Wishing everyone a Very Happy New Year in 2010
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wishing everyone a Very Happy New Year in 2010
Friday, December 18, 2009
I've been checking out many of your blogs recently....there are some very creative ones and for those of you who have now added music, it is a great opening feature. Sometimes I can't always seem to find the songs/Christmas carols that I would like to add, depending of course on the type of Playlist that I'm using. If there is anything in particular you would like me to play, just let me know as well.
I've added a Guestbook....I must admit that I copied the idea from another blog. I'd appreciate your taking a few minutes to sign it. I am grateful for all of my loyal viewers and would like to hear from more of you....it makes creating this blog worthwhile when I know that you are checking in. Please just don't read the posts, but also leave a message on the chat, in the guestbook area or in the comment area.....it makes creating this blog more worthwhile when I know others are checking in.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Over the next 3-4 days I will post each of these videos for your review.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I've just posted Part 2 of Jane's Journey and for those who did not see Part 1, you can access it after this video is completed, by clicking on the appropriate icon at the bottom of the video screen.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
I am long overdue in posting this very informative video on my blog.....most of you may have already seen it, but for those who haven't, be assured you will be informed and inspired by this amazing woman!
My fellow blogger and friend, "Jane" from the UK who is herself a kidney cancer patient, was asked this past spring to participate in a documentary about kidney cancer. She agreed without hesitation, as she has been such an advocate for kidney cancer patients and their families throughout the UK, right across Europe and across the world through her initiatives in obtaining the best treatments for kidney cancer patients.
She keeps everyone informed, encouraged and inspired through her blog
I will post Part 2 of this documentary tomorrow......I trust you will visit her blog and leave a comment and words of encouragement, as she is presently recuperating from surgery.
NOTE: The chat forum has been placed at the bottom of this page for a couple of days......
Sunday, December 06, 2009
This is a picture of my lawn at 9:30am this morning.....remember yesterday I posted that a Nor'wester was on the way for our area? Well it did arrive this morning as promised, and the snow continues to come down.
This picture was taken of my lawn exactly four hours later today......quite a big difference for sure.
Friday, December 04, 2009
I'll list a couple of suggestions to help diminish some of these side effects as presented to us yesterday by Andrew......these are the ones that I had not heard of before. You can Google any of these to obtain additional information.
- Constipation - "Senokot" may be an option for you or milk of magnesia
- Diarrhea - watch what you eat and use the BRAT diet consisting of bananas, rice, applesauce, toast and plain pasta until your diarrhea begins to subside
- Sore Mouth - Ask your doctor or pharmacist for the Magic Mouthwash
formula and ask your dentist to do an untrasound cleaning next time
- Hand/Foot Problems - Try the most recommended ointments such as Bag Balm, Udder Cream, Lanolin, Aveeno or Lubriderm; don't use HOT water when bathing as this will only increase your discomfort but use lukewarm instead. You might try to cool the affected areas with ice packs or sole gel inserts with cooling action. Another option for hand problems is to add B6 to your diet.
At yesterday's luncheon I met other cancer patients along with another lady whom I previously had known some time ago. Sure makes you realize what a very small world we live in. I invited a couple of other cancer patients/caregivers that I knew to yesterday's luncheon, but unfortunately they did not attend. It is vital to have that connection with doctors, pharmacists, kidney cancer patients and caregivers.....believe me, this open line of communication via cancer websites, blogs, emails and personal meetings have been my husband's lifeline for survival and I want to impress that upon anyone reading this who does not have that support system. It is out there, you just need to reach out. One person cannot do this alone. You may have heard the phrase "it takes a village to raise a child"..............well, be assured that it most definitely takes a village to survive cancer and it's right there, you just need to reach out for it!!!
After supper last evening, I was informed of two new kidney cancer patients in my area....be assured that I will connect with them to let them know of the wonderful support systems that are there if they should choose to avail of them.
Our first winter storm is forecasted for tomorrow with approximately 20-30cm of snow overnight...ouch!!! Guess it is inevitable now that we are in winter.....I've got my snow scoop ready though, along with my snow boots and outerwear......
Our daughters had purchased tickets as an early Christmas present and my first thought was that it would probably be a very late night for my husband to attend. It was a late night, but at the same time, it was a prescription of fantastic medicine for the soul!!!
One of the more poignant moments of this evening was the song and dance rendition by young students of "I've Had, the Time of My Life".....instantly my thoughts were of Patrick Swayzee and his recent battle with cancer. Several times throughout last night's show as I peered at my husband, I could easily see that he was enjoying every moment of that show despite the late hour and my earlier concerns of him being tired and he was having the time of his life with daughters sitting on each side of him. It was a prescription that no doctor could prescribe and it was a rare family evening spent together that was the most rewarding of all.
It's now 7:30am next morning and my husband has already gone out the door for work.............
That's the best prescription for all of us.......to live life each and everyday to the fullest!
