the next 20 years show some real advances.

I just watched the second episode and it was also very good. One point was made by the woman who has survived 20 years and that was that once you have cancer there is always a little fear that sits on your shoulder. Even though others in her study dropped out because they were too ill. 20 years she has survived! Fingers crossed for sure!




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I read the book a few years ago that that documentary is based on, it was very good. I plan to watch it online; I'm so tired by that time in the evening that it's hard for me to stay awake and watch anything that is longer than an hour.

I was bummed when I looked out after I got up this morning and saw a layer of snow, but it had already started to melt by then. It actually turned out to be a beautiful day, we reached 51F.


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Happy Tuesday!

I went to exercise class this morning and logged about 5,000 steps on my fitbit there. Sweet! Also, I just figured out that I'm 20 months out from my date of diagnosis today. If I make it to 36 months without relapse, my odds go way up since I had triple negative bc. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Last night, I watched Cancer: the Emperor of all Maladies on PBS. It's a three part documentary. Part 2 is tonight and part 3 is tomorrow. Last night was pretty much about the history of how scientists began to figure out and treat cancer. Chemo was used for the first time in the late '40's on childhood leukemia and then was later used on other cancers. I found it fascinating, but discouraging.

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Good Morning!

It was a long day yesterday. I was tired after work but made myself go walking/jogging with my DH. It felt good because it was so nice outside. Too many people on the bike path though. I was in bed by 8 last night. Unfortunately I was awake by 1:30.

Today is suppose to be nice again and so is tomorrow. Tomorrw night we're suppose to see rain and posible storms. That will be nice for a change. No Snow!!!

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It's a little bit warmer today, but still very windy. At least the sun is out though, and we had rain overnight which melted the new snow we got yesterday afternoon.

Going in a bit later to get the first of my twice weekly CBCs checked. I usually do that in the morning, but a friend is giving me a ride today, and this morning she has 2 appointments herself which are out of town.

I actually had a good night of sleep last night, which is good, because I am not sure if I will get a chance for a nap today.


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Shari, I'm sorry to hear about your cold weather yesterday. I think the cold is even harder to take after we get some good weather. It was really cold here over the weekend with hard frosts both nights. I had to take in all the plants I had put outside and cover up my asparagus. The couple stalks that didn't get covered got hit by the frost. I think the roots of the asparagus are fine, but the stalks didn't make it. Our last frost date here is May 15th, but we don't have any more subfreezing weather predicted between now and then according to Accuweather. I usually only have plants in pots until the last frost date so I can protect them.

Today, I don't have much planned. Just an aerobics class this morning. It will be interesting to see how my new fitbit records what I do there. I was surprised how well it seemed to record my steps at the line dancing and ballroom dancing classes I went to on Friday. So far, it seems to be working perfectly.

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It's Monday again! emoticon I'm working at the main bank this morning which makes me cranky. At least the weather forecast is bright! Should help with the mood somewhat.

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Kay, I still have the swelling, but so far, the pain has not returned. I'm wondering now if the pain was something unrelated to the lymphedema, maybe overuse of that wrist. I don't remember overdoing anything with it, but that doesn't mean I didn't.

Not liking the weather today; it's very windy, and for last 1-2 hours, it's been snowing, and the snow is sticking; it sounds like there is some sleet mixed in with it too.


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Happy Sunday Morning!

Becky, that would be scary. I rarely eat beets so I wasn't aware of that. I do like to juice beets, but I add a lot of other stuff to the mix to cut down on the beet taste.

This morning, I discovered 6 duck eggs in a flower pot that we keep out all winter. I knew a pair of ducks liked to hang around our house. I'm hoping the eggs make it. it would be so much fun to watch. Last year, the ducks laid some eggs in one of our flowerbeds, but something found them and broke them. I've read that happens frequently. These ducks are pretty tame, so I don't think I scared them off.

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Good Morning!

Kay-my leg is better. I'm thinking it's my lower back that's causing the pain. I need to get back to my PT exercises.

I had a bit of a scare this morning. I got up like usual to use the bathroom. I just about fell over when I noticed my urine looked like it had blood in it. Naturally, the first thing I do is go to the computer and google it and look for all of the things it could be and of course anything that has to do with cancer stands way out. By then I'm starting to get pretty scared. Then it dawned on me. I ate beets last night for dinner. Googled that and sure enough, that can happen. I typically don't like them, but my SIL roasts them with carrots and they looked good so I thought I would give it a try. BTW, they are good! This is a friendly reminder though that I need to get in for a pap. I don 't have to worry about ovarian cancer since they were removed, I still need to worry about uterine cancer. So that is on my list of things to do this week.

