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12/25/14 4:29 P

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Kay, I have found that sometimes too much sleep leaves me feeling kind of sluggish, but more often I have the opposite problem of not enough sleep. Hope you are feeling better now!

We never did get that snow that was in the forecast; we just had rain most of the night.

I enjoyed getting together with my cousins, but after 3 1/2 hours, I had to go home; the fatigue hit me pretty bad. That nap I planned on taking never happened; I did lay down, but I wasn't able to fall asleep. I'm hoping my blood counts will start going up soon, because I think that would really help with my energy levels.


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12/24/14 1:09 P

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Merry Christmas Eve!

It's a rainy windy day here....very strange for me after spending 30 years in the Chicago area where snow is much more likely for Christmas. We went out to breakfast at Cracker Barrel this morning as a treat. I'm feeling tired today for some reason. I slept 12 hours last night. Hubby thinks it's because I slept too much. I think if if I get some exercise in, I'll probably feel better.

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12/24/14 11:11 A

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All my love to my teammates, have a Blessed Christmas Eve!
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I am not doing too much today, church, wrapping a few gifts, taking it easy.

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12/24/14 10:24 A

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Kay, I had poured the fudge into a foil lined pan; just took it out of the pan and I am letting it sit for a bit and warm up so I can cut it, but I think it turned out pretty well.

I'm usually in PJs by 5pm too; only today, I'll have to be getting dressed up instead. Someone is picking me up though, so I don't have to worry about driving. I plan on a nap this afternoon so that hopefully I will have a little extra energy tonight.

We have rain here too, but it's supposed to start turning to snow around 3pm.


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Shari,I'm not big on being out after dark either these days. Even though it's been a while since I finished treatment (May 15th), I still find I'm tired in the evenings. I like to put on my jammies when the sun goes down! This time of year, that's VERY early.

BTW...I do think you could count standing and stirring to make the fudge for at least 10 minutes of workout. I hope it turned out okay.

It's pouring down raining here this afternoon complete with loud thunder and lighting. I'm not used to this in December! It's supposed to be 60 degrees here tomorrow (with more rain)!

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12/23/14 4:05 P

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Thank you Kay; I had never heard of it either, and I made sure I got the correct spelling of it from the nurse before I left yesterday so I could look it up online, which is the first thing I did when I got back home. My oncologist also told me it's actually a very old treatment for breast cancer.

I made a batch of fudge this morning for a family gathering at my cousin's house tomorrow night. Looking forward to it, but I think I'm going have to take a nap in the afternoon so that I have the stamina to get through the evening. It's been a long time since I've been out after dark, lol.


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Shari, I'm glad your MO had something to offer. I had never heard of Halotestin until your post. I looked it up. It does seem to boost platelet counts and other blood cell counts so that will be good. I hope is works to slow down your cancer. Hopefully, the SE's will not be as harsh as chemo has been. Thanks for posting and letting us know. I've been thinking of you today. ((hugs))

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I'm definitely off the chemo, because it's just too hard on my platelets and bone marrow, but my oncologist is going to try a hormonal treatment called Halotestin. It's not a cure, but if it works, it will slow the cancer down, and he thinks it will improve my platelet count too. I don't know when I will be starting it, since it will have to shipped to me from a specialty pharmacy.

I'm a little nervous about the side effects, but also feeling more hopeful than I did before my appointment today.

We have rain on the way too; it's supposed to rain right through Christmas Eve but by then, it could be mixed with snow.


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12/22/14 11:01 A

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Thanks Kay. I can be fine one moment and then something about my brother will pop into my head and then I realize that he's never going to be here again. I'm not sure if that's the only thing that's getting me down this year or if something else is going on. If it continues after the holidays, I'm going to have to go and see someone.

Our temps have been very mild again, but also no sunshine and foggy. They say we're suppose to get some snow, but the air doesn't quite feel like it yet. I guess I'm ok with it snowing on Xmas Eve and Day, but afterwards, we need to have Spring!

We get fed at work this week, so after the early morning meeting I had, I came home and ran. Cookies and goodies are not good for me and I just have to look at them and I put on a lb.

Have a nice Monday everyone!

Shari-I hope the news is promising today!

