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Nov 18, 2010 - Happy Cats, Happy Me

Just wanted to let everyone know that I made it home to Lenexa. The most needy, most affectionate was Kira, and she's not usually that way; Jemma came in second; and Latte had obviously been intimidated while I was gone. She didn't sound relieved until I sat down at the computer to write this and then she crawled up and just gave a big sigh. I promise I'll write more tomorrow, but my bed needs some attention as do the comfoters. Later.

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Sep 7, 2010 - Big comfy bed

I’m in Kansas! It’s great to sleep in my bed with my down comforter. It’s wonderful to watch the cats run up and down the stairs. It’s wonderful to see my friends again. I do want to share a perspective of this time in my life and how very much I am enjoying my life and my choices. Although you’ve certainly read a few of my rants, life is very, very good. I was reading a book by one of my favorite mystery writers, and the character (about 50, recently widowed) was out on her first date after being widowed. Her date told her that she seemed...

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Mar 31, 2009 - Reintegration at Journey's End

It's official -- Dr. Grounds has released me back to Dr. Fisher's care. Both wounds are healing well and I may JUDICIOUSLY resume my life. She did remind me that I have very little stamina. I should have no long-term problems related to the surgery -- just need to keep up the annual mammogram. I should have a pelvic every 2-3 years, but no more PAP smears. Yessssssssssssssssss! I'll miss Dr. Grounds -- she was wonderful! So now my energies will go into re-composing my life. I probably won't take an Ethel trip until early summer, so the...

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Mar 26, 2009 - Nearly through the quest

I read an article this morning that really "spoke" to me about my experience as a seriously ill person: "With a Buzz Cut, I Can Take on Anything" in the NYT http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/26/fashion/26skin.html In a time of utter vulnerability — having already weathered three months of post-diagnosis ups-and-downs — I needed the primal ferocity that a buzz cut proclaims. . . . I agree with the late Anatole Broyard, who wrote in his memoir “Intoxicated by My Illness,” “It seems to me that every seriously ill person needs to develop a style...

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Mar 20, 2009 - Wearin' Blue Jean

Yesterday I took a gamble and put on my blue jeans. I haven't been able to wear any of my regular pants since mid-December and have had to wear sweat pants. And, YESSSSSSSSSSSSS, I could wear them and did so for about 4 hours. I didn't want to wear them too long and find out that the zipper abraded the scar. Success in moving closer to normal. Actually, I have had several strong indicators that things are moving right along. I'm almost off the pain pills, and I have my brain back. It had been almost impossible to read anything past a...

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Mar 16, 2009 - Lessons are repeated

Most of you are probably familiar with "The Ten Rules For Being Human" 1. You will receive a body. 2. You will be presented with lessons. 3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. 4. Lessons are repeated until learned. 5. Learning does not end. 6. "There" is no better than "here." 7. Others are only mirrors of you. 8. What you make of your life is up to you. 9. All the answers lie inside of you. 10. You will forget all of this at birth. Number 4 -- lessons are repeated -- is a particular bane of my existence. I truly must have an...

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Mar 11, 2009 - Sing Out

I was just blown away by an online article. I actually read it with Celtic Woman singing "Sing Out" on PBS. Headline: Secretary Clinton, First Lady Honor International Women's Rights Activists at http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=7061517&page=1 Michelle Obama noted that "These women are not just changing their own circumstances, but those of women – and men – all around the world. This is How Real Change Occurs. One Determined Woman at a Time." Hmmmmm, reminds me of a Margaret Mead quote. "Our own country has a lot to live up to but...

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Mar 9, 2009 - If mothers are so special

Today is International Women's Day, and the coverage this morning reminded me of a conversation I had with my daughter, Mardi, when she was here. It was all about the rhetoric of the importance of motherhood, mothers being "at home" rearing children, and the grim realities. I'll stick with only the US record on women, and, admittedly, it is better than most other countries. Let's start with the grimmest -- the number of women, especially pregnant women, who die each day at a loved ones hands and the ones who are beaten each day. The...

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Mar 7, 2009 - Pain and Patience

I have a lot of opportunities to work on "patience." I can truthfully report that I'm still struggling with "patience." When I sit and knit or read, I feel really good (most of the time). Then I decide I will do a small thing -- just a thirty minute chore -- or go to the store (still rare). I then spend about six hours not feeling so very comfortable. It's that old biology lesson about everything being connected and EVERYTHING being linked to those abdominal muscles. I'm not very tall -- yeah, I know you've noticed. Reaching is one of my...

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Mar 3, 2009 - And the winner is . . .

The "softball" fibroma was benign! I had probably had it for years and would have had it all my life had it not "killed" my left ovary and begun twisting it and pulling my uterus out of alignment to the left. The fibroma did not do any damage to any other organs despite its attempt to attach to them. I will have one more post-op check-up in four weeks to ensure that the stitches have all dissolved and that I am still feeling well -- coincidentally on my target finish date for the Lemonade Vision Quest -- March 31. Huge sigh of relief! I...

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Mar 2, 2009 - Holding On

Yep, that's me -- holding on. Just think of all those pictures you see of a cat/kitten hanging on -- then put my face on it. The good news is that I'm back to the level of pain medication I was on before I had surgery. Each day gets a little easier and I have my post-op appointment with Dr. Grounds tomorrow. I really hope I'll get the okay to drive, although I think it may be a bit harder to drive the manual shift than it would be an automatic. I do want to share an article I read in December -- “Hold on” by William F. Schulz, for 12 years...

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Feb 25, 2009 - Testing the Limits

I've had a few days of learning a lot about pain, limits, and my reaction to both. After my day of wild exuberance on Friday, the next two days (Sat and Sun) were a reality journey through the briars, thorns, and desert of really feeling lousy. My doctors did provide good pain management, but I really struggled with everything hurting and several systems malfunctioning. As with each of my journeys, I've been reminded that high school lessons were really important. Remember the lessons about your abdominal muscles being at the core of most...

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