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February 13, 2017



You certainly deserve to care for yourself. We are all pulling for you


Cloudia: Thanks for the kind words. I'm getting a lot of help and care from friends and family, too.


So nice of you to thank your readers...they do care, do they not? We all approach this kind of news differently. I would probably not want people to know until they had to know. But I have not yet been tested on that.


I just talked to a friend who is coming by this afternoon. She has been through a lot herself, with cancer and heart trouble. We are both wondering about the effects of the vog on Big Island residents.


I would love to meet you in person, however, SD CA is as far as I get. My son is and his family are there, and I link up with Mage when I visit. We have great fun, as we are just kids at heart.

Yes, keep me posted on medical news. This is an education. Sooner or later most of us will face cancer as many things that killed seniors in the past are gone or going.


Dianne: I'm so glad to be in touch with like-minded seniors right now.


Thank you for keeping us posted. You really are a part of so many of our lives and hearts here in blogland. +1 for taking care of yourself.


"We are both wondering about the effects of the vog on Big Island residents."

Who knows? It's worth studying, though.


The time has come for us to stop priding ourselves on our ignorance.


I have been thinking about all that bad air you breath and wondering if it's exasperated this condition. I'm sorry you have to go through this and hope you can keep your wits about you and your spirits up. Do good things for yourself. And know that your blogging friends are all pulling for you.


"The time has come for us to stop priding ourselves on our ignorance."

Definitely. About your diagnosis, I hope the chemo goes well.


Dkzody: The air is really bad today. It smells of sulfur. This is the worst time of the year for vog. It did not used to be so bad.
Brandon: Margaret D. was just here, and we were talking about all these matters. I am keeping in mind what you said about the facility here being so crowded. Was that hard on your mother? I have options: could go elsewhere.


It was more crowded on some days than others. In addition to chemo, my mother received iron treatments for anemia. We'd go in once a room, or a cubicle in the common room, became available. The chemo itself took several hours, so we'd bring books, a thermos of coffee, etc. The staff was wonderful. The doctor was fine. But he didn't communicate much and looked overburdened to me.


Brandon: That does not sound too bad. Thanks for the info. I think the deciding factor may be if I need or can get specialized treatment here. The therapies are evolving very fast.


Thanks for being good to yourself and gathering comforts around you. There is never too much comfort.

We truly have no idea how bad the environment can be for us. Everything is connected. I was told that even though I quit smoking 30 years ago it had a detrimental effect on my circulatory system.



I keep you in mind, wishing you strength and equilibrium. It's true: many of us will find ourselves where you are one day. The treatments do seem to be evolving very rapidly, so what was done for a friend a year ago is now considered antiquated. Glad you have Kaiser. I am have the impression they keep up.

Ole Phat Stu

May the chemo succeed; it will make you feel really sick though :-(


Jan: Kaiser does seem to have good resources.
Stu: Chemo is no good unless it almost kills you, alas.


Good luck with the chemotherapy. I hope it isn't too debilitating.


I helps to have a diagnosis, to be able to stare it in the face. Chemo is no longer the big bad wolf it was in the past and cancer research has moved mountains in recent years, saving lives and I hope and wish that you will benefit from it, hugely, immediately.

Silver Willow

I am just so very sorry that you are having to go through this. Every night I pray for those who are sick, and those that care and love them too. For strength, for purpose, for intelligence when it comes to decision making, but most of all, for some semblance of peace. I know it can be the most alluding thing, but I wish all of this for you.


I saw your note on my post about clothing for around the house wear but I don't know if you'll get back to my place any time to soon to read my response so decided to drop by here and give you some info.

I just shopped at SOMA yesterday, a lingerie and lounge wear store that is attached to Chicos. Don't know if you have these in Hawaii, but SOMA is online at Soma.com if you want to look at some of their wares. I bought pants and a top yesterday on clearance so got a pretty good deal. The sizes are wonderful, too. Good for those of us who are short and round. I've had their clothes for years and they hold up very well so you do get your money's worth.


I wish I had the magic words to make this part of the journey easier. Alas, I know that chemo is rough, but often it brings cures. Trust your body to be as powerful at healing as the chemicals. Music, poetry, favorite foods, a diary, meditation, good friends and family, laughter, love--all are healing for body and spirit. And, in case you didn't know this, there are many out here who are truly inspired by your bravery in the face of this challenge. Much love from a bunch of my family--and me.


Dkzody: I'm tall and big and now losing weight rapidly, not by choice but because of the cancer. It isn't too hard for me to find clothes to fit. Getting such things online seems like a good idea. Thanks for your thoughts.
Thanks, Toni. Mary is coming by soon. She is indulging me quite a bit,as is Terry.


Chemo is so much more refined than when my SIL went thru it in early 1970s at Queens,-- so much medical progress since then from which you'll surely benefit. Day to day living and finding comfort in moments sounds like a wise approach.


Marianna: I read your blog because of my cousin Kay's blog, and am wishing for the best for you. Please take care of yourself, and believe in the power of the cures available today.


I have a book on chemotherapy, The Chemotherapy Survival Guide, you can have if you want.


Joared: And I'm confident that I will get the best care possible.
Lorna: Nice to hear from you. Art and Kay are so great and wonderful friends I met through blogging. Yes, I am sure it will be, if not easy, endurable.


Gosh. You did say a while back that you were feeling emotional and mental changes. This happened to my mother, too, with cancer. She didn't get it checked out as soon as you did, but once she did get diagnosed it all made sense.

Best of luck with all of this


Z: The most important indicator was loss of appetite. I suggest that anyone with loss of appetite ought to get a check up.

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