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February 23, 2017



It's so good you've got a good healthcare team working with you and that you can be at home. OTOH, having no energy to get up and do things must be hard. Let us know when you start the chemo. Many hugs and know that all of us are thinking about you and sending good thoughts to you.


I hope the draining of the fluid helps with fatigue. Wishing you well.


The fluid drainage will help with my breathing but not with the fatigue, according to my doc. And yes, it's very frustrating!


So very challenging.

Kind thoughts as always.




Waiting is hard. Glad there's a team working together and fluid drainage will aid the breathing. Fatigue, especially for someone as active as you're accustomed to being, would be hard to tolerate.


That sudden slow down does hit you against the side of the head as you are a very active person. Be patient and try to move as much as you can. Orchids, outdoors, are all a salvation as you begin this battle. Ignore the politics and let the rest of us work on restoring democracy to our lives.


Oh I know this, what a lousy feeling. At no time in our lives did we prepare for this.
From a lifetime of activity to be 'reduced' to waiting and resting felt like a punishment. Not fair. And lonely and nobody really understands and so on.

But eventually, if not already, you will cherish that you have this freedom of resting and letting your body and your medical team do the job. And resting is a big job right now, so give it all you can and be good to yourself.

From my favourite Buddhist nun Pema Chodrom (not that I know many of them, this is the only one I read from time to time):

"Rather than letting our negativity get the better of us, we could acknowledge that right now we feel like a piece of shit and not be squeamish about taking a good look. That’s the compassionate thing to do. That’s the brave thing to do. We can’t just jump over ourselves as if we were not there."


I don't know if the staff has changed much at the oncology center, but overall, they were wonderful when my mother underwent treatment there in 2012 and 2013.


Such a hard time but music and perhaps an art project might help during Chemo. Call me, Mary or a friend whenever events get too frustrating.
I am not sure about reading " In the Garden of Beasts". I am listening to it on CD right now, (Mary sent it to me) and it is making me very nervous. Such distressing news every day--try not to think about T-Rump. The positive thing is that the town hall meetings are getting great turnout. Let's hope it continues.
"Hi" to Terry and Bravo for him wanting to cook.


Your orchids are stunning! I envy all the varieties you can grow there.

Our thoughts are with you as your treatments begin, and may they go well! Great that Terry is such a help.


Thanks for the kind encouragement and understanding, everyone.

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If only our good wishes could translate directly into your returning to vibrant good health! Thinking of you and hating that you are going through the ordeal.

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