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Exhaustion sneaks up on me

Monday, November 17, 2014      2 comments

I try to keep a balance in my life. I aim for 8 hours sleep a night. With caregiving and nightly dialysis, I get 5.5 hours at best overnight. There are days that I cannot squeeze a nap in. Yesterday overwhelmed me. I had pain with my ... Read more

Going back in time

Saturday, November 15, 2014      3 comments

My friend and I drove to visit her daughter's church bazaar. It is neat to see Pastor Linda with her congregation. She has a good group of people. I found some gifts for friends and enjoyed a bowl of soup. It was a crisp day. There ... Read more

Excellent care team

Tuesday, November 11, 2014      4 comments

I am blessed with an excellent care team - palliative, compassionate and supportive. In the past year, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in an early stage. I journeyed from my gynocologist to a surgeon. From the surgeon I moved onto the team... Read more

Quiet days together

Monday, November 10, 2014      4 comments

My friends from church ask how my husband is doing frequently. We are not dwelling on all the things wrong, but want to focus on making the most of each day. He is still able to move about the house, but has difficulty going anywhere for any l... Read more

Organizing the attic commences

Sunday, November 09, 2014      8 comments

I have a plan to work on my attic storage area. I realize I cannot trim a Christmas tree that is 7 feet high and lug it from the attic to the living room. After watching Snaggles climb a ladder, I feel he would be the "star" on the top of the ... Read more

Snaggles and Sandy in the Video

Friday, November 07, 2014      4 comments

The Berks County Animal Rescue League's video about adoptions and family life featured my cat, Snaggles, and me. The link to the video is listed below: youtu.be/XeJQuj7vPFQ ... Read more

Greater Patience!

Thursday, November 06, 2014      3 comments

I definitely have greater patience. I realize that one benefit of having cancer is having more patience and endurance. Things will always involve challenges. The attitude that I bring to the day can make things better and more tolerable. ... Read more

At the ARL Gala

Wednesday, November 05, 2014      5 comments

I attended the Gala for the Berks County Animal Rescue League. I am in the center of this picture. The director of the Adoption Video, Tracey Schott, is on the left. My person... Read more

Lymphedema - not arm

Friday, October 31, 2014      8 comments

I have lymphedema in my radiated breast. My radiation oncologist recommended that I have treatments to handle the spider webs of scar tissue and the trapped lymph in my radiated breast. I just thought that lymphedema was in the arm. I ... Read more

Golfing in PA on Oct 28

Tuesday, October 28, 2014      2 comments

This is alledgedly Fall. Yes, the leaves are colorful and falling. Yet, I played golf today. It was 81 degrees in my car on the way home. I live in PA. Well, the weather was perfect. They had removed the leaves from the course. It was so ... Read more

Friend's ordination

Sunday, October 26, 2014      4 comments

Today was a wonderful day. My friend, Linda, was ordained. She was called to a church in Barto, PA. She is really called and prepared diligently over the years. She had many life challenges that will make her a caring pastor. I assisted... Read more

Fun Experience with Snaggles

Thursday, October 23, 2014      4 comments

My cat, Snaggles, is a truly satisfied cat. We got him 15 months ago from the Animal Rescue League of Berks County. His foster caregiver was the development director. She housed him in her office for 8 months prior to our adopting Snaggles. S... Read more

Tired, but happy

Saturday, October 18, 2014      5 comments

I am so glad that the home repairs are almost done. The house looks great. I still have much to put away, but it is a great time to purge many books, cooking gear, and more. I spent some time reading about the holidays and arthritis. I c... Read more

Kitchen - done

Friday, October 17, 2014      6 comments

My kitchen has a modern look to it. My restorer-painter is absolutely awesome in his work. He notes things and replaces them so no damage is done to my new floor. He was sensitive to Snaggles and his stress level. I am so impressed with his ... Read more

Major Decision Made

Monday, October 13, 2014      12 comments

Bob got the doctor's verdict on his tests. He has both thyroid and lung cancer. This week he has an MRI on his pancreas. We will know about pancreatic cancer soon. Bob is very weak and tired from 2 years of dialysis. He has diabetes, kidney... Read more


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