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7/4/15 6:49 A

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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.


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7/3/15 8:28 A

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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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7/3/15 7:11 A

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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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7/2/15 5:46 P

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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.


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7/1/15 7:51 P

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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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Fran, I am so sorry! I will send up some prayers for her.

I had an appointment with the pain clinic today; nothing urgent, just a followup, but I missed it. I had called Dial a Ride yesterday to schedule a pickup for this morning, but the bus never showed up; when I called to ask about it, I was told I had not been added to the schedule. Needless to say, that upset me, but at that point, there was nothing I could do; it was too late to find someone else to take me, so I had to cancel it and the earliest I could get my appointment rescheduled was August 11th.


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7/1/15 7:58 A

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Here we go again, damn. My niece just found out she has breast cancer. All I know is that it is stage 1 invasive ductal. She is 47. Her cousin died 3 months ago from breast cancer and her sister died of lung cancer 1 year ago. This family is reeling from this news. She will find out her treatment options next week. I hate cancer!!!


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The sun finally came out late in the day yesterday. Today is starting out just like it again. There is no rain in the forecast thru the 4th so far. Tomorrow we have an outdoor concert to attend which happens every year and is really good. It's a free concert which kicks off our Beethoven festival.

This year, I think we will take a picnic lunch down there to enjoy.

Have a great day!

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6/30/15 3:40 P

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Kay, my oncologist gave me another form for a weekly standing order for the blood draws, but it doesn't specify a certain day. I think I will stick with Mondays, though I went today instead of yesterday for this weeks, because yesterday, I had to stay home to sign for my package from the pharmacy, and since I had just had the blood counts checked for my internist last Thursday, I figured I was ok with waiting a day.

I still have my standing order for Thursdays just in case the hemoglobin gets low enough where it needs to be checked twice per week.

With the Ibrance, I'm going to watching the white counts as closely as the hemoglobin. Today my hemoglobin was good, 12.3; down from last week, but that is still in the normal range.


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Shari-I hope everything goes well with this new drug. Capsules can be a pain to take. I'm glad you can take them with food.

Kay-Way to Go on the 8 miles. That distance right now would probably kill my legs. As tired as I would be, the pain in my legs would keep me awake.

Our temps haven't been nearly that warm. Low 80's at the most. I'm hoping it warms up next week when I'm on vacation. I really want to go to the pool. Plus the dogs need a bath and we always do that outside in the summer.



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6/29/15 6:34 P

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Jean, that's really hot! I'm sorry you are having to deal with that. Montanna is a beautiful place to live. Good for you for starting to work out with hand weights. I need to get back to that to build up the strength in my arm on my ALND side.

Shari, I'm glad the new medication came today as expected. What day are you ging to get your blood draws done? Will they be checking your hemoglobin while they are at it? I hope so.

I walked eight miles today! I did it in three different walks. The first two were hour-long 3 mile walks and the last one was a two mile walk. My feet are kind of tired, but the rest of me feels fine. I have a friend who is going through chemo again for a local recurrence of her breast cancer. She ran a half marathon the week after she finished her last AC infusion. She's half way through getting 12 weekly taxol infusions and just walked 8 miles yesterday. I figure if she can walk 8 miles two thirds of the way through a rough chemo treatment, I can walk 8 miles a little over a year out from finishing treatment! I expect to sleep soundly tonight.

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I am feeling good today. I have been walking everyday and started back to working out with light hand weights. It is hot here in Troy, Montana. It was in the hundreds over the weekend. The last two nights we slept till midnight on the front deck on a blow-up mattress and then move inside to the bedroom. MOM2ACat- I hope your new medicine works out for you. I have used applesauce to help the pills go down. My sister the nurse was the one who told me about the applesauce.

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I got my first months supply of the Ibrance today; the pills are quite large, and since they are capsules, they cannot be cut in half. But they have to be taken with food, so at least if I can take them with food, that will make them easier to swallow. I'll start them tonight at dinner time. The biggest thing I have to watch out for with this drug is the white blood counts, so I will continue to get my CBC checked weekly.