We had a bit of rain and alot of wind this morning. Thankfully not what they predicted. It helped get rid of some more snow. We even have a chance of thunderstorms on Wed. That will be cool if we get those. I love the first t-storms of the season. It makes it feel like summer is near.

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Happy Saturday Morning All!

Nana, whoohoo on getting released from your oncologist! It must be a strange feeling....sort of like the mixed emotions most of us feel when initial treatment ends. Congratulations on that wonderful milestone.

Shari, I'm glad your wrist swelling is going down. I hope it goes away completely. I also hope you have a good weekend.

Babs, welcome. I'm sorry to hear about the call-back on your mammogram. Waiting for results is the hardest thing to do. We are here for you if you need us.

Becky, how is your leg?

Stormy, welcome!

I'm part of a breast cancer support group of women who started chemo in Sept. 2013. There are about 40 of us in the group. We have become good friends through our secret Facebook group. This week, we lost our first member to breast cancer. She went very quickly (5 months) with a pleural effusion and brain mets. We were all heartbroken. Most of us are doing okay, but we have had two local recurrences in the past month and someone else going to stage IV. Since we are a pretty small group and most of us are only 18-20 months out from our initial diagnosis, it's hard to see so much cancer. Even so, I'm VERY grateful to be a part of that group. It helps me to see that the things I deal with are par for the course when it comes to survivorship. I'm really aware of how fortunate I have been so far.

On a completely different topic, I finally broke down and got a fitbit flex HR Wednesday. So far, I'm really liking it. I'm impressed with how well it integrates with SparkPeople too. Yesterday, was the first day I wore it all day. I went to a line dancing class and a ballroom dancing class for a total of 2 hours of dancing. I wasn't sure how well the fitbit would track dancing, but it seemed to pick it up fine. I ended up with an amazing 12,700 steps yesterday with most of it coming from those two classes. SparkPeople automatically recorded it all, steps, mileage, number of aerobic minutes, and hours of sleep. I decided to use SP to record my food and Fitbit automatically gets that info from Spark. I really like how the two platforms seem to "play nice" with each other. I had a 30% off coupon from Kohl's, so I was able to get it for a pretty good price too.

I hope everyone has a good weekend! We are in a bit of a deep freeze here. I had to cover my tender plants last night.




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BABSMOORE-hoping it's nothing. Waiting is the hardest part to get thru.

I'm so glad it's the weekend. A little more winter weather tonight but it shouldn't be in the form of snow thank goodness although it will be sleet and freezing rain. The snow continues to melt and we should see 60's next week. That will make me happy!

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I had my oncology appointment today with blood work and everything looks okay. I had the chest X-ray back in February. All is well, and the oncologist released me unless something is ever found again by my internist. He told me that his youngest child is ten years old and he expects to be practicing another 15 years until he gets him through college if I should need him again. It feels strange not to have him as a doctor anymore. He has been so easy to talk with, kind, and compassionate.

Rest and relax this weekend Shari. I hope your wrist doesn't flare again and you have a respite from doctors and nurses for a couple of days.

BABSMOORE10300. - The thought of cancer is scary, but if the lump is anything it is better to know what it is and how it can be treated. That's what mammograms are for, to check and see if we are okay. It's really hard to wait, but that's what we do. We support one another during the waiting time and also whatever, if anything, comes next. Ask this team questions, and someone will answer.

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Thank you Moon; still haven't heard from the lymphedema specialist, but my wrist is no longer hurting and the swelling has gone down a little bit. I will ask about what is going on with my referral the next time I am at the cancer center for my injection, unless the pain comes back, then I will call them before that.

BABSMOORE10300, I am keeping you in my prayers. I know it's hard not to freak out; I remember how I felt when I found a lump. If it's any comfort, I have read that 80% of breast lumps turn out to be benign, so I am praying the odds are in your favor. emoticon


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I had a mammogram yesterday and my doctor's office called today saying they found a lump. I have to have a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound next Friday, so I'm on pins and needles for the next week. Just freaking out a bit. emoticon

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Feeling glad that it's Friday otherwise, feeling a little emoticon . I hurt my leg again which means I have to cut back on my workouts. Fine except for the fact that they get me thru the day emotionally. My eating has been anything but good this week also. I think I just need a few days of me time which isn't going to happen any time soon because we are short handed until we hire a new receptionist. Wouldn't be so bad if it was at our branch, but we have to work at the main bank more hrs. and it stresses me out. If I hear someone else ask me why I don't want full time I'm gonna scream. If I wanted a full time job I wouldn't have applied for the part time job I have!