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Shari and Becky, I can relate to how you are feeling this year. I took care of my dad with dementia in my home for several years. He died a couple years ago in Oct. That first Christmas without him was brutal. I wanted to jump out of my skin I felt so depressed that holiday. I'm sorry you are both having to deal with losses of loved ones right now. It is tough. It did help me to be trying to help support my mom through it. I hope you each find a way to find some peace and comfort in the coming days.

Shari, you will be on my mind today as you go back to the MO to hear what he has to say. I know you have said you feel prepared for whatever he has to say and I believe you. Even so, just know that I will be there with you in spirit as you go talk to him. ((Hugs))

I am in a pretty good spot. I just found out that my youngest son is coming down to visit right after Christmas. I'm looking forward to seeing him and pampering him. He lives alone and has never dated. He's extremely shy. I think it will be great for him to be down here for a few days and get to spend time with us. I think he would have tried to drive down right before Christmas, but the weather is supposed to be horrible between here and Chicago for Tues and Wed. I'd rather him wait and be safe. It's a hard drive to make alone even in good weather.

Wishing everyone a good day.

Kay

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I know what you mean about the holidays Becky; I'm kind of ready for them to be over with this year, with the loss of my mom.


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Finished up on some baking yesterday. I still need to bake a couple of batches of cookies I mixed up yesterday. I am very tired of sugary stuff right now. At least it gives me the incentive to work out!

Today I have to wrap presents and do some housework and laundry of course. Plus I need to go and visit with my mom. It's a tough week for her. I know she's really looking for the holidays to be over this year. I'm pretty much feeling that way also.

Shari-sorry about the pain. My brother used to wear a pain patch. The first day he put a new one on was tough. After that it was better. Never really took all of the pain away though.

Kay-I'm glad you were able to have crepe's again. I don't eat much in breads, etc. either, but I do get cravings for things too.

Have a nice Sunday!

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Happy Sunday!

Shari, I'm sorry the pain patch didn't work out. I just read your blog and commented there about it. I hope today is a good day for you.

Today is the shortest day of the year. I always feel like it's a milestone because from now on the days will be getting longer. We went out to eat with some friends yesterday afternoon at 4 pm. It was pitch black as we were driving home around 6:15. It's pretty amazing that by the middle of January, it will be so much lighter in the evenings than it is now.

Wishing everyone a great day.

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Crepes sound so good! I haven't had any in quite a while.

Yesterday was not such a good day; I tried the pain patch my PA at the pain clinic wanted me to try, but I ended up with bad side effects; felt very light headed and nauseous and decided that it isn't for me. I can tolerate the pain a lot better than I could those side effects, so I am going to stick with my oral med for now.

Feeling much better today, even with the usual aches and pains.


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Happy Saturday!

I am happy because I think I've found a gluten-free flour mixture that is actually pretty good. I had crepes yesterday morning with it. It's the first time I've had crepes since last summer when I found out I had gluten intolerance. I'm glad to have found out that I have a gluten problem, but I find I've really been craving certain foods. The main thing I've been wanting is a cinamon roll....I think it's the smell. Many gluten-free breads are terrible...they sort of crumble in my mouth instead of being chewy. This flour mixture that I tried yesterday didn't do that. I don't eat much bread or pasta etc. normally, but every once in a while....I just want something like that. It looks like now I have a chance.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

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Have a wonderful Saturday!

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12/19/14 7:23 P

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Good evening!

The temps. have cooled. We even saw a little sunshine. We've got alot of precip. headed our way.
Most of my shopping is done. I need to do my grocery shopping this weekend. First I have to decide what I'm going to have to eat.



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It's been foggy here in Tennessee with rain off and on. This weather is typical for us for this time of year....kind of gloomy.

I think I have my Christmas cards done. Everytime I think I'm done, I think of someone else I wanted to send a card to...so I guess it's not over until it's over!

I stayed home from my workout this morning because my legs have been sore from all I've been doing this week. I did practice a new line dance at home using YouTube to help me learn it. I did that for over an hour so I counted it as 30 minutes of exercise...there were a lot of pauses as I had to rewind the video so I could see the steps. I've discovered that the harder dances can be very aerobic. I'm really enjoying it as a new way of getting some movement in.

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12/16/14 4:50 P

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Thank you Becky.

Your weather sounds the same as ours; we had another foggy day today, but we have wind and snow coming for tomorrow. We don't have sun in the forecast though until Thursday.


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Shari-I hope he can find more options for you.

The dense fog should finally be gone but in turn we have colder temps and its windier outside. I'm fine with it as long as the sun finally shines.