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We don't have a large garden, but we grow a few things. Mostly stuff I would make a salad with.

It's very foggy this morning. Yesterday wasn't a total washout. Most of the day was really nice. It rained first thing in the morning and then again after dinner. It poured then.

I didn't accomplish as much as I would've like, but I will get it done this week.

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Shari, I'm glad to hear your headaches have stopped.

Becky, we get a lot of food from the Farmer's Market too. I have about decided to quit growing veggies altogether (except for my aspargus bed and some herbs). The local farmers do it so much better than I do.

We are having an awesome day here weather-wise. Low humidity, sunny and cool with a breeze. No need for AC today.

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6/28/15 8:28 A

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We had a really nice day yesterday. I got a lot at the Farmers Market, which surprised me. I didn't realize that much stuff was ready.

Afterwards I went for a haircut and then took my mom some veggies and then went to a car show. Followed by lunch. Saw an old friend which made me happy and sad. Happy because I haven't seen her in awhile and sad that she's moving out of state next week.

Today is starting out rainy. We need the rain so I won't complain.

Have a great Sunday!

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I worked in retail for years, and it always seemed like the different "seasons" started earlier and earlier each year. I remember seeing boxes of Valentine candy and gifts in the back room before Christmas Eve one year. Around here, the stores are already clearancing all their summer clothes.

I'm finally off the oral antibiotics, and the bad headaches have stopped along with them. It's not a good side effect, but I'm also relieved too, that the headaches are not a sign of another problem starting.


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Moon, that sounds like a good idea to try taking your medicine at night if it makes you tired.

Shari, I bet you are really looking forward to your first delivery of your new med. I hope you tolerate it well.

Becky, I had to laugh at your comment about not having spring cleaning finished while retailers are getting ready to put out back to school clothes. It always amazes me how they do things so much in advance.

We went to Costco (an hour's drive away in Knoxville, TN) yesterday because it was supposed to be really hot with thunderstorms making it hard for hubby to paint outside. When we left Costco to come home, our car thermometer registered 102 degrees (from the hot parking lot). We ran into a thunderstorm coming up the mountain to our house and the thermometer went down to 76 degrees. Once we got out of the storm and up on the plateau where we live, it was up to 86 degrees! It was kind of fun to watch it change so rapidly. Fortunately, the rain on the mountain was brief and not too intense....driving up the mountain during a bad thunderstorm can be pretty scary.


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A beautiful day ahead! Maybe we'll get to the pool this afternoon. Hard to believe that we're heading into the last week of June already. My son's girlfriend works in retail and we were talking about how back to school stuff will be out in a couple of weeks. She said they've already had their meetings about the upcoming Xmas holiday. So sad! To think I haven't even finished my spring cleaning!

Have a great weekend!

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My doctor called me early last evening. She wants me to take my medicine at night and if it is causing the tiredness I should sleep well at night. So I will switch it tonight and see her next week when we will evaluate and go from there.

The price for your new medicine is almost unbelievable isn't it! I was thinking that it might cost hundreds so this is wonderful news. I hope it works well for you Shari. Have a great weekend!

It looks like more rain for us. They are predicting 1 to 3 inches by Saturday. I'm glad it's not snow or ice, and I'm hoping the sump pump keeps working like a champ!

Take care all!!!

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Moon, I hope you hear from your doctor by today.

I found out today that my copay for the Ibrance will only be $5.88, it's a big relief that I won't have to worry about how I will pay for it; with it being a brand new drug, I was expecting it to much higher than that. UPS will deliver it on Monday, so I will start it then.


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6/25/15 3:01 P

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Shari You seem to be the one most UP among us today! And for good reason your numbers are great! I know you are pleased! So are we!

