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SHOKK>I didn't take your post wrong...just been busy if ya notice how I've been popping in and out lately. I think I have my DG blanket about halfway done plus DH has been home this week which means a little more work for me having to help him and he bought some DVD's for us to watch between the tv shows we do wanna watch. Plus I've been grabbing naps which I hadn't needed for a few weeks.  I just got the horses set up for the next cold front coming in. Hard to beleive its coming when its 82 this afternoon!

  I am a little sore from the mammogram, the tech said she could feel I had alot of scar tissue in the right side when I was telling her about it. She did 6 views, 3 per breast,  two of them were magified views. Never had that kind of mammo done before as it was a bit different in how they do the magnified viewt. What really surprised me was having to sign a paper that basically says that I understand that mammograms don't show all cancers and that sometimes it shows what looks like cancer and turns out to not be cancer (false mammos?). I wonder if they are covering their butts now its been proven that the MRI's are catching what the mammo's aren't?  She told me the results before I left, everything looks GREAT! No areas to be concerned about!!!  I really like this place across from my BS office. They give you a private room of your own to change in and lock your stuff in and the techs are very caring people. She kept apologizing saying she knew it had to hurt. I don't think she squeezed them as flat as the last tech had done right after I had the MRI that found the cancer in the right.  

  I go see my BS and Rads doc the first week in December. Maybe the BS will have my genetic testing results by then.

  Looks like James is stuck in San Diego a little while longer, we moved the plane tickets out another 4 weeks.



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Good evening all!

Quiet in the Hamptons today..................everyone getting ready for Turkey Day?

I certainly hope I have everything I need for Thanksgiving.............cuz I certainly don't want to be stuck in stores tomorrow!  Today was bad enough............

WildJan:  Cute pic................pretty much somes it all up! Glad the mammo went well..............I don't think I've ever had to sign one of those papers before.......probably something to cover their Butts like you said.

Margo:  I most definitely feel your CyberHug..........and I thank you dear friend!

Liz:  Between the poop pot and the puter, what a day for you!  You are right......tomorrow it will all be over........................and you are smarter than alot of us as you are actually having it done!

Nicki:  Enjoy Hubby's Birthday with him............................!  What did you end up getting him?  (The eaten candy doesn't count.....or does it?!)

Shokk:  Enjoy your turkey, wherever you take it!!

I see that Brenda didn't make my priority list for me.............so I'm gonna say good night to all and go work on it myself!

If DH goes to bed at his usual 9 or 9:30, I'll be back............if not, see ya all tomorrow.
Hugs,
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Hi everyone – just a quick note again as we get ready for the holidays.

I’m having 15 for dinner Thursday. On Friday DH’s brothers are flying in from Chicago; his nephew and his fiancée, and his sister arrive from other cities in AZ; all in preparation for DH’s mother’s 100th surprise birthday party on Sunday. It’s gonna be nuts and I cant wait! We’ve always had the “party house” and all of our summer traditions were skipped this year while I went thru tx. 

I am so already in the holiday spirit! The tree is up as are the decorations. I’m NEVER this early, but I have so much to be thankful for this year that I just cant wait to get started! From the bottom of my heart I want you all to know that you are a big part of what I have to be thankful for. I never could have gotten thru this year without you. Thank you!

I will try to pop in and check on you all. I am reading, but need to keep these posts short to be somewhat organized.

I do want to say to Gina that I hope your diphtheria is clearing up nicely. Are you still hosting Thanksgiving? I do hope that you are feeling better.

Neesie – Big hugs to you.

Karen – Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Hope to see you all tomorrow. From A to Z you are all in my thoughts and prayers; have a wonderful evening.
 
Carynn

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Hello!
yes! i think everyone is in prep mode for the big day today. BCO is mighty quiet also.

I thought I would tell you a funny story about one of my clients back when I was a caterer.