Sorry to vent. I'm tired of the snow and cold too!

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We got about three inches of snow yesterday afternoon and woke up to 18 degrees and a two hour school delay. Thankfully the afternoon sunshine has melted about half of it. A thunderstorm may come tonight or tomorrow according to the TV weather. That should take care of washing the rest of it away. I hope we're done with the white stuff now, but who knows...

Shari I hope you have an appt scheduled to find out about dealing with lymphedema, and relieving the pain in your wrist. It's good that you got to see your internist too and have the standing orders for your care. I hope you had a sunny afternoon like we had here today and that you were able to manage with your swollen hand and arm. You've been in my thoughts and prayers, and I'll keep you there.
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Snow and ice expected later today. Maybe a bit of rain mixed in. Not happy!

I have a breakfast get together this morning with people I work with. Good thing I will have time to come home and work out!

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I agree, NO MORE SNOW! We've had the colder temps here but thankfully, no new snow.

Busy day today with appointments.
1st appointment was at the cancer center for lab work and an injection; when the nurse doing those heard about my wrist pain, she was concerned because it was a new area of pain for me and came on suddenly (it started on Friday) so she had me stay and talk to the nurse practitioner. I also have swelling in my hand and lower arm with it.

The NP strongly suspected it was lymphedema ( I'm prone to it because I had lymph nodes taken out of my right side when I had my mastectomy in 2003) so she said she would refer me to a lymphedema specialist, she said it's something I need to get taken care of. Just to rule out that the pain was from a fracture or something else, she had me get x-rays of my wrist, but I found out later this afternoon that they were ok. Now I am just waiting for a call from the specialist to set up an appointment. I hope it's soon, because it really hurts!

I had an appointment with my internist in the afternoon, a followup from my last hospital stay because of the anemia. He gave me another standing order so that at least for the next 2 months, he wants me get my blood counts checked twice per week instead of just weekly. If my hemoglobin gets down to 9, he wants to go ahead and order a transfusion so that I don't have to wait to get to feeling as bad as I did the last time I went to the ER, and this way, if I need a transfusion, I can do it as an outpatient and not have to go through the ER. So anyway, now I am going to get my blood counts checked on Mondays and Thursdays.


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We woke up to about 6-8 inches of the white stuff this morning. Not happy! The weekend was rather somber. Too many unhappy events went on. It's Monday and I would like to crawl back into bed and take a nap!

Hoping tomorrow will be better.

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Sunny with a cool breeze here today. I'm glad we're not expecting any snow, and if you get some I hope it melts really fast Becky.

Our son called this morning and and said he was feeling back to normal, and his voice sounded strong. I am more convinced that he will be able to work tomorrow now that he is talkative and going outside some today.



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3 to 5 inches of snow? I sure hope not! Granted it will melt in a day or so but still, it's time for it to go away until next winter!


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Moon, I hope your son has a speedy recovery.

Kay, love the haircut!

Becky, I think we could use some rain here too, at least a good soaker to wash away what is left of the snow.

It's on the chilly side here today, 38 and windy, but a mostly sunny day, and it's still "warm" compared to January and February. I remember at this time last year it still felt like we were deep into winter.


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Kay-Your new hairstyle is cute!

Sunny today, but not sure about the rest of the weekend. Errands to run today and I have to take my car in for a check up and oil change.

Have a nice Saturday!

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Hello Moonglowsnana - glad your ice has melted - I can't believe it is the first day of Spring!!! I can't wait til the weather clears, warms and the flowers start to bloom. Have a terrific weekend all

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You look terrific Kay!

Have a good weekend Shari and everyone!

All the ice has melted in our bay. Finally the frozen white look of winter has disappeared!

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cute haircut!!!!

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Shari...glad to hear about your good number and that you don't have to go anywhere for a while.

Nana, it's amazing how quickly people can recover from a simple appendectomy these days. I hope your son's recovery continues to go smoothly and that it solved his problem.

I got a haircut today. It's my third one since finishing chemo and my first one with a real style. I'm very happy with it!


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I'm so looking forward to it finally being Spring! It looks like we may be seeing some wet weather coming up. Hopefully not this weekend though.

There are so many changes going on at work. I'm thinking it may be time to seriously start looking for another job. People are just not happy there and its really not the environment I want to work in. Time will tell.

Shari-I'm glad you are better. I hope this continues.

Have a great 1st day of Spring!

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Shari, I hope you have another good day tomorrow.

