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9/29/16 7:40 A

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Happy Thursday,

My Crohn's flaired up yesterday much to my disappointment. My GI doc has me on some new medicine that doesn't seem to be working as well as I had hoped. We were trying it because my old medicine is very bulky for travel and we are thinking of going to Australia/New Zealand/Fiji for at least a month. If I can't find a less bulky medication, I will need almost a full suitcase just to take my medication with me for the month. I think I'm going to try sticking with the new medication until next Tuesday when I see the new GI doc again. If I have to switch back to the old medication, I might just go over with a suitcase full of medication and then buy a little clothing as I use up each box of meds.

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9/29/16 7:18 A

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Good Morning!

Our Fall weather continues. It's been very cool over night. We had light rain yesterday morning. It cut our run short. It should be dry today and tomorrow.



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9/28/16 8:08 A

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Becky, I'm glad you had a nice pain-free sleep. A good rest does wonders.

Yesterday was my mom's 92nd birthday. DH and I had lunch with her at assisted living to celebrate. I wouldn't have been able to do that when I was eating gluten free. I was so nice to be able to eat there without having to worry about wheat in everything. My mom is doing great for her age.

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9/28/16 7:14 A

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I slept so much better last night and pain free! Not sure what I did right, but I hope it continues. It was very cool overnight and we had light rain. Today should be another gloomy day with highs in the 50's. It's soup weather!

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9/27/16 7:19 A

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emoticon I went to bed early last night. Woke up wide awake after a couple of hrs. I was up until after 2. I'm so tired this morning. I could use nap.

It's 48 degrees this morning. Shouldn't get past the 50's today.

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9/26/16 7:54 A

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Kay-that is great news! All that traveling sounds fun!

I had a busy weekend and got a lot accomplished. I still have some baking to do, but I will try and get that done this week. It looks to be a very cool week ahead. It would be a perfect week to be home for sure. My pains were better last night. I didn't need the heating pad. I'm wondering if it had to do with all of the bending I did on Saturday. Maybe I stretched things out a bit. I won't hold my breath, but I'm just glad I had one decent night.

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9/25/16 8:25 A

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Happy Sunday,

Gumdoc, I hope you are feeling better with recovery from your surgery by the time you read this. I think the older we get, the harder it is to bounce back from surgeries. I have no idea how old you are, but I hope things are going smoothly for you in terms of recovery.

Becky, I've been wondering if I have sciatica too....either that or mets to the bone or pelvis....you know where my mind goes with new pains. Anyway, I have been having problems with it for two or three months. I don't know which doctor I want to talk about it first. My MO appointment isn't until early November. I doubt it is mets, but it's in the back of my mind. The good news is the pain isn't constant, so I'm kind of playing the "wait and see game." I need to see what Dr. Google says about treatment for sciatica.

We have been travelling for the past couple weeks. I went to Nashville first for an appointment with a new GI doc. I can tell I'm going to like her. My big news with her is that she ran a genetic test on me for Celiac and told me I didn't have it! This is after two years of following a strict GF diet because my last GI doc had diagnosed me with Celiac. Wow!!! I feel like I got released from "food hell." It wasn't hard eating GF at home, but it was very difficult when I ate out. Needless to say, I'm quite happy with my new diagnosis. This new doc also put me on a couple new meds for my Crohn's and I can feel and improvement already with them. I'm almost down to zero pain and no symptoms. That's huge after having such a hard summer with it.

After going to Nashville to see the doc, we went camping at Mammoth Cave, Ky and then on to the Chicagoland area to visit with my youngest son. After that, we drove out to Denver for a few days. We camped in Denver too at Cherry Creek State Park. It's a pretty amazing park right on the eastern edge of the city. We had great views of the city skyline with the Rockies in the background from the park. We've gone camping there three years in a row now. The weather was good the entire trip and we had very few problems with traffic. We got home late Friday night...and it felt wonderful to sleep in my own bed again!

Life is good!

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9/25/16 3:40 A

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The weather was quite gloomy yesterday. In fact we did see some sprinkles. That didn't stop us from getting stuff done that we wanted though. Except for cutting the grass, the outdoor work is done! My flowers are all weeded and the ones that could be cut back have been done! I think this is the earliest we've gotten this done. Today it's housework, cooking up some of my apples, and watching the football game. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and I will get a run in.

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9/24/16 6:25 A

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Very light rain fell yesterday for just a short time. Today, although cloudy, shouldn't be rainy. We will be outdoors cleaning up the yard and putting summer things away today. First though, I'm headed down to the Farmers Market. I haven't been there in a couple of weeks.