He was a defensive end for the NY JETS and was 6'5" and weighed about 300 pounds. We are talking BIG BOY

This was back when Coach Parcells was running the Jets and you football fans would know that he ran a pretty tight ship! This player told me he was only having four for Thanksgiving- himself, his parents and another defensive end who was even bigger than he was.
Well he didn't order that much food. I was worried but he assured me that it would be enough.
I delivered it to him on Wednesday night. When we got to his kitchen, all he had in the refrigerator was protein powder and diet coke. I took one look at his eyes as I was unpacking his food and I KNEW he would eat it all that night.  I told him that is what I thought he would do! He said no, no it is ok.

So I left and went back to my commissary. There was a message on my machine telling me he had already finished a complete pumpkin pie! So the next morning I had to bring him a duplicate order and do you know that he ate a thanksgiving dinner for 4 people that night??? and then did it again the next day!

Every year after that I always tripled his order to make sure he would have enough!




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Hello everyone...  I've been really busy with work and primarily just reading here -  I've been keeping up with all of you ... but can't trust my memory enough to post to everyone individually ...   so...   will just say hey  to everyone ... and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Sounds like lots of you are having crowds over for a big thanksgiving dinner.   I'm going to be driving about 4 hours or so tomorrow -  to my parents house - one of my sisters lives in the same town -  so I'll see Mom, Dad,  sis Di and her son Ryan (10). For Thanksgiving we're driving to see my niece and her husband who are having a big get-together  -  lots of friends and family - my niece is making prime rib and fried turkey w/ lots of fixins -  It will be a day filled with lots of fun,  food and laughter.   I'll probably come back home on saturday.  I'm looking forward to seeing everyone -   went and picked up pink lady apples and satsuma mandarins from a local farm to share with everyone  - pink lady apples are my favorite apples...  they are crisp and sweet/tangy -  have you guys had a pink lady before ??  They're good for eating - not sure if they are good for baking. 

I had the spine MRI last week and saw the neurologist again today.  The good news is that my spine looks good ...  he's recommending a lumbar puncture - or do nothing for awhile ... which is what I did for a long time.   So...   I'm going to have the spinal tap and will also look into the neuro psych  as Bren recommended. 

I ordered one of Kristin's CDs and it arrived today - I'm listening to it right now as I'm typing .. it's really GOOD!!    I haven't heard the full CD yet ...  but I loved the first song  "Mother's Day" ... and "No Surrender" is playing right now.  

I'll be thinking of each and everyone of you on Thanksgiving ...  you are such a tremendous support and wonderful friends ...  Gina - thank you for your efforts to keep this site a friendly and welcome place for all ... w/ no squabbles...  

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Hi girls,

Boy, what a quiet thread today.  I spent an hour or so putting together some 'Dream Dinners" for one of the girls at work whose husband has heart surgery last week and they're now trying to decide whether or not to put in a pacemaker.  She has a toddler and a baby and is spending all her tine at the hospital.

Nicki, I'm surprised I haven't dx with the prediabetic stage.  My sister's dx surprises me because she is tall, slender, eats well and healthy and now she's at risk for DM. Hope hubby had a good bd.

Liz, of all times not to have your computer.  Good luck tomorrow.

Jan, glad the mammo went well.

Carynn, I am getting into the holiday spirit.  I actually have most of my Christmas cards labeled so I'm more ahead than I usually am.  Like you, I feel I have a lot to be thankful for.

Gina, that's funny - tripling his order.

Doreen, are you driving 4 hours one way and is it south?  If so, that would put you in my area.

Back later if I get a chance.

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Margo - 4 hours south would definitely be near the Bay Area ... I'm going North though  - and will still be in California ...   so... won't be in your neck of the woods this time ...    I do go to San Jose occasionally for work -  so will definitely let you know the next time I'll be down there and hopefully we can find a time to meet ... do you think you'll be able to join us for the N. Cal  get together in Sacramento on Dec 15th ?? anyone else that's nearby is welcome to join us ...

Sherloc -  will you be able to join us again ??? I hope so!!!

I'd better get busy packing and straightening up my house so it's presentable for my friends who will be feeding my dogs and cat while I'm away.

