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Posted on: Jan 13, 2007 01:10AM - edited Jan 9, 2009 06:29AM by ritajean

ritajean wrote:

I'm very curious about all the Illinois ladies who are making this breast cancer journey or who have finished it. Where are you located? What's your diagnosis? Where are you in your treatment plan? How's it going for you?

I thought we might be surprised to find somebody right in our own back yard that could use some encouragement or company.

I'll start us out. I live in Bloomington. I was diagnosed in Nov. 2006 with IDC cancer, 1.4 cm. er-, pr+, her2-. Stage 1 but that horrid Grade 3. Had an excisional biopsy that came back without clear margins. Went to Peoria to an excellent breast surgeon. Had a lumpectomy with sentinel node biopsy. Nodes and margins were both clear. Now I'm headed for my first CMF chemo on Jan. 26th. I'm very nervous about the chemo, which I dread more than any other part of the journey, I think.

Hop on here and tell us about yourself. There may be some of us that are even close enough we could meet for an outing some time.

Rita
Dx 11/21/2006, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 29, 2020 07:57AM IllinoisLady wrote:

I am thinking of all of you so much there in the Chicago area. I know you are having many more ( epicenter ) covid-19 cases there and these thoughts create a heavy heart. I am hoping and praying that everyone get through this with as little pain or loss as possible. Just know that you are in my heart and my daily cares about you. Sending love and hope for all of us and all the citizens of the world.

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Mar 30, 2020 12:40PM IllinoisLady wrote:

No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit. -Helen Keller

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Mar 31, 2020 07:01AM IllinoisLady wrote:

The real joy of life is in its play. Play is anything we do for the joy and love of doing it, apart from any profit, compulsion, or sense of duty. It is the real living of life with the feeling of freedom and self-expression. Play is the business of childhood, and its continuation in later years is the prolongation of youth. -Walter Rauschenbusch

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Mar 31, 2020 06:43PM ChiSandy wrote:

In my inbox today I got the quote of the week from Doctors' Digest:

"The habits of a lifetime cannot be undone in a day"--Mahatma Gandhi.

It's a reminder that it's going to take awhile before everyone properly practices social distancing and other outside-the-home safety protocols--and that we should hold off being judgmental about those who are taking longer to "get it" (except of course the jerks congregating on the beaches and in the parks who think they're too young to be vulnerable or the naive flocks who believe that God will save them despite their gathering en masse to pray).

Ilinois content: yesterday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot took to Instagram and the airwaves, playing guitar and singing her (very short) composition "Stay Home, Save Lives." (Yup, those are the lyrics, repeated once).

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 1, 2020 07:22AM IllinoisLady wrote:

However humble our circumstances or undramatic our talents, our true purpose has been revealed. We were meant to be this person at this time and place. Not only for ourselves, but for you and other people—we were meant to make this particular contribution to the world.And so we must do it well. Do it with faith and with patience, with all our strength and passion. And in so doing discover who we really are. - Marjorie Holmes

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 2, 2020 11:01AM IllinoisLady wrote:

I am optimistic and confident in all that I do. I affirm only the best for myself and others. I am the creator of my life and my world. I meet daily challenges gracefully and with complete confidence. I fill my mind with positive, nurturing, and healing thoughts. -Alice Potter

I believe that if you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you will hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience. This is the sure way to win victories over inner defeat. It is the way a humble person meets life or death. -Eddie Rickenbacker

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 3, 2020 12:26PM - edited Apr 3, 2020 01:00PM by IllinoisLady

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,

committed people can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

- Margaret Mead


Idealism detached from action is just a dream.

But idealism allied with pragmatism,

with rolling up your sleeves and making the world bend a bit,

is very exciting.

It's very real.

It's very strong.

- Bono


Individual commitment to a group effort -

that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

- Vince Lombardi

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 4, 2020 07:44AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Passion doesn't come from business or books or even a connection with another person. It is a connection to your own life force, the world around you and the spirit that connects us all. You are the source. Books, work, music, people, sunsets all provide sparks, but only you can light the fire.