Have a great Saturday! emoticon

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9/23/16 7:20 A

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I am so glad its Friday! It's been a long, wet week. I have a lot to do this weekend, but I'm looking forward to getting it done!

Have a great weekend! emoticon

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9/22/16 7:59 A

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It is still raining here! We have had so much rain and there is no end to it until Sat. One dry day and then the rain returns this time coming from Canada so it will cool things down around here. These would be good nap days! emoticon

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9/20/16 7:19 A

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Gumdoctor-take care of yourself.

I went for my massage yesterday. I'm thinking I may have sciatica. She thought so too. I'm having a really hard time standing for all of those hrs a day. It's not from my running either cuz I ran this weekend and wasn't bothered. I'm so tired of not sleeping at night because of the pain. Not sure where I should turn. Dr. or Chiropractor again. Not sure if there is anything they can do for it anyway. Has anyone dealt with this problem?

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Feeling better can take time and patience. Give yourself the gift of both! Feel better soon!

I had a fun weekend attending a wiener roast on Saturday night. It was a little rainy, and I got several mosquito bites, but I had a great time visiting with friends and sharing picnic food. I made Bibingka, a Filipino dessert for my contribution to the meal.

Today is sunny and warm, a good day to get something done! So far I've paid some bills, answered the phone and relayed some messages, and spent some time on the computer. It's time for lunch and I'm still Sparking!

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9/19/16 11:02 A

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2 wks out from my surgery and coming around.
It was much more extensive than I expected so taking time to recover, just much slower than previous reconstructive surgery.

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It was a great weekend and it ended with a great football game! emoticon

Back to work today. emoticon On a bright note, I have a massage after work!

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9/18/16 8:09 A

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The weekend is going too fast! I have too many things to get done today. At least we're having nice weather!

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9/17/16 7:03 A

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emoticon It's the weekend! emoticon

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9/15/16 7:57 A

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emoticon Another sleepless night. I went to the Chiropractor yesterday hoping to get a little relief, but that didn't happen. I'm really thinking I'm going to have to take my Dr. up on his offer of writing me a note to be able to sit on a stool at work. It's really affecting my quality of life. emoticon

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9/14/16 7:02 A

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Much cooler yesterday. It's suppose to be only in the upper 60's today. I slept pretty good last night. Would've felt better though had I not gotten up to a cat throwing up. Some day I will have a good nights sleep! emoticon

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9/13/16 7:28 A

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emoticon It warmed up yesterday. It was warm inside the house and I made the mistake of not turning the A/C on. Early this morning we had thunderstorms. There was a lightning strike that made me jump. At that point, I finally got up and turned on the A/C. Dogs were anxious because of the storms so now this morning I'm tired. I won't make that mistake again! It's going to be a long day. emoticon

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9/12/16 7:20 A

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The whole weekend was great! I got quite a bit accomplished yesterday. Wish I had 1 more day! I started putting out my Fall decor. It's going to feel like Fall all of this week.

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9/11/16 8:33 A

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Yesterday turned out to be a beautiful Fall day! Today should be the same. I have a lot to do also. We have both indoor and outdoor work to get done. We will see how far my aches and pains will take me today!

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9/10/16 8:28 A

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Becky, after this latest debacle with decorating, it occurred to me that I need to spend more time looking at decorating pictures and HGTV type shows. Lesson learned...I hope.

We ended up having a pretty active day yesterday. Mulch was on sale. We never mulched this summer due to my own problems with Crohn's and my husband's heart issues. Now that those are resolved, we are up to mulching. Hauling those bags on top of all the housework, putting the kitchen back in order, and weeding I did yesterday must have worn me out. I suspect today might be a "take it easy day." We'll see.

We are having a dry spell here after a moist summer. A thunderstorm is predicted for tonight. It will be our first one in about a week. We normally have brief pop-up thunderstorms almost every day here in the summer, so a week without rain is really unusual for us. Another sign that fall is arriving.



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Kay-I pretty much have to pick out a picture when it comes to decorating. I have the hardest time picking out colors that match. Clothing I'm fine, but paint, etc. not that much.

Another sleepless night. Plus it is still raining. All is good as long as it stops by morning. Which its supposed to. Then it should be a beautiful weekend.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Becky, I'm sorry you are dealing with so much pain. Pretty much all of the women in my old chemo group that are on some kind of hormone therapy complain of joint pain. Apparently, its very common.