I am having some extra tiredness even though I should be well rested. I don't feel depressed just exhausted for no obvious reason unless it is some of my medicine. So I called and left a message for my doctor. I have an appointment with her next week, but I didn't want to wait that long to ask.

After a rainy morning conducive to napping it has turned out to be a pleasant afternoon. If I weren't so sleepy I might have some initiative to accomplish something. As it is I am not so inclined to tear into any of the number of things that need to be done. Maybe it's just the weather? Did Noah get tired on the ark? I know there were all the animals that needed attention and could not be ignored. My daughter and the grands will arrive next week so I need to wake up and get some stuff done before they appear on my horizon!

Becky and Kay - we need to snap out of it! If only it were that easy! I've had the AC on so I can't blame the humidity for sapping my energy. I've also gained a dozen pounds since vacation in about a month. That is adding to my general malaise I think. So if any of these concerns identify my problem maybe I am on the way to finding out what to do to make it different and hopefully better. I'm not reading any sad books at the moment, but I have been able to read a little now that my vision seems to be better with more healing time and new glasses. It's always something! To better health and feeling better!!! emoticon

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I find that I go through periods of feeling anxious about being a breast cancer survivor that tend to bring me down. I think that is part of what is going on right now. I'm coming up on my two year anniversary of my diagnosis and for triple negative BC people like me, years 2-3 are critical years. Today is much better than I was feeling a couple days ago. I've come to recognize the anxiety for what it is and focus on the present. I'm tired of living in worry....it doesn't do any good.

Shari, I'm happy for you that your blood tests came back so good this time. I imagine that a lot of the fatigue is related to recovering from the cellulitus. It has made your body work even harder to heal from the infection. I hope you are feeling some more energy in the next week or so.

Today, I transplanted some volunteer tomato plants that sprang up in my flowerbed into some fabric grow bags. I've never used a fabric grow bag before, but I have read good things about them. It will be interesting to see how the tomato plants do in them.

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Kay, earlier this year, I read 3 books about death and dying; I don't usually have more than one book going at once, but when I read those, I had some "light and fluffy" fiction I was reading at the same time, because as helpful as those books are, they can be depressing also.

Becky, I think that is good idea to discuss that with your doctor, I hope you do not have to wait too long to see him.

I had a CBC done today, and my numbers are good! 13.2 for my hemoglobin, and platelets have really improved, 148 today! Normal is 150-450; I remember back several months ago they were in 50-75 range, and at that time, my oncologist did not think they would get much higher than that.


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Kay-I can survive during the day if it's warm or humid, but when it's time to sleep, I need it cool. We've been running the A/C quite a bit lately because of that.

I've also been a bit down lately. I'm not due to see my dr. yet, but yesterday I was thinking I should add to my appt. that I want to discuss with him about putting me back on meds. I'm having such a hard time balancing things out lately. I'll have a good day and think things are getting better, only to get back to reality the following day.

A long day at work today. Hopefully I will have a break for lunch. I'm suppose to only be filling in for someone until about 10 and then I don't have to be back until 12 for my dreaded meeting with my manager.



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Shari, it's good to see you posting again.

I'm feeling much better today. I was just tired and depressed yesterday. It didn't help that I was reading Being Mortal either! It's a good book, but a sad topic. I'm glad that I read it, but I've deliberately chosen a light fiction for my next read. I also made a point of making sure the air conditioner was on enough last night to keep me cool enough to sleep soundly. I think I've been waking up in a sweat from the heat during the night which was bringing me down. I sleep so much better when the room is cool and low humidity.

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Moon, I'm glad you had a good doctor visit!

Kay, my day yesterday was kind of a "lost" day too; I know mine was due to fatigue, but it still gets discouraging.


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I had kind of a "lost day" today. For no reason at all.....oh well.

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I had my yearly physical this morning and got the new Pneumonia shot. My doctor is taking me off my cholesterol meds and giving me a higher dosage of Vit D for the rest of the summer and then I go back to 1000 mg daily. She was really pleased with my weight loss and blood pressure. I told her that it was all Spark People!

