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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!  

At 6:40pm on May 21, 2013, Steph S. gave Joan Denoo a gift
Hello wonderful Joan. Wishing you good health.
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!

At 3:26pm on April 9, 2013, Zohaib Javed said…

Hi Joan. 

Good to get in touch with you. You're free to discuss anything with me about my situation if you like. 

Hope to see talk with you soon!

At 3:03pm on March 31, 2013, Sentient Biped said…

Hi Joan,

Glad they found only a small speck and are dealing with it well!

As for me I'm back home - largely at my insistence, not wanting to stay in hospital a moment more than necessary.  so good to be home.  Hard to get up, hurts to move or breath but it's ok - have attentive care and cheerful companionship .

At 8:16pm on March 28, 2013, Sentient Biped said…
Joan so sorry that you too are dealing with cancer. Wishing you all the best, treatment an recovery and family around you
At 8:31pm on March 27, 2013, Steph S. said…

At 7:42am on March 27, 2013, Loren Miller said…

And so long as we're on the subject of The Newsroom and what it does, how about some prologue ... and what came after it!

At 6:23am on March 27, 2013, Loren Miller said…

It may be that Sam Waterson inhabits the character of Charlie Skinner the way Jerry Orbach took possession of Detective Lennie Briscoe of the original Law & Order and made it his own.  I really enjoy the different sides of Charlie and I'm willing to bet that Waterson is having an absolutely terrific time playing him.  The shame is that we have to wait until June to watch him again.

At 7:40am on March 26, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Thanks, Joan, for the birthday wish. I look forward to life in my seventies, hopefully with nothing more than arthritis to contend with!

At 6:37am on March 20, 2013, Loren Miller said…

Just got up this AM and rewatched The Best of Charlie Skinner, just for fun ... and found the attached in the related videos.  It's a different side of Charlie Skinner, a part of him that is as necessary as the amiable drunk.  Indeed, I think it's the part that makes the amiable drunk work BETTER, never mind that it at least partially rounds out what is a wonderful character.

Please enjoy.

At 6:14am on March 20, 2013, Loren Miller said…

I hope you especially enjoy "The Best of Charlie Skinner."  Sam Waterson is wonderful in that role, and I suspect he's having a tremendous amount of fun in it.

At 10:14pm on March 19, 2013, Sentient Biped said…

Joan thank you for your comment.  It's mutual.  Even though I don't comment on all of your posts, I love reading them.  You have taught me a lot.  So glad you are here.

At 5:29pm on March 19, 2013, Loren Miller said…

Well, if I didn't rewrite it more aimed at Francis I, it's because I don't know much about him, though there is some new dirt coming out more recently.  It may be that when I learn more about ol' Jorge that I will be inspired to put something down which is more steered toward him, but for now, I think I'd like to leave my "Habemus Papem" piece as it is.

If you come up with something of your own about Francis, do let me know.

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