We got out new backsplash installed in the kitchen. It is beautiful, but it doesn't go well with our countertops. We have decided to live with it for a while and see if it grows on us. The installers did a great job. It was our mistake in the tile that we chose. After cancer, I don't get upset when things like this happen. It's only "stuff." Cancer taught me stuff isn't all that important. I like that.

My husband and I have very similar tastes in decorating. Last night after seeing the tile installed, we decided that we both must be missing the decorating gene. The good news is that we are pretty much always in synch with each other about home improvement ideas and designs, so when something is off like it turned out to be with this project, we are in agreement about it.

I'm thinking that once I get all the things that go on the countertops back in place the dissonance between the walls and counters won't be quite so glaring. A similar problem happen to us last summer when we painted and carpeted the master bedroom. The shades of grey that we chose clashed...they had different undertones. A SparkFriend recommended finding something with both shades in it. We were fortunate to find a bedspread that did just that and it solved the problem completely. I'm going to try to find some decorative vases or something that might do the same thing for the kitchen. We'll see.

Other than that hiccup, life is good.

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9/9/16 7:45 A

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After a really nice day yesterday, storms have returned. The weekend should look pretty decent though. Much cooler. Even cooler next week. It will definitely feel like Fall.

This week has been an up and down week for pain. I decided to try and go off of the arimadex again and see if it helps. All of the ibuprophen isn't doing it. It's probably not going to make a difference, but at least I tried.


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Gumdoc, congratulations on making it through your surgery. I hope you have a smooth, uneventful recovery.

All the activity over the Labor Day weekend wore me out so I ended up "on the couch" on Tuesday with a brief Crohn's flair. Fortunately, I felt fine the next day and today, so I think that was partially due do overdoing it a bit physically over the weekend.

Today, we have workmen in the house putting in a new tile backsplash in our kitchen. I took a picture of the old kitchen right before they started, so I'll be able to post "before" and "after" pictures. We had new granite counter tops put in recently. I'm looking forward to seeing how the backsplash and the counters look with each other when it is finished.

I used to be a real DIYer before cancer. Now, I'm happy to let other people deal with the grit and heavy lifting. The professionals will do a far better job than I would be able to do too.

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The rain stopped right before I went to work yesterday and it was a dry day. The sun should come out today followed by rain tomorrow again. It hasn't cooled down yet. It's been quite humid. They're still forecasting a cool down. I'm ready for the less humidity and cooler temps. again.

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9/7/16 5:26 A

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Gum doctor-I'm glad you are doing well.

Kay-I love having productive days like that. I'm glad you had a good week.

After a very warm and humid day, the rain has arrived. It hasn't really cooled it down yet. The rain should continue all day. It would be a great napping day.

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Had my surgery last Thursday.
had to stay 2 xtra nights in hospital because they did not like the color of the graft.
Discharged on Sunday.
Graft is doing fine.
Rested all day yesterday.
Up and around today.

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Becky, that's great about the tomatoes doing so good this year. I usually have a couple tomato plants, but I didn't bother with them this summer because they haven't done well here the past few summers. We had a bad tomato blight in our area two years ago and things still didn't grow well last year. Maybe next spring, I'll try again.

I had a really nice Labor Day weekend. We went for a short, but wonderful, hike at our local state park on Sunday and cleaned out our storage shed on Monday. I like cleaning it out every year, but I hadn't done it since I got diagnosed with cancer three years ago. It was in major need of cleaning. We got rid of some things, but mostly just cleaned and organized stuff. It's so nice to walk into a neat, clean place now.

Compared to how sick I've been for most of the summer with Crohn's, this past week has been absolutely awesome. My fitbit steps have shot up and my house is in much better order. This morning, I'm tired, but I think that's to be expected after all the work I've put in around the house last week.

I feel grateful to be tired from working rather than tired from being sick. It's the "good kind" of tired!

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After a pretty nice weekend, we're in for a lot of rain starting later today. Plus it is very humid.
I was busy yesterday cooking tomatoes from the garden. Plus I have another tray of them to do today. I freeze them to use in sauces, etc. throughout the year. The way things look, I'm going to be making a lot of things using tomatoes this year! I wish everything grew as well as the tomatoes did.



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Kay-yes I'm taking the hormone meds. and I have changed them, and gone off of them and I really haven't seen much in results so I don't really feel that's the issue. Speaking of hormone therapy, when I went to my dr. he told me that the recommendation for hormone therapy is now 10 yrs versus 5. I'm not sure if I will continue on them for that long seeing as I'm at a very low chance of having a recurrence.