Jennifer James

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 4, 2020 10:31PM - edited Apr 4, 2020 10:42PM by ChiSandy

Bob just came home (midnight)--suddenly his days are longer because of mask/gown/glove procedures. (He gets one N95 per hospital, and is expected to reuse it till it falls apart. He doesn't get a paper cap either). My heart sank when he told me he was at Little Company of Mary, where he saw 22 patients--15 of whom have COVID-19. He was not in the ICU, and he stayed 6' from their beds, but still...none of his colleagues (all a decade younger--he is 70, smokes 1/4-1/2 pack a day and drinks a lot at night) are going there. The rival cardiology group on the SW Side has forbidden its doctors to see any but strictly cardiology patients--and not at all at Little Company (where those two Evergreen Park Wal-Mart workers died). Advocate Christ now has two COVID-only floors. At least he gets an N95: the only masks the nurses get are the simple surgical ones.

Yet he won't spray his clothes down at the hospital, won't leave his coat in the car, and won't take his shoes off inside the door. He promises he will go upstairs to strip & shower. I'm now terrified to do laundry (I will now have to wear gloves)--we don't have a separate hamper or laundry basket. Do I order him to sleep in a separate room now? He likes the TV in our bedroom--but all my clothes are in there (and I have four times as much as he does). He also likes the den TV and is willing to sleep on the sofa there--but that's also where the closet is where we keep all our paper goods. His knees can't handle the climb up to & down from the attic bedroom & bath--and there's only an antenna TV in there. And where will he eat?

It's getting real. He has multiple risk factors, made worse by his refusing to retire, lest his staff & partner lose their insurance. There's a possibility I could lose him before our next anniversary in June. Do I insist that from now on he sleep at a hotel--knowing that if he gets symptoms I may never see him again?

You know, as a doctor's wife I long ago resigned myself to having my family take a back seat to his patients--and by his taking on more call from his colleagues, giving priority to them too. But it was only at the price of our emotional well being. Now he's putting his colleagues and staff ahead of OUR LIVES. He never signed on for this when he decided to go to medical school. No doctor in America (except epidemiologists and infectious disease specialists who go into Third World hot zones) does.

And now I could die sooner too. What's the point of having beaten cancer?

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 5, 2020 07:59AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Hoping and praying Sandy -- I know we are all grateful for the Dr.'s who are upholding their 'oaths' and caring for the patients who need them. Hope you and Dh can find a mutual solution to keep your household safe and virus free. Scary times. Real Scary.

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 5, 2020 10:19PM ChiSandy wrote:

A little easier today, although Bob did see a patient go into sudden total heart block--he'd read about it but this is the first time he actually saw it. No more hospital rounds for the next two weeks, hallelujah.

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 6, 2020 06:30AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Prayer can be an easy substitute for real spirituality. It would be impossible to have spirituality without prayer, of course, but it is certainly possible to pray without having any spirituality at all. How do you know? "Am I becoming kinder?" is a good place to start. -Joan Chittister

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 6, 2020 08:51AM IllinoisLady wrote:

An extra for today because I think we need it:


"Love is the crowning grace of humanity, the holiest right of the soul, the golden link which binds us to duty and truth, the redeeming principle that chiefly reconciles the heart to life and is prophetic of eternal good."

-- Petrarch

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 6, 2020 09:50AM SoulShine1969 wrote:

IllinoisLady- Thank you for the inspiration quotes. Much needed today.

ChiSandy- You and your DH are in my prayers. Stay safe. I really enjoyed the song you posted on another thread, you’re very talented.

Surgery 10/14/2012 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 12/30/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 2/18/2015, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/14 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 3/30/2015 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 5/2/2015 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 11/4/2015 Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Apr 7, 2020 07:39AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Simply give others a bit of yourself: a thoughtful act, a helpful
idea, a word of appreciation, a lift over a rough spot, a sense
of understanding, a timely suggestion. You take something out
of your mind, garnished in kindness out of your heart, and put
it into the other person's mind and heart.

