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#46 2017-06-24 18:03:34

susanr
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From: Grenfell, Saskatchewan
Registered: 2010-03-11
Posts: 4308

Re: The start of a long haul

Yes Sue - I have a very good support "group".  Many good & dear friends both here and far :D


Friend to 2 house cats, 3 long-haired mini dachshunds, one outside cat, one guard dog, a few Dorking chickens, several  Isa Brown laying hens, some mutt chickens and 3 mules.  Jobs include gardener and assistant bee keeper.

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#47 2017-06-24 18:50:08

lady leghorn
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From: Okanagan Falls B.C.
Registered: 2011-10-26
Posts: 3251

Re: The start of a long haul

susanr.......You are a great lady, and very strong.   I'm 'sure' you have a good support group.    Hopefully the repeat sessions will

be over soon.  God Bless.

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#48 2017-07-23 17:49:57

susanr
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From: Grenfell, Saskatchewan
Registered: 2010-03-11
Posts: 4308

Re: The start of a long haul

Last of hubby's scheduled rounds of chemo done.  A PET scan is next on the list - onco is aiming for end of Aug/beginning of Sept.  Hubby feels pretty weak and very nauseous but, otherwise pretty good.  He is keeping himself working on projects around here - taking naps when needed.  At the last onco visit, she talked about stem cell therapy.  She has requested the specialist to make an appt for hubby to discuss therapy treatment.  It is in Saskatoon - a 5.5 hr drive from home.  Hubby is not thrilled about being in isolation for nearly a month during that treatment but, wants to talk to the specialist about the process to get more info - procedure, side effects, recovery time, etc.  He has his first of quarterly treatments scheduled for Nov.  These treatments are white cell booster treatments - one day at the cancer clinic in Regina.  I think there will also be blood work and follow up meetings with the onco but, no idea when they are supposed to start.  The type of cancer we are dealing with is a lymphoma type and can show up again anywhere, anytime.  No known cure - as yet - just remission.  Praying for lengthy remission.

Meantime, things are rolling along as much as normal as it gets around here.  Stress is lowering between us bit by bit and I am working on finding my "happy" - it's been lost for awhile.  One small success today - I am working out around the potatoes today.  That area is very weedy - as is pretty much most of the bare ground.  Some areas I am spraying but, the potatoes I am doing by hand.  We have had no rain here at all and the seed potatoes I planted were past their best before date before we got them.  Wasn't holding my breath as to what - if anything - came up.  To my surprise, there are many more potatoes coming up than I was expecting.  We have been experiencing very heavy dew and the weeds seem to have collected enough moisture for the seed potatoes to sprout.  Yay!  At least we will have something to harvest.  Our fruit trees - all of them - were hit very hard by the tent caterpillars this year.  The raspberries are the only fruit that was not affected and a pretty good harvest appears to be in the immediate future.  The lilies are in bloom now too - my favorite summer flowers.


Friend to 2 house cats, 3 long-haired mini dachshunds, one outside cat, one guard dog, a few Dorking chickens, several  Isa Brown laying hens, some mutt chickens and 3 mules.  Jobs include gardener and assistant bee keeper.

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#49 2017-07-23 19:15:34

killerbunny
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From: Brockville, Ontario
Registered: 2012-07-30
Posts: 2936

Re: The start of a long haul

A gentleman I know of here is having the stem cell treatment and is very hopeful. He said it wasn't too bad. It's quite interesting too. Hope it works out.


Mixed collection of chickens, trio of Blue Columbian Wyandottes,BSW turkeys.
RIP Lucky the Very Brave splash Wyandotte rooster.
RIP little Muppet the rescue cat.

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#50 2017-07-23 23:45:21

lady leghorn
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From: Okanagan Falls B.C.
Registered: 2011-10-26
Posts: 3251

Re: The start of a long haul

susanr............So glad you are finding some of your "happy" again.    Amazing how small things like finding potatoes, can make a

person feel happy.   So glad you found them.  Sometimes weeds are good for something, in a garden.  Glad to hear you're also getting

raspberries.   I bet your lilies are gorgeous. Do they have a scent?     I really pray your husbands remission is a very lengthy one

too. :praying:  God Bless Both of you.  Your'e good People.  :)

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#51 2017-07-24 10:00:36

Martin Grove Farm
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From: Waterloo/St. Jacobs, Ontario
Registered: 2009-11-02
Posts: 19228

Re: The start of a long haul

It's difficult to find the right words to say.  I hate cancer and what it does, not just to the cancer patient but also to family and friends of the person with cancer.  They have come so far in medical advances and it seems that they are always finding new and more effective ways to battle it.  Thank goodness for so many smart people that put their lifework into finding cures and, or treatments.  I pray that your husband has a very lengthy remission and that treatment is not too difficult on him.   Our friends Mom has been in remission for several years now with non Hodgkin's Lymphoma   As for finding your "happy" again.  We tend to be creatures of habit and love familiarity.  Discovering your potatoes are going to give you some harvest and that your lilies are blooming is just the boost that you needed.  We all need to take a page from your book and remember that these "ordinary" things are not so ordinary.  They are little blessings and we should be more grateful for them.  These ordinary things tend to bring us peace and joy.  Kind of like life will find a way, even during the most difficult situations and times of stress. 

We, in our home, will continue to pray for your husband and for you.   I can only imagine that talking about this is very difficult for you, and therapeutic at the same time.  Your ACE family cares.  xoxo


"I never learned from a man who agreed with me".~~Robert A. Heinlein.
“Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who'll argue with you.” - John Wooden
May every word that we speak, and every word that we type, be words that lift up and never words that tear down

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#52 2017-07-24 11:11:14

yardbirds
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From: just north of Yorkton, Sk
Registered: 2011-08-02
Posts: 9439

Re: The start of a long haul

Ditto to what MGF just posted.  You both will be in my prayers and am sending every good vibe out there to both of you.  :hugz:


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#53 2017-07-26 13:50:42

niglefritz
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From: western MB
Registered: 2012-02-21
Posts: 1193

Re: The start of a long haul

Yes, it is interesting how the little things can bring joy. It certainly sheds new light on everything we used to and others take for granted.

Being faced with cancer & death brings an awareness that sometimes some things/offenses are worth overlooking and not worth expending the energy to fight over (they just are not a big deal after all), it gives a person a greater sense of compassion and understanding of others, and it helps you to slow down & see the beauty that others miss...at least that are the gifts it left with me.

In an odd way, it gives improved quality of life.

Thinking of you both today. :hugz:


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