We woke up to rain and thunder this morning. It's suppose to end this morning so the rest of the day should be nice. It's been a beautiful weekend!

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Sorry that I've been MIA. I'm actually finally feeling better in terms of my Crohn's issues and my energy level is starting to pick back up as the pain goes down.

Becky, are you taking any hormone therapy? I'm triple negative so I don't have that option, but I have many friends from my old chemo group that were ER/PR+ and they all complain about joint pain from their hormore therapy. Many of them have switched meds to try to combat the problem. Is there any chance that is what is going on with you?

We are having a gorgeous weekend too. Cooler breezes make it feel like the very beginning of fall. I love summer, and I'm okay with Fall....I just hate winters, so seeing the Fall weather makes me a mite sad that summer is comming to an end.

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9/3/16 7:36 A

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emoticon I'm so glad it's finally the weekend plus it's a long weekend!

The weather here should be perfect! I'm heading to the Farmers market this morning followed by visiting my mom and then hopefully shopping.

Have a wonderful weekend! emoticon

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Work went well yesterday. We were busy and also short handed again. This allows me to get out and help in other areas so I'm not standing in one place. Today will probably be more of the same.

The weather is starting to feel more Fallish now. The apple orchards are starting to open. I love this time of year, but I'm not ready for it yet. Despite the heat and humidity, I still want my summer!

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Good Dr. appt. yesterday. He's not sure why I hurt so bad. I did have blood work done, but looking at the results, I don't see anything unusual. I will wait and see what he has to say. He thinks maybe my muscles and joints are just tight from running. Again he suggested Yoga to stretch things out which I agree with. I will give it a try. I'm also going to schedule a massage. I'm determined to get thru this.

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Saturday was a rest day for me. It made a huge difference. Yesterday I went for a run, cleaned my house, did laundry and cooked up tomatoes and made some chili for tonight's dinner.

Today I have a Dr. appt. Hopefully he can help me figure out why I hurt so bad.

Have a nice day!

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I am so glad it's Friday! I never thought I would feel this way after working. My son and I tried running last night. Both of us were beat so we didn't do well. At least I wasn't alone! emoticon We're going to try again today, but we will do it before dinner instead of after dinner and see if that makes any difference. Tomorrow is going to be a total rest day for me. No exercise or standing too long. My legs will thank me I'm sure!

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I think any new job is exhausting in the beginning.

I stayed home today from aerobics class and did some line dancing at home. Right now the jostling of aerobics is too much for my intestines. I messaged the gastroenterologist on Tuesday to try to get in to see her sooner. I have been wait listed for a cancellation. I think it will be a while before I can get this resolved even after I get into see the doctor.

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Yesterday was a little better. I am just tired! We had another humid and warm today yesterday also. Good thing I didn't turn the A/C off. This morning is much cooler.

I came home yesterday, ate my dinner and fell asleep on the couch. Today my son wants to go for a run after dinner. That we will have to see. I will at least walk.



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I find standing very difficult too. I hope it gets better with time.

I went to the eye doctor yesterday. It was a routine check up. Everything looks good. It's nice to walk out of a doctor's office and not having something show up wrong.

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Kay-I hope you can get in sooner to see your Dr.

Yesterday was interesting. The job is fine, but I'm not sure if I will be able to keep it. I can run 5 miles, do long bike rides, do outdoor work, but standing in one place just about killed me. My hips and lower back hurt so bad. Plus my legs and feet. My legs throbbed last night so I had a hard time sleeping. I'm hoping it gets better and I'm able to move around more.

We had a lot of rain again last night. That should be it for most of the week. At least till the weekend. (Which isn't that far off)



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Becky, that's funny how you ended up getting another day before you stated working. I'm hoping the new job is going well for you.

Gumdoc, I hope you can get accomplished what you want before surgery.

I wrote an email to my new GI doc pleading to move up my appointment.I'll probably hear back from her office tomorrow.

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I had an additional day to enjoy yesterday. My background check hadn't come thru so I couldn't start. Everything is done now so today will be my 1st day. It's also going to be a hot day. Then the storms will arrive and cool things back down again.

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Kay-I hope you feel better soon.

It was a perfect weekend. It felt like fall. Not that I'm ready for that. It was just a good change. It wouldn't be bad if it we didn't always have the humidity. This week looks to be nice also.

Today I start my new job. I'm looking forward to it except for the fact I wish I had 1 more day off to get more things done.