Our oldest son had an appendectomy yesterday so I was on pins and needles all day waiting to hear that he was in recovery. It was done with a tiny incision and he went home last night. I don't think he will go back to work until Monday though. He slept a lot today with his pain meds. He called this morning and again this afternoon before the kids came home from school to let me know he was doing okay. I am a worrier so I was relieved to hear from him.

We move into Spring officially tomorrow. I daresay we are all ready for it. Some of our bay ice has melted and we only have one pile of snow left on the west side of the house. Now we need some of St. Paddy's green to appear! Happy Spring!

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Thank you! Today I am feeling a little worn out again, but it's partly my own fault for staying up too late reading last night.

My hemoglobin was at 11.7 when it was checked today, a good number for me!
Got a few more errands taken care of today, but thankfully, I can just stay home now until Monday.


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Happy day to all!

Shari, I hope you continue to stay well.

Kay, thanks for sharing your gardening! emoticon emoticon

Been back to the gym last 2 days, hope to be on the right track as Spring begins tomorrow.

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I'm having one of my rare good days today! Hope I have another one tomorrow as I have a few things I need to get done.

This morning, a friend picked me so I could run a couple of errands and do some grocery shopping.

Warmer temps today, in the low 40's, but with the wind today, it feels more like the 30's.


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Happy Wednesday!

I went to my first Zumba class yesterday. It was fun. I really enjoy exercise when it doesn't feel like work...that's the way Zumba is. I'm sure I'll go back again. I also did a short (5 mile) bicycle ride yesterday. I'm trying to build up my bicyle riding stamina so we can do some longer organized rides this summer. I have a ways to go!

Wishing everyone a good day today.

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It's gotten colder here. The sun makes it feel a bit warmer but the wind is still cold. It looks the temps are going to be jumping around the rest of the week.

Shari-I hope you continue to feel better and I hope you get caught up on your sleep.

Kay-I wish I had a place to go with flats of seeds.

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I don't sleep well at the hospital either unless I am on pain medication that causes me to sleep through anything. Even on vacation I don't sleep well away from home the first night in a strange place. There is hardly anything more strange than a hospital room when you are the one trying to rest and sleep. I'm glad that you slept better last night at home in your own surroundings.

I hope you catch up even more tonight, and I'm glad you're feeling better.

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Kay, I was given an Ambien while in the hospital, but it still didn't help much. I'm also used to sleeping in a completely dark room, and the hospital room had a night light, and of course all the monitors and stuff like that have little lights on them too, and the window shade wasn't one that completely darkened the room either.

I slept much better last night though. Feeling a lot better today but still get tired easily. I guess I need more than one night to get caught up on my sleep.

It's turned colder here too. Yesterday we got up to 63; today it's 36 and very windy.


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Happy Tuesday Morning!

Shari, I'm really sorry you had to deal with that again. I'm glad the dr. rechecked your hemoglobin after dealing with your dehydration instead of sending you home. That would have been bad. I have spent many, many nights in the hospital (probably around 9 months of nights total in my lifetime). I usually ask the doctor for an order for a sleeping pill if my health is strong enough. I don't take sleeping pills at home, but I've just learned it is really helpful in the hospital. Sleeping pills lower blood pressure, so depending on what is going one....it's not always possible to take them. Hospitals sometimes feel like torture chambers. ugh...

We enjoyed celebrating hubby's birthday yesterday. We did go for our first bike ride of the season. We did about 6 miles in 40 minutes which is very, very slow....but it felt great to be out on a bike again. I plan on doing another ride today. We are in for a string of good weather.

My little lettuce and arugula flats are coming along. This is the arugula flat. I planted it about 3 days ago.


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Shari-hospitals are terrible for resting. They used to have quiet time in the afternoon at our hospital. No visitors were allowed at that time. It didnt help because you would have the nurses making all sorts of noise plus at the time I was very sick i the hospital and had a room mate that had visitors that wouldnt leave. They were extremely annoying. I sure hope you feel better soon!

Our warm temps are now gone. Although we'll still see upper 40's to near 50, its going to feel cold after the near 70 degree temps.

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Today was beautiful here in Chicago, but the temp is due to drop, I am enjoying the sunshine and trying not to dwell on other issues in m life

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Kay, emoticon to your husband!

Sunday, I woke up feeling really crappy again from the anemia. I ended up going to the ER again, as much as I wanted to avoid it. Besides the anemia, I had the rapid heart rate again and was dehydrated. Before they gave me 2 bags of fluid, my hemoglobin was 8.7, which was not low enough to qualify for a blood transfusion, but because of my symptoms, the ER doctor decided to check my blood counts again after the fluids, because sometimes with anemia, if you are dehydrated, fluids can dilute the blood and make the anemia worse, and sure enough that was the case for me. My hemoglobin after the fluids was down to 7.3, so they decided to give me a blood transfusion and also admit me for observation.