Hugs again,   I'll be back later if I can manage to get everything done quickly!
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Hi everyone,
Boy I have missed you so much ! I have been so slammed at
work I get home late and am computered out, eat and go to bed.
I worked Saturday to get caught up and have EOM reports Wed.
Yeesh. I have been renting apartments like crazy but just can't catch
a break. I think I have it nailed down and 3 more vacants at the end
of this month. WINTER IS SUPPOSE TO BE SLOW ?? It hasn't really been
very cold here yet so people are still moving around . Once the snow starts
flying I think It will slow down.

I got some very good news about my breast MRI nothing else showed
up except a fibro on the right side. I started the Raloxifen Sunday and go back to the Onc on the 5th. I am unsure of what I will end up doing so for now I am taking the pills.

Hugs to everyone,
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Doreen, please contact me when you are down in San Jose - if you come down 101, you literally have to pass by my house; I'm at 92 and 101 in San Mateo.  Not sure yet what my schedule is for December - it gets crazy for me so can't commit.

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Hello sweet sisters -
 
Dad had another good day today.  Off the vent again and the RT even capped the trach (at our suggestion - he did not think Dad was ready but agreed to try) so Dad could talk.  Boy did this please Dad. When RT took cap off for awhile, Dad was annoyed so RT put it back on.  O2 level and pulse levels were good.  When Mom and I got to the hospital, Dad was sitting up in a chair - did so for about 1 1/2 hours.  Speech therapist came while we were there - Mom had not met him before. He also gave a good report. Dad asked him when he could drink (something he has been asking for weeks). SLT said if Dad continues like this, maybe the beginning of next week they could do a swallow study.  Dad's spirits seemed so much better now that he could communicate like a "normal" person. Dad is not very talkative, but at least he can make his needs known.  Saw the "old" Dad when he was cranky to mom - boy did Mom and I like that.  When we asked Dad what time he wanted us tomorrow he said 9:00am - Mom said 10:00 due to the distance to get there - but at least we know that Dad is enjoying company.  Keep praying that he has turned the corner and the good days continue.
 
Nicki - thank you for the website - I will check it out after I am done here - and will give Mom the website.  Mom and I went to see Whitehall of Boca and liked what we saw.  The director of RT showed us around and answered all our questions.  She suggested that we ask the SW at the hosptial to do a referral now - and so we did and believe it or not the SW refused. He said that he can't do it till Dad is ready to be discharged. When mom and I pushed him, he said that we would need to ask the doctor to discharge him. The RT was there and he said not to do that as Dad was just starting to do well of the vent (we really like the RT).  Both mom and I think the SW is an A** and does not like to be challenged.  Mom does not want to make waves or jeopardize Dad's care.  We sent an email to the RT at Whitehall telling her what happened and to thank her for her time.  The RT, PT and SLT where Dad is at are great.  Nurses vary by personality, but overall their care is good. Glad to hear that DH had a good b'day. 
 
Wild - so happy to hear that all went well with mammo and that you had good news. 
 
Liz - I'm just one month behind you in colonoscopy - mine is 12/21.  I am not looking forward to the prep. The day before I see my PCP for physical and have 3 month visit with onc.  Sending you hugs for only good results.
 
Barbie - wow - 100!!!  When i was 9, I went to a 100th b'day party.  Mrs. Brown.  She was frail, but sharp as a tack.  I remember it amazed me that she had lived longer than some of her kids - one or two were at her party.  I was also incredible to hear that she was born in 1865!!!  I still remember being at  her party and seeing her sit in her rocking chair all these years later.  Enjoy the party on Sunday.
 
Gina - great story about the football player (geeze, I can't remember his name or team from the post). But are you still catering for him?  BTW - how are you feeling? Are you still doing turkey day?  About the shoe lady party.  Like Nicki I am not into parties.  I tend to only wear comfy shoes like Dansko clogs and sandles or similar type shoes. Does she have a web site?  I would check that out - but I don't do heels or stylish!!
 
Doreen - let us know when the lumbar puncture is. glad to hear that the spine looks good.
 
Carrie - horray for good breast MRI.  What is Ralozifen?  Let us know what the onc says on the 5th.
 
