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Sep 22, 2020 10:14AM
Sep 22, 2020 11:39AM
Jackie, thank you so much for those inspirational quotes! Just when I begin to despair, they put things back into perspective.
And now a little levity for all my IL BCO sisters. You know how Los Angeles newscasts are obsessed with police vs. car chases? Well ABC7 Chicago broke into its newscast to show a guy on a horse trotting down the southbound (non-express) lanes of I-94, the Dan Ryan Expwy, during rush hour. He was flanked by a motorcycle escort in all lanes & shoulders to prevent cars from going around him. Police cars (city & state) were no match for him as he was able to weave in & out of several lanes. At one point, traffic was backed up almost 5 miles. Nobody knew what the heck this was about, until the equestrian live-Tweeted (using his phone, pointed at the road ahead of him) that he is (as I suspected) Chicago's famed and beloved "Dreadhead Cowboy" (who lives on the S. Side, keeps several horses at a suburban stable, and has one in his yard at any given time. He is a fixture at both peaceful demonstrations (especially against gang gun violence), parades, fests, large church picnics, etc. He gives neighborhood kids rides, and has even gone to parking lots of children's hospitals so that the ambulatory patients could get to see and even pet a horse/
He Tweeted that his ride was for "Kids' Lives Matter," the movement protesting the murders of children caught in the crossfire of gang warfare; as well as to call attention to the paucity of city services for kids in low-income neighborhoods. The bikers later said they flanked him to protect him and the horse from being mowed down by cars, and that they weren't necessarily protestors themselves at first. At several points, he brought the horse to a gallop as fast as 17mph, but finally ran out of steam at the 91st St exit to the service road along S. Lafayette Ave., and rode onto the grass, where he stopped, stood on the saddle, and then climbed down and put his hands behind his back for the state troopers to arrest him. People were petting the horse and leading it to a safer place away from traffic. We'll probably learn more--especially if the horse was returned to its stable or his backyard--on the 10pm news. His ride was over 7 miles long. Glad nobody (man or beast*) was hurt. It was mesmerizing to watch--for over 1/2 hr!
*Unfortunate update: the horse ("NuNu") was taken to Chi. Animal Control's facility, where vet techs discovered it had a hoof injury. Poor thing wasn't built to ride long distances on hard concrete.
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....
9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right
11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast
12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)