Shari I'm glad you will have the new drug, soon I hope. I think we are expecting your weather here tomorrow with low humidity and maybe a day with NO rain. I drove in hard rain for about an hour this morning. I was glad to get back home.

Now I'll get the mail and deal with that bit of paperwork before I get to work on clearing table tops, and endless job... Have a good late afternoon and evening everyone.

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The Ibrance in an oral med.

The storms continued to stay away from us yesterday, going north or south of us. Today is it cooler, much less humid, and breezy.


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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Shari, I'm glad to hear that you are one step closer to getting your new medication. Is Ibrance an oral med or by infusion? I hope it works to slow the progression and maybe even shrink some of the cancer without bad side effects. Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

Becky, I can relate to feeling like summer is slipping by with work around the house and yard. We really didn't do much outside yard work for the last two summers while I was in treatment and recovering. We also didn't do many of the indoor projects that we normally would have done because I didn't want to be dealing with paint smells and mess etc. This summer, we are spending a lot of time trying to get caught up. I really feel grateful to be able to be doing these projects, but I also wish I could clone myself and be out on a real vacation somewhere. Our trips up to Illinois this summer to help my son have been wonderful, but they are "work vacations". Hopefully, we will do some "non-work" travelling in the fall and over the winter....at least that is the plan.

It's hot and humid here this week. Hubby is almost done painting the railing on our deck in the backyard. It's on the south side of the house and is in the sun most of the day, so he is only able to "comfortably" work on it a few hours each day due to the intense heat from the sun. I think he might be able to finish it up today. It looks great. It is one of those projects that normally would have been painted a couple of years ago. It will be nice to have that one off the list!

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It really looked like we were going to get some bad storms yesterday morning, but all we got was some rain and a few cracks of lightning. When the sun came out it warmed up and got quite humid. I love summer, but this year I've been a bit frustrated. We haven't done anything but work around the house. I'm really missing my days off during the week and my Friday's taking off and going places and finding different places to have lunch.

My house is a total mess because of the extra people living here, but by Sunday, we will have the house to ourselves again. I will miss their company but not their mess. I will also miss the dog, but he will be back in a couple of weeks. Plenty of time for me to get the dog hair all cleaned up!

The garden is doing well. We went to the garden center and got our first fresh strawberries. Yum! I want to do strawberry jam again, but I'm not sure if we will have the time.

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I got a letter in the mail today from BCBS (my Medicare supplement) that they have approved the Ibrance my oncologist wants me on. Still waiting to hear from the specialty pharmacy though, so I have no idea what the copay will be on it.

We got some much needed rain this afternoon. Under a severe thunderstorm watch until 9pm, but so far, nothing severe in my area, barely heard any thunder with the last shower that moved through.


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I'm with you Kay. I want a long summer, but 4th of July is coming fast. It sounds like you are making some progress on the pants. The thirty pairs should hold him for awhile!

We are running behind on our spring projects and weeding. Now that summer is here we are even further behind. We have a very old pool which we are working on, hoping to get it opened before the grands arrive for summer swimming. It's still a bit green and leaking from one juncture so the pool people have been called to help. In the meantime weeds are growing and blooming, fortunately the tomatoes are thriving and the herbs are greening up their pots. Summer is a coming in so the song says and I love it!

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I got 4 pairs of pants done yesterday, so I have one more pair to do this morning so I can ship them off. It was really hot outside yesterday, so we didn't get any more weeding or outdoor projects done. I can't believe yesterday was the Summer Solstice already. I want this summer to last forever....hot or cold!

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It was a busy weekend. I got alot accomplished. It felt really good.

We have storms approaching this morning. Lots of rain in the forecast for today. I love morning storms though.

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Happy Sunday!

I've been busy today hemming pants for my short son. He's only 5'3" and can't get pants that fit in the inseam. When I was visiting him, I discovered he had about 35 pairs of pants...all about 5 inches too long. I brought them back to Tennessee with me and have been hemming them in batches of 5 and mailing them back to him!