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Kay, Sorry about your Crohn's being so difficult to deal with. I sure hope your new GI doc has some tricks up their sleeve for you.

I am having another surgery on 01SEP16 so feeling tremendous pressure to get a lot done in order to be off work for 6 wks...at the office right now.

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Our weekend is cooler here too. We continue to have daily showers, but they haven't caused any problems. Just made my life easier since I don't have to water the plants.

I've still dragging along with Crohn's issues. I have good times and bad with it....often in the same day. This is getting old. I don't see my new GI doc for 23 more days. Ugh.

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emoticon What a beautiful morning! It was great sleeping last night with the windows open. A high of 71 today and sunny. We have a lot to do outside today. We were going to go to a parade but because of the wet weather we've had, we havent been able to get things done so we're skipping the parade this year. Plus I will be going out for a run this morning! emoticon

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We also have rain today. Unfortunately we've had way too much rain. The ground is saturated. The sun is suppose to shine tomorrow with highs in the 70's. Hopefully it will dry out enough to be able to mow the lawn.



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Nice, Becky, that job sounds perfect in terms of hours etc. I would imagine that it would be relatively stress-free after the initial learning period. I'm happy for you.

More rain here again to day and for the entire weekend. I really don't mind rain in the summer. It's so good for the plants and for napping.

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It's finally Friday!

We had storms over night and we are suppose to have them off and on thru today. We are going shopping today for my son. He got an internship at Mayo Clinic and needs clothes. That'll be an interesting trip.

Monday I start working at the food service at our University. I will be cashiering. Hours are perfect. 10:15 to 3:15 mon-fri plus when the students are off I will be off.

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Happy Thursday! We are getting a lot of rain here today in Tennessee. It's great for the plants. I don't have to water today and that makes me happy.
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Gumdoc, I'm sorry to hear that your surgery will be more extensive than what you originally thought it would be, but I'm sure the PS thinks the results will be better this way. Wishing you the best.

I'm still sort of limping along with my Crohn's issues. I have times when I feel okay then other times when I can't leave the house. It feels so unpredictable and out of control. I am so looking forward to my GI doc appointment on Sept. 14!

In the meantime, I have pretty much loss my voice due to a side effect of the corticosteroids I inhale for asthma. It's a common side effect of the medication, but my case has gotten pretty unbearable. I saw my PCP this morning and she recommended a scope of my vocal chords. Amazingly, I was able to get an appointment for this coming Monday at the Vanderbilt "voice clinic". I feel like with this medication, I have a choice between being able to breathe or being able to talk. I pick breathing every time! I've tried about 4 different medications over the years and they all tend to do the same thing. It's frustrating, but in the grand scheme of things not nearly as significant as cancer. For that, I am grateful.

Wishing everyone a good day.

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Good Morning!

I did not choose reconstruction at first. At the time I was dealing with other medical issues. My body was a mess. I had scars from my mastectomies plus I had 2 big scars on my stomach plus 2 hernias that were a result of a surgery gone bad. I did a lot of crying. What made me change my mind was the fact that clothes didn't fit properly. I chose not to have the extra procedure for nipples. It's funny cuz I don't really have to wear a bra. They don't bounce around when I run. They always sit in the same spot! I have learned to laugh about it after everything I went thru.

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Here supporting your journey. I had my simple mastectomy November 5th, 2015. Saw the oncologist yesterday. I am 9 months cancer-free. I chose not to have the reconstruction, but I understand why you did chose it. I too have just moved into a new home. Stressful life having to deal with all this at once. Hope you ALL have a great day.

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Greetings all -

Meant to mention after I met with the oncologist, I met with the plastic surgeon to plan the next step in my reconstruction journey. I have already had 2 surgeries for reconstruction with more planned. He informed me we have to do something more involved than I was expecting - TDAP - it will mean 6 wks off work.

This is less involved than the DIEP I had last June but still more than I was expecting now.

I am scheduled for 01SEP16. While looking forward to getting it done, not looking forward to the aftermath. I know it will be fine because I have already been through so much worse. Just disappointed.

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Another beautiful day ahead! Enjoy these last weeks of summer!

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We have had more than enough rain! Even though the last few days haven't been washouts, when it does rain, it just pours. We've had flooding all around us. Many places have seen 8 plus inches. Luckily the rest of the weekend should be dry and it should be less humid. We have no big plans for the weekend. Summer is winding down. Students are starting to return to the University so our quiet little city won't be so quiet any more.