Missing lots of sisters today - Angel, Jenni, Suz, Kristin, Biker, Lisa, Shirley, Betty, Cowgirl, Indi, Deb, Vickie, Bev, Susan, MB, Cheryl G, Tricia, Casino Girl, Marsha, Madison, Z, Carrie,  Gus, NancyLee.  I hope everyone is feeling good. Sweet dreams to you all and  have a good day tomorrow. To those who are traveling on Wednesday - safe travels.  i love you all.  Hugs from S. Florida where I am till Thursday morning.  - BTW - craig said is is COLD in Denver - big drop in temp after near 80 yesterday.  Karen

PS -did I read the post number correctly this is 1190 - does that mean we are almost to the end of Wagons HO IIII - are we just about ready for Wagons Ho V - I guess that is where I'll have to look tomorrow. 

 



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Goodness I've been popping in and out of here so much in the past couple of days I didn't realize I was 3 pages behind in reading posts till just now!
  Funny but not so funny thing, all that talk about gas and propane...well looky here http://www.kotv.com/e-clips/news/ click on "homes damaged in blast". DH says he's never heard of a propane tank blowing up in his life!

BRENDA>I hope James can come to your house! He hasn't emailed me so have no idea if you guys connected now you have each others phone numbers.

  Trying to get my head on straight to ...oh horrors...grocery shop tommorow! Traffic was so bad today I am dreading shopping. I hate shopping with so many people in my way...I wanna just run them down with my cart when they so impolitely block the aisle....Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrmp   OH excuse me? I didn't see you blocking the aisle!

  DH just came in to tell me its raining so guess that cold front is moving in now.

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well that was fun!
i came home and posted a little then decided to start peeling my apples with my brand new peeler from crate and barrel and cut my finger
wouldn't stop bleeding so i had to go to the er
the official dx is finger tip amputation!
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I cooked for 8 hours today and actually enjoyed myself. The boys helped me make cookies and fudge. I cooked 2 frozen pies and brownies. I got my stock done. Thank you Gina. It turned out great. The beans are soaking and after 2 glasses of wine I am ready for bed. It is almost midnight. I have to say learning all these new ways to cook is really fun. My back and my feet hurt but I am ignoring them.

Wild/Jan-Glad to hear about about your mammogram. Good news is always nice to hear. I spoke to James tonight. He does not know if he is going to make it for Thanksgiving because of some weird rules the marines have about coming and going. I told him we could pick him up. I hope he comes.

Does anyone else want to come to dinner? I have way to much food and if no marines show up I am going to be in big trouble. My freezer is not big enough to hold all the left overs I have. Our friends are coming. That is one family of 5. My BIL and his friend have not decided yet because they want to go to El Centro to race cars this week-end. I don't have any family here. Maybe I will just go crab someone off the street Thursday and bring them home.

My boys went out in the garage with their dad tonight and made this awesome wood turkey for the center piece. I will try and post a picture of it tomorrow. I will keep it forever. It has just been a really great day and I am so excited to make this dinner. I just want to share it with everyone.

Last year at this time. I was bald and miserable. I still had 2 more treatments to go. I dreaded going to my nephew's in-laws for dinner but knew I could not do it myself. I just am thanking the Lord for letting me stay here for another year. What a blessing he has given me. I do wish my nephew and my sister still lived here but I know the Lord's plan is his plan and I am just here to live it out.

O.K. I am rambling. I must go to bed. Good night sweet sisters.

We are all in God's caring hands.

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Good Morning Everyone:  One more day, just one more day.  I cant believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow.  Seems like we were just talking about summer and swimming.  Supposed to get 3 inches of snow starting this afternoon through tomorrow.  Im not thinking the roads will be too bad with that, cause the ground is still so warm.  So snow on Thanksgiving will be pretty.

Vickie:  Where are you sunshine sister?  I guess lately I have been getting up in the middle of the night instead of early morning.  I was up again at 4:00 am.  I thought you might need alot of sunshine this morning so this one is just for you.

So Vickie, good luck on you last day at work and know that you are loved by many.

Liz:  Well by know the prep is over!  Thank goodness.  Hope the colonoscopy goes well today.  I will be thinking about you all day.