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12/15/14 6:47 P

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Becky, we've had dense fog here also; been 3 days in a row for us. We have rain mixed with snow in the forecast for tomorrow.

KATZ, I'm glad you were able to enjoy a "me" day, we all need one of those from time to time.

I had an oncologist appointment this afternoon, a followup on the CT scan I had on Friday. It was not good news; the cancer has spread a little bit more in the liver, and now it's in the lungs too. The biggest problem is that my bone marrow is getting "worn out" from from all the chemo I've had the past, that is why I've had such a problem with the platelet counts these past weeks. My doctor told me we may be running out of options as far as treatment goes.

He wants to do some more research though, so I am going to see him again next Monday and I'll find out then how we will proceed from here. If he does continue with the chemo, I will be having that the Friday after Christmas.


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Hoping everyone is doing good...Shari, praying for you and hoping that all will bve well when you go back to the Dr emoticon

I have been very under the weather recently, feeling a little better now, actually got some ME stuff done today- got myself a jacket, finally colored my hair...makes quite a difference to how I feel! It was a sunny day today- I preferred yesterday with the rain, but I can't have it all !

Went off track with my diet today- I can't believe I had fast food- I usually avoid it as much as I can...actually, my daughter wanted to treat me to lunch, and that was the only option in her price range...I didn't want to disappoint her, as she was being so sweet...Never mind! Back on track tomorrow!
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Shari, keeping my fingers crossed for you for some good news as you get your report and go to the doctor.

I'm up early today and the sun is just coming up as I am writing this. The sky and water (on our lake) are so beautiful. I love getting up and seeing the sunrise. Our little Christmas tree is right in front of the window with it's lights on....it's sooo pretty and peaceful. A wonderful time of day to up up.

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I hope everyone is feeling better today.

Baking was a disaster yesterday. I'm not a baker and I really wasn't in the mood to do it. I will finish it this morning before work and then I'm done.

The weather has been awful. Although the temps are warm, it's been dense fog for days now and today isn't going to be any better. It's really tough to have to have the lights on most of the day. The temps. are suppose to drop tonight and we're going to get much colder for the week, but we're also suppose to see some sun so I guess at this point I'll take the cold.

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Thank you Shari and Kay for the prayers and best wishes.
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Cyndi and Inga, thank you for the prayers!

Cyndi, hope you feel better soon.

Inga, I'm so sorry that you are in pain from the liver cysts.

The first half of my day was pretty good, but now I am trying to fight off a sinus headache, triggered by the change in weather. I am glad though, that it got warm enough to melt all of the ice around my house, makes for safer walking.


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Happy Saturday Hugs sweet friends! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I am hanging in there, still some pain, Dr. says liver cysts can hurt, they are just watching them.

Shari I am so sorry you became ill from the shakes, I cannot stomach anything like that. my prayers continue that you feel better today.

Kay, you amaze me and are so motivated, busy lady! emoticon

emoticon to new friends, my support is with you and I look forward to getting to know you. emoticon

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Hello!
It's been a crazy few weeks at my home. My 11 month old granddaughter lives with us. She was sick last week and teething. None of us rested much because we helped our daughter care for her. My dear daughter struggled in an abusive relationship and left the jerk earlier this year. We are so glad they are with us! I just hated seeing the baby so sick.

I did catch a bit of her cold. I'm taking lots of Vitamin C and drinking lots of water. Hopefully, it will pass soon. My hubby and I have also been working on our Christmas lists.

You've all been on my mind. Inga and Shari - you continue to be in my prayers!

Have a happy Saturday!

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12/12/14 5:48 P

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Inga, hope you are feeling better soon and you are in my prayers. emoticon

Kay, that class sounds like fun.

Had a bit of a rough morning with the CT scan; with my gastroparesis, it's not easy to chug those barium shakes down, but I did it. I ended up throwing up though after the dye was injected for the scan, even though the tech used less dye this time and pushed it in slower. I felt much better though after I was back home a few hours and finally my stomach feels back to normal now.


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Shari, I'm glad the shedding stopped.

Inga, I hope things are okay with you and that your liver pain goes down.

It's sunny here today....sunshine makes such a big difference. We went to an advanced line dancing class today for the first time. Wow! It was VERY aerobic, particularly since I didn't know what I was doing half the time. It was fun and we will go back. I'm just grateful to be able to do a class like that. It's a fun way to get in some aerobics.