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Kay, I have no idea what caused the infection in my arm, and my doctor said he can't say for sure if it has anything to do with my immune system being lower, or if it was just because it started in the arm that has had the lymph nodes removed.

The swelling has gone down quite a bit since I've been home from the hospital, and the rash is looking better each day.


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The rain ended before the start of the race. My son and I got there just in time. The rest of the day was really nice. Today looks to be a beautiful day before strong storms arrive again. There are so many things I want to get done today. I hope I can accomplish them!

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Becky, good luck with your 5k. It was pouring down rain when I woke up here this morning. I hope the storms pass through before the race where you are.

Shari, hooray for being back and posting. How is your arm today? I just think it's wierd that you are having problems with it after all these years. I wonder if it's because your WBC runs low these days. Do you have any idea what precipitated this episode? In any event, I'm glad you are back home.

I have a lot of things I need to be doing, but I'm not feeling very motivated. My goal is to get some weeding done in two areas of our yard which are very difficult to weed. There is so much to be done in each area. Usually, I weed until I fill up a big lawn bag and then I tell myself I'm done for the day. I guess that is what I'll try to do today.

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Shari-I'm sorry to hear that. I'm glad you're home now. I have never had that, but it's always in the back of my mind when I'm out gardening or doing anything else. I'm so careful with my left arm. I want to avoid that happening. emoticon On the new treatment.

Today I'm suppose to run a 5k, but we have storms coming thru. Will have to see if they move out in time. Otherwise it's shopping with my kids today and then cleaning and laundry. Along with a visit to my moms.

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I ended up in the hospital with a cellulitis infection in my right arm, (the same arm I had lymph nodes removed from when I had my bilateral mastectomy in 2003); I went to the ER Tuesday afternoon with a very red, painful, and swollen hand and arm, and a fever. They kept me for a couple of days to give me I.V. antibiotics. I went home around 7:45pm yesterday. Now I am on oral antibiotics for 7 days.

Still waiting for the insurance to approve my cancer drug, but at least I have the name of it now; I asked the nurse to write it down for me when I went for my Halotestin injection this morning, it's called Ibrance, and from what I have read about it online, the FDA just approved it in February of this year.


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Happy Friday!

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6/19/15 7:52 A

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Oooh homemade strawberry jam would taste good on Kay's bread! You two are so industrious, and Kay is becoming a seasoned seamstress as well.

We're expecting more rain, and I'm feeling like we live in a swampy jungle. I hope it dries out so my husband can mow before we have to rake. The geese and ducks are happy, but the rest of us have had enough rain for a good while. Have a good weekend everyone.

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Kay-your bread looks really good!

We've had some nice weather in between the rain this week, but it may be a wet weekend. I've got a few things to get done this weekend, but DH and one of my sons and his girlfriend will be out of town for a wedding so I'm taking the others shopping for a Father's Day gift on Saturday. It's our summer festival this weekend so we might take in some of the sights depending on the weather. Plus it's strawberry season and I want to get some strawberries. Not sure if we will be able to make jam this year though. Depends on how much time we have.

Have a great weekend!

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Becky, I'm glad your son's tooth extraction went well. You are right. That is A LOT of pants to hem.

I made gluten free bread yesterday for the first time. I can't believe how good it was compared to anything I have found store bought. I'm very pleased!


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It was a beautiful day yesterday. My son did fine having his wisdom teeth removed. So hopefully everything will continue to go smoothly for him.

Rain is back in the forecast today. Hopefully it will hold off long enough for me to get my run in.

Enjoy the day!

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Kay-that's a lot of pants to hem!

2 days of tracking have paid off for me. I got rid of the weight I gained over the weekend. It's going to be a tempting week though. I've got a meeting tomorrow night and they are serving strawberry shortcake for dessert. Sat. I'm taking the kids shopping and they want Pizza. Pizza is really bad for me and this place is a buffet! I will have to work extra hard prior to that!