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Becky, it makes a huge difference for me to have the the room cool at night. I've been running the AC at night too. In the daytime, we barely need it, but I wake up in a sweat without it at night.

I'm feeling better and better each day from that nasty Crohn's flare I had a few weeks ago. I'm almost back to 100% on the foods I can eat and my energy levels. I am very happy about that.

Have a great weekend.

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The heat is here! I slept much better last night with the A/C on. Today I'm feeling so much better.



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Kay-I'm glad you are feeling better.

Today I am tired. I should've probably turned the A/C on last night cuz it was warm and I tossed and turned. It will be on this afternoon for sure cuz it's suppose to start heating up again. I've got to go out birthday shopping for my son. I'm planning on doing that after my run.

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Gumdoc, I'm glad to hear the oncologist didn't see cancer on your scan. Back pain is scary for us breast cancer survivors due to the thought of mets in the spine. I had a good friend that is also a survivor that went through a really tough time with that when she was a couple years out from breast cancer. It scared her immensely so you are not alone on your reaction to the pain. She's 9 years out cancer free and going strong now.

Becky, I'm impressed that you got everything done with a pounding headache.

My life is getting back to normal after my last bout with Crohn's. I feel like I'm at about 60% of my normal self right now, but everything is pointing in a positive direction.

Today, I'm going line dancing. I have found that the movement in line dancing really helps with my intestinal pain. I have a friend that wants me to try hula dancing classes. At first, I was thinking that hula is probably not my thing, but then I realized that the movement might be even better than line dancing for me. There's a class tomorrow that I might try.

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I accomplished everything I wanted this weekend despite having a pounding headache yesterday. It finally went away last night so I could go and watch my son play softball. Plans today are to run and then go and clean my moms house.

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I am feeling some relief.

Had the big CT and oncology appointment to check out my back pain. Frustrating appointment as oncologist was not at ALL concerned about my back pain. But he did say he could not find anything cancer related.

I have difficulty trusting as the Drs failed to diagnose me for several years. I think they don't always hear me.

But am starting to relax a little bit. At least there was nothing OBVIOUS or they would have found it.

Moving on to getting some things done.

Back pain is about a 3 out of 10 so the pain is not the problem. The problem is the worry about the pain that I am sure is related to cancer.

Need to continue to focus on getting some things done and letting some of this worry go.

Extremely hard.

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Becky, I hope you were able to get all the things done that you needed to on Friday. You had a lot on your plate.

I feel like I'm gradually recovering from the Crohn's flair that I had over the past month. Last night, I was able to eat some mixed nuts and I survived! I have had very limited food choices lately, mostly eggs, chicken, rice and broth. Anything else put me into a lot of pain. It's nice to be able to expand my food choices.

I think if I hadn't been dealing with these issues for a long time that I would have been concerned it was cancer coming back. I'm 99% sure it is not cancer that is causing the pain, but I will find out for sure next month when I go to the GI doc.

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Have a great day!

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Kay-we have something similar but on a smaller scale. It's called the 50 mile garage sale. It just goes thru WI and MN around here. There are a ton of people that go to this. I can't imagine the one by you. Ours happens in May.

Yesterday was a beautiful day and this morning it's cool. (Not complaining). High should be around 81 degrees. I would like to go for a run this morning, but there is so much going on. My son is in a softball tournament today, his girlfriend is decorating her friends wedding cake at the house so I need to be around if she needs something. Plus my moms garage door opener broke yesterday so I have to check with her to see if she needs to go anywhere today. Everything should quiet down by this afternoon.

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Wow, that's a lot of rain! I'm glad you got it since you needed it.

I'm feeling much better today than I have for a while. I was actually able to go to Knoxville (about an hour's drive away) with hubby for a doctor's appointment for him and get some shopping done at Costco. I'm hoping this Crohn's flair that I've been dealing with the past few weeks is on it's last legs. I'm really careful about what I eat to try to get things back under control. Since my doctor's appointment with my new GI doc is not for another month, I have decided to use my time wisely and keep a food and symptom log to show the doc. I found a super app on Google Play to help me do that. It's specifically designed for people with Crohn's and colitis in mind. It tracks food, medications, supplements, exercise, and a host of symptoms. I'm very happy I found it. It will make tracking so much easier for me.

We are in the midst of the "Route 127 garage sale" in our town this weekend. 127 goes right through the middle of our tiny town. I avoid it like the plague! If you have never heard of it, it's really something. It goes along Route 127 from Alabama to Michigan and is always the first weekend in August.