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Friday emoticon Team! emoticon

Sending my prayers out, have a lovely, peaceful and restful weekend. emoticon emoticon emoticon

having some pain in my liver, I have cysts, hope I feel better, it's been a while since it hurt.

otherwise, saw my 2nd counselor yesterday, it helps as always. emoticon

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Good Morning!

I'm so glad it's Friday! I've got alt of things I need to get done this weekend.

I went grocery shopping last night and bought all of my baking goods. I still need to finish up on my Christmas shopping. I just have a couple of things left to buy.

The weather has been so gloomy. No sunshine at all. It always looks like its going to rain or snow. Not good for people who suffer from depression I'm usre.



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Rae, sending up prayers for both you and your sister.

Kay, I read your blog, I love the new haircut!

The shedding of my hair seems to have stopped for now; I think it's because it's been a month now since my last chemo. I'm sure it will start shedding again once I can start the chemo again, but maybe with the chemo only every 28 days, that shedding will slow down and maybe I won't lose it all.


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Rae, I'm wishing you continued NED with your checkup.

Shari, I hope your CT scan goes well and doesn't show any progression. I'm also hoping your platelets will start coming up faster.

Becky, that seemed like a really nice service at the funeral home. I've never heard of anything like that before.

I got my first haircut since chemo yesterday. The "chemo" curls were starting to get messy looking as they grew out. There is still a bit of curl left at the ends, but I'm sure that will be gone with the next haircut. I'm just grateful to have hair and to be needing a haircut. I'm actually pretty happy because I feel like I look a lot more like my normal self when I look in the mirror now without all those curls. They were fun while they lasted, but I'm not sorry to be going back to a more normal hairstyle for me.

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I am feeling surprisingly calm considering what has been going on in my personal life.
As some of you know my sister has surgery a little more than a month ago and she had unexpected complications. She is on the mend but will be having surgery this Tuesday to remove some lymph nodes. She seems ok about it and very positive but til we get the results it is nerve wracking.
In addition to that I have some medical test coming up and tomorrow I go for my mammogram and ultra sounds. This is the 2nd time since my treatments ended.

I try not to get nervous but of course its normal if I do.

I hope everyone has a good day today.

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No chemo again this week, platelets still too low; they went up slightly from last week, but only up to 78; they need to be at least 100 for chemo. My doctor doesn't want to give up on this drug yet though; when I can have chemo again, he wants me put on a schedule where I would get it just once every 28 days, instead of my original schedule, which was once per week for 2 weeks in a row, then a week off. Hopefully, extending the time in between treatments will be easier on my blood counts.

I am getting my blood counts checked here at our hospital in town on Monday, if the platelets are ok, I'll have chemo next Wednesday; and if not, well, it saves me a trip to the cancer center.


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Good Morning!

It has been a gloomy week so far and it looks to continue. I have been so tired this week. I've been coming home from work and getting into my pj's. I need to finish up my holiday shopping this week. Not much to buy, but I want to get it done. I'm planning on doing some baking this weekend. The time is going so fast.

Have a nice day!

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Welcome back Kay!

Becki, our church does something like that with the candles on All Saints Sunday, the first Sunday after Halloween.

Inga, I'm glad you were able to go to the Christmas fest, hope you feel rested up soon.

I have a busy week this week; did my grocery shopping today, and I have an appointment every day for the rest of this week. The hospital finally called to schedule my CT scan and I will have that Friday.


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emoticon and Happy Monday, gloomy damp day.

We had our annual Christmas/Lucia fest yesterday, my son sings in it. I had a nice day, but am wiped out today.

emoticon for your support. I do have a lot of struggles and will never give up as God is my foundation.

I hope all of you had relaxing weekends. emoticon emoticon wishes for the week ahead. emoticon emoticon


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Inga-sending prayers your way! emoticon

Sheri-I hope those numbers continue to go up!

Kay-I love that you are enjoying yourself and making the most of it. Everyday is truly a blessing!

We were invited to the funeral home yesterday for a short service for everyone that has lost a loved one this past year. It was very nice. I think it really helped my mom to see she's not alone. The pastor said some very good things. They lit a candle as they read off everyone's name and then at the end of the program gave an angel ornament with that persons name of it to everyone. Afterwards there was Xmas cookies, coffee and hot apple cider. The cookies were very good and I will admit I tried more than I should. I came home after and mopped my floors and then went out for a walk.