We get a day of sunshine before the rain returns. We've had the A/C on the last couple of days because of the humidity. I went for a run yesterday morning and thought I was gonna die. It was really hard to breathe. Today should be better. I should be able to get out for a walk this afternoon when my son is resting. I don't have to be around all of the time, but enough if he needs me.

Have a great day!

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It's very warm here today and I have the AC on. I like to try to run it as little as possible, but today is one of those days.

I've been busy this morning hemming pants for my son. He is very short and can't buy regular pants with a short enough inseam. I discovered he was walking around in pants that were all about 4 inches too long so I told him I would hem them for him. He had about 30 pairs!!! I've brought them back to Tennessee with me and I'll mail them back to him as they get done. Today, I did 5 pairs so that should hold him for a while.

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I need to get back to tracking both nutrition and exercise. When I was away for a couple of weeks I got out of the habit and gained, so getting back on track will be this week's goal.

My jar of marshmallow fluff is empty, removing that major temptation so that's good. Now if I can avoid picking up anything else that I love too much!

I think we are expecting rain every day this week and we had rain both days of the weekend. Soon we will be able to make hay in the back yard! Our three tomato plants have fruit and blooms and I planted parsley and basil. I want to get some oregano and that will be it for a garden I think. Being gone the last two weeks of May made me feel like I missed spring in Ohio this year, and summer is going crazy already.

I hope your son gets along okay with his wisdom teeth. It will be reassuring to both of you with you taking the afternoon off to watch him. Hopefully you will both have a restful afternoon.

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Day 1 of tracking went well. It helped that it was warm and humid so the appetite wasn't there. Today will be the tough day as I go to work this afternoon. We keep a bag of chocolates in a drawer for everyone to enjoy. Not me though. I do allow myself 2 pcs. of dark chocolate a day and will take them with me.

Rain is in the forecast again today. I'm really getting tired of all of the rain we've been getting lately. We need to dry out a bit. Sunshine tomorrow which will be nice because I'm working in the morning and taking the afternoon off to keep an eye on my son after he has his wisdom teeth removed.

So far, so good with our garden. Everything is growing. Hopefuly we'll have a bumper crop of everything this year.

Have a great day!

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We got home safe and sound yesterday. It's always good to find the house in one piece when we get home after being gone for a while. I'm amazed how much all the plants have grown outdoors in just a little over a week.

Becky, good luck with your food tracking! I feel like I need to develop more consistency with exercise.

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I didn't accomplish anything yesterday. Oh wait, I stuffed food into my face! Today I've began my calorie counting again. It's going to be tough until everyone eats all of the goodies in the house. I'm determined to stick with it.

The weather was crappy yesterday and so far today it's foggy and dreary. Very humid also. Everything feels wet in the house. I'm hoping the sun shines sometime today. I need to mow my moms grass.

Have a nice day!

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Happy Saturday!

Today was my last full day with my youngest son before we drive back to Illinois. We got a lot done this week in terms of cleaning out a lot of clutter and getting a lot of yard work done. I have really enjoyed all the time that I got to spend with my son.

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WEEZIEJEAN that is great news! emoticon

I had my oncologist appointment earlier today to go over my recent CT scans. The cancer has spread some more within the bones (mostly in the spine and ribs) and also in the liver; my liver is now 30% tumor; but the good news is that for now, the cancer is not affecting the liver enzymes, so the liver is still functioning as it should.

He said there is a brand new drug that he wants to try; I can't remember what it's called, just that it begins with an "A", and since it's so new, it's only available from a specialty pharmacy. I'll have to wait for the pharmacy to call me and set up the delivery. I will be taking it along with another drug called Femera; both are oral drugs, and they are not chemo, but hormonal treatments. He is also going to keep me on the Halotestin injections because he said they are helping to keep my blood counts up.


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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