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  1. My husband was treated at Swedish Cancer Institue by Dr. Howard West. When he was diagnosed I called Allcase and they referred me to Dr. West saying he was the best oncologist in Western Washington. I know that Seattle would be a long drive, but maybe you could start there and he could refer you to someone in Olympia. Good luck and I hope the best for you and your mom.


  2. Jane, I use Bare Minerals too. Are you tapping the brush after you load it with powder. It shouldn't fly all over; maybe you're using too much. Try a very small amount, load the brush and tap the brush (I tap it against my sink and make a mess there) and apply. Then do it again if you need more. The first few times a used it I had waaayy too much on the brush and it would get on my clothes and everywhere.

  3. Cheryl, Tim had a kidney tumor, but it was also a primary tumor, not from his lungs. Can you see a urologist? If your doctor doesn't seem too interested, see if you can take your scans to a urologist, just for some peace of mind. Good Luck!

  4. Hey everyone. I haven't posted for a while, but still come and read and pray for all of you. I like this post, so I thought I'd chime in. Anniemac is for Anne McIntire. Tim started calling me Annie when we were dating and for him it stuck. Most of my friends call me Annie, but most of my family still calls me just plain Anne.

    I was also know as Little Mac, since Tim's work buddies called him either Big Mac or Mac.

  5. Just wanted to check in with everyone and let you know that I'm doing OK, most of the time. I have been working part-time and now I'm ready to start full-time.

    I just returned from Southern California. Tim's mother passed away and I went down for her service and to visit family and friends. I had a good and fun time, even at the service, which was upbeat and a real celebration of a wonderful women. She was buried next to Tim and they share a headstone (room left for me too). Had a great visit with Tim's brother and sisters and the rest of the family and got to see the kids and my granddaughter, so on the whole it was a good time.

    Just before I went down to CA, my friend called and told me that two of the men we used to work with have lung cancer. One passed away just before I got there and one passed away the day after I left. They had very advanced cancer when diagnosed and ignored their symptoms for quite a while. I worked with one of them for 29 years and we were good friends, but he kept all this very private. What a shame, if I had know I would have been able to tell him about this group.

    I bought a new car last week, my first new car. I had company cars most of my life, so I never had the need. Sure is nice to be able to pick the one you want.

    Life is moving on, as it does. I feel Tim around me all the time and have found a few "pennies from heaven". I have very comforting dreams about he (no...not that kind!) and sometimes I just don't want to get up and have them end.

    I come to the forum and read often, but it's very hard and brings back memories of the hard times. I always have all of you in my prayers and thoughts.

  6. Peg, I'm so sorry to hear about your beloved husband passing. It breaks my heart each time we lose one of our family here. My prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Lillian, hey, I'm doing OK...most of the time. I sure do have some tough times and miss Tim more now than I did when he first passed. As you know, it takes a while to realize that it's really forever (at least until we join them). I'm working some and resting some and checking the boards when I'm strong enough. I think things are going fine and then I read about Becky and Judy B and others who are not doing well and it just breaks my heart and I sit and cry for an hour. I think we need a lot more good news!!

    I'm still staying with my brother and sister-in-law and that's a great comfort to me to have family and not be alone. I'm still around and keeping up on everyone.

  8. Your mom should be able to get a transfusion of platelets. My husband and I donated platelets every 2 weeks for about 10 years. Most of the time it was for people on chemo or someone getting an organ transplant. Good luck to your mom!

  9. Rosymac, my husband had this done and it help him quite a bit. They had removed his vocal cord during his lung surgery and his voice had become breathy and it was difficult to talk and cough. He would just run out of air too quickly.

    The surgery worked very well for him and his voice was much better. Good luck to you and Fred.

  10. Stephanine

    I am so sorry to hear about your mom. She was so wonderful to everyone on the board and always offered her support and humor to any of us in need. My prayers are with you and your family.

  11. Lillian, I'm doing OK. Just trying to deal...you know better than most how hard that can be. I took Tim's ashes to Southern CA for burial and I just flew back tonight; got to spend 8 days with my sisters. We had a beautiful service in Pasadena last Sunday and the burial was Sunday. There were over 100 people at the service, and it helps to know how many people loved Tim and are here to support me. I haven't had too much time to spend on the boards, so now I'm back and will be around more. Thanks for thinking of me. It means a lot.

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