Today it's back to work. We had sleet and freezing drizzle overnight so I will be on my treadmill this morning.

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Hi All,
Inga, I'm sorry you are going through a tough time. I'm glad you are getting some help.

Shari, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you will be able to have your chemo this Wednesday.

I'm back from the cruise hubby and I took to the Bahamas. The weather was good, not hot, but warm enough to be comfortable in shorts. I'm so grateful to have the energy to be able to do something like that....particularly on the spur of the moment. We are thinking of doing another cruise this month. The kind of cancer that I had is most likely to come back in the next two years if it's going to come back. I'm trying to make the most of the next 24 months. That's why we are going on so many vacations so close together.

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emoticon Sending up prayers for you Inga.


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emoticon and emoticon team. emoticon

I think of all you beautiful ladies often and my support is with you always.

I have been having some very difficult issues and currently see 2 counselors, one a Pastor. I am going through so much. I could use a few prayers myself.

have a good weekend, lot's of love to all of you!!! emoticon emoticon

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Thank you Becki; I was told that my bone marrow might just be getting "tired" from all the chemo, not just this current one, (although the Halavan I am now is hard on blood counts) but the chemo I've had in the past too. There also might be something new going on with the cancer and that is why I'll be getting another CT scan too.

My numbers didn't go up a whole lot today, but at least they went up instead of down when I went in for another CBC today. I was mostly concerned about the platelets, those are what have been keeping me from getting the chemo these past weeks; they only went from 71 to 75, but I was told that is actually a good increase over just 2 days. My oncologist wants me to come in for chemo as scheduled next Wednesday, and of course, it will depend on the platelet count whether I actually get the chemo or not. But at least now I can breath a little easier and relax over the weekend.

We were in the 30's today too, and should stay that way over the weekend, and no snow in the forecast for us either.


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Shari-I hope the numbers start going back up. Do they have an idea what is causing this?

I'm so glad its Friday. The temps have been in the 30's and are expected to remain that way thru next week. It will make shopping much more bearable. Plus I've been able to get outside for my workouts. We also don't have any big snowstorms in the forecast. I may be able to get my car washed finally.

Have a nice Friday!

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My chemo was cancelled today for the 3rd week in a row; platelets were too low again and in fact went down more since last week; so did my hemoglobin. The nurse called my doctor, and my doctor is concerned not so much for the numbers themselves, but because of how far down they dropped just within a week, especially since I have not had chemo for about 4 weeks now. I have to go back Friday to get my blood counts checked again. They want me to stay and wait that day until after the results come back and my doctor will decide then what to do next.


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Kay-Have a wonderful time!

The next few days are going to be warmer again. This weather is not good for all the viruses thar are going around. So far I've managed to avoid them.

Sat. we're planning on going Christmas shopping and Sunday we've got a service at the Funeral Home for all of the people who have passed away this year then I have to go to my son's holiday band concert. I'd love a weekend that I have nothing to do but relax and do whatever. That will be the weekend after the weekend of New Years!

I've got to start thinking about doing some baking. I may get to that next weekend which means I need to up my exercise so I don't put weight on. It seems like my weight has been creeping up little by little. It's time to start counting calories again.



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Enjoy the cruise Kay! I think it's awesome!

My hair has been thinning from the chemo, and I went and had it cut short today. I didn't feel as sad about it as I thought I would be. The last time, a few years ago, I got teary eyed when telling the stylist about why my hair was thinning, but no tears today! I think that losing my mother so recently kind of put things in perspective as far as what is important in life. Anyway, I really like my new style. I'm hoping I can have a headful of hair yet at least through Christmas.


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Well, I didn't pull out the Christmas decorations today like I thought I woud....instead hubby and I decided to go on a cruise....tomorrow! We packed out bags and drove half way to Florida today. We will be gone at least a week. If we really like it, we might do back to back cruises and be gone for 2 weeks. I don't know if they will have internet on to ship. If not, you won't be hearing from me for a while. In the meantime, I hope everything goes smoothly for everyone here.

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Kay, that reminds me of all the Christmas decorations my mom has; it's going to be hard to go through them because I don't have room to keep them all, I'm only going to be able to save a few. But they are at the old house which we won't be selling until spring, so it's not something I have to be in rush to do now. When she passed away, she was renting a house in town and was planning to get the old house ready to sell and buy a smaller one here in town. She never did get her Christmas decoration over to the rented house.

