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Reality and Christmas

Tuesday, December 16, 2014      7 comments

Cancer did change my outlook on life and helped me set priorities. I can't do everything I used to do, but I appreciate everything I can do. What I learned: 1. Take care of me. 2.Take care of my husband. 3. Take time for the relati... Read more

Learning more

Monday, December 15, 2014      6 comments

I am finishing up projects and trainings for the retired school employees. I began reading minutes and key documents for board members of Breast Cancer Support Services. I feel good about my new role.... Read more

Sleep is wonderful

Sunday, December 14, 2014      3 comments

With the new cycler in place, we had no alarms go off during the night. I actually got to sleep for a longer period of time. I feel so much better and have some energy. I am happy to be more alert. I will be able to enjoy a Christmas Jaz... Read more

New normal?

Saturday, December 13, 2014      3 comments

I am so relieved and happy. My husband's dialysis cycler machine had a system error on Thursday evening. I called tech support who got me through the proper end of cycle procedure for his dialysis. I called our dialysis support nurse who sugg... Read more

More changes

Thursday, December 11, 2014      5 comments

I am willing to make changes if it benefits me and others. I am working with my husband to help him adjust to some new problems. We received information about dialysis supplies that would come from Ireland instead of the US. I was nervo... Read more

Keeping positive

Saturday, December 06, 2014      4 comments

I am getting more balance in my life. We had some problems with my husband's dialysis setup. For several days I had poor sleep. I rescheduled so I have fewer morning appointments at 8 -10 am. That way I can sleep later. I have fixed tra... Read more

On Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County Board

Wednesday, December 03, 2014      3 comments

In November I was asked to serve on the Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County Board. I weighed my activities and discerned my passion. I received my diagnosis of breast cancer on Dec. 23, 2013. So tonight in less than one year I was... Read more

Storage Area

Saturday, November 29, 2014      2 comments

My friend and I worked on the attic storage portion last Saturday and today. We went through every carton and took almost everything to the locations to benefit others. My husband will have days of shredding of receipts and papers. I also got... Read more

No Shopping...Volunteering

Friday, November 28, 2014      2 comments

Ten members of the Berks County Association of School Retirees were teammates as we worked to make the holiday a little brighter for PA soldiers. We also got to see the facility the Keystone Soldiers has to bring items to servicemen and veteran... Read more


Thursday, November 27, 2014      5 comments

I have much gratitude in my life. My cancer and the scar tissue are almost gone. 2 more treatments ahead. I have strong friends in my daily life and in Sparkpeople. I am completing the presidency in an organization and look forward to servin... Read more

New things ahead

Wednesday, November 26, 2014      2 comments

I am enjoying each day and making the most of it. I worked with colleagues to encourage quality people to assume leadership roles in the Berks County Association of School Retirees. My friend, Candy, will be installed on December 4th as the ne... Read more

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

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