Wild/Jan:  Wow, I find that consent form you had to sign pretty interesting.  MRI's of the breast are great, but most insurance companies wont pay for them.  I just cant imagine having to sign a consent form like this.  Getting the mammogram is tough enough.

Neese:  DH had a good birthday.  I got him some mint fudge made in Door County Wisconsin to replace the licorice wheels we ate.  Got him a Tshirt with the stick man from "John From Cincinatti."  We both loved that show so it surprised him.  Got him a nice pair of corderoy black pants that are cuffed at the bottom.  Pisses me off cause he has lost so much weight he needs new everything.  While my pants are getting tighter and tighter, his are getting bigger and bigger.  Brought home his favorite cake - which is pistachio and chocolate fudge.  So he was a pretty happy camper.

Carynn:  My goodness you have a busy few days coming up.  Celebrating a 100th birthday is wonderful.  Im so ready for the Holiday too.  First Thanksgiving since treatment began 2 years ago that Im gonna really enjoy.  Hope you have a wonderful time with your family.

Gina:  Pretty funny story about the football player.  So how are you feeling?  I know life has been stressful the last few days with chemo and everything.  I cant believe you will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner too.  I went to the Italian Deli and got some homemade Italian sausage.  Gonna cut it in small pieces, marinate it with mushrooms and that will be my appetizer that Im bringing.  I am in love with this deli!!

Doreen:  Gosh Im so glad you stopped by to say hello.  Have been missing you around here.  Your Thanksgiving plans sound great and I hope you have alot of fun.  Im guessing if I were you, I would go for the spinal tap too.  You need some difinitive answers.  Sending bigs hugs your way and hoping you have a fantastic Thanksgiving.

Margo:  It was so much fun going from store to store to find presents for DH's birthday.  He had a great time.  Told me it was his best ever!  This prediabtic thing is weird.  My PCP put me in the prediabetic category cause my blood suger was 10 points higher than normal fasting.
 
Carrie:  Its good to hear from you.  Congratulations on the MRI coming back normal.  I sure do understand being busy.  My job has been keeping me way too busy lately.  Getting up earlier and earlier and getting home later  and later.  Sometimes I just want to come home and crash.  What are your plans for Thanksgiving?

NancyLee:  A big hello to you and hoping you are feeling better.  I agree, many sisters are missing - and I miss them.  Guess this week is pretty busy especially for those preparing big meals and having guests over.  The anticipation is so much fun - then poof - its over. 

Karen:  Your dad is doing great.  I think you will see lots of progress now.  I sort of agree that your dad is best staying there now.  BUT!  I would report this SW to the administrator and would issue a complaint against him.  What he just did is quite unethical.  Ask for a different social worker and let the administrator know his behavior is unacceptable.  Damn, I would be making sure that place didnt get anymore referrals.  I think if I were you I would also complain to the hospital SW.  Let them know how poorly you have been treated.  Maybe they will think twice about referring to this place.  All I know is part of my job is listening to any issues one of our patients or family is having.  Im a fixer upper.  The administrator needs to know what is going on behind the seens.  Sounds like this guy belongs bagging groceries instead of Social work.

Brenda:  Gas prices are ridiculous.  Interesting that they have gone up right before the Holidays.  I think they all are a bunch of crooks. 

Gina:  Please tell me you were joking and you didnt actually amputate a piece of your finger last night!  I think maybe thats cause you have so much on your mind and you were paying attention when cutting those apples!

Janny:  Well Im curious.  How much snow did you get.  Oh and tell DH to not change to the snow plow so soon.  That is just too funny that he made the change the day before you got snow.  Are you working today?  Hoping you will pop in and tell us what your plans are for Thanksgiving.
 
Sherloc:  It was good to see a post from you, as many have been missing you.  Are you at your daughters house yet?  Just enjoy yourself and have as much fun as you can.
 
Charlene:  I missed not seeing your good night Angel post.  I do love the pictures you choose.

SoCal:  I know life is keeping you busy right now.  Mom is visiting and your being quite the host.  Hoping your back is feeling better.  I do miss your posts when you are not here.