Charles H. Burr

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 8, 2020 07:15AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Once you accept and rejoice in your authenticity, you begin to see things as YOU are. You begin to see the authentic self, the Soul made visible. Godspeed on your journey to wholeness. -SarahBan Breathnach

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 9, 2020 06:39AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Each day is a time of great possibilities. Many experiences are before me that will inspire me on my upward path of growth and discovery. Knowing this, I greet each day with enthusiasm. An enthusiastic attitude is an energizing one. When I am enthusiastic, I tap into an inner wellspring of energy that promotes change in my body and in my life. The positive power that is generated by enthusiasm improves my circulation and helps restore health to my body. It stirs up joy within me and calls it forth into expression. Enthusiasm for life brings out the beauty that I was once unable to see. -unattributed

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 10, 2020 07:12AM IllinoisLady wrote:

We all have the potential to know balance. Simply to desire balance is to begin to know. We can start with stopping, taking a few deep breaths, and letting the nervous energy drain out of us. We can let our minds become quiet, and we can make a commitment to ourselves to seek the peacefulness of balance wherever we are. We can open our hearts and minds to peacefulness.We can let peacefulness enter through the bottoms of our feet and flow up through our bodies with our breath and aliveness. We can breathe in peacefulness and breathe out agitation. -Anne Wilson Schaef

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 10, 2020 11:11PM zulo wrote:

what is afikomen

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Apr 11, 2020 06:33AM IllinoisLady wrote:

There are no small acts of kindness.

Every compassionate act makes large the world.

- Mary Anne Radmacher

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 11, 2020 02:34PM Moderators wrote:

Hi zulo, and welcome to our Community. Afikoman is a half-piece of matzo which is broken in two during the early stages of the Passover Seder and set aside to be eaten as a dessert after the meal.

Tell us a bit about what brings you here.

Warmly,

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Apr 12, 2020 06:49AM IllinoisLady wrote:

There cannot be a sense of abundance or the experience of prosperity without appreciation. You cannot find beauty unless you appreciate beauty. You cannot find friendship unless you appreciate others. You cannot find love unless you appreciate loving and being loved. If you wish abundance, appreciate life. -William R. Miller

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 12, 2020 09:30PM ChiSandy wrote:

Hi, zulo! The afikomen is the middle piece of three "sheets" of matzo, broken in as many pieces as there are kids attending the Seder, wrapped in napkins and hidden by the head of the family for the kids to find after the meal--and redeem for money, candy or trinkets. (In modern times, nobody really wants to eat it as dessert, because we've been eating matzo throughout the meal). Bob quipped that we should have sprinkled the two pieces with catnip for the kitties to find, as they were our only Seder "guests" this year.

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 13, 2020 10:08AM IllinoisLady wrote:

The most important human endeavor is striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depends on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to our lives. ~ Albert Einstein

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 14, 2020 07:00AM IllinoisLady wrote:

The principles you live by create the world you live in; if you change the principles you live by, you will change your world. -Blaine Lee

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 15, 2020 08:08AM IllinoisLady wrote:

The cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows, and the crimes of humanity, all lie in that one word "love. "It is the divine vitality that everywhere produces and restores life. To each and every one of us, it gives the power of working miracles if we will. - Lydia Maria Child

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 16, 2020 07:22AM IllinoisLady wrote:

[The Native American] believes profoundly in silence—the sign of perfect equilibrium. Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit. The people who preserve their selfhood ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence—not a leaf, as it were, astir on the tree; not a ripple upon the surface of the shining pool—theirs, in the mind of the unlettered sage, is the ideal attitude and conduct of life. If you ask: "What are the fruits of silence?" he or she will say:"They are self-control, true courage or endurance, patience, dignity, and reverence. Silence is the cornerstone of character." -Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman)

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 17, 2020 08:09AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow...

but only empties today of its strength.

- C. H. Spurgeon

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 18, 2020 07:13AM - edited Apr 18, 2020 07:14AM by IllinoisLady

When we are conscious of being part of a wider universe, we can begin to see that what we do matters. Every action we take has a consequence somewhere, whether good or bad. Everything that happens affects a part of the whole body of life. Having this knowledge of being part of something larger may motivate us to contribute to the greater good in whatever ways we can. -Sallirae Henderson

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 19, 2020 07:21AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Life rushes us along and few people are strong enough to stop on their own. Most often, something unforeseen stops us and it is only then we have the time to take a seat at life's kitchen table. To know our own story and tell it. To listen to other people's stories. To remember that the real world is made up of just such stories. Until we stop ourselves or, more often, have been stopped, we hope to put certain of life's events "behind us" and get on with our living. After we stop we see that certain of life's issues will be with us for as long as we live. We will pass through them again and again, each time with a new story, each time with a greater understanding, until they become indistinguishable from our blessings and our wisdom. It's the way life teaches us how to live.

Rachel Naomi Remen

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-

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