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At 6:53am on July 31, 2013, Randall Smith said…

I love your attitude and spunk (and rooster photo)! When my sister was undergoing surgery and chemo, I did what you mentioned to help. I certainly didn't pray (her twin sister did enough of that!). I have high hopes you'll conquer and recover.

At 11:09am on July 21, 2013, Loren Miller said…

Hey, it's me again!

Don't know if you saw this on my status, but I thought it would have particular resonance with you:

Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you or makes you happy.
-- Robert Tew

At 11:07am on July 14, 2013, Loren Miller said…

Hey, Joan!

Glad to hear you enjoyed Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 4.  Since you did get a kick out of that, you might want to look at his other Virtual Choir projects:

They're a bit more conventional in their video content, but the music remains Eric's ... and he knows what he's doing!

At 8:02am on July 9, 2013, Floriane Oumar said…

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At 7:01am on July 7, 2013, Randall Smith said…

I used to teach middle schoolers (and raised 4 of my own), so I know the directions they take. Both sisters are vegetarians--one a vegan, so my meal was mostly "out of the garden". I did fix a couple of burgers and sausages for Dad and myself. He's 95 and enjoyed the family gathering (so to speak). Dessert was a rhubarb "bread cake". Despite my 120 lb frame, I love to eat! Be well.

At 6:52am on July 6, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Hey Joan. Thanks for the comments on my dinner post. Sorry you don't have an appetite. I had my twin sisters and father over for a July 4th cookout, and my "cancer radiation treatment" sister couldn't eat--no appetite. So I understand. I love to cook also--maybe not gourmet, but I get by.  When I was married, we had people over all the time. They still never reciprocated. Who knows why.

At 9:19pm on June 13, 2013, Sentient Biped said…

Joan, love your new pic!

At 5:23pm on June 12, 2013, Steph S. said…

Wonderful avatar that Ruth made for you.

So sweet.

At 10:41am on June 9, 2013, Loren Miller said…

Hey, Joan!  Regarding my piece: The Great Evangelical Recession, please repost to Facebook or wherever with my compliments! 

Glad to hear you came through the chemo okay.  Hope the next time (if there must be one) is easier!

At 7:20am on June 9, 2013, Randall Smith said…
Who would ever guess you have memory problems. Your witty comments, etc. indicate otherwise. For certain, electronics are way beyond my realm of comprehension. Hence, no cell phone (or any other gadget). "Give me the simple life".
At 11:50am on May 29, 2013, Loren Miller said…

Hey, Joan!  The muse paid me a visit yesterday, at least partly courtesy of a show on NPR.  The result was this.  Please give it a look when you have a moment.

At 8:47am on May 26, 2013, Sentient Biped said…

Joan, thank you.  Beautiful image, park bench in wildflower meadow.

It's difficult to get time for rest.  It's OK though.  I listen to many people through the day who tell me how hard their jobs are, smaller staff, more expectations, longer hours, no breaks, and if someone can't handle it, they are out.  My situation is not nearly that bad.  I will be checking on retirement options, but probably cant for a few years yet.

Yesterday, I mowed the orchard.  Mini-orchard.  I stopped every 15 minutes or so to empty the grass bag, and used that to mulch trees and shrubs.  I planted some tomatoes and other plants.  Then I built another raised bed.  I was so exhausted I could barely move.  Today I'm stiff and sore.  It feels really good.  So work and "work" have different effects.  Physical, if purely voluntary, is much less draining than mental/  high pressure.

I love hearing about your experiences.  You make my day.  Thank you.

At 10:04am on May 23, 2013, Sentient Biped said…

Hoping you are doing ok with chemotherapy and recovering from your surgery.  I think about you a lot!  

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At 5:17pm on May 20, 2013, Steph S. said…

Joan - you are in my thoughts. Just sending some love.


At 8:43am on May 11, 2013, Randall Smith said…
Hi Joan. I like your take on being single, etc. I've been married (twice) for a total of 25 years. I think I've learned my lesson. But I often see life through rose colored glasses. I forget the agony of living with someone else. Fortunately, I have many friends and family to fill my social needs. Thanks for your comments.
At 1:37pm on May 10, 2013, dr kellie said…

Joan, I happened to tune into the sex discussion, and I wanted to commend you for your brilliant response.  Most of the other responses were horrifying.  I would love to tear into that convo, but I can't stomach joining the group.

One response that really got me ruffled indicated that if we allow gay marriage, people will all just get gay married and not have children. 

Conservative logic!

At 1:51pm on May 9, 2013, Patricia said…

Glad to answer this, Joan! Gotta stick together in this experience!!!!

I had 2 types of chemo scheduled.....4 treatments of one called AC, then 4 treatments of a second type, called Taxol, over a 6 month period. I was supposed to have treatment every 2 weeks, but my white cells wouldn't come back fast enough so it ended up every 3 weeks instead. I am very prone to infection at the best of times so this had to be carefully watched.

The first lot of chemo wasn't too bad....I felt very woozy & 'flu-ish' for about 6 days & then I'd be just fine for the rest of the 3 weeks. This chemo turned my urine orange, so I called it 'sunset orange' which the chemo nurse decided to adopt to tell patients...hahaha!

I have fibromyalgia so fatigue was definitely compounded there. Of course I had to have anti nausea drugs before treatments & those few days after, but they were ok so I had no problem there.

Started losing my hair a couple of weeks after the first treatment, but I got some beautiful wigs from which was very uplifting as my hair was always a signature. I had long, very thick, dark red hair which is of course now mostly gray. After treatment, it grew in very tightly curled, matted, coarse, gave me awful headaches with tight scalp. I couldn't get a brush through it so had to keep cutting it very short until it recovered. Took 3 years!!!

I did develop the mouth sores which were not pleasant under & around dentures, but it's part of it all & I learned to cope with eating softer foods.

The second lot of chemo called Taxol, was pretty bad for me as it affected absolutely everything. I couldn't stand up, walk, see straight, severe bone pain, & just generally could not function, for about 9 days after treatment. I had a second treatment & got worse so the drs. decided to not give me the final 2 doses as they said the benefits don't out-weigh the massive side effects. So I actually finished that whole course a month early.

Then I had 5 years of Femara which affected the fibromyalgia a lot, but the oncologist did warn me of that as it's part of the side effects. I finished that 2 years ago, & so far things seem fine with my check-ups. I don't feel 100% but I'm still breathin', which I hear is a good thing.....hahaha!!! I absolutely NEVER miss my yearly diagnostic's what found my cancers in the first place, so I have great confidence in those.

I'm willing to share my email address if you'd like to 'talk' that way.


At 3:51am on April 25, 2013, Ian Mason said…

Dear Joan

Glad to have you as a friend :-)

At 7:47pm on April 22, 2013, Loren Miller said…

Hey, Joan!  Matthew Greenberg and I wondered if you'd be interested in commenting on a piece of his.  We both think it's relevant to you.

In any case, all the best!

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