Madison:  You must be pretty darn proud of LSU!  What a great year for them.  What are your plans for Thanksgiving?  Are you one of many that has to prepare the big meal.  I guess thats one of the things Im thankful for.  All I have to do is get dresses and go eat! 

Shokk:  As usual your posts always crack me up - well except when you get serious about a subject.  Then I just find them so interesting. 

Cowgirl:  I loved the home school story.  I hope things are settling down in your house.

I know I have missed so many of you.  Wanted to write a post to each and everyone - but alas - my shower is calling and I must head off to work.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.  Drive safely.

Im a little sentimental this morning.  Sitting back and thinking about all the friendships I have made since I was first diagnosed.  The support I get when I come to this site is just amazing.  Seems like there has been some hard times recently and Im hoping all that dust just settles.  We do love each other.  Everyone of us.  We need to stand strong together to fight this disease.  We need to smile when we see our friends are having a nice holiday.  We frown when one of our friends is hurting.  We laugh when someone tells a funny.  
 
Im sending love to everyone today.  And thanking you for your friendship.  Without all of you, I dont know how I would have gotten through this whole journey.
 
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Morning Nicki,

Loved today's post.  I've been so swamped with work, but I can get a really good idea of what's going on in one page thanks to you doing such a great job of keeping track of everyone. 

It's been so wonderful to read about where everyone was last year at this time and what their plans are for this year. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and the joy and preparations by everyone is infectious!

Last year at this time we went to Tim's sister's for T-day, about two hours from here in NC.  We both had no family in VA at that time.  It was the hardest winter I've ever been through. My work was slow and the company Tim worked for didn't have enough freight to keep him on the road.  I didn't have health insurance and my meds were about $600 a month.  I cried everyday and wondered which bill I could pay first and how much to give them. And I was checking that oil tank everyday with my trusty stick.  I grieved for the past holidays when I put on a huge spread and was surrounded by my family. But I was grateful to spend Thanksgiving with Tim's family last year.  They're a wonderful, loving bunch! 

I didn't know I had cancer then.  That came in March.

So this year I've been so blessed that my sis' husband took a job an hour north of here in Roanoke!!  Tim and I will be spending T-day with them tomorrow.  Just the four of us.  I'm so happy to be going there.  My sis survived a horrible horseback riding accident and I have much to be thankful for.  Tim has a better job now, and my work has really picked up. I have a new grandbaby (who smells great BTW), and I'm a breast cancer survivor now.

And I have a circle of friends that I've never had before.  I am truly blessed.

Well ... I've got some work to finish up, the bug man's coming, and I've got to clean and vacuum before Mr. Tim gets home.  That will be a real treat for him for me to get it done BEFORE he gets home.  Although, he says he doesn't care, just wants me wearing a smile and that's enough. 

I pray for all of you every night and keep you in my thoughts throughout the day.

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good morning ...
I love you too sunshine sister Nicki...
I love you all
I am popping in to wish you all the happiest of Thanksgivings.  May you be blessed with much to be thankful for, today, tomorrow and forever.
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Good Mooooooooooorning sisters!

ah silly me, its the weather that caused all the traffic yesterday. Its miserable outside and I most definatly need my heavy winter jacket. (guess I watch the weather too closely due to having horses and being a biker and having allergies as I can also breath easier on rainy days) The year of the drought it was amazing to see the moisture bands in the sky before what little rain came down a day later. They looked like huge jet trails across the sky just sucking up moisture. I had never seen that before so after a few times I was able to figure out what those were.

  BMD>I do hope James can come, from the looks of his pictures last night he and his buddies seem to be going stir crazy. The doofas was wrestliing with his fellow marines tearing up his room! (ya wrestling with his recovering leg!!! AGH, I wanna smack him) But then again I know how the military can be confusing on what you can and cannot do...and a lot of times things change at the last minute. I do think you are a dear though for the invitation even if he can't come.

  I am thankful to have found all of you even though its an ugly thing that put us together in the first place, but we all understand each other because we have been dealing with bc. That sure helped when my family and friends seemed to think okay she's "well" again and back to normal life, we all know that isn't true and never will be...
  It made San Diego a little more personal being able to meet my bc sisters there, San Diego will always have a little piece of my heart for that reason.