Thursday, December 03, 2009
I received your email Patti.... and sorry you could not get on the chat. If anyone is having problems with that, please leave a comment after any post and I'll check it out further. You would have to either register in order to use this one, "or" just click the "Guest" option, hit Enter, and then post your question/comment. I will schedule another chat in January, so everyone will have another opportunity to meet others. In the meantime, be assured that you can post a question/comment at anytime or begin a chat if you should see another viewer logged on.
It's cold here today but beautiful....there's wind enough to blow you right out into the Atlantic but at the same time, it's a healthy, crisp winter's day. Lots of things on my "To-Do" list but I wanted to add today's beautiful song "A Soldier's King"....it's a Christmas song by Donny Osmond. Such a beautiful one indeed and a great tribute to all of our brave soldiers who serve their country so heroically! This lyrics of this particular song reminded me instantly of my husband. Although it speaks of a soldier, it's words reflect the bravery and heroism of my husband over these past months. I will try to post the lyrics here today at the beginning of this blog (you can slow down or stop the lyrics at anytime by placing your cursor over them) and I'm sure for those who have watched cancer patients fight their valiant battle, you will find the song very special.
I read the blog http://www.mykidneycancer.com/ last evening and I'm happy to report that Tony is back home again after his kidney surgery. Very happy to hear that it went well.
I'm sure that many of my viewers check out the blog http://www.a-journey-of-another-kind.blogspot.com/ as we follow the courageous path of our friend Jane in the UK. She is definitely blazing a trail for everyone with kidney cancer and I'm happy to report as well that she is now back home, after a couple of recent surgeries. She is such an inspiration to everyone!!! If you visit any of their blogs, please leave a message of encouragement. Your words can go a long way to help others heal and help overcome their adversities.
I've added some new blogs as well that I've been following and there's soooo many other great ones out there that I will be including in My Blog List during December. Even though my blog reflects kidney cancer, I welcome ALL cancer patients/caregivers as we all follow the same path along this journey.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Yesterday I spoke of Karen, who is a cancer survivor and who visited us this October. During her visit to one of our smaller towns and after walking most of the afternoon with her husband, she stopped into a small cafe to sit and rest for awhile before starting the long walk back. A kind lady served them and after a little conversation Karen relayed how she was a survivor of kidney cancer and how she had undergone surgery just last year. To her amazement, this lady told her that she also had undergone kidney cancer surgery last year!!!! Now, what would be the chances of this happening.....one woman who traveled hundreds of miles who met another lady who had undergone similiar experiences, and most amazing was the fact that both of these women had the same type of cancer - kidney cancer -. Truly amazing indeed when you think about the fact that there are over 200 different types of cancer in the world!
Needless to say, Karen and Sue spent quite awhile talking about their health issues and concerns. Sue had often wished she knew of someone whom she could talk with about her cancer so many times over the past year, but there was no one. She lived alone, with no family and operated this small venue as her only income. It had been a very difficult year for her indeed, after discovering she had cancer, then needed immediate surgery and not knowing anyone who could relate personally to her situation. She did not have a computer and therefore was not able to connect with others over various websites to obtain support or answers to her many questions. And now, here was Karen, right there in her cafe, just stepping in by "fate" to be her angel of support and encouragement!!!
Sue has planned a trip soon to visit Karen and they have formed a very special bond!
I am sure you can also reflect on people who have entered your life when you needed them most of all, especially in times of your greatest need.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
It was an open invitation for my husband and I to go visit Karen and her husband who live in another province. Now it's not everyday you get that sort of invitation by someone who you have only recently met, and I was indeed humbled by it. It made me realize that good things can happen as a result of cancer, and one of those is the friendships that I have created with other patients and caregivers along this journey. Truly amazing!
Karen stumbled onto my blog last year....she is a cancer survivor and she is one amazing lady!!! I had the opportunity to meet her in October of this year, when her and her husband visited our province. My anticipation in her arrival was like an early Christmas present. We all spent quality time together around a dinner table, taking in some of the city night life and breathing in the salty air of the great Atlantic on the following day.
When my husband was first diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2006, it was a horrific life changing moment for myself and our family. I personally thought that hearing his doctor's diagnosis was the worse thing that I had ever experienced in my life. Now as I look back over these past months, I realize all of the good events that have happened along the way.....one very special one indeed was my chance meeting on this blog with Karen, which has bloomed into a wonderful friendship between two families.
We met Karen and her husband this year over Thanksgiving weekend.....another truly amazing time of the year for this to happen! And to add to all of this, Karen brought me gifts on that Thanksgiving Sunday, one of which I will always treasure, as I look at it each day placed in my window. There is no explanation needed for the reason why it's so special, as I'm sure you will instantly understand as you view it's picture
Yes, good things can come from traveling along this cancer journey....I have met wonderful people who have helped my husband and I in tremendous ways and with whom we share a very special bond.....I trust you will find the good in cancer as well!