I am feeling a little better today, but still very tired; if you've ever spent a night in a hospital, you know they are not the best place for rest! I did not sleep very well last night, but I was very glad to get back home after I was discharged around noon. I have to go for some more lab work Thursday, and I have a followup with my internist next Monday.


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Shari, I'm echoing Kay's hopes for good test results today.

Kay, I hope the two of you get out on your bikes and enjoy your spring weather. That sounds like fun and I know the two of you like to bike. After the winter you've experienced since you got back from Florida the warm sunshine as you cycle down the road will feel good! I hope your birthday boy enjoys his chocolate. I would love that gift since the dark is my favorite too.

If dark chocolate could help me fight the anxiety I am having and the depression I'm hoping to avoid I would be eating the rest of the bar that I have in the pantry. I may be able to have one piece after I track my lunch. Now that I am staring at the picture of chocolate and my mouth is watering I am going to go track lunch and see where I'm at with my nutrition today.

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Happy Monday morning!

Shari, I hope you get good results today on your blood test.

Today is my hubby's birthday. It's supposed to be a pretty day here so I'm going to suggest we go for our first bike ride this spring. He's not big on birthday presents, but he does love dark chocolate. I've ordered all kinds of dark chocolate from Amazon that supposed to arrive today. It's the one thing I can get for him that I KNOW he will enjoy.


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It was another beautiful day! These days sure do wear me out! One more warm day tomorrow and then it's back to reality.

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Becky, I love to see crocus blooming! We don't have any at our new home, but I used to have them all over the place in Illinois. I need to remember to plant some this fall.

Today, it is supposed to get up to 68 and tomorrow 70 degrees. Oh happy day!!! We have had so much rain the past couple weeks that everything is really soggy here. Wind woud be a good thing to help dry things out.

We went to a dinner dance last night. I didn't have anything green to wear, so hubby and I went shopping. I ended up buying a dress, shoes, earrings, bracelet and necklace for a grand total of $16.50! It was all used items and looked pretty darn good when I put it all together. It was fun! I also like that I was supporting a local battered woman's shelter.

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All of our snow is gone. My crocus are blooming. The only thing I don't like is the wind. It is always windy. This week the temps are suppose to drop into the normal range. That will be a change from the 60's we've been having. Without the snow, at least we won't have to worry about extremely cold temps like last year. It is so nice to be able to leave the house without mittens on. I'm looking forward to the warmer weather to be here permanently.

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Happy Saturday everyone!

Shari, I'm glad the ice is going away where you are and it's safer to walk to the mailbox.

Another rainy day here. We plan on going to meet with some friends for an early dinner (4pm) in a nearby town. It will be nice with daylight savings that we won't have to drive back in the dark. It's a group that gets together every other week. We have missed every get together since before Christmas either because we were out of town or sick. I feel like our lives are getting back to "normal" at long last. Normal is sooo nice!

Wishing everyone a good Saturday.

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Kay, I never noticed that I looked at the changing seasons differently, but I now think of birthdays, holidays and other special days as "milestones".

Moon, I can relate to that, I feel like my body is wearing out too (especially my bone marrow right now.) I also use a cane, whenever I am walking outside of my house, but it's not much security when walking on ice, so I am grateful also for the snow and ice melting right now.

It's been so nice not to have to bundle for my short walk to get the mail; yesterday the only thing I had to put on was a zip front hoodie, and while we still have snow on the ground here, at least the ice is gone where I have to walk.


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I was fairly confident that everything would be fine after my initial diagnosis, but then I had reactions to the drugs and stopped the meds still hoping that I would be fine. When I had the recurrence and the mastectomy and reconstruction I was jolted into reality that we just never know. Then arthritis got hold of my knees and my foot making it difficult to get around, and after this awful winter of being unable to get outside with ice and a cane... I am so glad that winter is over, and I'm grateful for every good day, physically, emotionally and environmentally! My body is wearing out, but I am working hard to do what I can. Weight loss has helped my knees and adaptations to our house has helped. Warm sunny spring days certainly improve my outlook. With spring comes new hope!

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I didn't notice it after my cancer diagnosis, but I did after I eded up in intensive care after a surgery that went wrong. The world looked so different after I got out of the hospital. I will never forget that. Changes in my life, family, etc. has also made me aware of things more now also. No matter what, we never know when our lives will be over so enjoy every day!


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