  I'm thankful that my DH stuck by my side, it was scary because he's a "breast" man. You know how some things excite a man...well until I know my genetic testing results I won't rest easy knowing I could still lose them just to save my life.

  I'm thankful in a odd way that my bc situation and case helped push the new way of thinking that MRI's are definatly needed to find cancer the mammo's don't. In that odd way something good came of me having bc through my rads doc using my case before the tumor board. Be DAMNED insurance companies, give us another way to find cancer much earlier by paying for the MRI's despite the cost. There's probably just as many false readings in mammograms as there are in MRI's. Can an insurance company put a price on our lives? It seems so by refusing to pay for MRI's.

 I'm so grateful that I found a wonderful caring female surgeon when I got a second opinion, she ordered the MRI on both breasts that found my second cancer in the opposite breast that was twice as big and invasive! She's on the cutting edge of things compared to the other BS that seemed stuck in the 60s when it came to bc.

I'm very thankful my baby finally got his wish to become a marine after his struggle to become one but am still worried about him with a war going on...



I guess I better get my butt in gear so I can tackle the grocery stores...I'm getting sentamental and long winded again...
   





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BREN>I think it was in November 06 I had my first lumpectomy, then the second one was in early Janurary. So despite dealing with cancer we actually had a great thanksgiving and xmas with the kids as they were able to be here. This year they won't, for the first time not a one will be here....

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Quick fly by this morning, ladies!  I don't want to be MIA for too long!  Lots of people are out of the office for the holiday so guess who is on the spot to bridge all the gaps?  Ugh!  Running around like a chicken (or should I say turkey since it is Thanksgiving) with its head cut off.  But, I am thinking about all of you!  Tonight I have some cooking to do and then tomorrow I am heading off with DH and the boys to White Plains NY for Thanksgiving at my sister-in-law's house.  Will be back on line on Saturday.

*Hugs* to you all and have a great Thanksgiving!
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Good Morning Everyone,

Just popping in quick to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. Our plans have changed a little - we will be leaving at 9:30 instead of 6:30. Andrew was supposed to have a meeting today at 2 but that was canceled so he called yesterday and asked if we could pick him up in Chicago at noon. It was that or get up at 4 a.m. tomorrow to pick him up at the bus station in Pittsburgh. We chose to pick him up today and sleep in tomorrow. Sure hope we miss that snow that is heading this way.

Gina - ouch- sure hope your finger is okay. I really admire you for doing all the cooking while on chemo - sounds like you will have a fantastic feast!

BMD - loved reading your post about all your preparations - a real Thanksgiving. Hope you can find some more to share it with.

Nicki - sounds like dh had a great birthday.

Karen - so glad that your Dad seems to be on the road to recovery. Isn't it funny how you know they are getting better when they get ornery.

Liz - good luck on the colonoscopy today.

Wild/Jan - good news on the mammo - probably have you sign the consent form because some one has probably tried to sue them because their cancer was missed on a mammo. There are still people out there who believe that 100% of cancers show up on a mammo.

Okay - gotta run -I packed up most of the stuff in the van last night - but there is still more. My one dd keeps calling and asking me to bring her stuff she left at home. Now with ds coming along - we are going to be stuffed in that van like a turkey! I am really hoping that we don't hit any bad weather. We also have to pick up one dd in Ann Arbor on the way (really a little out of the way but still going east). The other dd flew to Baltimore yesterday and then drove back to Pittsburgh with my husbands cousin and family.

This trip brings back lots of memories. We went two years ago - I had my mammogram and had gotten a letter in the mail that they wanted more views. It had happened before but this time I knew deep down that something was not right. Thanksgiving was later that year and my ultrasound was set up for the week after we got back. Two years ago December 7 - I got the news no one wants to hear. But hey - it is two years later and I am very thankful to be here alive and well. Thankful for all my family and friends who helped me get through one of the roughest times in my life and THANKFUL for all of you.

Now I really have to go. Enjoy your Thanksgiving everyone from A to Z.

Love and hugs,
Suz

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