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We got our rain yesterday! Roughly around 3 inches. We needed it really bad. The humidity is gone and the temps are going to be in the 70's.

The whole weekend should be nice!

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I'm hoping for rain later today. Yesterday was very steamy. I'm tired of the humidity. It zaps the energy out of you.

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Gumdoc, we have camped at Land Between the Lakes close to Paris. It's a nice area. My parents retired to Crossville so that had a lot to do with our decision to move to Crossville. In fact, I can see their house from my back door. My dad has died since then and my mom has moved into assisted living 30 minutes away. I'm the only child living close by, so my mom is delighted that we decided to move here.

Yesterday was pretty much a bust. Our aerobics class was cancelled and my Crohn's disease decided to give me fits so I ended up spending the day lying around on the couch and in bed. I doubt I even got 3,000 steps in for the entire day. I'm not feeling so exhausted this morning, but I can tell it's not looking like it will be a stellar day either. This issue has a habit of coming and going pretty quickly, so there's a still chance that today could turn out to be a good one.

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We will be close to Paris Tennessee. Both my parents are from there.

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Woke up this morning to a nice drizzle of rain. I don't think there will be much, but I'm hoping it's enough so I don't have to water my flowerbeds.

Gumdoc, do you know where in Tennessee you plan to retire? We moved to Crossville TN after my husband retired three years ago. Before that, we lived in a suburb of Chicago.

You are right about the timing of recurrences depending on the type of breast cancer. Triple negative starts out as a really scary diagnosis, but becomes a good thing for those that don't relapse by their 5th anniversary. It seems that the faster cancer comes back, the more aggressive it is. I don't like how the American Cancer Society only shows statistics for the first 5 years after diagnosis. It catches recurrences for triple negative and the other breast cancers that were agressive, but it doesn't really tell the whole story. I find that misleading.

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Kay-I too would want 1 more opinion just to be sure.

We're still waiting for that rain! So far according to radar, there isn't any coming our way.

I had a really good day yesterday. I had so much energy. I accomplished a lot. It was a very warm day, but I managed to keep the A/C off until after dinner. Why can't I feel like that all of the time! Today I'm a bit tired, but I'm going to keep going. I may need a nap this afternoon.

Have a nice day!

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Well I did get into my office. After waiting for 2 hrs, I was not as motivated to get things done as when I got there...did get some things done though. Went home at 6:30 pm to enjoy things at home instead of staying longer.

SimpleLife4Real - I see you are in Tennessee. Husband and I are going to retire there. We can't wait. Such a peaceful, beautiful place we have waiting for us. Congrats on your anniversary. Such great news. I am ER+ PR+ and HER-. From what I know, we are more likely to recur AFTER 5 yrs than before. I am getting my CT this Friday for back pain. Hoping for good news....

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Hi everyone!

Today is my three year cancerversary! That's a big deal in the triple negative world because the vast majority of recurrences happen before the three year mark. I was so convinced that I was "goner" in the beginning, now, I'm thrilled to be here and still NED. I have two more years to go. After 5 years, recurrences are almost unheard of with triple negative. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Gumdoc, I hope they unlocked your door!

We had a wierd week last week. I had a gyn appointment in Nashville, TN on Tuesday that went smoothly. After that, we drove to directly to Cleveland, Ohio for an appointment with a heart doctor for my husband on Thursday. Vanderbilt had previously told him that he needed bypass surgery. However, when we sent his records to the Cleveland Clinic, they said he didn't need bypass surgery. To double check, he had another cardiac cath in Cleveland on Friday and they told him he didn't even need more stents! Strange....

Hubby seems to believe the Cleveland Clinic because they are renowned when it comes to cardiac care.

I'm not so sure, but it's his body so he gets to decide! I think I might want a third opinion since the first two were pretty much opposite of each other.

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Gumdoctor-I hope you were able to get in.

We have another chance for storms tonight and tomorrow. We shall see.

Yesterday was a beautiful day, but I didn't accomplish much. I'm hoping to make up for it today.

Have a nice Monday!

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Becky Anne -

We are getting your rain RIGHT now. Wish I could share it with you!

I am frustrated but keeping it under control. I have several serious deadlines to meet and someone locked my office door for which I have no key.

Military hospital is supposed to be sending over someone to open the door but I am here now over an hour waiting.

Must stay calm and keep my stress under control. Right???

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Again the showers missed us yesterday. We could use a nice rainfall.

Another sunny day today. Low 80's. Hopefully there will be enough of a breeze so I don't have to turn the A/C on.