Today was better for me though; got my laundry done today, and more pictures scanned. It was also sunny and warmer here, it got up to at least 39; I brushed the snow off of my porch furniture so hopefully it will be dried off enough tomorrow or Monday so I can get it stored away in the shed for the winter.


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Happy Saturday morning!

Becky, that does sound hard watching your mom like that. I can understand why she didn't want to be out with crowds.

Shari, I think you made a wise decision to stay home on Thanksgiving. I thought about you when I went to the restaurant on Thanksgiving Day and saw how long the wait was. I think it would have been the same for you at Bob Evans. It would have worn you out!

We are having our family get together today at our house. Originally, I thought it would be 12 people, but I got emails from two parts of the family yesterday telling me they were sick, so it will just be 6 people and no kids. It makes for a much quieter crowd. We are going to have spaghetti and I'm cooking some spaghetti squash for myself to use instead of pasta since I can't eat gluten....there will be plenty of squash for other people to try it too if they want to. I actually really like it that way. We usually don't have turkey at these get togethers since I figure most people have already had turkey just a few days before.

I'll probably start pulling out the Christmas decorations tomorrow and putting them up. (I have Thanksgiving decorations up for today.) I have so many Christmas decorations because I ended up with all my parents decorations after my mom moved into assisted living and I have them from when we owned homes in Illinois and Tennessee at the same time. We combined the contents of all three homes into our one home in Tennessee in June 2013....right before I got diagnosed with cancer and I feel like I've been dealing with the aftermath of that ever since.

It's like having three different houses worth of decorations. Last year, I was too sick from chemo to deal with any of this so I didn't put up any decorations. This year, I hope to donate at least half of this stuff to charity. I'd like to do that right away so other people can make use of it. I'm not really into doing much decorating for the holidays either. I don't expect my kids to be coming down from Illinois this year, so it will just be my husband and me at our house. We will just put up the things we enjoy. I doubt we will even put up a tree.

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Good morning!

My Thanksgiving was a little emotional. I spent time with my mom and it broke my heart to see her cooking dinner for herself. She didn't want to go any where this year. I have to let her grieve her way, but it is hard.

Talking about turkey breasts, my mom buys theses boneless turkey breasts. They are small and usually just enough for 2 people with some leftover. They are pretty good. I made one a few yrs. ago for 2 of my sons and I at thanksgiving. My DH and 1 son were on a band trip.

Today I will do my cleaning so I can put up Xmas decor. Not really in the mood, but I have to do it for everyone else. It's also suppose to be in the low 40's today which means I need to get outside and go for a run.

Have a nice Saturday!

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Sorry that your plans didn't work out Kay. I like the idea of a turkey breast; I've thought about trying to cook a small one up for myself, and freezing part of it.

I ended up not going out to eat as I had planned; I was just worn out from all the running around I did Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; I just needed a break to stay home and relax. I got some of my mom's old photos scanned into my computer, so it was a nice way for me to spend my day.

After missing nearly 3 weeks of workouts, I got back into it today and a did a 25 minute chair workout.


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Happy Thanksgiving! Ours turned out to be a bit of a bust. We host a family get together every year over Thanksgiving weekend and we will be doing that this Saturday. We planned to go out to eat for dinner today since we will be doing so much cooking on Saturday. The wait was so long at the restaurant that we ended up leaving and just heating up some leftovers at home....not really Thanksgiving. Next year, I think I will just go ahead and cook a small turkey breast for the two of us on Thanksgiving day. Since I have to eat gluten free, there are so many traditional Thanksgiving foods I can no longer eat. Oh well, I still have a lot to be grateful for....and number one is being so healthy this year (compared to last year).

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I went grocery shopping yesterday morning; even then, the store where I shop was much busier than usual.

No chemo today, platelets are still too low, so we will try it again next week.

Also time for another CT scan; not something I want to deal with now, but it has to be done.
The hospital will be calling to schedule it, but with the holiday I do not expect a call before Monday.


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Busy day ahead. I went to the grocery store after work yesterday. What a big mistake. Very busy. This morning I will try and gt some things done before work.

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Thank you all!

I think I'm just starting week 3 of the hair shedding; it's not really noticable to other people yet, but I can tell my ponytail is not as thick as it use to be. I will have to remember that trick with the Clorox.


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