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    Astronomy, Painting, Raising 2 Children, Bruce Springsteen
  1. Lauri

    Iressa still working!!!!

    Really glad to see you in the Good News forum again! I'm glad things are holding steady...it's always nice to read good news Take care...and enjoy Spring with your mom!!! Lauri
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    The Little Things

    Andrea I know exactly how you feel....to me it is just like I'm standing out in the warm sunshine on a beautiful Spring day. (Much like today here in Jersey!) We had a birthday party for my nephew on Saturday and it was my mom's first family outing. My sister's extended family is a HUGE Italian family, lots of little ones running around, and we were very happy that she felt up to it. She had so much fun and everyone was glad to see her there and told her how great she looked, etc. This kind of love and support is so much needed and appreciated. It was just fantastic to see her smiling
  3. Thank you everyone for your warm replies. I can't tell you how much I appreciate all your help and support. (Thanks, Pier, for our chats...please let me know how your mom is doing....send me an IM or post it when you can...or call me!) I will keep the prayers coming for all of you, too, thank you!!! Lauri
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    CT Results

    Congratulations to you, too, Joe....we seem to have fallen into the same boat today - we are both enjoying some really good news! My mom's appointment with the oncologist was today as well and we, too, are looking forward to enjoying some time off and celebrating the simple things in life...being together and sharing some laughter... Have a great time in Florida....!!
  5. It sure feels good to be posting in here!!!! It's been such a long 3 months....it feels good to stand in the sunshine of life again! My mom and I actually went to the mall together on Wednesday and window-shopped together and had the closest to a "normal" day than we've had in a very long time!!! It felt soooo good to be out together doing normal things....things you take for granted before such an illness. She has made it through a very tough time with chemo and radiation. Her body was taken to the limit (and her mind, too). She is feeling stronger and better each day. Her congest
  6. Norme - I'm so, so sorry... I hope that you will be alright and find the strength you need through family and friends who surround you. You have a tremendous group of caring people right here to lean on.....hope you will not stay away for long. Love, Lauri
  7. Does anyone have any experience with Cooper Hospital or any of their affiliated oncologists? We are experiencing nightmare conditions at another hospital where my mom has been admitted and want to move her. She has now contracted pneumonia and is getting weaker in this hospital instead of better...I'm afraid a feeding tube is right around the corner. We have been hanging in there because my mom is happy with her oncologist who is only affiliated with this particular hospital. He has been aggressive. But this hospital is truly a nightmare and this is getting worse every day. We are at a
  8. Thanks Cindy! Despite my own limited cooking abilities (haha) it all turned out alright...just a few mistakes (no gravy for potatoes, no napkins..oops..lol). Lots of help from husband and girls. My sis is a neo-natal nurse and worked Christmas Eve until 8:00..next year she's helping!Glad to hear you had a nice holiday with your family. It is really all that matters. Take care, Lauri
  9. Hi all. Geez, I haven't posted in so long that I don't even know where to start! I have been reading posts and thinking of everyone over these holidays. It's been a bumpy ride already. We are two months' post-diagnosis and one month into treatment. The first combo of chemo drugs did not work out. Serious reaction to Taxol - stopped breathing within 2 minutes of the first dose. Fortunately, the nurses were fantastic, they reacted quickly and it turned out alright. So we were forced to move to Plan B - Navelbine. Also, concurrent radiation 5 days per week. Unfortunately, she developed
  10. I am so sorry for your mother passing on and for all the pain and grief you are feeling. Honor her love and memories and know that she would want you to be strong. I hope you find peace in your lifelong memories with her. Please take extra good care of yourself, Lauri
  11. You may be able to eventually bake a pie on preheat, but you DEFINITELY cannot pop popcorn in the microwave on defrost no matter HOW LONG you leave it in there. And it's impossible to get nice brown toast out of a toaster that is not plugged in no matter how long you *patiently* wait for it to pop up. I know because I've apparently tried to do both in the past few weeks. Also, tuna casserole is just lacking that special ingredient when you forget to add the tuna. (guilty). Hope this makes you feel better! If not, I've just confessed to these ...ummmm...let's call them "lack of focus" mom
  12. Cheryl - I'll race ya! lol....
  13. 'Twas the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn’t sleep… I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep. The leftovers beckoned... the dark meat and white, but I fought the temptation with all of my might. Tossing and turning with anticipation, the thought of a snack became infatuation. So, I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door and gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore. I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes, stuffing with gravy, green beans and tomatoes. I felt myself swelling so plump and so round, till all of a sudden, I rose off the ground. I c
  14. I know I'm new around here and can't really offer any advice. I can't post as often as I want to due to very old computer (6 years old), but I do *slowly* read posts. When I read about your pity party, I had to post something. I want to thank you for your forthright posts and information and advice and just plain kind words. You and Buddy are such an inspiration to me. Your strength and Buddy's courage give me inspiration and strength which I need to help my mom 100%. All that "being strong" takes energy and you must have needed some down time. You are good people and I'm glad you are
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    STAGE II!!

    Those are some great posts and great tips...thanks. Please keep em coming! I will pass them all along. Chemo begins on Tuesday. I visited the center today and got a peek at the chemo room. Nice lounge chairs. Mom is so beat right now that she says she looks forward to taking a nap in one of them! Hard candy and water are perfect ideas. I will put a bag together and send it her way this weekend...she can add to it as she likes. Why not surgery?? It is my biggest question. All of my research indicated that Stage II may (or may not) be operable. I asked the doctor today to explain to m
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