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emoticon It was suppose to be cooler yesterday, which it was, but it was still humid. The house was so warm and stuffy that I had to turn he A/C on. Maybe we won't get relief.

Today I'm heading to the Farmers Market. I always love going this time of year and seeing what they have.


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Yesterday ended up being a very gloomy day. We had on and often very light showers. Almost a heavy mist. At least it cooled things down. We should see sunshine some time today.

Have a nice Friday!

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We had so many chances for rain yesterday and we didn't get any except for a small amount over night. We needed the rain. Now its not suppose to rain the rest of the week. Luckily its suppose to be cooler. Maybe we can give the A/C a little break.

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It's a beautiful morning! I'm finally able to open the door and let fresh air in. It won't last but it feels good. Yesterday turned out to be a pretty decent day. My stomach continued to feel better and I was able to go for a run and mow my moms lawn. I'm going out for another run this morning and then I'm hoping to get out and work in the yard for a bit.



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emoticon Woke up over night feeling sick to my stomach. I had a bad stomach ache and headache. We ate at Culvers and I think I ate something that wasn't good. It came on so fast and I haven't been around anyone who's been sick. My stomach is still bothering me this morning. I'm hoping it doesn't last too long.

Have a nice day!

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Kay-I had an obstruction and they are no picnic. Mine were extremely painful to a point where I could've killed myself to get rid of the pain. I didn't know that's what I had until I finally went to the dr. I had surgery the following day and felt so much better. I hope things work out for you so that you can be your DH's driver.

I'm getting tired of the humidity already. It's suppose to get better this week. Not sure when it's suppose to happen though. We had a lot of rain yesterday. There were flood warnings out all around us. Luckily we didn't see any more rain last night so things can start to dry out.

Have a nice day!

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GumDoc, I'm glad you could laugh about that. I once got sprayed by a tiger at a zoo and I wasn't trying to get near it. I was just walking by the cage. I had the same reaction as you. I figure that caged animals are only trying to protect themselves. I actually felt really bad for the tiger.

I've been pretty sick the past week with a partial small bowel obstruction. I have Crohn's disease so I think it's the root cause of the problem, not cancer. I just happen to have a gyn appointment next Tuesday at Vanderbilt with a new doctor. I really need to see a GI doc, but my GI doc left Vanderbilt and I haven't gotten connected up with a new one yet. I'm hoping the gyn doc can fast track me getting connected up with a new GI doc. The pain last week had me completely bedridden. I've been much better the last 48 hours, but I can tell I'm not completely out of the woods with this.

To complicate matters, my husband is scheduled for a heart stent on Thursday at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. We planned on me being his driver. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that we can get that taken care of for him.

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Gum doctor-I'm glad you could laugh at that. I've know a few people that have been spit on.

Today the heat arrives. So far though, no rain as forecasted. Our A/C will get a workout!

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Went to private birthday party at a public place that had small number of animals in a private zoo. Wanted to pet the llama so started talking to him. He looked at me as if I were crazy...you REALLY think you are going to pet me lady???

He then spit stomach contents all over me, my glasses, my hair, my clothes....

I have never laughed so hard in my life!!!

I did get to pet him too! Haha!

I did not know llamas spit like camels but now I know.

I am feeling pretty great that I handled this so well and laughed my way through it emoticon

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I got a lot of work done yesterday. It was a very good day!

This morning I'm going for a run and then hopefully out to pull weeds in my flower garden. It's suppose to be hot today so we'll see how it goes. We've got storms in the forecast for later. Along with excessive heat advisories, we now have flash flood watches out for tonight and tomorrow. The Mississippi River is already rising and our levee road is now closed. This doesn't happen often. Typically we get high water in the Spring after the Snow melt. This summer has been anything but typical!

Have a wonderful day!

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Yesterday did not go as planned! Today is going to be my cleaning day. I'm a bit cranky this morning because of the lack of things getting done around here. The heat has returned! When I walked out of the house yesterday morning, I was surprised at how humid it was. It was a very warm day which meant keeping the A/C on. I guess I should get used to it cuz it's going to be on all week.

Have a great day!

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Storms this morning equalled very restless dogs and me! Now I'm tired! The rest of the day should be fine, but I'm thinking a nap will be in order this afternoon.

I went to the Farmers Market yesterday and picked up a few goodies. This summer is flying by. It's already sweet corn season. Before long, there will squash and pumpkins!

Today I need to clean my house! We're going to grill for dinner tonight and then it's off to my son's softball game.

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